Merlin the Magic Mouse
|Merlin the Magic Mouse and Second Banana|
|Looney Tunes character|
|First appearance||Merlin the Magic Mouse, 1967|
|Created by||Alex Lovy|
|Voiced by||Daws Butler (1967)|
Larry Storch (1968–1969)
Merlin was a nightclub magician (he usually preferred to be called a prestidigitator, though he could never pronounce this correctly) who traveled around for work. Much of the humour of the character derived from the fact that, while he was often regarded as a cheap stage magician, he knew some very real and powerful magic tricks. His magic words were typically "Atascadero Escondido!" Merlin also has a sidekick, appropriately named Second Banana, which is a slang term for a magician's assistant.
Daws Butler provided the voice of Merlin and Second Banana in the first short, Merlin the Magic Mouse; Larry Storch performed the voices for the other four films. Merlin's vocal mannerisms are based on that W.C. Fields.
- Merlin the Magic Mouse (1967)
- Hocus Pocus Powwow (1968)
- Feud with a Dude (1968)
- Fistic Mystic (1969)
- Shamrock and Roll (1969)