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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 '14 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 – Often Right Feb 28 '14 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 '14 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! – Often Right Jan 5 '15 at 5:50

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