"We're not going to hurt your baby, Piper. We're going to raise her as our own. She's going to be a powerful leader, a great force of evil. You should be proud, very proud."
Doris Bennett to Piper

The Day the Magic Died is the 15th episode of the fifth season and the 103rd overall episode of Charmed.


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At a summit meeting with the leaders of evil, Phoebe and Paige discover that all magic - both good and bad - has disappeared. Piper needs her sisters' help after she loses her soon-to-be-born baby to the leaders.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]



Magical Notes[]


The Book is blank.

Book of Shadows[]

Due to the Magic being down everywhere, the Book of Shadows became blank. Phoebe discovered it when she wanted to find something in it about the Magic being down and ran down to the basement to show it to Paige. Paige looked surprised and took it back to attic, and Phoebe stayed in the basement to find a way to tie the geese up.



Phoebe casting the Spell.

Return to Sender Spell[]

After Paige tried to orb it away, Phoebe created and cast this spell to send the Unicorn back to its sender. The spell didn't work, because Magic was down. Paige then tried to tie it up in the basement, but the Unicorn managed to free itself by eating through the rope.

Take this beast, before I end her,
Ship her back, Return to sender.

To Vanquish a Demon with a Unicorn's Horn []


Doris and Cronyn are vanquished.

After they got home from the fight at the pizzeria, Paige and Phoebe went down to the basement to scrape dust from the Unicorn's horn, as the horn is pure Good magic. They also wrote a vanquishing spell, and cast it while they sprinkeld the dust on Cronyn and Doris, causing their vanquish. The spell also made Stanley's body explode.

Beast of legend, myth and lore,
Give my words the power to soar,
And kill this evil evermore.


  • Healing: Leo tried to heal Piper, but he couldn't since high blood pressure is a state of mind. Later, Leo used the dust from the Unicorn's horn to heal Victor.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Paige.
  • Telekinetic Orbing: Paige tried to orb an apple into her hands, but it didn't work because Magic was down.
  • Levitation: Phoebe tried to levitate, but it didn't work because Magic was down.
  • Fireballs: Stanley tried to create a fireball to attack Paige, but it didn't work because Magic was down.
  • Molecular Combustion: Piper tried to blow up Leo, but it didn't work because Magic was down.

Notes and Trivia[]


WB's promo

  • The WB used the promo title Special Delivery.
  • This is the first appearance of Wyatt Halliwell, Piper and Leo's first born.
  • In this episode we learn that Piper was carrying a boy all this time and not a girl as they thought due to their trip to the future where Piper and Leo had a daughter.
  • Darryl does not appear in this episode.
  • Even though the characters had previously joked about the baby coming out in orbs, he actually did.
    • Similarly, Piper mentioned several times that she was going to give birth in the hospital, though it eventually happened in the manor.
  • Cheryl Ladd starred in "Charlie's Angels", which was also produced by Aaron Spelling.
  • Cronyn mentions the Imps. The Charmed Ones and Billie will face them three years later, in "Rewitched".
  • This is the second time that agents of Evil attempt to tip the scale between Good and Evil by trying to steal a newborn. The first time, a newborn Melinda Warren was targeted.
  • This is the second time we see the sisters use handcuffs. The first time Phoebe used them when Piper was a Wendigo.
  • Piper loses her powers for eleventh time, Phoebe for tenth time and Paige for fifth time in this episode.
  • Phoebe says to Paige "I see a head of dark hair" and Paige replies by saying "What did you expect a blonde?", ironically, Wyatt is blonde throughout his childhood.
  • When Wyatt is born, the chandelier above the dining room table glows blue just like the one in the foyer did when Piper, Phoebe, and Prue became witches.
  • This episode scored 5.6 million viewers.
  • This episode takes place on February 1 and February 2, 2003.
  • Paige mentions she was good at Chemistry in high school. 
  • Paige is wearing the same top that she wore in Happily Ever After.
  • This is one of very few episodes where the Charmed Ones are truly powerless as most instances were limited to their active powers.
  • Piper does not use either of her powers, Phoebe does not use her Premonition power and Paige does not use her Telekinetic Orbing power.
    • Paige is the only sister to use her powers.
    • This is one of the few episodes where the sisters don't use their primary wiccan powers.

