The Magician (French TV series)
|Created by||Florian Ferrier
|Directed by||Oumar N' Diaye
|Voices of||Michael Donovan
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||39|
|Executive producer(s)||Marc du Pontavice|
|Producer(s)||Marc du Pontavice|
|Running time||20 minutes|
|Distributor||20th Century Fox Television Distribution|
|Original network||France 2|
|Original release||1997 – 1999|
The Magician (French: Le Magicien) is a French animated television series created by Florian Ferrier, Gilles Adrien, and Savin Yeatman-Eiffel, the latter of whom also served as the series' story editor. It was produced by Xilam in 1997, and distributed by Gaumont. It aired on Fox in 1999, one of the few European shows to air in the US at the time.
A series of scientific discoveries and radical advances in technology have re-organized society during the third millennium. Taking advantage of widespread hope and optimism in Electro City, the crime syndicates (chiefly under the mobster "Black Jack" Malone) have discreetly taken control of all important positions. They are repeatedly defeated by protagonist Ace Cooper and his magic assistant Cosmo.
- Ace Cooper (voiced by Michael Donovan) - The main protagonist of the series. He is a famous stage magician and superhero, who co-operates with the police against criminals.
- Cosmo (voiced by Rob Paulsen) - Ace Cooper's magic assistant and sidekick. He was taken in by Ace after his careless father abandoned him.
- Angel (voiced by Kath Soucie) - The CPU of Ace Cooper's Magic Express.
- Jack "Black Jack" Malone (voiced by Charles Napier) - The primary antagonist of the series: the principal crime boss in Electro City and the proprietor of the 'Croesus Palace' casino. Following an accident involving Ace (himself Jack's former assistant) "Black Jack" Malone is confined to a hovering chair. Despite the criminal activities he has committed, he has never been convicted of anything.
- "Sonny Boy" Serge (voiced by Rob Paulsen) - A millionaire mobster, owner of the 'Sunset' casino, and the son of engineer Jonathan Serge. He tends to be at odds with "Black Jack" Malone; and periodically, with the elder Serge as well.
- Faceless (voiced by Kath Soucie) - A female assassin and sneak-thief hired by "Black Jack" Malone to kill the Magician. Faceless' gloves have retractable claws.
- Lt. Derek Vega (voiced by Charles Napier) - A police lieutenant for the Electro City Police Department, who helps Ace and Cosmos in their investigations.
- Captain Friedrich - The police captain of the Electro City Police Department, who distrusts Ace Cooper.
- Mona Malone (voiced by Kath Soucie) - The daughter of "Black Jack" Malone, and Ace Cooper's childhood beloved. She often works with Ace to keep her father's plans from going too far.
- Zina (vocal effects provided by Kath Soucie) - Ace Cooper's pet black panther.
- Duc Paparazzo (voiced by Billy West) - A reporter who covers the various activities in Electro City.
- DJ Mikkus (voiced by Michael Donovan) - A musical composer that is friends with Ace Cooper.
- Skip Ramsdale - A Flipball player for the Electro City Strikers who is a friend of Ace Cooper.
- Senator Dobbs (voiced by Michael Donovan) - The senator and mayor of Electro City, who screens "Black Jack" Malone from prosecution.
|No.||Episode||Written by||Original airdate|
|1||"Race For Your Life"||Savin Yeatman-Eiffel||1997|
|Ace is framed for a crime by doctored videos made by Black Jack and learns that Diamond and Spade intend to murder Jim Speed, a professional racer. Accordingly, Ace saves Speed while Cosmo exposes the false accusation.|
|2||"Black Cat"||Herve Renoh||1997|
|A circus' black Panther is forced to attack two scientists by a former colleague of theirs, on behalf of the corporation for which all three had worked, and Ace's own panther 'Zina' is blamed by the police. Ace, Cosmo, Lt. Vega, and the circus' trainer 'Yokiko' jointly recover the two panthers, defeat the mad scientist Dr. Pax of the Millix Corporation, and exonerate Zina.|
|3||"Mad Train"||Laurent Turner||1997|
|An attempt is made on the Senator Dobb's life by an ex-employee Bill Peach. Cooper then saves Cosmo and a circus from a train (originally belonging to Ace himself) sent by Peach to destroy both.|
|When robots are sent to join the police force, Ace, Cosmo, and Lt. Vega terminate plans by Black Jack to use the robots against the city.|
|5||"Masters of Magic"||Jean-Luc Ayach||1997|
|A rival magician called Yago loses his assistant Zeline to Ace, and thereupon assists a bank-robbery and challenges Ace to a contest of magic. When Ace wins, Iago is required to return the stolen money and surrender to the police.|
|6||"Vega Gate"||Silvan Boris Schmid||1997|
|Lt. Vega is accused of taking bribes when set up by singer Ritchie Vilanti. Ace and Cosmo clear his name and expose Ritchie Vilanti.|
|7||"A Model Top Model"||Jean-Luc Ayach||1997|
