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"Do you know a magic word?"
'You mean like "please'?
— Salty and Percy

Percy and the Magic Carpet is the twenty-sixth (thirteenth in Australia) episode of the eighth season.


It is a very windy day and preparations are underway for the opening of the flower show at Maithwaite. Sir Topham Hatt announces that a special must be taken there before Alicia Botti opens the show. He chooses Percy to take it, much to the annoyance of Gordon and James.

Percy arrives at Brendam Docks with a flatbed, only to discover that his special is just a roll of red carpet. Salty tells Percy that it might be magic, as he heard tales of carpets that can fly. Salty goes on to talk about magic words: "Hey Presto," "Hocus Pocus," and "Abracadabra." Percy is in doubt, but once he moves, the carpet unrolls itself just like magic.

Stopping at a signal, Percy sees Gordon, who is not surprised that Percy was told to collect a carpet as he is just a small engine. Suddenly, the wind lifts up underneath the carpet, taking it into the air. Percy is now convinced that it is a magic carpet, but Gordon knows that it is just the wind and he departs to collect a coach for Alicia Botti. Then Murdoch passes Percy and the red carpet lands onto a flatbed in Murdoch's train. Percy gives chase to Murdoch, calling for him to wait. But Murdoch is too far ahead to hear Percy and carries on through Maron station. Percy, speeding through Maron, tells James that Murdoch has his magic carpet, but James tells him that magic carpets do not exist.

Soon the wind takes the carpet off of Murdoch's train and onto Toby's roof. Percy follows Toby to Kellsthorpe, where he meets Gordon again. The carpet flies off of Toby's roof and lands down onto the tracks. Percy is very upset. Gordon is not impressed; he thinks that Percy is trying to make his "little job" important. Suddenly, they hear Thomas approaching the station; he was heading straight for the carpet. Gordon and Percy blow their whistles to alert Thomas, but to no avail. Percy decides to say a magic word, but none of the suggestions Salty gave him work. So, Percy says "please" and just as Thomas is about to run over the carpet, the wind blows the carpet away from Thomas and lands onto Percy's flatbed. Now Gordon is convinced that the carpet is magic.

Once his driver ties the carpet down to the flatbed, Percy sets off, worried that he is running late. Soon Percy reaches Maithwaite and tells Sir Topham Hatt about all of the trouble the carpet caused. However, though he explains that magic carpets do not exist, Sir Topham Hatt tells Percy that he is right on time whilst the carpet is unloaded and placed onto the platform.

Later, Alicia Botti arrives aboard Gordon's coach and opens the flower show. However, the wind blows underneath the red carpet again whilst it is on the platform, leaving Percy and Gordon unsure whether the carpet is magic or not.




  • This episode marked the last of several things:
    • The last episode to feature the old Tidmouth Sheds.
    • The last episode narrated by Leo Morimoto in Japan.
    • The last episode with the original cast for the Japanese narration.
    • The last episode where the title card is not read out loud by the narrator.
    • Murdoch's last appearance until the eleventh season episode, Emily's Rubbish.
  • Going by production order, this is the thirteenth episode of the eighth season.
  • The events of this episode were later mentioned by Gordon in Emily Saves the World.


  • When Salty says the magic words, his right buffer is missing.
  • The leaves on the trees are green, but when they fall they are orange and red.
  • The position of the carpet changes when Murdoch passes through Maron.
  • When Percy chases Toby, the flatbed's back wheel is crooked.
  • The position of the carpet changes in every shot when it was on Toby.
  • In widescreen, when the narrator says, "Then, there was trouble," the carpet is still seen on Toby's roof, even though it flew off earlier, to add to that the footage appears to be played backwards this is because the steam looks to be going back towards the engines.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Dutch Percy en de Vliegend Tapijt Percy and the Flying Carpet
German Percy und der Fliegende Teppich Percy and the Flying Carpet
Norwegian Percy og Det Magiske Teppet Percy and the Magic Carpet
Danish Percy og Det Magiske Tæppe Percy and the Magic Carpet
Swedish Percy Och Den Magiska Mattan Percy and the Magic Carpet
Hungarian Percy és a Varázsszőnyeg Percy and the Magic Carpet
Catalan Percy i el Catifa Màgica Percy and the Magic Carpet
Finnish Pekka ja Taikamatto Percy and the Magic Carpet
Flemish De Tapijt van Magische The Magic Carpet
Italian Percy e il Tappeto Magico Percy and the Magic Carpet
French Percy et le Tapis Magique Percy and the Magic Carpet
Spanish Percy y la Alfombra Mágica Percy and the Magic Carpet
Portuguese Percy e o Tapete Mágico Percy and the Magic Carpet
Romanian Percy și Covorul Magic Percy and the Magic Carpet
Gaelic Pearsaidh Agus am Brat Draoidheil Percy and the Magic Carpet
Czech Percy a Kouzelný Koberec Percy and the Magic Carpet
Polish Piotrek i Magiczny Dywan Percy and the Magic Carpet
Croatian Pero i Čarobni Tepih Percy and the Magic Carpet
Slovak Percy a Kúzelný Koberec Percy and the Magic Carpet
Russian Перси и магический ковёр Percy and the Magic Carpet
Japanese パーシーとまほうのじゅうたん Percy and the Magic Carpet
Thai เพอร์ซีกับพรมวิเศษ Percy With a Magic Carpet
Chinese 培西和魔毯 Percy and the Magic Carpet
Korean 마법의 카펫 Magic Carpet
Greek O μαγικό χαλί The Magic Carpet

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