- Dov Tiefenbach as Tim Swanson
- Robert Hamilton as Foz
- Harvey Atkin as Mr. Malik
- Tabitha Lupien as Ginny Swanson
- Mike Carbone as Amaz-O
- David Ferry as El Sydney
- Suzanne Cyr as Mrs. Swanson (uncredited)
- Colin Mochrie as Heavy (uncredited)
"Pick a card, any card," says Tim Swanson, an amateur magician who loves to perform magic tricks, especially before an enthusiastic audience. Someday, Tim hopes to be a real magician, as good as his idol, Amaz-O. But when Tim goes to Amaz-O’s magic show and participates in a disappearing act, he decides his hero is a total jerk! Tim steals Amaz-O’s secret bag of tricks, but he gets more than he bargained for — Amaz-O’s bag of tricks is full of live fluttering doves, hissing snakes... and one very angry rabbit!
Differences from the book
- Unlike the book, Ginny accidentally makes herself disappear (by the magic curtain), not transformed into a rabbit by eating two bites of a magic carrot.
- In the book, Ginny takes karate lessons, and often uses what she learns there to beat up on Tim. In the episode, she has no interest in karate.
- Tim does not attempt a rabbit trick like he did in the book. His friend Foz plays a much smaller role in the episode, only appearing in the opening magic shop scene.
- In the episode, the rabbit is an evil magician named El Sydney, whereas in the book, the rabbit is Amaz-O. Amaz-O had turned El Sydney into a rabbit to prevent him from using magic to take over the world. El Sydney had lied to Tim before, saying that he was Amaz-O's biggest fan, but was conned into being part of the act as a rabbit. There is no mention of Amaz-O using a wooden puppet at all in the episode.
- Tim does not take a peek at the magic kit among arriving home the night of the performance; he and Ginny actually open it together as planned. Instead of an explosion sound effect, the case makes stereotypical cartoon sounds, ending in a flatulence-like noise (but still manages to startle the two nonetheless). There is no ball-and-cup trick, and Amaz-O's jacket only has a single phony snake that Tim knows right away is fake.
- The ending of the television episode is a cliffhanger. At the rising action, El Sydney is now human and takes over the act by performing a decapitating "trick" on his two new rabbits (who are actually Amaz-O and Tim) as he asks for a volunteer. When Amaz-O says that he will figure out a way to get out of the situation, Tim replies "What, and quit show business?" The last sound made is a rimshot.
- While Foz plays the guillotine prank in the book, Malik plays the guillotine prank in the episode.
|Title||Release date||Media type|
Go Eat Worms
|September 7, 2010||DVD|
|August 26, 2014||DVD|
- This episode was adapted into Goosebumps Presents book #10.
- Tabitha Lupien (Ginny Swanson) played Jamie Gold in the season three episode "Click".
- The scene with Malik pretending to have his hand hit by the blade was cut from some airings of the television episode.
- Mr. Malik's actor Harvey Atkin is known for voicing Bowser "King Koopa" in the Dic Super Mario animated programs.
- Colin Mochrie, a comedian made best known for the improv comedy series Whose Line is it Anyway? has an uncredited cameo.
- The closing credits for this episode used an alternate version of the main theme song. The altered theme uses an organ, trumpets, and drum-rolls to mimic carnival music.