The Magician (1973–1974)
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The Illusion of the Cat's Eye 

A museum enlists Tony Blake's help to investigate the "smoke & mirrors" theft of a highly guarded Egyptian cat statue.


Paul Stanley


Bruce Lansbury (created by), David Chase | 3 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)
John Dehner ... Simon Russell
Don Gordon ... Larry Ford
Marianna Hill ... Leila Russell (as Mariana Hill)
Claudette Nevins ... Suzanne Kelly
Joseph Ruskin ... Hassid
David Frankham ... Derek Sheffield
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Hal
J. Jay Saunders ... Lt. Kendricks
Vic Vallero Vic Vallero ... Mustufa (as Vic Vallaro)
Mark Wilson Mark Wilson ... Mark Wilson
Greg Wilson Greg Wilson ... Greg Wilson
Cami Sebring Cami Sebring ... Kathy (as Camiey Gwyn Sebring)


Simon Russell has as the centerpiece of his new exhibit the Ramses Cat appraised by local expert Derek Sheffield at $3 million for insurance purposes. Legend has it that there is a curse attached to the cat. It is on display against the wishes of Mssrs. Hassid and Mustufa, who believe the cat's rightful place, as an object of worship, is back in Egypt. Despite what seems to be the impenetrable security system installed by Larry Ford - known as the best in the business - the cat is nonetheless stolen right under security's nose. Hassid and Mustufa, who were in the museum at the time of the theft, are the lead suspects. Shortly following, Sheffield is found dead, seemingly mauled by a large cat, bringing up the possibility of the curse at play. Suzanne Kelly, representing Trans-Republic, the insurance company underwriting the statue for the museum, asks Tony for his professional advice if the cat could have disappeared as part of a magical illusion. After examining the security system, ... Written by Huggo

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Adventure | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

25 March 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The recurring mystery extra (middle-aged blonde lady) who is featured in many The Magician episodes, can be here seen at the very beginning: she is walking in the museum by herself, looking at a display, when closing time is called, upon which she looks at her watch and promptly exits. See more »

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