Blacke's Magic

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Blacke's Magic
Genre Crime drama
Created by Richard Levinson
William Link
Developed by Peter S. Fischer
Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey
Starring Hal Linden
Harry Morgan
Mark Shera
Theme music composer David Bell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Peter S. Fischer
Producer(s) Douglas Benton
Cliff Gould
Lee Sheldon
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 48 minutes
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release January 5 (1986-01-05) – May 7, 1986 (1986-05-07)

Blacke's Magic is an American crime drama series that aired for 13 episodes on NBC from January 5 to May 7, 1986.


Hal Linden stars as magician Alexander Blacke who, with some help from his con-man father Leonard (Harry Morgan), solves mysteries that get in the way of his performances. The series aired for a total of thirteen episodes and featured crimes that tested logic against seemingly magical crimes. The stories were not so much whodunits as "how-he-do-its," for Alex Blacke often had to turn detective to solve the mysteries.

Episode list[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
0 "Breathing Room" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. Fischer,
Richard Levinson,
William Link
January 5, 1986 (1986-01-05)
Series pilot: Magician Alexander Blacke decides to retire after a near-death experience; however, when an old friend of his is mysteriously murdered during a magic trick – he was somehow shot while sealed in a coffin underwater – Alex and his father Leonard investigate and help the police to figure it out.
1 "Ten Tons of Trouble" Allen Reisner Lee Sheldon January 8, 1986 (1986-01-08)
When a statue disappears in a matters of moments, Alex is asked to investigate. And when Alex learns that the chief of security is being held accountable, he tries to solve it and clear the man's name.
2 "Knave of Diamonds, Ace of Hearts" * Lee Sheldon January 15, 1986 (1986-01-15)
Alex refuses an offer from a strange man to test the impenetrability of his vault, instead concocting a plan for Leonard to carry out when he leaves town. Leonard reports a break-in to the police, and when they open up the vault they find that it contains the stranger's body. Leonard is arrested and bailed out by Alex when he returns, and they then go on the run in search of the truth.
3 "The Revenge of the Esperanza" * Lee Sheldon January 22, 1986 (1986-01-22)
Some marine biologists are looking for a lost wreck. They find it but as soon as they do, it floats up and goes away.
4 "Death Goes to the Movies" Michael A. Hoey Peter S. Fischer,
Lee Sheldon
January 29, 1986 (1986-01-29)
5 "Vanishing Act" * Lee Sheldon February 12, 1986 (1986-02-12)
6 "Prisoner of Paradise" * Lee Sheldon February 19, 1986 (1986-02-19)
Victor Kroeger, a man who had swindled a lot of people out of $122M and had been on the run for 18 years, is finally caught, and Alex is asked to help bring him back to the US from San Marcos. Kroeger is kept in a guarded room atop a tower, but later in the evening he's found dead at the bottom of the tower, and the room is still locked from the inside. What happened?
7 "Address Unknown" Allen Reisner Lee Sheldon February 26, 1986 (1986-02-26)
Alex's former assistant comes to Alex for help when her ex-husband approaches her for help about corruption in a defense contract he's been working on. When Alex goes to meet the contact, someone shoots at him, and when he goes to take the police to the street where he met the contact, the street itself has gone missing.
8 "Forced Landing" Paul Lynch Lee Sheldon March 5, 1986 (1986-03-05)
9 "Last Flight to Moscow" * Lee Sheldon March 12, 1986 (1986-03-12)
10 "A Friendly Game of Showdown" Michael A. Hoey Lee Sheldon March 19, 1986 (1986-03-19)
11 "It's a Jungle Out There" * Lee Sheldon,
Aubrey Solomon
April 2, 1986 (1986-04-02)
12 "Wax Poetic" Allen Reisner Lee Sheldon May 7, 1986 (1986-05-07)

* Unknown

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