Why did the Amazing Jack leave all his magic props to his apprentice, the not quite competent Charlie? Jack even left Charlie the magic box, a powerful instrument for good that has the misfortune of attracting evildoers. Jack’s daughter, Laura, a young but skillful magician, has just lost her father and now must protect the box from an oversexed witch who refuses to get old and who claims to be Laura’s mother. Although she desperately wants a family or at least a friend, Laura finds both where she least expects them. She learns that the power she needs to win her father’s battle has been within her all along.
Why did the Amazing Jack, a famous magician, leave all his props to his apprentice, the not quite competent Charlie? The show opens as Charlie stumbles through tricks that are really being performed by Laura, Jack’s competent daughter, dressed as his assistant (Where is the Magic?). After the show, Laura, now an orphan, ruminates about her recently deceased father (My Dad). She is interrupted by Danielle, an ageless and sexy French magician who is masquerading as a fan of Charlie but who is after Jack’s magic box, an onstage cabinet with amazing powers. Danielle tells Charlie that she is Crazy about him, and she reveals to us that she plans to marry Charlie in order to get the box. The stage clears and enter Armando, a magician who trained with Jack but was thrown out for his interest in the box and in Laura. Armando explains cryptically that he is back (Remorse foretaste). Laura enters and argues with Armando about their past romance and how it ended (Evil Ways). They leave in a huff and Charlie and Danielle enter, ready to go out on a date. Danielle is aggressive, Charlie asks her to tone it down, and Danielle explains that she always gets What I Want. They are off for champagne and a night of, well, you know. Merlin appears in the box, having been transported to the scene. He is an old friend of Jack’s, but he has Remorse for his affair with Danielle, who was Jack’s wife at the time. The result of the affair was Laura. The next morning, the bedazzled Charlie appears, and meets Merlin. Charlie explains how things are When You’re in Love. Laura is left alone to work on the magic box; she needs to figure out how to work it to maintain a connection with her father. Laura overhears Danielle and Armando plotting the theft of the box. Laura is stunned, but Charlie proposes to Danielle, who accepts him and makes him fire Laura. Laura and the company warn what will happen when Evil Wins. Sometime later, Laura wonders what her mother was like (My Mom). Danielle appears to remind Laura that she has been fired and needs to clear out. She rubs salt in the wound by telling Laura that she, Danielle, is Laura’s mother. Danielle gloats about how far she has gotten with her sexual charms (Magic Box). To make matter’s worse, Jack was not her father, Merlin is her father. Armando arrives to tell Laura that he loves her after all and will teach her how to work the box (Hello). He explains that he regrets his previous behavior (Second Act Love Song). Laura is not entirely convinced, so Armando offers to enter the box so Laura can send him away. Poof! He is gone. Merlin enters and finds that Laura now knows how to work the box. Merlin gags and ties her, and invites Danielle, with whom Merlin has become, ah, reacquainted, to come take over the box. After Danielle enters the box, Merlin releases Laura, who sends her mom to the fourth moon of Jupiter. Armando reappears; Laura has not sent him too far away, and the two are reunited (Where is the Magic – Finale).
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