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Columbo Goes to the Guillotine 

An egocentric psychic murders his old mentor, a magician charged to expose him as fraud, by beheading him while he's rehearsing his guillotine trick.



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James Greene ...
Dana Andersen ...
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Milt Kogan ...
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Famous (and fraudulent) psychic Elliot Blake uses his old mentalist skills to live a lavish lifestyle at the expense of a psychic research institute and hopefully, the US Government. What seems at first like a threat, a test devised by a well-known magician and debunker of psychics, turns out to be his chance for revenge against his former mentor. What he can't foresee is a police lieutenant who knows all the tricks. Written by Mark Cabot Robinson

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6 February 1989 (USA)  »

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The first Columbo episode to air under "The ABC Mystery Movie" (1989). See more »


When the magician demonstrates the guillotine to Columbo for the first time, he has Columbo lay down on the bench and he puts the wooden collar over his neck. He then lowers the inside track from horizontal ("safe" position) to perpendicular so the blade can come down. After the blade drops he removes the collar, but the track is back in the horizontal position without him putting it back to "safe". See more »


Elliott Blake: You know, Max, for a moment this afternoon, I really thought you were going to betray me. Again.
Max Dyson: What do you mean?
Elliott Blake: Well, that show that you put on? Well, I thought it might be to, uh, make it up to me, you know? For what happened, in the prison?
[pulls out a revolver and points it at Max]
Elliott Blake: REMEMBER, Max? The escape we planned? And then, one day, you vanished! 'Max the Magnificent' was out. And the guards knew exactly where to look for my clever little escape tools, hm?
Max Dyson: My God, is that what you ...
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The Mentalist
3 March 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Anthony Andrews stars as a reputed psychic named Eliot Blake who decides(for personal reasons of keeping some shared secrets in the past) to murder a former mentor and now rival, a mentalist named Max Dyson(played by Anthony Zerbe) by the unusual method of guillotine in a magician's workshop. Lt Columbo(Peter Falk) must carefully proceed against the smooth but aloof killer, and make sure the same harsh fate doesn't befall him... Peter Falk returns to his signature role after a decade absence with success. Though Columbo is of course older and grayish, his mind is as sharp as ever, and the familiar formula still works, though the '70's grittiness is perhaps missing,

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