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TV Trickery, originally printed as Zio Paperone e il Telescrocco (which translates as Uncle Scrooge and the Telecrookery), is a comic story written and drawn by Bottaro. It features Witch Hazel, Beelzebub, Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, Gyro Gearloose, the Little Helper, and, in their debuts, Will Woofer, Mr Bupkis and Babul Beezmeer.


Witch Hazel keeps spying on Scrooge McDuck's TV set, as the rules of the Witches' Union forbid her from buying her own. After he finds her out, Scrooge promises to give her her very own set if and only if she manages to create a successful TV program of her own for one of his channels!



  • Scrooge McDuck had previously tangled with Witch Hazel in Luciano Bottaro's earlier Donald Duck and the Enchanted Vacuum Cleaner (1956).
  • Witch Hazel ends the story looking for a way to sell two billion Automatic Dazzledent Toothbrushes. The 1969 story Prologue to Paperallegria showed Hazel leaving for the southern isles to sell Toothbrushes there. She later encountered the Duck family there, bridging the events of TV Trickery with those of the 1964 Donald and the Wagers (which showed the Ducks independently going to this same location).
  • This story introduces McDuck Tower No. 38Don Rosa's 1991 Incident at McDuck Tower would later introduce the first and greatest McDuck Tower.

Behind the scenes

This story was first published in Italy in its original version in Topolino #397. It was printed in English in Disney Masters #2 with localization by Thad Komorowski.