Magic in popular culture

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This page documents notable sightings or mentions of Magic: The Gathering in the popular culture.

Movies[edit | edit source]

Spider-man (2002)[edit | edit source]

In one scene, set in Peter Parker's bedroom, a poster for the Invasion set can be seen on the wall:

Seriously though, movie production designers will often place props into a scene to create a more realistic environment. The producers of the Spider-Man movie thought Peter Parker would be the type of person who would play Magic. In December 2000 the Spider-Man movie production team contacted us looking for Magic and D&D items to place in Peter Parker's bedroom. I jumped at the chance to get Magic products in a sure-to-be blockbuster movie about one of the best superheroes ever. That same day I sent a package of cards, novels, binders, and posters off to Columbia Pictures. We would have to wait over a year to find out if they used any of the items we sent. In the September 2001 issue of Wizard Magazine, a sneak peek look at Peter's movie set bedroom confirmed the use of a D&D poster but there was no mention of anything from Magic. When the movie was released we were very excited to see they had used an Invasion poster in Peter's bedroom. We did not pay a fee for the placement of the posters in the movie, although that is a very common practice in the entertainment industry.[1]

— Scott Rouse, Magic Marketing Manager

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)[edit | edit source]

Drake Stone in The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The 2010 Disney movie The Sorcerer's Apprentice had a Magic tie-in.[2] One of the characters in the movie is Drake Stone, played by Toby Kebbell, who is sponsored by Wizards of the Coast. He's such a celebrity that in the movie he even appears on cards. Instead of just mocking up regular cards, Magic R&D was called upon to make new cards for Drake Stone's appearance. They even made him a Planeswalker.[3][4]

Television[edit | edit source]

G4[edit | edit source]

The Screen Savers
Attack of the Show
  • Episode #1448 (November 12, 2010) - Host Kevin Pereira comically displays a chest full of Magic and other CCGs during the "Around the Net" segment.

Warehouse 13[edit | edit source]

Mild Mannered (Episode #14)
  • The team visits a local comic book store and as they enter, patrons can be seen playing Magic.
    (Although the story is set in Detroit, the comic book store they visit is a real location in Toronto - Hairy Tarantula, http://hairyt.com/)

The O.C.[edit | edit source]

The Perfect Couple
Seth: So when you lost your virginity, I was playing Magic the Gathering.
Ryan: You still play Magic.
Seth: Yeah, but not as much.
Anna: So, this is your crib? This is where all the magic happens?
Seth: Well, if by magic, you're referring to the card game, then, sadly, yes.

ESPN[edit | edit source]

  • Several tournaments were produced and shown on the network, see ESPN.
  • Commercials for Portal aired during snow-boarding shows.
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Seinfeld[edit | edit source]

Home Improvement[edit | edit source]

  • One of the kids had Magic posters.

Unsolved Mysteries[edit | edit source]

  • Episode #245 (Season 8, 19th episode, aired March 15, 1996) - Although not referencing the game by name, victims Michael Johnston and Rochelle Robinson were said to have been playing a card game that featured "mystical creatures, magic, and fantasy" in the Tacoma, Washington area. (Official summary, Unsolved Mysteries Wikia, Seattle Times article)

MTV[edit | edit source]

VH1[edit | edit source]

I Love the '80s: 3D - "1987"

  • Magic was mentioned briefly in a segment about the Legend of Zelda Nintendo game.

Sci-Fi Channel[edit | edit source]

  • A two-minute Sci-Fi Buzz feature showed the game and listed tournaments being played at the time.
  • Commercials for Portal aired during Mystery Science Theater 3000, Twilight Zone and Tech War.

Comedy Central[edit | edit source]

  • On-air talent was shown playing Portal.
  • Commercials for Portal aired during South Park.

A&E[edit | edit source]

Storage Wars

Music[edit | edit source]

  • 2012 geek anthem I'm the One That's Cool produced by Felicia Day and the cast for The Guild includes the lyrics "While you played sports, I played Magic the Gathering".
  • Nerdcore hip hop artist MC Frontalot recounts his failed attempt at playing the game in his single "Hassle: The Dorkening" (lyrics).

Books[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast (May 13, 2002). "Ask Wizards - May, 2002". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (June 20, 2016). "25 More Random Things About Magic". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Monty Ashley (July 12, 2010). "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Monty Ashley (July 13, 2010). "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.

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