Merlin the Magic Mouse

Merlin the Magic Mouse and Second Banana
Looney Tunes character
First appearance Merlin the Magic Mouse, 1967
Created by Alex Lovy
Voiced by Daws Butler (1967)
Larry Storch (1968–1969)
Species Mouse

Merlin the Magic Mouse is an animated cartoon character, an anthropomorphic mouse, who starred in five Looney Tunes shorts late in the series.


He was a nightclub magician (he usually preferred to be called a prestidigitator, though he could never pronounce this correctly) who traveled around for work. Much of the humour of the character derived from the fact that, while he was often regarded as a cheap stage magician, he knew some very real and powerful magic tricks. His magic words were typically "Atascadero Escondido!" Merlin also has a sidekick, appropriately named Second Banana, which is a slang term for a magician's assistant.

Daws Butler provided the voice of Merlin and Second Banana in the first short, Merlin the Magic Mouse; Larry Storch performed the voices for the other four films.[1] Merlin's vocal mannerisms are based on that W.C. Fields.[1]



  1. 1 2 Merlin the Magic Mouse at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on February 17, 2016.

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