The Magician (1973–1974)
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The Illusion of the Curious Counterfeit: Part II 

When his attempt to free his ex-girlfriend from a cell fails, Tony Blake has a confrontation with her ex-mobster father whom he still blames for his failed relationship.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominick (as Joe Sirola)
Jerry Anderson (as Jim Watkins)
Paul Gunther
Janet Keegan
Charles Keegan
Joe Maross ...
Alan Burke
Captain Ivan Gottschalk
J.J. Walters
John Devlin ...
Johnny Kroll (as Charles Picerni)
Eddy Donno ...
Larry Watson ...


Tony is able to escape from Paul Gunther's compound, but without any information about Gunther's operation and not with his old girlfriend, Janet Keegan, who Gunther kidnapped in an effort to keep her father, Charles Keegan, from going to the police about he planning a new grand heist, although Charles doesn't know the specifics about the plan either. It entails the printing of money using stolen authentic plates and paper. Gunther and his men are able to move onto the next phase of their plan with Janet in tow. Tony's actions, which also includes calling in the police to locate Janet, don't sit well with Charles, who goes through his street network to locate Janet while keeping Tony, who he doesn't want interfering, under guard. Tony, however, believes that newer methods, an illusionist's smoke and mirrors, may be a more effective method of discovering Gunther's plan to report to the police and to find a still alive Janet. Written by Huggo

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21 January 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Magician's recurring atmosphere player (blonde, middle-aged lady) is here singled out in the audience by Mark Wilson to come assist on stage when he asks her to bring him an ashtray. Another extra helps with the illusion and she holds the ashtray for him until that man sets a piece of paper ablaze for a brief second. See more »

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One of the best episodes. See my review under part one.
12 February 2008 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Larry-view: This is a great episode that features great action, dialog, and a stellar guest star that steals the show. See my review here on IMDb on part one of this two-parter.

The plot on this one is not so convoluted as others, the back story and motivations are more believable. If you like Bill Bixby as a lady's man, it's all here. The best part is Lloyd Nolan with his quirky's laugh out loud hilarious. How about: "That's the way you like to play it, isn't it? Helpin' people? Johnny on the spot? WELL YOU BLEW IT!" Man, if I were Tony, I would have turned that guy into a frog right there.

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