Presto MagiX Show

Remember Presto MagiX? I found some unopened Presto MagiX kits on eBay and decided to open one up and try it.

Maybe it doesn’t look so fun, but it totally was. You had to be economic in your transfer placement choices; you only had so many, after all, and only a few of those were the cool ones. You had to be careful; you could easily mess up the transfer. But most of all, you had to be creative; you were actually creating a story in your mind as you laid out and laid down the transfers. The Presto MagiX were like a chess game (or a good video game), requiring simultaneous attention to many pieces, and that was fun indeed.

Doug

Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

Latest posts by Doug (see all)

Subscribe to the Retroist Newsletter

* indicates required

4 thoughts on “Presto MagiX Show

  1. john says:

    Fun video. Thanks for posting. I vaguely remember these, but it was cool seeing them “live” like this. I love the old fashioned packaging (and the price!)

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Had an improbable amount of fun with transfer sets like these as a young ‘un.

    Loved the Panorama ones cuz they were quite big and had lots and lots of decals (and doubles for schoolbook infiltrations).

  3. Excellent video, Doug! I found a bunch of Gremlins Presto MagiX way back in the 90’s at my local Kay Bee toy store. It really was like they had just found a box of them and decided to go ahead and throw them on the shelves.

    You are quite correct on the placement of your pieces…I remember sitting at the dinner table with my cousin…each of us just trying to create a cooler scene. For some reason some of the Star Wars characters decided to visit Hazzard county at one point!

  4. Drahken says:

    I think I had that exact set. I know it was some star wars one, and empire strikes back would have been about right timing-wise.
    I used to both love & hate those things. I loved the concept, but hated them because they just never worked right. You could never get the entire thing to rub off, then it would get all screwed up when you tried to pull the thing off.

Leave a Reply