The Magician (1973–1974)

The Manhunters 

Someone is trying to kill Max Pomeroy, Tony Blake's friend. The investigation leads Blake to an alcoholic lady gambler in distress and the plot thickens in a casino.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Bill Bixby ... Anthony Blake
Keene Curtis ... Max Pomeroy
Julian Christopher ... Jerry Anderson (as Jim Watkins)
Todd Crespi Todd Crespi ... Dennis Pomeroy
Marlyn Mason ... Diane Thomson
Stephen McNally ... Manning Hargrove
Vincent Beck ... Stanley Owens
Scott Walker ... Hit Man
Morton C. Thompson Morton C. Thompson ... Driscoll (as Mort Thompson)
Lenore Stevens ... Edith
David Brandon David Brandon ... Reporter #1
Marcia Mae Jones ... Rental Car Agent
Tony Cristino Tony Cristino ... Chief Box Man
Sandy Wirth Sandy Wirth ... Casino Cashier (as Sandra Wirth)
Jerry Quarry Jerry Quarry ... Al


While Tony accompanies Max on an interview for a story on shipping magnate Manning Hargrove, an accident occurs which almost kills Max, the accident which was no accident as an obvious attempt on his life. As death threats are par for the course for him, Max refuses to get the police involved if only for the disruption it would cause to his busy public schedule over the next few days. Dennis believes that this attempt may have to do with one of Max's current controversial stories. Based on the car the perpetrator used to get away, Tony believes that this attempt on Max's life indeed has to do with one of his stories, on illegal gambling, the head of the ring the only piece of the puzzle Max does not know, that person who probably ordered the hit. Tony enlists the help of Diane Thomson, a socialite, alcoholic and compulsive gambler, who probably knows more about what's going on based on the company she keeps than she realizes. As Tony investigates, Max's life may still be in danger as ... Written by Huggo

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Adventure | Crime | Drama







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2 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The getaway car (Chevy Nova) used by the person trying to kill Max with the crane bears the license number 247 PCE. These seem to show up in many movies and TV series. Another example is Dennis Weaver's Plymouth Valiant 149 PCE in "Duel". In Charlie's Angels: Angel on the Line (1981), Kelly Garrett calls Bosley with the license plate of the car who is following her: it is also 247 PCE. And Falcon Crest featured a Corvette belonging to a lead character with the same 247 PCE. This plate number might have been the motor vehicle equivalent of the fictitious are code (555) for TV and movie phones. See more »


During the rental car scene where Tony Blake (Bill Bixby) is doing the long stem rose illusion a string could be seen coming from the vase. See more »

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