Banacek (1972–1974)
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Now You See Me, Now You Don't 

A stage magician vanishes in the middle of his act, as he is about to be arrested on suspicion of a $1,750,000 securities fraud. Banacek is called in to try to recover the missing money and solve the mystery of the disappearing man.


Bernard McEveety


Anthony Wilson (creator), Stanley Roberts


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Thomas Banacek
Nancy Olson ... Louise Merrick
Gretchen Corbett ... Vicki Merrick
Jay Robinson ... Bradley Merrick
Murray Matheson ... Felix Mulholland
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Phil Ross (as Pat Harrington)
Peter Marshall ... Hal Parker
Ralph Manza ... Jay Drury
Lynnette Mettey Lynnette Mettey ... Emily Parker
Bruce Gordon ... Maxwell Barker
Phillip Pine ... Ed Harvey
Kathrine Baumann ... Gloria Barker
Frank Maxwell ... Higgins
Walter Brooke ... Walter Peterson
Kathie Browne ... Shirley Cole


Magician Bradley Merrick pulls off the greatest illusion of his career: disappearing right onstage before a packed theater surrounded by police ready to arrest him for embezzlement. Banacek is called in to find the missing man and the securities he allegedly stole and disappeared with. Keen to go on vacation, Banacek accepts the job after thinking it over and meets the one member of the magician's family who cares about him. Written by statmanjeff

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magician | stage | theater | theory | dog | See All (18) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

12 March 1974 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The DeTomaso Pantera driven away from LA airport has no rear view mirror - which would earn it an MOT fail in the UK. See more »


When Banacek leaves the Merrick house with Vicki, his movements of the steering don't correspond the background scenery. It especially noticeable when he goes around a corner. See more »


Thomas Banacek: Felix, have you been meeting secretly with Bobby Fischer?
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References The Waltons (1971) See more »

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Magician's trick
29 September 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

More red herrings are in this Banacek episode than you would find at the Fulton Fish Market. But the biggest problem for Banacek to solve here is whether the disappearance of the magician is tied to the disappearance of a few million in bonds that he had charge of. The police as represented by Frank Maxwell are operating under that assumption.

Jay Robinson is our magician, but that's a sideline as he worked in his late father-in-law's bank and this magic act performed with his daughter Gretchen Corbett was for a charity show. George Peppard is representing the bonding company who insured the bonds. He's getting his usual expensive fee which former gangland boss Bruce Gordon formerly of, where else Chicago wants to sweeten the pot. He's got his own reasons for wanting their return.

Who doesn't seem concerned is wife Nancy Olsen in itself strange. But this is a strange family.

This final Banacek seemed to come up lame and go off in all kinds of different directions. A sad ending to a short, but interesting series. It was better than Peppard's late A-Team.

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