Cultural References[]

  • The title is a reference to a line from Don McLean's song, American Pie, "The Day the Music Died", which in turn denotes the February 3, 1959 air crash which killed Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, along with their pilot.
  • When Paige and Phoebe are preparing for the summit with Cronyn, Phoebe comments "we don't need no stinkin' powers." This is a reference to the commonly misquoted "badges" line from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
  • In the beginning of the episode Phoebe says, talking about Victor, that "He does get very Darrin Stephens about our whole magic things", a reference to "Bewitched". Like Samantha's husband, Victor disapproves of magic.
  • Piper watches the soap-opera Passions in her bedroom, in particular a scene that features the character of Tabitha, an evil witch. She also comments "Like that spell would've worked".
  • Paige says the Unicorn might be a "Trojan Unicorn". This is a reference to the Trojan Horse from the Trojan War.
  • Golden Geese are featured in this episode.

Continuity Errors[]

  • The elastic holding the horn on the unicorn is clearly visible in most scenes featuring the animal.
  • When Leo tells Paige and Phoebe about how he can't orb, when the camera cuts to Paige and the unicorn, you can clearly see hands in the bottom right corner and under the table, holding a rope to stop the unicorn.
  • When Stanley begins to strangle Paige, you can tell it's not her - it is clearly a male stunt-double.
  • When Paige orbs back from the Dead Sea, the ruffles are on her right shoulder but when she goes downstairs, the ruffles are on her left.
  • Phoebe and Paige hide Stanley's body in a closet in the foyer. In "Dead Man Dating", there was a bathroom there.
  • When Phoebe tried to levitate in the kitchen the sound effect can be faintly heard. 


Episode Stills[]



Leo: (chasing a goose, one of the magical gifts, and falling on his face in the process) Here, goosey, goosey... goosey..! (Loud thump)

Phoebe: Oh no. I can't levitate, I'm grounded.
Leo: Something's wrong, something's wrong, I can't orb. I was trying to go to the Elders to find out how to get rid of the golden geese and (sees the unicorn) why is there a unicorn in the kitchen?!

Paige: (closes the door where the dead demon is) That is always my motto. Isn't that funny?

Cronyn: My cell phone's on the back, in case your sister changes her mind.
Phoebe: Cronyn, huh? Since when do sorcerers have cell phones?
Cronyn: You think that's bad? I got a taxi waiting out front.

Piper: Hi, Phoebe, come, sit, talk with us, please.
Phoebe: Oh, I can't, I have a big meeting at work. You have hairspray I could borrow?
Piper: You have hairspray.
Phoebe: Yeah, but mine is non-aerosol, and it's a really big meeting, (waves her hands either side of her face, to show where her hair'll be) so I need aerosol for that super-firm hold, you know.
Piper: Check my bathroom.

Paige: These were mine and now they're yours. Chain mail top—from my club days, steel-toed boots—from my mosh pit days, handcuffs (smirks)—from last Friday.

International Titles[]

  • French: La relève (The Relief)
  • Russian: День, когда пропала магия [Den′, kogda propala magija] (The Day, When the Magic has gone)
  • Czech: Den, kdy magie zmizela (The Day the Magic Disappeared)
  • Slovak: Deň keď zomrela mágia (The Day When the Magic Died)
  • Serbian: Dan kada je magija nestala (The Day When the Magic's Gone)
  • Spanish (Spain): El día en que murió la magia (The Day the Magic Died)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Cuando la magia desapareció (When the Magic Disappeared)
  • German: Ein magisches Geschenk (A Magical Gift)
  • Italian: Un arrivo speciale (A Special Arrival)
  • Hungarian: A nap, amikor a mágia odaveszett (The Day, When the Magic Gone)
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