Magic (20th Century Fox, 1978)
This 1978 psychological horror movie starred Anthony Hopkins as magician’s assistant Corky who bombs at his first solo performance. He is given a ventriloquist dummy named Fats (voiced by Hopkins) to improve his act. After a few short years Corky is at the height of his fame. Unfortunately, Fats has developed a mind of his own and wants to control his master.
Magic was directed by Richard Attenborough and written by William Goldman, who wrote the novel on which the film was based. Magic also starred Ann-Margret and Burgess Meredith. Magic was produced for $7 million and took in just under $24 million.