To cancel this show would be a crime against all that is good and decent as this episode showcased how it is truly brilliant. The main plot of the dead magician was well done with goofy lines and nice twists to things and Fred Willard was terrific in the role. Loved other things like Chuck's wild night dress with the feathers and the whacky assistant. And the curtains opening and closing in between scenes was a brilliant touch as well.
But as ever, it's the emotion that grabs you like how Ned equates magic shows with the pain of his father leaving him so you felt for him watching it. You also felt when he had to finally tell his half-brothers the truth about what a scumbag their dad really was but that he was still their father so you can't help but love him. Linking it all with the "father figure" mentality just made the episode work all around and in a wonderful way.
The stuff with the aunts was fun as well as Kurtz just did wonderful work with that final scene of her relating her feelings at last about being Chuck's mom while she listened in. As for Dwight, not sure what he wants with that watch but with him thinking Chuck faked her death as well, we might finally see the aunts finding out the truth. Once again, while the effects and mood grab you, it's the heart the show provides that makes it so damn loveable and we can hope ABC doesn't decide to make it disapear for good but continue to provide magic for a long time.