The X-Files: Season 7, Episode 8

The Amazing Maleeni (16 Jan. 2000)
"The X Files" The Amazing Maleeni (original title)

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Mulder and Scully investigate the apparent murder of a magician who was decapitated just minutes after he was able to perform the trick of turning his head around 360 degrees. The agents ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Barr ...
Bank Officer
J. David ...
Young Boss
The Amazing Maleeni / Herman Pinchbeck / Albert Pinchbeck
Bullethead #2
Cissy Alvarez
Billy LaBonge
Jim Maniaci ...
Bullethead #1
Rick Marzan ...
Prison Official
Dan Rice ...
Man in Uniform
Courier Driver


Mulder and Scully investigate the apparent murder of a magician who was decapitated just minutes after he was able to perform the trick of turning his head around 360 degrees. The agents are perplexed when Scully discovers during the autopsy that the deceased died well before he performed his final trick. Written by Muldernscully

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Ricky Jay and Jonathan Levit are magicians in real life. See more »


When Mulder and Scully investigate the young magician, Billy LaBonge, he magically shows a big coin. You see it lying on the table, next shot is from a different angle, and the coin is gone. Next shot it's there again. Magic? See more »

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Head-Spinning Magic!
24 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

When a sideshow magician's head does a 360o turn - it falls off! Scully suspects someone else is the hack - Mulder makes his high card disappear! Misdirection and sleight-of-hand are keys to this million-dollar magical mystery of robbery and revenge!

This is a well-done comic episode with a clever plot that keeps the twists coming - the ones we expect, and the ones we don't! The acting is perfect and the ending is too - almost. My only complaints are that too many of the 'magic tricks' are crude cinematographic editing, and the ending should really have been revealed in action, rather than explained.

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