|Beauty queen 'Zelda' uses Ace and Cosmo to escape her employers at the Universal Beauty Institute where their scientist Dr. Blaun create clones of her to justify their copyright of her likeness. Ace and Cosmo interrupt the scheme, and Zelda exposes it on live broadcast which incriminates the culprits.|
|8||"Croesus Crisis"||Frederic Lenoir||1997|
|Mobster "Sonny Boy" Surge opens a casino to spite his rival "Black Jack" Malone, and Ace and Cosmo intervene, to foreshorten a gang war; but the story is complicated when Sonny Boy hires a Vodun practitioner to poison Black Jack. Ultimately, Ace and Cosmo terrify both mobsters into submission with an illusory god-monster.|
|9||"The Prophecy"||Gilles Adrien||1997|
|A Gypsy Fortune-teller named Nausica clues in on a dangerous strongbox. Ace recovers the strongbox before it can used by Black Jack pollute the city's water supply.|
|10||"Behind the Orb-Ball"||Jeffrey P. Kearney||1997|
|Sports champion 'Skip' Ramsdale is the latest of many to be drugged illegally, and injured; Ace infiltrates the competition to expose the crime.|
|11||"What Were You Doing in Electro City When the Lights Went Off?"||Raphael Thomas||1997|
|The cold fusion batteries that empower Electro City are all simultaneously de-activated, after an attempt on their inventor Johnathan Serge's life by his estranged son the mobster "Sonny Boy" Serge. Ace and Cosmo foil Sonny's plan, and his father Professor Jonathan Surge re-activates the power.|
|12||"Best Wishes and Happiness"||Laurent Turner||1997|
|Black Jack's daughter Mona agrees to marry a scientist named Max Malden in exchange for his restoration of her father's long-crippled legs. Ace exposes the cure as a fraud.|
|13||"The Challenge"||Frederic Lenoir||1997|
|Patrick Schumacher, the host of a defunct game-show, attempts revenge on Ace for the latter's greater popularity. Ace and Cosmo survive his obstacle-course and expose the network's Director of Programming as the mastermind behind the crime.|
|14||"Golden Voice"||Herve Renoh||1997|
|Contenders for the episode's eponymous Award are threatened, and in some cases injured, by unknown assailants working for Crenone and Demonia. Ace and Cosmo rescue the last two, and one of these (Mona Malone) wins the Award.|
|15||"Planet Electric"||Laurent Turner||1997|
|Ace is framed for food poisoning at the restaurant 'Planet Electric', and Cosmo, in the attempt to clear his name, is captured by Black Jack's thugs. Ace, D.J. Mikkas, and Skip Ramsdale rescue him, but fail to expose Black Jack's connection to the crime and incriminate only its immediate culprit: the restaurateur Mr. Banks.|
|16||"Stop Clowning Around"||Herve Renoh||1997|
|A circus act is sabotaged on behalf of Black Jack Malone, until Ace and Cosmo expose his agent among the performers.|
|17||"Stars of the Silver Screen"||Herve Renoh||1997|
|A film based on a presumed-deceased journalist's career is plagued by sabotage to prevent its exposure of Black Jack's past crimes. Ace discovers that the leading actress is the journalist herself and protects her from Diamond, Spades, and Sonny Boy's henchmen.|
|18||"Cold Sweat, Part 1"||Olivier Montegut||1997|
|A former friend of Ace's named Gus Morland is revived from a cryonic state in the form of a cryogenic mutant, and pursues Ace.|
|19||"Cold Sweat, Part 2"||Olivier Montegut||1997|
|Gus attacks Black Jack, whom he blames for his mutation. Both of them are saved by Ace and Gus is restored to his human state.|
|20||"And They Lived Happily Ever After"||Taro Ochiai||1997|
|Black Jack's strategist Clockwise sends thieves to discover all the city's important secrets, in the guise of a matchmaking agency; Ace infiltrates the agency to spoil the plan, and discovers that all the spies are androids. When Black Jack abandons the plan, the androids' creator Dr. Cabaliye sends his remaining creations to kill Black Jack's daughter; but they are defeated by Ace and Cosmo.|
|21||"Twin Brothers"||Silvan Boris Schmid||1997|
|An impostor impersonates Ace and persuades both Cosmo and Ace's supercomputer 'Angel' into thinking he's Ace. The imposter is vanquished by Ace in a contest of magic.|
|22||"Faceless"||Silvan Boris Schmid||1997|
|Introduces a Catwoman-like sneak-thief named Faceless whom Ace pursues but fails to capture.|
|23||"Truth or Consequence"||Laurent Turner||1997|
|Ace's friend Skip Ramsdale is accused of injuring rival Flipball player Barsky. Ace exposes the accusation as false at Skip's trial and incriminates Skip's manager Bob Redd.|
|24||"Bad Program"||Gilles Adrien||1997|
|Rex-1, the leading character of a video game, is accidentally converted into a real being, and holds a civic administrator hostage, until defeated by Ace and Cosmo.|
|25||"X-Oshi"||Frederic Lenoir, Savin Yeatman-Eiffel||1997|
|X-Oshi (a species of robotic pet), having become ubiquitous in the city, unexpectedly turn criminal; whereupon Ace and Cosmo vanquish their prototype, who commands the others.|
