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Episode 1216

Air Date: March 20, 1972
Previous Episode: 1215
Next Episode: 1217

Mister Rogers arrives with a blue card with black dots on both sides which he uses to demonstrate a basic magic trick. At Betty's Little Theater, he meets Charles Appel, a magician who rehearses several tricks of his own.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin is selling tickets to Mr. Appel's magic show. Having printed the tickets, X the Owl is too busy with other printing jobs and cannot attend the show. Henrietta Pussycat must also miss the show as she is feeling under the weather. Elsie Jean cannot interrupt Ana's feeding schedule to attend and Dr. Bill is busy with a patient.

Needing to sell all ten tickets in order for Mr. Appel to profit, Lady Aberlin is disappointed that she is only able to sell one ticket (actually, half a ticket since Daniel only had a 1/2 coin). Equally disappointed is Mr. Appel who feels that he will need to sell his magic equipment in order to feed and clothe his family.

Despite the low turn out and his financial worries, Mr. Appel performs for Lady Aberlin and Daniel Tiger. After only a few magic tricks, Mr. Appel's worries get the best of him and he is unable to continue. Lady Aberlin and Daniel convince him not to sell his magic equipment before they have a chance to talk to King Friday.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how people can feel disappointed when they do not have enough of something. He concludes by singing You Are Special.


After changing into his sweater, Mister Rogers misses the rack in the closet when he goes to hang up his coat. Continuing to sing, he is able to snatch it out of the air before it hits the floor.

The magic show in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe is held in the M Room of the castle. Tickets cost 1.

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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Charles Appel, W.P. Barker
Music Director: John Costa
Directed by Bob Walsh

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh
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