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
The psychic research foundation where the testing takes place is the Annemann Institute. This is an homage to Theodore "Theo" Annemann, a famous American magician from the first half of the 20th century. His specialty was Mentalism and he heavily influenced both mentalists and magicians who came after. See more »
While not ideal, a Phillips head screw can be screwed by a "regular" flat-bladed screwdriver, but not the other way around. To make the screwdriver plot viable, they should have reversed it. See more »
Our Mr. Harrow is not impressed by statistics. This man is in the market for miracles. I have the power to astonish him, you, and the entire world, Paula, but I am NOT a dancing dog in a carnival!
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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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