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Box of Tricks 

Steed traces stolen classified documents to a nightclub where Venus Smith is working as a magician's assistant.


Kim Mills


Peter Ling (teleplay), Edward Rhodes (teleplay)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Julie Stevens ... Venus Smith
Jane Barrett ... Kathleen Sutherland (as Jane Barratt)
Maurice Hedley Maurice Hedley ... General Sutherland
Edgar Wreford Edgar Wreford ... Dr. Gallam
Ian Curry Ian Curry ... Gerry Weston
April Olrich April Olrich ... Denise
Dallas Cavell ... Manager
Jacqueline Jones ... Henriette
Robert Hartley Robert Hartley ... Nena the Barman
Royston Tickner Royston Tickner ... Maitre D'
Gail Starforth Gail Starforth ... Maid
Lynn Taylor Lynn Taylor ... Valerie
Gregory Scott Gregory Scott ... Waiter
The Dave Lee Trio The Dave Lee Trio ... Themselves


Steed traces stolen classified documents to a nightclub where Venus Smith is working as a magician's assistant.

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John Steed: Would you like a cigarette?
Henriette: No thank you, that's not one of my weaknesses.
John Steed: You must tell me what are, sometime.
Henriette: [chuckles] Well, it's rather funny you should say that, because actually I have just a load...
John Steed: [cuts her off before she rambles on] You've been here long?
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Written by Billy Reid
Sung by Julie Stevens
Performed by The Dave Lee Trio
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Third episode with Venus Smith
22 December 2010 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Third of the six episodes featuring nightclub singer Venus Smith (Julie Stevens), again an improvement on its predecessor. In demonstrating his magic box, a shady magician (Ian Curry) makes his female assistant disappear, then reappear, murdered by a fatal gunshot. Curiously, when her replacement (April Olrich) meets the same fate, the magician escapes suspicion! Steed brings Venus Smith into the picture, performing at the same nightclub where the murders occurred (two songs this time), and she's more helpful this time around, hearing voices from inside the magic box, and visiting an old friend (Jane Barratt) whose wheelchair-bound father, General Sutherland (Maurice Hedley), holds the key to the solution (NATO security leaks). Steed goes undercover in two disguises, one a masseur for the ailing General, wisely ducking out when Venus shows up (she blew his cover in "The Removal Men"), and later as a hypochondriac millionaire visiting Dr. Gallam (Edgar Wreford), the General's less than inspiring physician. Steed and Venus finally work well as a team, but had only three more together; next up for Venus would be "School for Traitors."

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19 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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