The Magician

Season 1 Episode 9

Nightmare in Steel

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 18, 1973 on NBC
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Nightmare in Steel
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A band of modern-day pirates is seeking to hijack a tanker ship for its $4 million worth of fuel. They have coerced a merchant seaman to help them by kidnapping his wife, who had just gotten a role as Tony Blake's stage assistant. Tony steals onto the ship to overhear the pirates' nefarious plans and to try to devise a way to rescue husband and wife.moreless

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Leif Erickson

Leif Erickson

Nicholas Olsen

Guest Star

Christopher Stone

Christopher Stone

Gary Allmont

Guest Star

Robyn Millan

Robyn Millan

Laurie Allmont

Guest Star

Keene Curtis

Keene Curtis

Max Pomeroy

Recurring Role

Jim Watkins

Jim Watkins

Jerry Anderson

Recurring Role

Todd Crespi

Todd Crespi

Dennis Pomeroy

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Bill Bixby blinked while doing a crucial move of the Quarter To Silver Dollars effect. Blinking while performing a secret move is a common tendency among learning magicians, apparently due to the subconscious belief that if WE don't see the secret move being performed, the AUDIENCE won't either. Unfortunately, long experience has shown this not to be a valid assumption.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Max: Nicholas Olson is known to Interpol as the last of the big-time pirates. Never the same caper twice. Gold shipment in Tangiers eight years ago, million dollars worth of U.S. Army medical supplies in Saigon. Big.

    • Tony: For in, above, about, below, 'tis nothing but a magic shadow show, played in a box, whose candle is the sun, round which we phantom figures come and go.

  • NOTES (3)

    • In this episode, Tony Blake taught an assistant (and the viewing audience) a trick--how to turn a quarter into two silver dollars. This trick is also taught in Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic (Mark Wilson was the Technical Director for the show). The effect is used to add a humorous element to the ending of the show, as Tony Blake's assistant mistakenly holds the coins in the opposite way she is supposed to!

    • This episode featured a return to the background music heard in the original pilot episode.

    • Magic performed in this episode:

      Tip-Over Box Girl Production
      Quarter to Two Silver Dollars
      Mike Kozlowski's $100 Bill Switch
      Appearing Cane (blink and you'll miss this one!)

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