The Return of the Magician

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Included in "Plan 09 From Halloween"

Pages: 11

Author(s): Simon Yee

Artist(s): Art by Albert and Jenny Yoshida Park

Setting: 1920s (specifically, Halloween)

Appears in: Plan 09 From Halloween.


Five years ago, the once-famous Arkham stage magician Phineas Tormei died by his own hand after an obsessive career aimed at exposing fraudulent mediums and mystics. Before his death Phineas publicly declared that he would give half of his estate to anyone who could return his spirit from the death within five years.


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As the five year anniversary of the magician's death draws near, a Moroccan gentleman -- apparently Phineas' former stage assistant -- has arrived in Arkham saying that he will not only resurrect the illusionist's spirit ... but bring his body back to life also. Worried she will lose half the magician's money, his widow asks the Investigators to travel to Morocco to discover what is really going on.


Player Handouts:

  • Illustration (seen also on cover of Plan 09 From Halloween)
  • Suicide Note Draft
  • Khalif Telegram from Casablanca



Tomes and Artifacts:

  • Photographs of Occult Subjects, including carvings of Dagon and Hydra and fish-men (mostly useless memorabilia used for showmanship during performances)
  • True Magick (Mythos Tome)

Campaigns / Scenarios: (none)


According to the Scenario author: "A 1920’s Scenario drawing from material found in the Secrets of Morocco: Eldritch Explorations in the Ancient Kingdom, and from the Malleus Monstrorum: Creatures, Gods, & Forbidden Knowledge. Both are supplements produced by Chaosium, Inc."

This scenario ties in closely with material in "Secrets of Morocco" although some effort has been made to allow Keepers to run it without having access to that book.

Keeper Comments

Setting: 1920s Arkham and Morocco. Might require minimal work to relocate.

Dependence on Halloween: Minimal: Halloween is barely mentioned in the scenario, except as the date the magician committed suicide on (and thus an anniversary of his death so many years later); any other date could be used, if desired.