The Magician

Season 1 Episode 14

The Illusion of the Queen's Gambit

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 04, 1974 on NBC
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The Illusion of the Queen's Gambit
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Tony Blake is doing a benefit performance on a casino boat when a robbery takes place. As far as the police are concerned, the prime suspect in the crime is Tony's friend, boat operator Ed Cassidy (played by William Shatner), but Tony sets out to prove him innocent.moreless

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    Heath Jones

    Heath Jones

    Hanson

    Guest Star

    Jack Rader

    Jack Rader

    Kobick

    Guest Star

    Byron Morrow

    Byron Morrow

    Lt.Lund

    Guest Star

    Jim Watkins

    Jim Watkins

    Jerry Anderson

    Recurring Role

    Keene Curtis

    Keene Curtis

    Max Pomeroy

    Recurring Role

    Joseph Sirola

    Joseph Sirola

    Dominick

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • This is really a nitpick, but it seems funny that Tony Blake, the man with the photographic memory, for the first time in the series has to actually write something down (the license plate of the robber's helicopter), though he pretends he's just getting the phone number of the home he claims he's interested in buying.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Casino Robber: That's a real gun in your back. If you want to avoid the feeling of a real bullet making a real hole, you'd take my friend to the security room, gather up all the green, and wait.

      • Ed Cassidy: You know, something doesn't add up. You're not fattening, you're not illegal. How come you're so much fun?

      • Ed Cassidy: Tony, I'd like to give you an idea off the top of my head but the top of my head is coming right off!

      • Casino Robber: Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please. As a special finale for this afternoon, you're all going to take part in a robbery. Now we are the robbers and you are the robbees.

    • NOTES (3)

      • This is the only episode of the second half of the season in which Max Pomeroy (Keene Curtis) makes an appearance, though Dennis Pomeroy (Todd Crispi) is not seen. Joseph Sirola (Dominick) also stars. According to an article about the show in Television Chronicles #5 by Ed Robertson, "although the segment was filmed while Curtis was still on board, it was not broadcast until after the series had been revamped; thus, a scene with Sirola was filmed and edited into the beginning of the show."

      • This episode begins a running gag, repeated through the second half of the series, of Dominick trying (and failing) to figure out how Tony Blake does his illusions.

      • Magic performed in this episode:
        Appearing cane (performed by Bill Bixby)
        Dancing cane (performed by Peter Pit)
        "Asrah" floating and vanishing lady illusion (Bill Bixby)
        Vanish of bracelet with sleight-of-hand (Bill Bixby)
        Appearance of woman in a glass casket (Bill Bixby - whole effect not seen)

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