A young man (Colin Firth) joins a traveling show with his uncle. He is lured into the majestic quality of the magic show and is soon an important fixture at conjuring acts and disappearing acts. World War I is about to begin, however, and a disappearance of the act altogether becomes imminent. Sir Laurence Olivier gives one of his most memorable later performances in this bittersweet, enchanting 1986 British mini series. Based on a novel by J.B. Priestley.