The Magician (1973–1974)

The Illusion of the Lethal Playthings 

Someone is trying to kill a friend of Tony Blake's by detonating bombs and using marionettes and remote controlled toys. Tony's investigation brings him to a toy shop and he becomes the target of the mad man.


Jack Arnold


Bruce Lansbury (created by), Larry Brody | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Bill Bixby ... Anthony Blake
Joseph Sirola ... Dominick (as Joe Sirola)
Julian Christopher ... Jerry Anderson (as Jim Watkins) (credit only)
Louis Hayward ... Millotson
Joanna Miles ... Maggie Jones
Scott Hylands ... Hal Millotson
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Jackson Wyndham
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Lt. Hoyt
Ivor Francis ... Thomas Donald
John Devlin John Devlin ... Howard Sherman
Argentina Brunetti ... Landlady
Andy Albin Andy Albin ... Artie
Mark Wilson Mark Wilson ... Mark Wilson
Peggy Doyle Peggy Doyle ... Nun


Dominick's poker playing companion, Jackson Wyndham, has been receiving death threats, those threats which will be carried out unless he coughs up $500,000, which he is able to do, but which he refuses to do, not wanting to give into anyone, especially extortionists. The extortionists seem to be able to carry out heir threats if and when they so choose. As a successful businessman, Wyndham admits that he may have made a few enemies in his life, but none he knows would have any reason to kill him. Wyndham's executive assistant, Maggie Jones, hopes Tony can help in finding out who the extortionists are. One lead, Scott Joplin "Peacherine Rag" playing on what sounds like an old piano roll brings up other leads in the form of a curio shop owner named Millotson, and the Pinocchio Toy Company. Tony has to find the connection between these two and why those behind them chose Wyndham specifically as the target. Written by Huggo

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Adventure | Crime | Drama






English | Italian

Release Date:

18 March 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Features Wings (1927) See more »


Peacherine Rag
Composed by Scott Joplin
This tune is played during the puppet show movie
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