Charmed

That Old Black Magic

Season 2, Ep 6, Aired 11/11/99
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  • Episode Description
  • The sisters must find and train the Chosen One to vanquish a powerful evil witch that could destroy them.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shannen Doherty

    Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

  • Holly Marie Combs

    Piper Halliwell

  • Alyssa Milano

    Phoebe Halliwell

  • Greg Vaughan

    Dan Gordon

  • Dorian Gregory

    Darryl Morris

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • That Old Black Magic

    By TrueTvWatcher, Apr 08, 2012

  • Piper's foolish heart and the chosen nerd.

    By iltarion, Jan 29, 2011

  • Blair witch on the loose!

    By speedy2k5, May 29, 2008

  • Find The Chosen One, break up with Leo, start a thing with Neighbour Dan - quite a busy- and very boring - week.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Feb 09, 2011

  • Despite its obvious premise and its reference to one of the most unintentionally hilarious movies ever I found this episode quite enjoyable

    By AegisAtreyu, Jul 01, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Phoebe: We should be getting close. Hey, there it is. (They walk up to the cave.) Piper: Kinda creepy in there and dark. Prue: Alright, I'll go in first since she only knows about me. You guys just wait a couple of seconds then follow. (Prue walks inside the cave.)

    • Phoebe: Here it is. A scrying spell. Piper: Scrying? What's that? Phoebe: It's what witches use to magically find something or someone. It says that we need a map, a piece of string and a crystal. Okay.

    • Tuatha: There you are. (She opens it up and you can see spells written in it. She turns to a spell.) "To disempower a witch." Fresh, human heart.

    • Prue: Leo, he is just a kid. Besides, you haven't seen Tuatha's power. I mean, she made a woman disappear literally. Leo: It's his destiny to defeat Tuatha, Prue. Prue: Then why did I get the wand? Leo: To make sure it got to him. It's part of the law. If you guys were meant to defeat Tuatha there would be a spell in the Book Of Shadows and there isn't. Piper: He's right, we checked. Leo: Which means we need to spend what little time we have teaching Kyle how to use the wand. Prue: Look, Leo, I know that you've never guided us down the wrong path before, but please at least let us try to defeat Tuatha. If we fail, then fine, we'll help you with Kyle. Leo: She'll kill you. Prue: Don't bet on it. Alright, we need to start by finding out where Tuatha is before she finds us. (Phoebe and Prue start walking towards the door.) Piper, are you with us? (Piper stares at Leo.) Piper: Yep.

    • Prue: Betty. (She uses her power to open the door. You see Tuatha using her wand and Betty disappears. Prue uses her power and Tuatha flies across the room and she drops the wand. Prue picks it up and runs outside. Tuatha stands up.) Tuatha: No, it's alright. We don't have to follow her. (She picks up her snake.) She's a good witch. She'll come back to us.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Spain: Esa Vieja Magia Negra Czech Republic: ČernĂ¡ magie (Black Magic) France: D'un coup de baguette magique (With a magical wand)

    • Brigid Brannagh later went on to star alongside Drew Fuller, another Charmed actor, in Lifetime's Army Wives.

    • This episode scored 5.6 million viewers.

    Trivia (12)

    • So how is it that Betty's disappearance never brought any suspicion to Prue or Jack? Surely someone must've eventually reported her missing! Since the two of them were seen battling over who should get the wand on national TV, then they each wound up with the wand. It seems strange that neither of them ever had to talk to police at some point!

    • Jack tells Prue that he has had a standing job offer with Bucklands for over a year. How could any job offer from Bucklands still be standing? First of all a year earlier Rex and Hannah were running the Auction house and they were imposters. Even if the job offer was from the real Rex prior to that the Auction house has changed hands since then several times and it seems unlikely that anyone would even remember a job offer the original owner had made!

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the first time the sister's scry for someone. They use this method frequently throughout the series and this episode introduces it.

    • During the scene when Tuatha finds the other two searchers for the two extra hearts she needs for her spell, she asks if they are looking for the Blair Witch. The shot immediately afterwards shows a camera angle upwards into their scared faces and nostrils, which is almost a direct copy of the famous scene from the Blair Witch Project film itself.

    • When Jack puts the piece of paper, with Betty's address and phone number on it, in his pocket, it is folded once by Betty and then Jack sort of folded it before he put it in his pocket. When Prue telekenetically, pickpocketed Jack, it was perfectly folded twice.

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    Allusions (4)

    • The wand that is sought by Tuatha and used by Kyle is surprisingly similar to the wand used by Marnie and her siblings in the first movie of the series Halloweentown.

    • Kyle: Look, give it up, Obi-Wan.
      This is a reference to the Star Wars series of films. Obi-Wan Kenobi was a Jedi Master who was desperately trying to train his 10-year-old Padawan Anakin.

    • Many musicians have performed "That Old Black Magic," which is where the episode title comes from. The song was written by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen.

    • Tuatha: Looking for the Blair witch?
      This is a reference to the film "The Blair Witch Project".

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