Super Friends Season 2, Episode 7 – Magic Trick
Original Airdate – December 10, 1977
Yes, it’s that time again. Time to learn an amazing magic trick courtesy of the Super Friends!
This time it’s Batman who’s going to show us how to impress our friends and get that promotion we’ve been hoping for by dazzling our boss with an illusion.
Batman is in the Magic Theater and calls to Robin saying he needs his help. Robin then SWINGS IN ON A TRAPEZE, looking mighty proud of himself.
Batman give Robin the once over and says, “You look like a strong young man.” What. A. Creep. After some talk about Turkish prisons and gladiator movies, Batman says that this trick will be a test of his strength.
He twists a HUGE napkin – look at that thing in the above picture – into what looks like a track and field baton and hands it to Robin, telling him to take hold of either end of the napkin and try to pull it apart.
“Child’s play, Batman!” exclaims the ever-confident Robin.
Robin struggling with a napkin is now one of my most favorite Super Friends moments.
Batman is then all, “alright you sweet little bitch, hand it here.” Notice the shock on Robin’s face:
Robin starts from scratch – twists up a napkin and still can’t tear it in half.
“That’s because you didn’t use some water!” Batman bullshits.
As with previous magic tricks, the animators weren’t exactly clear about what was supposed to happen based on the script. So, in the initial demonstration, at no point could Batman have actually used any water – there’s no cuts or anything that would have conceivably been a time when he could have applied water to the napkin. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
“While you were trying to twist the napkin apart, I dipped my finger in the water…” here’s a demonstration in case you’re confused:
This could have happened.
The weirdo Batman could have been dipping his finger in water while Robin struggled, but he most certainly did NOT apply water to the middle of the napkin like so:
Which, according to him, is required to do the trick. Or, maybe he was just retroactively explaining it to make Robin feel better. I’m pretty sure it was animation tomfoolery, though, because another magic trick was happening during the segment that we didn’t get an explanation for:
Batman’s suit emblem kept switching colors. Now THAT’S magic.
And yes, I will be attempting this magic trick later in the week.
P.S. I’m posting Super Friends outtakes on the Cannibalistic Nerd Facebook page. So, if you need a mid-week Super Friends pick-me-up, that’s the place to get it.
If you would like to see these shenanigans for yourself, Season 2 is available on DVD.