“The Magic of ABC,” ABC’s 1977-1978 fall preview special, celebrates its 40th anniversary today. It starred magician David Copperfield in his first television special. “The Magic of ABC” aired on September 7th, 1977 and featured more than a dozen ABC stars, including Penny Marshall, Kristy McNichol, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Dick Van Patten, Abe Vigoda, and Cindy Williams. Among the new shows previewed during the special were Soap, Carter Country, The Love Boat, and The San Pedro Beach Bums.
I published an article about “The Magic of ABC” in February 2004. It badly needs updating. Back then I only had access to a grainy, nearly unwatchable VHS copy of the special. Higher quality versions are currently available on YouTube. I’ve embedded one above.
“The Magic of ABC” proved to be a hit with viewers, ranking in the Top 20 for the week. The special impressed rival network CBS so much, it began airing magic specials with David Copperfield the next year.
Do you remember watching “The Magic of ABC” back in 1977? If so, hit the comments with your memories.