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: [holds up a drink in a toast
] To Max the Magnificent. Lt. Columbo
: To Max, sir, and all these tricks, you know how they all work? Bert Spindler
: That's my job. A very beautiful and ancient art. Lt. Columbo
: And the uh, mind reading part, how did that all work? Bert Spindler
: Consultant; universities, corporations, government agencies. Exposing those ESP people. He even wrote a book on it: 'Dyson on Mind Reading.' Max was so good himself, he never found a psychic who wasn't a fake. Until yesterday. Lt. Columbo
: Is that a fact, sir? Bert Spindler
: He conducted a big test out at some think tank institute. Really shook him up.
: He was loved. Well, not by those mind readers and psychics; they weren't so crazy about him, once he got on their case. But magicians loved him. I loved him. Lt. Columbo
: I've never seen so many wonderful tricks. Those beautiful Chinese rings, and that terrific birdcage. Once, on a vacation with Mrs. Columbo, I saw a magician make a tiger disappear right out of the ring, but I've never seen a trick like that guillotine trick upstairs. That must be some dangerous trick. Bert Spindler
: Not if you're careful. Max built in some safeguards, made it all foolproof. Lt. Columbo
: What happened to Max, that didn't look very foolproof. How do you explain that? Bert Spindler
: Are you sure you won't join me, Lieutenant? Lt. Columbo
: No, thank you very much, sir. Bert Spindler
: Max must have gotten careless. Forgot to lock in the safety bolt.