WandaVision sees Wanda and Vision stuck in a suburban sitcom world, presumably one that’s fueled by something supernatural, and both characters’ powers can be considered fantastical. However, Wanda is also skilled as a magician, meaning she can think quickly and use sleight of hand and illusions. The show also features Jimmy Woo, a character who expressed interest in sleight of hand magic when he appeared in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Wanda’s Glamor Is the Real Magician
Illusion is one of the foundations of Wanda’s life in Westview. Every time she interacts with other characters, she has to convince them that she’s not capable of actual magic in a realistic way. In the first episode, she directly asks her neighbor Agnes for advice on how to be normal, thinking that it will help her celebrate her anniversary with Vision later that night. When it turns out that they’re having Vision’s boss and his wife over for dinner instead, Wanda ends up utilizing the tips Agnes gave her to cover up for the unusual things happening. This isn’t exactly sleight of hand, but it sets up Wanda’s ability to improvise when necessary.
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Later, the second episode sees Wanda and Vision entering a talent show with a traditional magic act. Possibly because of the ’60s setting and the irony, Vision plays the magician while Wanda is his lovely assistant. They practice fairly standard sleight of hand magic — a disappearing act and a bunny trick — and it seems like that’s all there is to it, but everything goes awry when Vision swallows gum to keep up the ruse that he’s human. This makes him act like he’s drunk, which in turn derails the magic show.
Every time Vision uses his super powers during the magic act, Wanda uses her own abilities to make it seem like the tricks are fake. She conjures a rope to hold Vision aloft when he flies, she turns the piano into a cardboard cutout to explain how it could be lifted so easily, and she magics “Geraldine” into the cabinet when Vision mucks up that trick. The audience is a little confused at first, but they ultimately accept Wanda’s sleight of hand as reality and assume the reveals of how the tricks “work” were shown for comedic effect. This also helps Wanda and Vision be more accepted by the community, cementing that everything they’re doing in Westview is a giant sleight of hand trick.
Jimmy Woo Is Scott Lang’s Magic Protege… Sort Of
Jimmy is first seen in the fourth episode of WandaVision, investigating whatever is going on in Westview. When Monica arrives, he introduces himself by making his business card appear from out of nowhere. This traces back to Jimmy’s first appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp, when he was impressed by Scott Lang’s magic tricks, including this card trick. Jimmy even asked Scott how the trick was done, but when he couldn’t get an answer, Jimmy looked it up online. In the five years since Ant-Man and the Wasp, Jimmy seems to have gained some sleight of hand skills of his own.
So far, Wanda and Jimmy haven’t interacted, though Jimmy has watched all of Wanda’s recent adventures. It’s possible that their mutual affinity for sleight of hand won’t amount to much, and Wanda’s actual powers would give her an obvious advantage over Jimmy if they came up against each other. However, there’s a chance they could create complementary illusions at some point, and perhaps under different circumstances, they could bond over their tricks.
Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, and Kathryn Hahn as Agnes. New episodes air Fridays on Disney+.
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