That Old Black Magic is the 6th episode of the second season and the 28th overall episode of Charmed.


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An evil witch hunts for her magic sceptre, which Prue has found, while Leo, Piper and Phoebe must locate the Chosen One to keep the powerful sceptre out of evil's hands.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]



Magical Notes[]

Book of Shadows[]

Scrying For Something Lost[]

Over a map
a crystal on thread
should flow
Name what is sought
and the point will show

Tuatha's Book of Shadows[]



Tuatha casting her spell.

To Disempower a Witch[]

Tuatha casts this spell in 1999 to strip the Charmed Ones of their powers. The first time she cast this spell was solely to remove Prue's power however, after killing two more innocents and stealing their hearts for her spell, she was able to cast it a second time.

A Red Ribbon Tie
Round a Fresh Human Heart.
The Witch's Powers
Will Then Depart.
Enchant the Following:
Before The Passing of
This hour
Take away
All Their Powers.



Tuatha's potion binds Piper and Prue



  • Phoebe used a Sleeping Potion against Tuatha, but failed Tautha did the same to Phoebe and Leo while being successful.
  • Tuatha uses a potion to encase Piper's and Prue's feet in stone.
  • Phoebe mentioned that she made a potion to Repel an Evil Threat.


  • Shrinking (through magical dust)Used by Tuatha to shrink the treasure hunters.
  • Remote Teleportation (through magical dust)Used by Tuatha to teleport her Familiar to her Wand.
  • Sensing: Used by Tuatha's familar to find the wand.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Leo.
  • Telekinesis: Used by Prue to move the paper with Betty's address out of Jack Sheridan's pocket and into her hands. She later used it to open Betty's door and to fling Tuatha. Kyle flung Leo backwards using Tuatha's Wand.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze Kyle.
  • Teleportation (through magical dust)Type of Teleportation used by Tuatha.
  • Pyrotechnics (through magical dust)Used by Tuatha to attack Piper and Phoebe
  • Molecular Combustion (through Tuatha's Wand)Used by Tuatha to kill Betty. Kyle used it to blow up Tuatha's cloned Familiars and Tuatha herself.
  • Intangibility (through magical dust): Used by Tuatha to take Joshua's heart out.
  • Healing: Used by Leo to heal Piper.
  • Cloning: Used by Tuatha's Familiar to clone itself.
  • Calling: Used by Kyle and Tuatha to call for Tuatha's wand. Tuatha also used it to summon her wand from Betty's wand.


Notes and Trivia[]

File:Charmed 2x06

That Old Black Magic WB Trailer


WB's promo

  • Darryl does not appear in this episode.
  • Piper and Dan start dating in this episode. 
  • This is the third episode in which the sisters lose their powers.
  • This is the last episode for Karis Paige Bryant (Jenny Gordon). She was written out of the show as the writers realized she served no real purpose, Dan says in "Ms. Hellfire" that she returned to her parents.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Jack Sheridan.
  • This is the first time the Charmed Ones scry for something, a recurring element throughout the rest of the series.
  • This is the first of many episodes to show someone (in this case Leo) being thrown through the glass in the conservatory.
  • Phoebe doesn't use her power.
  • This episode scored 5.6 million viewers.
  • At the end of the episode, Shannen Doherty is wearing the same black outfit she wore for some of her promotional pictures of the season.
  • This is the first episode to display the power of Molecular Combustion. Tuatha and Kyle are both able to use it through her wand in this episode. Piper later develops the power as an advancement on her Molecular Immobilization power in season 3.
  • Tuatha would be the first evil witch the Charmed Ones encounter.
  • Brigid Brannagh goes on to star in the Lifetime series Army Wives, which coincidentally also stars Drew Fuller.

Cultural References[]

  • The storyline where the three filmmakers find the witch Tuatha is a nod to the film "The Blair Witch Project" (1999). One of the filmmakers also references the film.
  • The episode title is a reference to the song of the same name.
  • The storyline of the seventh son of the seventh son is based on the book, "Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker)".
  • Kyle calls Leo "Obi-Wan", a reference to Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Star Wars film series.

Continuity Errors[]

  • When Jack puts the piece of paper, with Betty's address and phone number on it, in his pocket it is folded once by Betty and then Jack sort of folded it before he put it in his pocket. When Prue telekinetically pick-pocketed Jack, it was perfectly folded twice.
  • Despite being disempowered, Phoebe's potion was still "magical" while in A Witch in Time her potion had no effect at all.


Promotional Pictures[]

Episode Stills[]

Behind The Scenes[]


(Piper and Leo walk in the solarium.)
Piper: It's not that it isn't great to see you, Leo, because it is. But you can't just orb in whenever it's convenient.
Leo: It's never been a problem before.
Piper: Yeah, well, things have changed.
Leo: I can see that.
Piper: Leo ...
Leo: Sorry, wasn't fair. Where's Prue?
Piper: At work.
Leo: Fine. Then we'll have to start without her and your friend Dan has to leave now.
Piper: Oh, really? Why?
Leo: Because you and your sisters have a very big problem. A magical problem. Look, this isn't personal, it's business.
Piper: What else is new?

Piper: Okay, so how old is he now?
Leo: See, over there. (Leo points and you see a teenage boy getting picked on.)
Piper: He's a high school student?
Phoebe: And he's a nerd.
Leo: Hey, I didn't choose him, they did. If he can help save your lives, that's all I care about.
Piper: Leo, he's a teenager. How can we let him go up against Tuatha? She'll destroy him.
Leo: Not if he finds the wand and learns how to use it. Besides, she knows he's the Chosen One. If we don't help him, she'll find him and destroy him anyway.
Phoebe: Doesn't sound like we have much of a choice.
Piper: This is wrong. He should be battling acne at his age, not evil witches.

(Prue, Piper and Phoebe run in.)
Phoebe: What was that crash? What happened in here?
Leo: A little training, that's all.
Prue: That's all? Do you have any idea how much that's gonna cost to fix?
Piper: Well, I know who's gonna be fixing it. Leo, what if somebody saw you?
Leo: Someone like neighbour Dan? Hey, you're bleeding. (You see a cut on Piper's forehead.)
Piper: It's nothing.

Phoebe: Okay, this is the potion to induce sleep, this one is to repel an evil threat, and that one puts out a fire.
Prue: What kind of potion does that?
Phoebe: None. It's water. (a look from Prue) I didn't have a lot of time, it was the best that I could do, okay?

International Titles[]

  • French: Un coup de baguette magique (A Wave of Magic Wand)
  • Polish: Stara dobra czarna magia (Good Old Black Magic)
  • Czech: Černá magie (Black Magic)
  • Slovak: Stará čierna mágia (Old Black Magic)
  • Italian: Quella vecchia bacchetta magica (That Old Magic Wand)
  • Spanish (Spain and Latin America): Esa vieja magia negra (That Old Black Magic)
  • Hungarian: A varázspálca (The Magic Wand)
  • Portuguese (Portugal): A Escola da Magia Negra (The School of Black Magic)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Aquela Velha Magia Negra (That Old Black Magic)
  • Russian: Эта древняя чёрная магия [Əta drevnjaja čjornaja magija] (That Ancient Black Magic)
  • Finnish: Vastentahtoinen valittu (Involuntary Chosen)
  • German: Der Auserwählte (The Chosen One)
  • Serbian: Ta stara crna magija (That Old Black Magic)
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