Albert's mother, a magician's assistant, is killed in a car crash. The seven-year-old wants to stay with the circus and learn to be a magician, but is sent to New Jersey to live with his godmother Harriet Franklin. Harriet, a driven businesswoman, is reluctant to be his guardian and only accepts to keep her friend's son out of the foster care system.
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Travelling alone on the plane, Albert draws a face which starts to talk to him, asking him to make its nose and eyes bigger. Then it grows into a gentle French giant who introduces himself as Bogus. Bogus tries to reassure Albert that his unknown godmother may be "stupendous... the best godmother in the world". Unfortunately she doesn't make a good first impression when she is late picking him up at the airport. Nor does she when she complains loud and long about the traffic and the traffic warden who gives her a ticket, but Bogus provides a comforting presence.
The no-nonsense Harriet who is used to living alone finds it hard to cope with the sullen grieving boy who talks to himself and keeps practising card tricks. She is baffled by the imaginary friend who seems to fill Albert's thoughts. For Albert Bogus makes New Jersey magical and he is not interested in making other friends. But he must come out of his shell sometime and surprisingly it is Bogus who helps his godmother to win him round.
The review of this Movie prepared by Maureen Evans