Convent orphan Michael Antonio idolizes his uncle, renowned magician and juggler Marko the Magnificient. Marko is coming to San Tanco to visit Michael, an opportunity Sister Bertrille cannot let pass. Since the hot water pipes in the convent had just burst, she persuades the Reverend Mother to hold a benefit concert headlining Marko the Magnificent, with some other peripheral acts, including a trio of singing nuns (Sisters Bertrille, Jacqueline and Ana). The Reverend Mother thinks it's a good idea since she has seen the amazing feats of Marko. Marko however does not want to do it since he has come to San Tanco for some rest and personal time with Michael. Feeling pressured from Michael as well as some pre-publicity of the concert, Marko reluctantly concedes to doing it. Another reluctant performer is Sister Ana, who has stage fright. Back to Marko, Sister Bertrille learns that Marko's reluctance masks the fact that his hands are afflicted with arthritis and he can no longer perform ...
Did You Know?
(Marko) was unusual among gay performers of his era by openly living together with same-sex partners and referred to himself as a "conscientious objector" in the "morality revolution" of the 1960s. See more
Lax direction? A few of the children in the audience are not applauding very enthusiastic. Especially note the black boy sitting behind Mother Superior who is barely tapping his fingers to his palms and later the Mexican girl sitting to his right who (at the end of levitating act) starts off clapping hard then tapers off to very slightly. See more
I couldn't sing in front of anyone. I just couldn't.
If people watch, I shake all over when I sing.
Well, don't let that worry you, Sister Ana. It never hurt Elvis Presley.