During a magic show, a female participant really disappears during a disappearing act. Nick and Catherine investigates the death of a rock star found on his tour bus with a needle stuck in his arm.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Arcane
Keith Castle
Matilda, Zephyr's Assistant
Samantha Dean
Punky Dillinger
Band Member


Grisham, Captain Jim Brass, Catherine Willows and Warrick Brown examine the case of magician Amazing Zephyr whose Chamber of Doom- illusion is supposed to make a volunteer from the audience disappear from stage and magically reappear, but claims he doesn't know where the last female went, and refuses to reveal his trick, which stagehand Punky Dillinger does, whose fingerprints are on too many objects. Rival illusionist Toby Arcane and the identity of the victim Zoe prove interesting... Meanwhile Nick Stokes and Sara Sidle find the apparent OD of rock band- member Gus Kenyon must be staged by his murderer, which they look for in the band... Written by KGF Vissers

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31 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Tom Noonan and William Petersen worked together in 1986, in the production of Manhunter (1986). In the movie Petersen was Will Graham and Noonan was Francis Dollarhyde, a psycho-killer that Petersen wanted to capture (played later by Ralph Fiennes in _Red Dragon (2002)_). See more »


Grissom incorrectly says that abracadabra is made up of three Hebrew words meaning father, son, and the holy spirit. In reality abracadabra is derived either from Hebrew or Aramaic language "Avra Kadavrai" meaning "I will create as my words". See more »


Captain Jim Brass: This is a no-smoking facility.
[a Magician makes the cigarette disappear]
Captain Jim Brass: When you find that, put it out.
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Interesting rematch
19 March 2006 | by (Federated States of Micronesia) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure if anyone else caught this but it was the second match-up for William Petersen and Tom Noonan as good guy/bad guy. They originally faced off against each other in Manhunter, the first (and in my opinion superior) version of Thomas Harris' Red Dragon. I was unable to tell if they made any reference to Manhunter in the show but it appeared not. There was not even any usage of the music that I could tell. Does anyone know if they had Grissom go up against a Willem Defoe character reprising To Live and Die in LA in any of the subsequent episodes? That would be a CSI to see. My other question would be did this episode get cast as a result of the previous work of Petersen and Noonan together or was it just the result of random casting?

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