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Vanishing Act 

A popular magician disappears right before the conclusion of a death-defying stunt, and is found dead in a blade box at an old mentor's show on Coney Island.


Peter Werner


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Eric Bogosian ... Danny Ross
James Frain ... Dean Holiday
Will Janowitz ... Jacob Green
Kristen Connolly ... Miranda / Teresa
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Angel Desai ... Nikki Ushima
Christopher Lloyd ... Carmine
Paul Shaffer ... Paul Shaffer
The Naked Cowboy ... The Naked Cowboy
Shaun Robinson ... Shaun Robinson
Jeremy Gender Jeremy Gender ... Miles Stone
Traci Godfrey ... Det. Agnes Farley
Tony Campisi Tony Campisi ... CSU Tech


A "modern age" magician disappears from the coffin in which he had buried himself for thirty-one days...only to reappear in an older magician's "blade box", with seven swords stuck in his body. Goren and Eames initially suspect the old man of murder, but he is quickly cleared when the M.E. informs them that the victim starved to death. However, further testing shows that he had been given potassium cyanide through his I.V. drip, mimicking a heart attack, and the investigation turns to a small circle of suspects who had their own motives for wanting this magician dead. Written by Bre S.

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Release Date:

20 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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When magician Dean Holiday is on stage being approached by detectives Goren and Eames, he has just finished his magic trick and still had his hands on the wheel. From behind you see he drop his hands down beside his body. In the very next shot, they are filming in front and his hands are still on the wheel initially until he puts his hands down beside himself. See more »


Detective Robert Goren: It's the classic misdirect, right?
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Envy and rivalry in the world of magic
20 March 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This is a homicide that truly needs the eclectic skills of a Detective Robert Goren. A David Copperfield like magician is found dead in a coffin he had been buried in for a month. The new crowd of magicians are looking always to emulate Harry Houdini and modern technology has given them the means to do so.

It was a most modern and sophisticated way the victim met his death. And it's to his peers that Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe look for suspects. One fact is clear there's a lot of envy and rivalry in the world of magic.

Have to give big kudos to Christopher Lloyd who plays one of the old time magicians. The younger ones say he's old school, but if by old school you mean Harry Houdini then you'll love the Houdini like trick Lloyd employs on the NYPD.

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