A magician and his con-man father solve mysteries using a combination of sleight of hand and con games.
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1987   1986  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 Alexander Blacke (12 episodes, 1986)
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 Leonard Blacke (12 episodes, 1986)
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Alexander Blacke is a retired magician who comes out of retirement, at the behest of his con-man/gambler father, Leonard, to perform on stage and solve mysteries in this series that mixes the magical antics of "The Magician," the con-game schemes of "The Sting," "Switch," and "Tenspeed and Brown Shoe", and the intricate mysteries of "Columbo" and "Murder She Wrote." Written by <scrow@chop.isca.uiowa.edu>

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5 January 1986 (USA)  »

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Blacke el Mago  »

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Referenced in St. Elsewhere: Black's Magic (1986) See more »

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more like a made-for-t.v. of "The Sting", than magic.
31 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Enjoyable plots, but there was very little magic to see, which I thought was the main idea of the series. The main character, Alexander Blacke, was not as self-reliant nor as self-directed as was Anthony Dorian in "The Magician" series that had come before it. I also missed how the magician, using only his own wit and skills, solved the mystery/problem without much outside help as did Blacke seem to need from his carny father, let alone from many other characters in each episode. Hal Linden may not have been the best choice for this series, perhaps someone with a more bold personality, instead of Hal's lighthearted demeanor. Maybe it should have been called " Blacke's Acts ". Still, it was fun to watch.


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