The Magician (1973–1974)

The Illusion of the Queen's Gambit 

The magician is performing on-board of the Queen Mary when masked robbers interrupt his act. His friend, Ed Cassidy, is blamed for the robbery and Tony Blake sets out to prove his innocence.


Don Weis


Bruce Lansbury (created by), Edward J. Lakso | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bixby ... Anthony Blake
Keene Curtis ... Max Pomeroy
Julian Christopher ... Jerry Anderson (as Jim Watkins)
Joseph Sirola ... Dominick (as Joe Sirola)
William Shatner ... Ed Cassidy
Katherine Justice ... Sandra Cassidy
Brooke Bundy ... Virginia Miles
Paul Mantee ... Joe Taggart
Byron Morrow ... Lt. Lund
William Vaughn William Vaughn ... Cole (as William Vaughan)
Jack Rader ... Kobick
Heath Jobes Heath Jobes ... Hanson
Barry Brooks Barry Brooks ... Security Guard
Mark Wilson Mark Wilson ... Mark Wilson
Ron Wilson Ron Wilson ... Ron Wilson


With Tony and Max's help, husband and wife Ed and Shirley Cassidy, Tony's long time friends, are hosting a hospital benefit fund-raiser. As Ed is an ex-casino owner and reformed gambler, the fund-raiser, aboard the cruise ship, the Queen Mary, docked in port, is in the form of an old west gambling den. Three men, dressed as masked cowboys, proceed to rob the benefit of the night's take of $500,000. Because of Ed's background, the authorities, based on circumstantial evidence, suspect Ed as the mastermind of the robbery. As Tony follows leads as to the robbers' whereabouts, what he and his friends eventually learn is that someone double crossed the robbers who did not walk away with the money, they who also believe that Ed is the culprit. Tony's discoveries on the matter lead to a difficult situation concerning his friendship with the Cassidys, who may have individual thoughts of their own on how they should handle the possible recovery of the moneys. Written by Huggo

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Adventure | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

4 February 1974 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The recurring The Magician atmosphere player (blonde, middle-aged lady) is here playing one of the bankers who helps count the money aboard the Queen Mary. See more »


The registration number 093G is not a complete one. It should start with an "N". The actual number is N3093G and belonged to a 1965 Bell 47G-4 serial number 3360 until 12/23/1981. See more »

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