The Magician

Ovation for Murder

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 11/6/73
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  • Episode Description
  • After rehearsing for a benefit performance at the Los Angeles County Fair, Tony Blake spots a man being pummeled by two assailants. After rescueing him in his Corvette, Tony discovers that the victim, Albie Allikolos, is a horse breeder whose horse was recently crippled by an unknown attacker. Attending an outdoor party thrown by Albie that evening, Tony sees Albie shoot a creditor after a heated argument. Tony suspects a frame up, and, in attempting to vindicate Albie, uncovers an elaborate criminal horse racing scheme and finds his own life endangered.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bill Bixby

    Anthony Blake

  • Walter Brough

  • Barry Crane

  • Ralph Riskin

  • Stephen Kandel

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Albie Allikolos: A great wine -- the best thing in life. (Looks at girlfriend) The SECOND-best thing in life!

    • "My grandfather used to say, 'A man grows through pain.' I just grew." -- Albie Allikolos, upon learning that someone he thought was a friend had just drugged him in an effort to frame him for murder. "Well, it helps fill those empty evenings." -- Tony Blake, in response to Albie Allikolos statement that he was going to a lot of trouble to help him. "The only trouble with you is you don't like anybody to say thank you. But I'm a sentimental Greek. When I have something to say, I say it. Thank you." -- Albie Allikolos to Tony Blake "Yes, well of course, I deal in fantasy. And there is one advantage in that ... the people you meet." -- Tony Blake, In response to the villain's claim that his explanation of a murder scheme was a "fantasy"

    Notes (3)

    • Misc: In this episode, Tony performs an illusion to an instrumental version of "Sing Me A Happy Song," the tune Julie Carter sang onstage at Ceasar's Palace in the second episode of the series, "The Vanishing Lady."

    • Helping Tony Blake rehearse in this episode is Connie, the assistant who helped him reassure the hysterical Mark Hamill in "Lightning on a Dry Day"

    • Magic performed in this episode: Mark Wilson's Train Illusion (a version of sawing a lady in half, performed by Bill Bixby) Rising Cards from houlette (a cylindrical glass holder) Torn and Restored Paper

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