ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Everyone knows that the best live action Disney Film is Hocus Pocus. It's got Sarah Jessica Parker looking hotter than she ever has in her life, more reference to virgins than any other kids film and an age appropriate crush for all genders. What more do you want?

It's been 21 years since Max Dennison fatefully lit the black-flamed candle on All Hallows Eve, but has the test of time been kinder to the Hocus Pocus kids than it was to Winnie Sanderson?

I guess, there's only one way to find out...

Omri Katz (Max Dennison)

Age Then: 17

Age Now: 38

What's he Been Up To? After igniting a thousand fiery teenage crushes in Eerie Indiana and Hocus Pocus, Omri Katz was clearly feeling the burn. Apart from taking part in a couple of TV movies and short films - Katz's foray into Salem was his last outing in Hollywood.

The actor had been starring in commercials since he was just 3-years-old, and he subsequently decided that a career in showbiz wasn't for him.

Katz now works as a hairdresser in Los Angeles.

Tricksy Trivia: A young Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Max Dennison before Omri Katz was given the part.

Best Hocus Pocus Moment? Outsmarting the technologically backward Sanderson sisters with his Burning rain of DEATH... or water to you and me.


Thora Birch (Dani Dennison)

Age Then: 11

Age Now: 32

What's she Been Up To? Her on-screen older bro might have dropped out of the limelight but Thora Birch has positively bathed in it. The sassy young actress has rolled out her considerable acting talents in an impressive filmology including a Golden Globe nominated performance as Enid Coleslaw in Ghost World and playing Jane Burnham in American Beauty.

Despite appearing in over 20 feature-length movies, Birch felt like "no one was paying attention." Although she has no desire to retire from acting, she has decided to "take a break and live my life, branch out a little". She is currently seeking production support for a screenplay that she has written.

Tricksy Trivia: When Birch appeared in American Beauty she was only 16-years-old. Needless to say, her brief topless scene was hugely controversial. Both of Birch's parents were required to be on set during filming along with child labor representatives to ensure everything was above board.

Best Hocus Pocus Moment? One word, yabos.


Vinessa Shaw (Allison)

Age Then: 16

Age Now: 37

What's she Been Up To? Vinessa Shaw has appeared in a significant handful of critically acclaimed movies including a small, but critical role as a HIV infected prostitute in Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.

Clearly, Disney comedy horror was not enough to satisfy Shaw's blood-lust because the actress also scooped a pivotal role in Wes Craven's 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes.

It's not all grim roles for Shaw though as she is probably best known for her role alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Joaquin Phoenix in 2008's Two Lovers.

Tricksy Trivia: Vinessa Shaw was raised a Buddhist and she still practices Nichiren Buddhism to this day.

Best Hocus Pocus Moment? Her sweet teenage romance with Max Dennison. Just so adorable!


Sean Murray (Thackery Binx)

Age Then: 15

Age Now: 36

What's he Been Up To? Although Murray's career didn't take off in the movie industry, he is probably the most recognizable face here thanks to his TV roles.

Murray has been playing special agent Timothy McGee in [NCIS](series:723337) since 2003, but before he was in the force he was in the medical profession.

Eagle-eyed viewers can spot him in numerous guest appearances on the hospital drama ER in 1995!

Tricksy Trivia: Murray's mother was American television producer and screenwriter, Donald P. Bellisario's fourth wife. This means Murray has seven stepbrothers and sisters - one of whom happens to be [Pretty Little Liars ](series:201848) actress, Troian Bellisario.

Best Hocus Pocus Moment? His emotional goodbye to Dani. If you have dry eyes, you're a sociopath. Hands down.


Jodie Rivera (Emily Binx)

Age Then: 9

Age Now: 30

What's she Been Up To? Jodie Rivera decided early on that acting is for kids and studied Opera as a Soprano at the New England Conservatory of Music instead.

Rivera is now a major YouTube celebrity who makes videos under the name of VenetianPrincess. Her music video parodies and comedy sketches have received an enormous amount of public attention with her 'Katy Perry I Kissed a Girl (Elderly Remix)' skit reaching 40 million views.

Other famous music video parodies include Rivera's Miley Cyrus '7 Things' parody which is one of the top favorited videos on YouTube.

Tricksy Trivia: Rivera is of Swedish and Italian ancestry, and grew up in Brockton, MA.

Best Hocus Pocus Moment? When she meets her brother Thackery again after his spirit is freed.



Which Hocus Pocus kid shocked you the most?

(Source: Wikipedia and Celebbuzz)


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