The Magician (1973–1974)
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The Illusion of the Evil Spikes 

A magician is killed during the filming of a highly risky magic trick. Blake takes on both the investigation and his friend's place in recreating the Table of Death illusion for the cameras.


Bill Bixby


Bruce Lansbury (created by), David Moessinger | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bixby ... Anthony Blake
Joseph Sirola ... Dominick (as Joe Sirola)
Julian Christopher ... Jerry Anderson (as Jim Watkins) (credit only)
Jessica Walter ... Marian Tripp
Lew Ayres ... Max Braden
Richard Evans ... Jack Quinn
Robert Burr Robert Burr ... Brooks Rosenthal
Tom Rosqui Tom Rosqui ... Neil Houser
Herbert Anderson ... R. John Fellows
Frederic Downs Frederic Downs ... Projectionist
George Wyner ... Script Supervisor
Virginia Hawkins Virginia Hawkins ... Secretary
Dale Tarter Dale Tarter ... Assistant Director
Melvin F. Allen Melvin F. Allen ... Sound Mixer (as Mel Allen)
Mark Wilson Mark Wilson ... Mark Wilson


Tony is on set of "Millennium 12", a Braden International studios picture, when Harry Ingram, a fellow magician, is critically injured performing what was supposed to be death defying stunt, escaping from the table of death. The stunt was developed between Tony and Harry, and performed by Harry thousands of times without incident. This accident is only the latest in a jinx-ridden shoot thus far, this picture which is supposed to be the studio's saving grace from potential financial ruin and resulting shut-down. Max Braden, Marian Tripp, and Brooks Rosenthal - the longtime studio head/longtime friend of Tony's, the new studio financial controller, and the film's director, respectively - each have their own concerns about what happens now. Max is most concerned about Harry's well-being and showing sensitivity in the situation. Brooks wants to know what Max wants to do about the creative aspects of the picture, specifically concerning the magic sequence. And Marian wants to know how they... Written by Huggo

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Adventure | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

15 April 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The illusion here fictitiously called "The Evil Spikes" was, in reality, an illusion created by magician Andre Kole, and which he called "The Table of Death". See more »

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