The Magician: Season 1, Episode 15

The Illusion of Black Gold (11 Feb. 1974)

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Tony Blake stages an elaborate illusion to fake the death of a scientist who can extract oil from shale rock but he is kidnapped and auctioned off to the highest bidder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominick (as Joe Sirola)
Jerry Anderson (as Jim Watkins)
Nelson Paradine
Stacey Hyatt
Milton Selzer ...
Alex Pochek
Malloy (as Normann Burton)
Curt Lowens ...
Carl Pochek
David Cryer ...
Dave Webster (as Michael Ivan Cristofer)
Ben Andrews ...
Alan Bateman
Peter Hellman ...
German (as Peter Hellmann)
Anthony Mason ...
Bob Okazaki ...
Oriental Man


Russian Dr. Alex Pochek, a geological scientist who has just defected to the United States and whose work on extracting oil from shale rock is groundbreaking, is assassinated during his first American press conference... or so he wants the world to believe. His seeming public execution was orchestrated by his brother - Carl Pochek - Tony and the CIA so that he can continue his scientific research without the watchful eyes of the Soviets. However, there is an apparent leak or mole as Dr. Pochek is abducted shortly thereafter. Based on conversations he had with his brother before his abduction, Carl is certain that oil businessman Nelson Paradine, who buys whatever he wants such as the movie career of talentless actress Stacey Hyatt, is behind Alex's abduction, he the person also largely responsible for his defection. Tony also gets Jerry to follow-up on another lead, a distinctive tattoo adorned on the arm of one of the kidnappers. Based on information from Jerry and what he is able to... Written by Huggo

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11 February 1974 (USA)  »

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