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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Goren
... Alexandra Eames
... Danny Ross
... Dean Holiday
... Jacob Green
... Miranda / Teresa
... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
... Nikki Ushima
... Carmine
... Paul Shaffer
... The Naked Cowboy
... Shaun Robinson
Jeremy Gender ... Miles Stone
... Det. Agnes Farley
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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20 July 2008 (USA)  »

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Detective Robert Goren: [to Dean Holiday] You leave your eyes open when you do a read. That's your tell.
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Envy and rivalry in the world of magic
20 March 2016 | by See 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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