Sand Frisco Dreamin'
Episode 14 of 23 within Season Five. Item 102 of 178 overall.
Production number 4301102.
Monica Breen - Writer
Alison Schapker - Writer
John T. Kretchmer - Director
67 votes

The sisters try to save a sandman (a magical being who helps people dream) from a demon who wants to create havoc among the populace by preventing humans from dreaming and subconsciously working out their frustrations.

original airdate--February 9,2003          rating--5.1 million

network: WB

music--Charmed Theme song--"How Soon is Now" by Love Spit Love

  1. "Mr. Sandman" by The Chordettes  
  2. "Thinking About Tomorrow" by Beth Orton  



Astral Premonition: Phoebe has an Astral Premonition of the Sandman being killed while dreaming.

Telekinetic orbing: Used by Paige to orb the end of a streamer into her hands.

Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Leo and Paige.

Super Strength: Used by Axel to punch a Tracer Demon, causing him to fly through the lair.

Fading: Type of Teleportation used by the Tracer Demon and Axel.

Summoning: Used by the Tracer Demon to summon the Sandman to the Physical Plane.

Electrokinesis: Used by the Tracer Demon to destroy a potion bottle and to attack Phoebe and the Sandman. He later used a lightning bolt to knock down Leo and to kill the Sandman and Axel.

Healing: Used by Leo to heal Phoebe.

Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blow up the Tracer Demon.



  • Dream dust - Dust that causes good beings to dream. It is sprinkled in their eyes by Sandmen. When there is sprinkled too much dream dust in someone's eyes, the dreams of that person will come to life.
  • Crystals - Used by the Charmed Ones to trap their brought-to-life dream characters in Crystal Cages.


Magical Beings:

Sandmen -- They sprinkle dream dust in people's eyes, while they are sleeping. Axel offered bounties to Tracer Demons to kill the Sandmen, because it would make people much more aggressive, since they couldn't deal with problems from the subconscious in their dreams.

Tracer Demons -- They worked for Axel and killed Sandmen. One of them also wanted to kill the Charmed Ones.

Axel -- An Upper-Level Demon who ordered Tracer Demons to kill Sandmen. He was later killed by a Tracer Demon.

Dream Manifestations:

Ryder -- A character in Piper's favorite series. When she was pregnant, she thought he was the perfect man and started dreaming about him. He was later brought to life due to too much dream dust in Piper's eyes.

Slappy -- Paige's clown toy. In her dream of Piper's baby's baby shower, the clown said that nobody cared about the baby. He was brought to life due to too much dream dust in Paige's eyes.

Chainsaw Murderer -- A mysterious killer that haunted Phoebe's dreams. He was brought to life due to too much dream dust in Paige's eyes.

Goofs: When Phoebe gets healed by Leo up in the attic, the wound shown being healed is clearly from another shot.



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Previous episode :
101 House Call
Next episode :
103 The Day The Magic Died

alternative title

Also known as - Sand Francisco Dreamin'

regional titles

Sand Frisco Dreamin'
Le marchand de sable
San Francisco träumt
El hombre de arena