The Magician

1
Paris.

2
The Latin Quarter.

3
Dr. Porhoet, Margaret's
uncle and guardian.

4
"Dr. Burdon speaking."

5
"Her spine injured
 by fall, you say..."

6
  "... complete paralysis
resulting ...."

7
".... Yes, very simi-
lar to the case you ope-
rated on last week .....
The patient is my niece,
Margaret Dauncey."

8
"Very well, I will operate
 to - morrow at eleven
 o'clock.... here, at the
 clinic."

9
So we find the medical world 
of Paris assembled to witness
the American surgeon, Arthur
Burdon, perform another mira-
cle of surgery.

10
Oliver Haddo - Hypnotist,
Magician - and student of
Medicine.

11
"This man, Burdon, is nothing 
 short of a magician."

12
"Nonsense! The saving of
 human life is a comparatively
 simple matter. On the other
 hand, the scientific creation
 of life does indeed call for the
 powers of a magician."

13
"Your niece is certainly
 the most beautiful patient
 I have ever had."

14
The Library of the Arsenal.
Here many secrets of ancient
Magic lie, almost forgotten,
in musty volumes -

15
- here for months Oliver
Haddo had searched for an
ancient magician's formula,
believed to contain the secret
of the creation of human life
by magic.

16
"Dr. Porhoet, here is the
 book on Magic you were
 asking for."

17
"- but the formula you seek
 is missing."

18
With Margaret's complete 
recovery came delightful
days for her and Arthur 
Burdon.

19
"Oh, Arthur, to have been
 crippled like that poor
 child... what a fate!"

20
"If I didn't believe in signs, I'd
 ask you to pick one of those
 beautiful roses for me."

21
"He looks as if he had stepped
 out of a melodrama."

22
And then - the Fair
at the Lion de Belfort.

23
"Allow me to present you with
 the only existing portrait of
 Oliver Haddo, the Magician."

24*
In the snake charmer's tent.

25*
"There is no danger. These
 people only work with
 snakes whose fangs have
 been extracted."

26*
"You are entirely wrong,
 Dr. Burdon. The snakes
 these men work with are
 very poisonous."

27*
"The man has a horned
 viper - the deadliest of
 all snakes."

28*
"I will now demonstrate 
 that I can make the most
 venomous snakes harmless
 by means of magic!"

29*
"You have not yet shown that
 the serpent was poisonous."

30*
"Arthur is taking the girl to
 a hospital - but this man's
 foolishness may result in
 her death."

31
All thro' the next day memories
of the snake-charmer's tent and
the Magician's hypnotic eyes
filled Margaret's thoughts.

32
"A note from Dora Clark to
 meet her in town. I won't
 be gone long."

33
"I regret last night's tragedy.
 I have come to apologize for
 my part in the affair."

34
"Oh, Arthur, you're a life saver.
 I was supposed to meet Dora
 here, but I'm sure I've missed
 her. Will you give me a lift 
 home?"

35
"If you wish to see strange
 things I have the power to
 show them to you."

36
"Now concentrate your
 attention on that faun's
 head...."

37
"When you want me, you will
 find me at this address."

38
"Oh, Arthur, I cannot explain,
 but you must stay near me -
 take care of me."

39
That evening Margaret had
dined with Arthur Burdon.
Only in his presence did she
feel safe from the Magician's
hypnotic power.

40
"Arthur, I wish we were
 married now. I hate to
 think of waiting."

41
"Only two more days, darling."

42
"I am so afraid something
 may happen between now
 and then."

43
"I have never known you
 to be so wonderful."

44
"Why did you make me come
 here? - - Oh, why won't
 you leave me alone?"

45
"You know I cannot go."

46
"My wedding is planned for
 to-morrow."

47
"...and for that reason
 you will never marry
 Arthur Burdon!"

48
"Oh! what shall I do?
 What shall I do?"

49
The wedding morning.

50
"This I know - Margaret did
 not marry Haddo of her own
 free will - He is holding her
 under an hypnotic influence....
 We must not lose sight of
 her!"

51
Taking Dr. Porhoet's advice,
Arthur followed the move-
ments of Margaret and
Haddo, tracing them to the
Riviera, but there he had
lost track of them.

[dissolves to:]

52
Monte Carlo.

53
"I won four thousand francs
 by following every play she
 made. This is the system -"

54
"I hear that the man who
 stands behind her, and tells
 her every play to make, is
 some kind of a magician!"

55
 This is the song of the wheel that spins:
"Who loses To-day - To-morrow wins!"

56
"Why, Margaret, if it isn't
 your unlucky suitor, the
 genial Dr. Burdon."

57
The village of Latourette.

58
The stronghold of Haddo,
the Magician.

59
"Arthur.... You understand....
 It is not I who have done
 these things that have wounded
 you."

60
"....It was something in me
 over which I have no control.
 I have no longer a will....
 no longer a soul I can call
 my own."

61
"Margaret, I have not held you
 responsible.... nothing that
 has happened can lessen my
 affection for you."

62
"I have never been Haddo's
 wife..... We are married
 in name only!"

63
"Then what does he intend
 to do with you?"

64
"I believe he intends to kill me
 in an experiment of magic...
 Sometimes I think I shall go
 mad with the horror of it all."

65
"You are coming with me
 now. Your uncle is on his
 way here, and we will
 arrange your divorce im-
 mediately."

66
"It is no use.... he will find
 me.... there is no escape."

67
A week, and no word of Haddo.
Meanwhile Dr. Porhoet had
placed Margaret in a sanatorium
near Nice.

68
"Arthur dear, I am beginning
 to look back on Haddo as a
 horrible dream."

69
"Just as I thought, he is
 hopelessly mad. It's a good
 thing we got Margaret out
 of his hands."

70
"Oh, Dr. Burdon, I am so glad
 you've come - I cannot find
 Miss Dauncey. This note
 addressed to you was on her
 pillow!"

71
"That place is inaccessible in
 an automobile. I can only
 take you a little way beyond
 the town of Sospel."

72
Night... and the lights of the
Sorcerer's tower gleaming
through the storm like two
evil eyes.

73
"A guide, Messieurs? Neither
 man nor beast will venture
 near the Sorcerer's tower at
 night."

74
"Arthur - - Arthur!"

FINIS

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