The Magician (1973–1974)

Lightning on a Dry Day 

A hospital patient is spooked senseless by the fire in one of Tony Blake's charity magic acts. Blake's investigation into the young man's past leads him to a small town riddled with quirky residents.


Reza Badiyi (as Reza S. Badiyi)


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)
Todd Crespi Todd Crespi ... Dennis Pomeroy
Neville Brand ... Sheriff Platt
Geoffrey Deuel Geoffrey Deuel ... Vic Reiser
Beah Richards ... Mrs. Thatcher
Mark Hamill ... Ian Keefer
Susan Foster Susan Foster ... Maggie Platt
Frances Reid ... Eleanor Gilpin
Quinn K. Redeker ... Dr. Sebring (as Quinn Redeker)
George Wallace ... Steve Yates
Kurt Grayson Kurt Grayson ... Tom
Leigh Hamilton ... Nurse Owens
Cami Sebring Cami Sebring ... Connie (as Camiey Gwyn Sebring)


While Tony performs his act at Kenbrook Institute, a private hospital in North Carolina, Ian Keefer, a young male patient, is traumatized by Tony's assistant seemingly caught in some flames. Tony learns from Ian's doctor, Dr. Sebring, that Ian has only been in the hospital a few weeks during which time he has been basically silent, unable to communicate coherently. All Dr. Sebring knows is that Ian was headed up to Elm Ridge, the local mountainous rural back country area, trying to locate a Mrs. Gilpin, a collector of local mountain music, but got lost and was missing for three days before he was found in his traumatized state. Upon his arrival in Elm Ridge, Tony quickly learns that it is a closed community with many secrets only known by locals, who will lie, and some kill, to keep those secrets hidden. Those people include the local sheriff, Platt. The only person who seemingly bucks that trend is Sheriff Platt's daughter, Maggie Platt, who detests the back woods way of life and ... Written by Huggo

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Adventure | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

30 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The café across the street from the sheriff's station has a sign "Knudsen Cottage Cheese" but in North Carolina it should be "Breakstone Cottage Cheese". See more »

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