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Magda Rakosi was a gypsy who lived at the Old House on the Collinwood estate in 1897. Magda placed a werewolf curse on Quentin Collins to punish him for his cruelty to his wife, Jenny Collins, who was secretly Magda's sister. Magda was eventually persuaded to try to remove the curse, in part because she learned from Barnabas Collins - during his time-traveling visit to 1897 - that it would affect Quentin's male descendants, including Magda's own infant nephew as well as Barnabas' friend in the future, Chris Jennings. She stole the Hand of Count Petofi from her gypsy tribe in an attempt to lift her curse from Quentin.
Magda and her husband, Sandor Rakosi lived at the Old House by special permission of Edith Collins (701). Magda was obsessed with finding the Collins family jewels and one night, while reading in her crystal ball, she discovered there was a hidden room inside the old Collins Mausoleum. What she did not know was that this vision was sent to her by Barnabas Collins, who - seeking to learn the cause and find a solution to the werewolf curse on his friend Chris Jennings - had just used the power of the I Ching wands to travel back in time to 1897 and needed to be freed from his coffin.
When Sandor returned with Barnabas, Magda saw the bite marks on Sandor's neck and realized that Barnabas was a vampire (702)-(703). With Sandor under Barnabas' supernatural influence, Magda was induced with a mixture of bribery and threats to help protect Barnabas' secret while he slept in his coffin each day. Despite this unpromising beginning, the two eventually became friends and allies against Count Petofi and in trying to use Petofi's severed hand - which Magda had stolen from her gypsy King Johnny Romano - to remove the werewolf curse from Quentin.