Season 3 Episode 18

Sleight Out of Hand

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 28, 2007 on CBS
out of 10
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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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  • Master magician Luke Blade is putting on a three day show in New York City titled Death Becomes Me. At the time his tricks are performed two of his employees turn up dead in ways that imitate Blade's tricks. Also, Lindsay returns in this episode.moreless

    I did like this episode and thought it was well done. However in the last few episodes of CSI: NY I have noticed what I hope is not a growing trend. Appearances by guest stars who can't act. A recent episode of CSI: NY featured singer Nelly Furtado in a cardboard performance and earlier this season CSI had a guest appearance by Kevin Federline. Now in this episode of CSI: NY we have Criss Angel. I know the reason why guest stars are used on this and other shows, but I would like those guests to be actors.moreless
  • EEEEE! I loved it! M&Ms and Flack and Sheldon moment!!

    Wow were to start..... Hm.... how 'bout from the top. I thought that the killer of the chick was her stalker, but I knew that the writer would have something up their sleeves....figuratively speaking. :P Then, with that engineer being set aflame, I thought someone was trying to frame Luke.

    But, no, it was all Luke. The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome as the partial motive totally. From what I know it's never been used in the CSI series so it was wonderfully done.

    Criss Angel did a fabulous job. it was a lot like Nelly Furtado. Both totally blew my expectations outta the water. Man, I really feel bad for Luke. FAS is a horrible thing. The sad thing is is that some women know they're pregnant, but they drink anyway to keep the morning sickness away. Frankly, I think those women should be locked up in jail for ruining a child's life like that.

    Onto less depressing thing, well depending on how you look at it. Anna did a great job bringing me to tears when she recounted her friends getting murdered by that monster. Then Danny showed up! OMG I was totally freaking out!! But, the biggest freak out was when they were about to kiss then the damn paparazzi ruined the moment!:P

    But, I think my favourite moment was the Sheldon and Flack scene in the Magic Shop. "Just bring it back in one piece. I don't you guys pulling a Houdini on me." THe look on flack face. Completely priceless.moreless
  • One of my favorite CSI:NY episodes! So much D/L going on! :D Luke Blade was awesome! BUT pshycotic...The only reason I gave it a 9.9 is because of the ENDING. DAMN, PAPARAZZI! =))moreless

    One of my favorites because of the whole Criss Angel, magic thing. It really got me on the edge of my seat! The tricks were sooo cool! He was a pshyco in the end though, which was also freakishly awesome.

    Danny and Lindsay are VERY SWEET in this episode which automatically makes it great in my book. ;) All the drama with Lindsay was so sad and to see how much it hurt her to bring up the past and face the criminal who was behind it all, it's just too much. And so Danny comes riding in on his white horse. Metaphorically ofcourse. ;) He did it just for her. :)

    Stella and the AIDS. Sadness. I felt agony for her that time when Danny almost caught her researching about it...

    Anywayz, in the end, when the the guy was convicted, THEY ALMOST KISSED. UGH. The paparazzi came...UGH. -QUOTE!-

    Stella: They say burning is the most painful of deaths.

    Danny: I love it. How do they know? What did they do, take a poll? 64% of dead people surveyed...moreless
  • No mystery

    I was thinking someone was setting the guy up but turns out he's crazy. This was not as good as I hoped it would be. Didn't watch the Lindsay on the stand part. Danny showing up at the end was cute. What happened with Mac and the doctor? Haven't seen them together in a while.
  • I saw it and immediately said W to the T to the F! The character of Luke Blade is an alright character but I was surprised at how poorly things were portrayed and developed.moreless

    First off...this isn't even my favorite storyline. Luke Blade is a good character, and a very unique one but he is supposed to have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. People with FAS have diminished brain capacity an often are mentally retarded. The character of Luke blade was of normal if not above normal intelligence. FAS also causes noticeable characteristics such as the eyes being further apart, etc. Criss Angel is no doubt a gorgeous man and remains that way portraying an individual with a condition that disfigures the afflicted. This is something that someone who is familiar with the condition would notice and also anyone who looked it up would notice. I also felt that there was a daytime soap jammed into it too. Back and forth between court and trying to catch Luke before he kills again is kind of agitating and I feel that was mostly filler. This episode had the potential to be awesome, but failed to live up. I was a little disappointed by the lack of accuracy and the days of our lives filler in there. But hey, it's the third spinoff of the CSI series. What should I expect?moreless
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.