This is a movie I think I saw at a very young age. I recall a boy being with a hopeless wizard/magician and in one scene, the wizard/magician is at the top of the stairs with a much more powerful witch who then makes the wizard flat and he slides down the stairs.

Whilst the wizard is recovering, the witch then walks with the boy, I think trying to dissuade him from keeping company with the wizard. The wizard/magician was dressed as a magician in a black tuxedo and the witch sort of like Padme in Star Wars Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace with the red outfit on.

I think it was from the 1990s, or perhaps 80s from what I remember, but it was definitely in color.

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    There's a late 70s movie called Mandrake the Magician. I don't remember that scene, but the wizard does wear a tux and a tall stovepipe formal hat if I remember correctly. I'm putting this as a comment and not an answer because I don't remember that specific scene.
    – FoxMan2099
    Feb 28, 2014 at 4:22
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    @FoxMan2099 - I've looked at that and I'm pretty sure that's not it by the looks of it the movie I'm thinking of was made later. Thanks for the effort though Feb 28, 2014 at 4:29
  • no problem, and FWIW, I have no idea why someone downvoted this question. Oh well, who cares? Good luck!
    – FoxMan2099
    Feb 28, 2014 at 6:55

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This is A Simple Wish (1997) starring Martin Short. Most of what you describe matches, though the protagonist is a young girl (Mara Wilson) instead of a boy, and Martin isn't dressed in a tuxedo, but rather an old-fashioned-y suit.

You can even get a glimpse of the "flat and sliding down the stairs" scene in the trailer on Youtube.

  • This is definitely it - not quite as I remember it, but it was a very long time ago that I saw this. Great work! Jan 5, 2015 at 5:50

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