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The Magic Shop

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The Magic Shop is almost definitely the only short we’ve ever riffed that was based on a story by H.G. Wells - though there are rumors his work was a major inspiration for Moose Baby.

It’s a tale as old as time. A young boy pressures his dad to take him into a magic shop. The creepy magic shop owner pressures them to join him in the back room where the REAL magic happens... and for some reason they actually go. The dad is stressed out by how much everything costs, but you’ll be stressed out by the creepy gorilla-hippo hybrid creature that even Dr. Moreau found “a little upsetting.”

And the “magic” only gets more unspeakable from there. Join Mike, Kevin and Bill for the stone cold literary classic that is H.G. Wells’ The Magic Shop!


NOTE: This short first appeared LIVE in the Space Mutiny show.


Written by: Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, Conor Lastowka, and Sean Thomason

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HD Medium 720p (225.44 MB)
HD High 1080p (1.26 GB)

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Average: 9.1 (30 votes)

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Movie Decade

Release date

November 24, 2021


12 minutes