A magician is asked by the mother of a plane-crash victim to check into a possible conspiracy; he discovers that the plane crash was staged.


(as Marvin Chomsky)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Caulfield ...
Jerry Wallace (as Jim Watkins)
Todd Crespi ...
Dennis Pomeroy
Sally Baker
Nora Coogan
Joseph Baker
Allen Case ...
Madam Parga
Robert Mandan ...
Mr. Radder
Richard Van Vleet ...
Mary Rose Coogan
Jeff Morris ...
Tol Avery ...
Dr. Fryer


Wealthy Tony Dorian, who lives on his jet called the Spirit, is an illusionist, who performs a nightclub magic act. At one of his shows, a young man named H. October dies seemingly of a heart attack in front of a middle aged woman in the audience. Tony can see that she is spooked beyond seeing the man die in front of her, Mr. October who she did not know. In wanting to help her, Tony learns her story. She is Nora Coogan, and was scheduled to meet a man - probably the dead man - who she did not know at the show, and who told her that not meeting would threaten the life of her daughter, Mary Rose Coogan. The issue is is that Mrs. Coogan believed that Mary Rose already died, three weeks ago in a company plane accident, the company in question being Seattle-based Baker Aviation, owned by wealthy Joseph Baker. The four victims aboard the plane included two flight crew, Mary Rose, and Lucian Baker, who was Mary Rose's fiancé and Joseph Baker's son. However, the plane and thus the bodies ... Written by Huggo

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17 March 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this pilot, the magician's name is Tony Dorian. Due to a conflict with a namesake real life magician, the protagonist's name was changed to Tony Blake for the remainder of the series. See more »


Max Pomeroy: If anyone can find Mary-Rose, and I love that name, Tony can!
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References The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) See more »

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It still stands up
17 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After a long long long search I have found the entire two season run of The Magician on DVD.

It was rather odd to sit and watch a TV show that I had such fond memories of from way back in the 1970's.

I have to say that I found the series to still work in many respects. I still loved the music and the opening sequence (first year), I still love the car and the magic.

What is clear watching back to back episodes is that the winning format of the early episodes to me was far too quickly dropped and in so many ways the show went into decline. Some of the episodes are rather tedious with even the magic not lifting them. But all that goes away when the show comes together.

In this day and age of CGI what a cool idea it was that 100% of the magic was real and not fake.

I am really pleased to have tracked down this show from the 1970's. Bill Bixby was always an interesting actor and this show proves.

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