Supernatural: Season 4, Episode 12

Criss Angel Is a Douche Bag (22 Jan. 2009)

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Sam and Dean investigate the activities of a trio of magicians who are using a grimoire to execute real feats of magic.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jeb Dexter
Ruby (as Genevieve Cortese)
Young Charlie (as Michael Rubenstein)
Vance's Assistant
Chris Burns ...
The Chief


Sam and Dean travel to the Magic Week in Iowa where amateurish and professional magicians are gathered everywhere presenting their abilities. They discover that the veteran and decadent magician Jay has a fantastic show with two other old friends risking his own life; but when Jay succeeds to escape from death, another magician dies the same way. Sooner the Winchester brothers find that one magician of the trio is using black magic. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Magician
29 July 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

When an episode opens with the great Barry Bostwick as a guest star, you know you are onto a winner. Furthermore, the title is dead on, the show-runners just stating the fact for those who didn't already know it from watching "Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed" (2008) – that far too many of Criss's tricks involve paid-for "audience" and/or editing trickery despite claims to the opposite. The man, therefore, is a douche bag.

Having had a few good laughs at Criss Angel's expense, the story proper begins. And it is great. By this point, Supernatural has found the stream of never-ending laughs, but on the dramatic side the results have varied. Fortunately, as any story involving magicians should, this one has plenty of momentum, good twists and reveals, but even more importantly, a lot of heart. The main guest characters are well-written and the actors bring them really alive.

Among all the mystery, we get some great musings about the Apocalypse and life as a Hunter from the Winchesters. And who'd have thought the most important lines in the episode would come from Ruby's mouth? That scene is the one that most sticks to the mind from watching this. While not a full classic, or even essential viewing considering the myth-arc, this is still 8/10 greatness.

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