He worked on 'Merlin,' 'Into the Woods'

Charles Reynolds, who once made a horse and rider disappear onstage in Broadway production “Merlin,” died Nov. 4 in Manhattan. He was 78.

Reynolds was a magic consultant for stage and TV who worked on the 1983 tuner as well as 1980’s Main Stem production “Blackstone!” in which Harry Blackstone Jr. sawed his wife in two.

Reynolds was enamoured of magic even as a child, and as a grownup found a way to turn it into an occupation. He worked as producer, director and magic consultant for productions in the U.K., France and Hong Kong as well as in the U.S.

His magic was seen on “Saturday Night Live” as well as Broadway shows including 1985’s “Doug Henning and His Sleight of Hand,” 1989 Stephen Sondheim tuner “Into the Woods” and 1986 musical “Big.”

He won a Drama Desk Award for special effects in 1983.

Survivors include his wife, Regina.

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