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The Amazing Maleeni 

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 »

Director:

Thomas J. Wright

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Ricky Jay ... The Amazing Maleeni / Herman Pinchbeck / Albert Pinchbeck
Jonathan Levit ... Billy LaBonge
Robert LaSardo ... Cissy Alvarez
Jim Maniaci Jim Maniaci ... Bullethead #1
Rick Marzan Rick Marzan ... Holding Cell Officer
Mark Chaet ... Bank Officer
Dennis Keiffer ... Bullethead #2
Dan Rice Dan Rice ... Uniform Cop
Sherri Howard ... Female Employee
J. David J. David ... Young Boss
Steven Barr Steven Barr ... Courier Guard
Adam Vernier ... Driver
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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 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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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

A Cradock Marine Bank branch was also used as a location for the Sixth Season X-Files Episode #14 titled 'Monday'. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dana Scully: [performing autopsy on a man's head] Well, I'm stumped. And I think I'm supposed to be.
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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Shall I come heckle you on your job? Make sure you count out the requisite number of McNuggets?
20 April 2007 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

The Amazing Maleeni is a fun episode. It's nice, light-hearted fun. The effect of the head turning around is cheesy, but it's television. They don't have a big budget. That being said, the make-up of the severed head is very realistic. So, they cancel each other out. I like how in this episode, Scully calls Mulder a "skeptic". Also in this episode, we see the second ever flaming hand. The first being in "Fire" from season one. It's interesting that Mulder purposely knocks Alvarez's pool ball when leaving, throwing his FBI-weight around. Scully is very impressive with her hand-turning trick. Was that real or trick photography? Finally, Ricky Jay and Johnathan Levit are not only good magicians, they are good actors. It gave a high degree of authenticity having real magicians perform those parts instead of just normal actors. The Amazing Maleeni isn't an "amazing" episode in any sense of the word, but it's a solid episode with enough misdirection and sleight-of-hand to keep you entertained and guessing.


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