Netflix’s newest series “The Sound Of Magic” is here and we’re here to recap its finale and explain its ending.
Note: the below review of the ending is a subjective review. Take it with a grain of salt
What is the real identity of Ri-Eul?
Turns out, Ri-Eul is not the magician’s real name. His real name is Min Hyuk. He’s 30 years old and a high school drop out. He comes from a wealthy family with respectable parents who often appear on TV. He also has two siblings who are doing extremely well.
Slowly, Min Hyuk began to crack under pressure. He kept trying so hard to please his parents do well on his studies, one day, he went to the rooftop and began to hallucinate a field filled with flowers was in front of him. So he ended up jumping.
Luckily, he was saved and was treated at the hospital and also received psychological treatment. He dropped out of school.
He gets accused of being the murderer because of the rumors and circumstances surrounding Seo Ha-Yoon’s death.
He’s taken into custody to be investigated for his alleged involvement in Seo Ha-Yoon’s murder. He ends up escaping after denying everything to police. He just vanishes.
Why did Ri Eul [Min Hyuk] disappear?
After his escape, both Yoon A Yi and Na Il Deung try to do something about it after finding out he’s escaped. They think he’s being framed. Na Il Deung ends up going back to school to get his backpack and look around elsewhere while Yoon A Yi goes back to the park.
Na Il Deung ends up hearing two students speak ill of the magician and of Yoon A Yi so he becomes mad and gets into a fight with them. He gets beaten badly.
There, she sees police is surrounding him while he’s about to do magic tricks. She goes up the stage and they sing a song together[?]. At the end of their performance, it begins to snow even inside the park. After he gives her his hat and he’s about to surrender, she turns around and asks him whether he believes in magic, then she lifts a black cloth and hides him under it. He ends up disappearing right before their eyes.
Ri Eul [Min Hyuk] disappears and never shows up after that.
Who murdered Seo Ha-Yoon? [Who was the murderer in “The Sound Of Magic”?]
Two months later, police get their hands on a CCTV footage of the murder of Seo Ha-Yoon taking place. Turns out the convenience store owner Kim Doo-Sik.
While they investigated Min Hyuk’s disappearance, they stumbled upon that video. They arrest Kim Doo-Sik. Turns out, he was the one who killed her. This was because he caught her stealing cash while working part-time, he threatened her but when she begged for him not to tell police, he foiled and began sexually harassing her. She caught all of that on her phone and began threatening him with it.
She asked him to pay her money, so, in March, they agreed to meet around the amusement park so he can hand her the money. There, he killed her and later disposed of her body. He also used the same knife he killed her with and sneaked into Min Hyuk’s place, he made him put his fingerprints on it and used that to lead police on in a different direction.
He also had a magician attire that he used to stage other crimes so it appears that Min Hyuk was the one behind all of those.
Yoon A Yi also comes to the police station to report him for sexual harassment.
What happens to Yoon A Yi?
Yoon A Yi carries on with her life just fine. A few years later, she’s now in college. She still drops messages to Min hyuk in that box hoping they reach him. Her father has also gotten a job in the countryside and together they’re doing their best to pay back the debt.
She’s living well and now does magic for kids.
What happened to Na Il Deung?
Na Il Deung decides to quit school. He suddenly drops out of it. He tells the teacher he finally knows that flowers don’t bloom on asphalt concrete but on a bumpy dirt road. He wants to do it the hard way.
Its unknown what he ended up doing with his life exactly but we can assume he’s also chosen to become a magician.
How does “The Sound Of Magic” end?
“The Sound Of Magic” then concludes with a musical number featuring all the characters from the entire drama. They all sing happily about making your own fantasy and believing in magic.
“The Sound Of Magic” ending review
hmmm… what was that? I am so confused.
The full review is coming out later since I need a moment to gather my thoughts because I have no idea how to take this drama at all, but from what I can gather in words [so far], I didn’t like it very much but I don’t hate it either. It started out so much fun but then became something else, something I am still trying to understand.
“The Sound Of Magic” entire premise and message are very odd and all over the place. I just don’t get what the drama was…. Like…. I don’t understand what they meant by it. Is it that we should believe in magic? that you need to believe in yourself and chase after your dreams regardless of how impractical your job will be? I’d assume there are better ways to convey whatever the message the drama was aiming for.
My questions are the following: is he a mentally ill person who sees stuff that isn’t there? or is he someone who can do actual magic but others are too oblivious to see it? Does real magic exist? why does it exist? how is someone granted such powers?
I would have preferred it so much better if it had shown what it means to be mentally ill and unstable relating that to magic, not as an exit or an escape from his reality but as the by-product of what he’s been through. Adding that he was a good con man who tricked minors into believing things that weren’t there because he could do some tricks, as in he used their vulnerabilities to trick them.
One was longing to escape reality because of her poor circumstances and one wanted to escape the prison his parents set for him. Such an explanation would have made this drama so much more memorable and fun to view a second and third time so you could pick up on the clues you’ve missed.
But the creators end up not bothering to explain how he’s able to do impossible magic tricks while acknowledging at the same time that he likely has mental health issues and refused to grow up. He snapped because of the weight of expectations and ended up seeing things enough to commit suicide without even realizing it. The dude has no career and wanders from place to place, he’s clearly not sound of mind so I don’t understand what they were trying to do with this character…
Because unless there is a divine purpose behind why he approached two minors to teach them magic and spend so much time with them, it makes the entire drama feel odd and not in a good way.
“The Sound Of Magic” feels like it almost went there but ended up backtracking for whatever reason. Added to that, in the final episode, when they’re about to arrest him, they burst into a musical number in the middle… it was misplaced and took me out of the entire experience and suspense.
So these are my thoughts on Of Magic”, so what about you guys? did you like the episodes? let me know what you thought in the comment section below.