The Magician

Season 1 Episode 15

The Illusion of Black Gold

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 1974 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Announcer in Magic Castle: Now may I introduce Mr. Greg Wilson, who brought his father Mark along to assist him.

    • Nelson Paradine: I'm going to tell you what reality is. Reality is the moment you step out of that door, your acting career is dead. The reality is that you have no acting talent, no typing talent, and fact, (laughing) no talent for anything remunerative that I've been able to discern.

    • Jerry Anderson: Now look, Gentlemen, I don't want no problems. So why don't you be good to yourself and leave me alone?

    • Stacey Hyatt: Well, I doubt very much, Mr. Blake, that unless you can make the IRS disappear, Mr. Paradine would be interested in seeing you.

    • Dominick: (referring to Stacey Hyatt) Oh, she's a motion picture star, Carl. That is, as long as Mr. Paradine keeps putting money in her career. You be careful, Tony, Paradine guards his possessions very carefully.

    • Alan Bateman: Doctor, a souvenir ... this was fired into your bulletproof vest. My name is Alan Bateman; I'm your 'assassin.'

    • Dr. Polcheck (reading from paper): Michael Roslow, college professor, resident alien (laughs). My new identity. Mr. Blake, thank you for your ... illusion. It ended one life and made a new one possible.

  • Notes

    • Magic performed in this episode (all performed by Bill Bixby, except as noted):

      Appearing lit match (twice)
      Flower in a flash of flame
      shale appears in the palm of his hand (after being draped by a silk scarf)
      Vanish of a piece of shale in the bare hands
      Appearance of a candle in a flash of flame in assistant's hand (seen from a distance)
      Candle to scarf
      Dove from scarf
      Billiard ball vanish and production (Mark Wilson, with son Greg)

  • Allusions