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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 »

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Cissy Alvarez
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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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Cradock Marine Bank is later used in the tv series "Better Call Saul" which is also written by Vince Gilligan who wrote this episode. It can be see on a check in season 2, episode 6 (Bali Ha'i episode). See more »

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Also, in that same scene with Mulder and Scully investigating LaBonge, towards the end of his demonstration (11:35-11:45) you can see his left sleeve go from pulled down to up and then back down. See more »

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Fox Mulder: So basically he died of a heart attack, somebody crept up behind him and sawed his head off, and then glued it back on all in the space of 30 seconds. Does that make sense to you?
Dana Scully: No. What makes it even stranger still because as far as I can tell, this body has been dead for over a month. I see signs of refrigeration.
Fox Mulder: And yet he performed yesterday. What a trooper.
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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 See 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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