Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 02, 1973
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
Genre

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The Magician (1973)

A rich magician used his magical talents to help people out of their problems, usually with criminals. In addition to his acting talents, Bill Bixby was actually a very accomplished magician in real life. The highly acclaimed magician, "Blackstone" gave the series his "thumbs up" for the authenticity of its magic.

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01x21 The Illusion of the Evil Spikes Aired: Apr. 15, 1974

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 …

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 1 season and 22 episodes air between 1973 and 1974.

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Series Fun Facts

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  • In this pilot, the magician's right hand and mechanic is named Jerry Wallace. In the remainder of the series, for unknown reasons, his name was changed to Jerry Anderson.
  • Once the series was picked up, the pilot's opening credits would be changed to remove Elizabeth Ashley from the reel, no doubt to avoid paying her royalties. In the next episode, and for the…
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    Once the series was picked up, the pilot's opening credits would be changed to remove Elizabeth Ashley from the reel, no doubt to avoid paying her royalties. In the next episode, and for the first half of the series, she is replaced by a young actress replicating the scene kissing Bill Bixby in the same fashion as Ashley did.
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  • In the first half of the series, Tony Blake lives on a plane called "The Spirit"; a ramp is often seen lowered so he can park his Corvette, with the vanity license plate equally named…
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    In the first half of the series, Tony Blake lives on a plane called "The Spirit"; a ramp is often seen lowered so he can park his Corvette, with the vanity license plate equally named "SPIRIT", inside of the Boeing. In the second half of the series, Tony Blake has lost the plane and moved into a suite at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. No explanation was ever given for this character change, however period articles attribute this mid-season revamping to the fact that there was a gas shortage at the time, and the audiences would, not only not be able to relate to a man who spent so much fuel to jet-set himself across country, but would also resent that.
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