The Magician (1973–1974)

Ovation for Murder 

During a backyard party where Tony Blake performs, the magician witnesses a Greek man he rescued earlier shoot another man. Blake suspects he was impaired and arranges an elaborate illusion in a hospital to catch the real killer.


Barry Crane


Bruce Lansbury (created by), Walter Brough | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Bill Bixby ... Anthony Blake
Keene Curtis ... Max Pomeroy
Julian Christopher ... Jerry Anderson (as Jim Watkins)
Jack Kruschen ... Albie Allikolos
Susan Oliver ... Susanna
Walter Brooke ... Orin Connover
Roy Jenson ... Frank Letterman
Wesley Lau ... Captain Ivan Gottschalk
Sid Grossfeld Sid Grossfeld ... Ulricht
Dennis Cross Dennis Cross ... Guard Colton
John Craig John Craig ... Guard Morrison
Eddy C. Dyer Eddy C. Dyer ... Guard Troy


While rehearsing for an extended charity gig at the Los Angeles Fair, Tony is approached by Albie Allikolos to perform that evening at a private party - a birthday celebration for his artist girlfriend, Susanna - complete with home cooked Greek food by Albie himself. Tony later learns that Albie is a food importer, but whose passion was his race horse, Retsina, who needed to be put down a week ago due to a mysteriously broken front hoof, that incident which was just before a race. Two incidents occur with Albie. First, he is attacked at the fairground by two thugs, from which he is saved by Tony. And second, while Tony is performing his act at the party, Albie, in plain sight off in the distance, argues with a man who he shoots dead. The man is Casey Tolliver, a bookie. Behind bars, Albie claims that although he owed Tolliver money, it was as a friend, and not as a bookie or loan shark. And Albie, despite this incident being in front of several witnesses including Tony, claims that he... Written by Huggo

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Adventure | Crime | Drama






English | Greek

Release Date:

6 November 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack Kruschen was in the car with Bill Bixby, our magician, lamenting on how when he was young he was going to be John Wayne. 12 years earlier he was in a starring role alongside John Wayne in McClintock. See more »

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