Extrasensory perception (and its acronym, ESP), Supernatural powers, mind over matter, having “the power”, predicting the future, talking to the spirits, secrets of the universe, psychokinetics, séance, and magic. Sounds like just another Big Séance blog post, right? But it’s not. Well, it is, kind of. But all of those terms and phrases were spoken in an episode of Bewitched, titled “Abner Kadabra“, which originally aired in 1965 in its first season.
It was one of those situations where we turned the TV on, and it was tuned into a channel that I don’t typically watch. I haven’t even seen an episode of Bewitched in many years. We were lucky enough to catch this one from the very beginning, and watched it all the way through, thoroughly entertained for the entire episode! It was such a stress reliever after a really long day.
Gladys Kravitz, a goofy and crazy neighbor, caught Samantha re-arranging pictures on one of her walls… which she was doing with the help of a twitch of her nose. Mrs. Kravitz, who of course is shocked and frightened by what she sees, accuses Sam of being from Venus and having “supernatural powers”, and even throws in a snide remark about her not being like all the other housewives. Samantha thinks she avoids this mess by suggesting that Gladys actually caused the pictures to move herself, with her mind. Gladys seems to enjoy the attention and believes that she suddenly has “the power”, and runs with it, thinking she can guess numbers, read her husband’s mind, talk to spirits, make it rain (a hilarious scene), and even cook with her magic.
Abner, Gladys’ husband, is thoroughly annoyed by all of this, but concerned that his wife is going crazy. Samantha ends up arranging a séance, in which Gladys serves as the stereotypical medium, playing the part very well. Samantha’s intention is to scare Gladys, so that she decides on her own to leave her “powers” behind for good. It worked!
The whole thing was just supernatural candy for my brain, and I couldn’t believe the topics and terms that were thrown around in one episode of a 1965 sitcom. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it. It was truly a cute episode that was worth the watch. I even watched it twice.
And now you can watch it too, because the entire episode is on Hulu! Here’s the link. —> http://www.hulu.com/watch/10998#i0,p28,d0
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