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The Magician

Season 1 Episode 3

Illusion in Terror

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 23, 1973 on NBC
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Illusion in Terror
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Tony's girlfriend is apparently run down in a parking garage, but nobody will give him a straight answer as to which hospital the body was taken. When a mysterious uncle suddenly claims the body, Tony suspects something is awry.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Cameron Mitchell

    Cameron Mitchell

    Walter C. March/Canfield

    Guest Star

    Brenda Benet

    Brenda Benet

    Joanna Marsh/Osborne

    Guest Star

    Macdonald Carey

    Macdonald Carey

    Rich

    Guest Star

    Jim Watkins

    Jim Watkins

    Jerry Anderson

    Recurring Role

    Todd Crespi

    Todd Crespi

    Dennis Pomeroy

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • (Submitted by Californiamagic): In the last ten minutes of this episode, in the scene that takes place in Tonys Magic Warehouse, you will see Bill Bixby perform an illusion where he "disappears" inside a door frame to nowhere in order to get away from two bad guys. This was clearly done with the aid of a movie camera moving in closer to the door frame....so that actor Bill Bixby was able to walk out of the frame of the movie camera...only to run quickly to the end of the warehouse and "reappear" on the other end of the warehouse (by running around the back of the warehouse). Further more, if you watch VERY CLOSELY...after the movie camera zooms back away from the door frame (Tony has already run to the end of the warehouse) watch the small crack of sunlight on the floor of warehouse in the background...and you can barely spot Bill Bixby's shadow moving along the crack of sunlight, further exposing how the trick was done. Since the usual announcement at the opening of the show is NOT MADE in this episode, I guess it would not be fair to point the finger and say: "Yes, the camera WAS used in this episode to help Bill Bixby trick us"... or would it?

      • Continuity: When Tony & his pilot go to Joanne's apartment to look for some evidence of her uncle, Tony's jacket is open as they exit the Corvette. In the hallway of the apartment building, his jacket is buttoned up. A moment later, as they pass thru the apartment door, his jacket is opened again.

      • This episode contains a great sequence in which Tony effects a Houdini-like escape while hanging upside down in a burning barn. (Apparently, the escape sequence was actually performed by Bill Bixby, not a stunt man.) One quibble: the scene shows Tony freeing his hands, then swinging over to where the end of the rope is tied to a post and lowering himself down from the pulley. However, the most likely way he would have escaped would be by simply slipping his feet out of his shoes, which would then have allowed him to slip his feet free from the ropes. But the escape was more dramatic as shown!

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Funeral director: Anthony Blake is a man who spent some years in life in prison, unjustly. He made good his escape against rather exceptional odds and he became a kind of crusader--man who battled windmills, both real and imaginary. I think he needed absolute proof that the woman he loved died.

      • Max: Nobody minds a man being clever, so long as it doesn't make them look foolish.

      • Tony: (performing the McAbee Rings for his girlfriend) Two people--two souls--joined together.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Guest star Brenda Benet was married to series star Bill Bixby at the time.

      • Additional Guest Stars:

        Sheriff Studivant: John Richard
        Deputy Harold: Jerry Strickler
        Nurse: Sonja Danson

      • Among the magic performed in this episode:

        Linking bracelets (McAbee Rings)
        Hat Tear (tissue paper to hat)
        Vanishing Handkerchief
        Serpentine (untying) Silk
        Appearing Bill
        Quadruple Your Money (bill multiplication)
        Vanishing Woman (After a woman climbs into a wooden box, it is hoisted to the ceiling and the sides fall open, showing her vanished)

    • ALLUSIONS (0)

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