It’s the summer of 1846 and the touring hypnotist and magician Vogler has decided that it’s the turn of the capital of Sweden to experience his magic arts. Together with his wife, his grandmother hand assistant Tubal, he rents a room at the farm of consul Egerman. The other guests at the farm, police inspector Starbeck and doctor Vergérus, proves to be quite skeptical of the newcomer’s alleged skills, and it all evolves into an exciting and thriller-like battle between the two camps. The Magician is one of Bergman’s most discussed films. The critics at the time were mostly united in the movie in regards to its quality, but offered many interpretations of what Bergman intended to portray with the different characters.