Season 3 Episode 18

Sleight Out of Hand

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 28, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Illusionist Luke Blade may have to defend the art of magic after an illusion is thought to have killed two people.

Back in Montana, Lindsay will need to take herself back to the time when she was fourteen to help her remember the crime that killed four friends in order to help convict the person that killed them.moreless

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Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Alan Smyth

Alan Smyth

Rupert Lanigan

Guest Star

Jamison Jones

Jamison Jones

Austin Cannon

Guest Star

Kelly Connolly

Kelly Connolly

Venna Hyatt

Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: Danny has shorter hair when he arrives home than when he left work.

    • Goof: Danny leaves his apartment with nothing but his keys. However, when he shows up in the courtroom in Montana, he is wearing a different outfit.

    • The website Stella is looking at is www.knowhivaids.org

    • Goof: As the countdown for the second trick starts, the outside display starts at 4:00:00, but the one being watched by the CSI team is showing 00:58:59, losing three hours.

      This can be explained by the simple passage of time: the illusion starts as shown and three hours later, Danny and Stella are watching the coverage on the news back at the lab. There's nothing to suggest it was intended as an immediately following scene.

    • Goof: When the team is examining the severed body at the crime scene, there are shots of the upper half of the body in the box. The innards are intact. Nothing is hanging out. This is not realistic.

    • Criss Angel, who portrayed Luke Blade in this episode, is a real magician who has done all the tricks in his Death Becomes Me and before in his reality show Criss Angel Mindfreak.

  • QUOTES (28)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Goof: Danny mentions that Linsday is at the Bozeman County Courthouse in Montana when in reality Bozeman is the seat of Gallatin County, Montana. It was named in honor of Albert Gallatin who served the longest tenure as United States Secretary of the Treasury for 13 years under Presidents Jefferson and Madison from 1801 to 1814.

    • Spanish episode title: Un Truco Descabellado, meaning CrazyTrick.

    • This is the first appearance of Anna Belknap after having her daughter.

    • International Airdates:
      New Zealand: May 30, 2007 on TV3.
      Turkey: June 25, 2007 on CNBC-e.
      Norway: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 on TVNorge.
      Spain: Friday, July 10, 2007 on AXN Spain.
      Germany: Monday, January 21, 2008 on VOX.
      Israel: Monday, February 25, 2008 on XtraHOT.
      Finland: Wednesday, September 3, 2008 on MTV3.
      The Czech Republic: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 on TV Nova.

    • Music Featured:
      Tubefed by Halou.


    • During Lindsay's testimony we learn that her friends were killed for no reason. In 2x22, Stealing Home, Lindsay was obsessed with finding out the "why" behind a crime without a reason.

    • One of Lindsay's friends was lying on her stomach, her head turned to the side, in a pool of blood. It is the same position in which Omen Suicide, the victim in 3x05 Oedipus Hex, was found, affecting Lindsay greatly.

    • During her testimony, Lindsay reveals that she curled up in the corner of the bathroom and covered her ears. In 3x02 Not What It Looks Like, Danny finds Lindsay curled up in a corner, covering her ears.

    • One of the victim's name is Sarah, a country girl, same as the victim in 2x22 Stealing Home, where the death of a country girl named Sarah rattled Lindsay a lot.

    • Flack: I'm looking for a way to make my case load disappear Rupert, you got that in your bag of tricks?
      Rupert: They're not tricks, they're illusions.

      Magicians hate when what they do is called a trick.

    • Flack: You went John Hinckley on her, Rupert.

      John Hinckley saw the movie Taxi Driver and developed a bizarre obsession with actress Jodie Foster, who starred in the film with Robert De Niro. In 1981, Hinckley tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in order to impress Foster. Reagan was severely injured but he survived. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity and he remains institutionalized.

    • Title: Sleight out of hand.

      Sleight of hand is practiced by most if not all magicians. It is something that happens in one hand while the other hand does something else that goes unnoticed.