Now You See Him

Season 5, Ep 5, Aired 2/29/76
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  • Episode Description
  • The Great Santini is a master magician, but his employer discovers that he was a German camp guard during World War II and blackmails him. Santini is forced to engineer a perfect murder--he kills the owner while apparently performing his famous "water tank" illusion on stage in front of dozens of witnesses. Santini in fact supposedly hides out beneath the stage, and uses a radio transmitter to convince a waiter that he is there when he's busy killing the owner. Now Columbo must unravel a magical mystery and break a perfect alibi.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Peter Falk

    Lieutenant Columbo

  • Michael Sloan

  • Harvey Hart

  • Cynthia Sikes

    Della Santini

  • George Sperdakos


  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Problem is, it isn't a perfect murder

    By Gislef, Dec 30, 2011

  • Two words - Jack Cassidy.

    By jamoon2006, Jan 29, 2007

  • Spoilers

    By LAntichristo, Jul 24, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • (Columbo is walking into the club wearing a new green raincoat)
      Policeman: Excuse me, sir.
      Columbo: I'm Lt. Columbo.
      Policeman: Oh, I'm sorry, Lieutenant. I didn't recognize you. You look different somehow.
      Columbo: I've had a haircut.

    • Columbo: (to Dog as he puts his new coat in the car) I'm going to leave this coat in the car. If someone tries to lift it, you look the other way.

    • (spotting Columbo coming)
      Santini: Oh no.
      Miss McCarthy: What's the matter?
      Santini: Someone I thought I'd seen the last of.
      Miss McCarthy: Do you think you could make him disappear too?
      Santini: Splendid suggestion but in his case I think rather doubtful.

    • Columbo: Your origin may be more humble than you make it appear.
      Santini: And what about you, Lieutenant? Beneath that ruffled exterior ticks away there ticks away heart of an empiricist philosopher probing for the truth at all costs.
      Columbo: I'm just doing my job.
      Santini: You make it so proletarian. And my job, if you will, has to do with appearances. I'm not what I appear to be. And then again, neither are you.

    • Columbo: Could you at least tell me which name it was? Was it Arlington or was it Kensington?
      Santini: Well, neither, actually. It was Washington.
      Columbo: Do you have a first name on that, sir?
      Santini: Martha.

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    Notes (7)

    • Music: Charade (Henry Mancini, dubbed by Johnny Mercer)

    • Robert Loggia is credited as Special Guest Star.

    • With this appearance, Jack Cassidy becomes the second and last actor in the original series to play three separate roles as a murderer. Robert Culp was the first.

    • 85 minutes long.

    • Famed magician Mark Wilson stages the magic sequences for Jack Cassidy for this episode.

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    Trivia (4)

    • Sgt. Wilson appeared previously in "The Greenhouse Jungle," but the character's first name there was Frederic there, while it is given as John here.

    • After Santini enters the lounge on his first performance, he performs three tricks before going to the stage. The third trick - making a flower vase appear on a table from behind a napkin - is clearly impossible. Not only the people at the table but everyone behind Santini would clearly see how the trick was done.

    • On three occasions outside The Cabaret of Magic, and once outside the locksmith's shop, you can see the same cream-colored Mustang drive by.

    • The sign on the club says it's the Cabaret of Magic. However, when Santini looks at the letter that Jerome was typing, it says that is the Magic Circle Club in Los Angeles.

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