|26||"Stealth Robber"||Silvan Boris Schmid||1997|
|Ace discovers Faceless smuggling money in an invisible helicopter, and is ordered by the Police Department to recover the money and cripple her operation.|
|27||"The Paparazzo Affair"||Laurent Turner||1997|
|Newscaster Duc Paparazzo is attacked by gunmen after he threatens to expose a pharmaceutical businessman John Wosh's criminal past in his real name of Paul Kelly. He is rescued by Ace, and the Paul Kelly is later imprisoned for the attempt to kill both.|
|Ace investigates mysterious fires caused by a pyromaniac Multi-Flames. Ace discovers that Multi-Flames is a firefighter named Lt. Atika where she has a vendetta against Sonny Boy for the faulty equipment that he had a hand in.|
|Cosmo, and other youths of the city, are driven to violence by a strain of music concealed in their favorite records, to justify martial law in Electro City. Ace, and composer 'D.J.' Mikkas, expose the deception in public, and humiliate its masterminds.|
|30||"Bad Weather for the Magician"||Savin Yeatman-Eiffel, Laurent Turner||1997|
|Ace and Cosmo trace a series of meteorological disruptions to weather-reporter Zoran Spring and eventually destroy his weather-control apparatus.|
|The scientist Nataschia, to prevent her employer Aldus Teron's transference of his own mind into the brain of an especially-bred child, leaves the child in the care of Ace, Cosmo, and Mona. Her employer contends with these for possession of the child until his defeat.|
|32||"The Cruise"||Jeffrey P. Kearney, Savin Yeatman-Eiffel||1997|
|The Nova celebrity cruise liner is sunk. Ace and Cosmo find a pirate captain called Glam scheming to plunder the ancient artifacts it carried, and lead the police to destroy his base and recover the artifacts.|
|33||"A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing"||Frederic Lenoir, Savin Yeatman-Eiffel||1997|
|Some of Cosmo's friends are tricked by Sonny Boy into kidnapping his father, and thus into a gun-fight with the Police and Sonny's followers; but Ace rescues the elder Surge, and Cosmo conceals the evidence of his friends' participation in the crime.|
|34||"No Dice"||Laurent Turner||1997|
|Gambler Joe Tucker plants explosives in two famous gambling-casinos, and threatens a third. Ace defeats him in single combat and causes the third explosive to explode harmlessly in the air.|
|35||"Virtual Fatality"||Laurent Turner||1997|
|Jimmy Hagen, a descendant of the city's founders, kidnaps Ace to copy his magic through a telepathic virtual reality apparatus. Ace is rescued by Cosmo, and humiliates Hagen in public.|
|36||"The Flight of Prosperity"||Frederic Lenoir||1997|
|Two escaped convicts, Sally Blade and her sister Bodycount, force the singer Mona Malone to assist the hijacking of a luxury dirigible and its passengers upon being hired by Black Jack. Ace and Lt. Vega defeat the convicts in mid-flight, and Ace returns the passengers safely to the ground.|
|37||"The Chase"||Jeffrey P. Kearney, Savin Yeatman-Eiffel||1997|
|Derailed in the desert, Ace and Cosmo are captured by the eccentric hunter Count Hebon and forced through an obstacle-course with him in pursuit. They later outwit him, and Lt. Vega takes Hebon prisoner.|
|38||"Professor Cosmo"||Frederic Lenoir||1997|
|At a science-fair, and later through the city, Cosmo and Black Jack compete for control of a nearly-indestructible robot, until Jack attaches his own motorized chair to the robot, and thus establishes an impenetrable neural interface; whereupon Ace, having originally come to rescue Cosmo, defeats Jack in single combat. Thereafter, Jack claims to have subdued the robot himself, and thus escapes punishment.|
|39||"All Against One"||Savin Yeatman-Eiffel||1997|
|After Faceless, Spade, and Diamond causes a prison break at the Electro City Police Department, Ace's enemies Yago, Dr. Blaun, Glam, and Count Hebron unite with Black Jack's group and Sonny Boy's group. Ace even learns of this upon subduing Aldus Teron who had obtained freedom on his own. Following an ambush by Yago, Dr. Blaun, Count Hebron, and Faceless, Ace is presumed dead following the attack on him, but he is recovered by Cosmo, Vega, Mona, and Zina. Mona assists Ace and Cosmo to arouse the criminal masterminds against each other. Ultimately, most of the criminals are imprisoned with the exceptions of Faceless and Sonny Boy. Clockwise reminds Captain Friedrich that Black Jack is a close friend of Senator Dobbs and claims that the villains held him and Mona hostage.|
- Michael Donovan - Ace Cooper/The Magician, Spade, DJ Mikkas, Senator Dobbs, Glam
- Charles Napier - "Black Jack" Malone, Lt. Derek Vega
- Rob Paulsen - Cosmo, "Sonny Boy" Serge, Yago
- Kath Soucie - Mona Malone, Angel, Zina, Faceless
- Billy West - Duc Paparazzo, Clockwise, Aldus Teron
- Jim Gomez - Voice Director