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

Blacke's Magic
GenreCrime drama
Created byRichard Levinson
William Link
Developed byPeter S. Fischer
Directed byJohn Llewellyn Moxey
StarringHal Linden
Harry Morgan
Mark Shera
Theme music composerDavid Bell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Peter S. Fischer
Producer(s)Douglas Benton
Cliff Gould
Lee Sheldon
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time48 minutes
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseJanuary 5 (1986-01-05) –
May 7, 1986 (1986-05-07)


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.





Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
0"Breathing Room"John Llewellyn MoxeyPeter 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 ReisnerLee SheldonJanuary 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"TBALee SheldonJanuary 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"TBALee SheldonJanuary 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. HoeyPeter S. Fischer,
Lee Sheldon
January 29, 1986 (1986-01-29)
5"Vanishing Act"Walter GraumanLee SheldonFebruary 12, 1986 (1986-02-12)
6"Prisoner of Paradise"TBALee SheldonFebruary 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 ReisnerLee SheldonFebruary 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 LynchLee SheldonMarch 5, 1986 (1986-03-05)
9"Last Flight from Moscow"TBALee SheldonMarch 12, 1986 (1986-03-12)
10"A Friendly Game of Showdown"Michael A. HoeyLee SheldonMarch 19, 1986 (1986-03-19)
11"It's a Jungle Out There"TBALee Sheldon,
Aubrey Solomon
April 2, 1986 (1986-04-02)
12"Wax Poetic"Allen ReisnerLee SheldonMay 7, 1986 (1986-05-07)



  • Primetime Emmy Awards 1986 - Nominated - Outstanding Cinematography for a Series -Terry K. Meade - For episode "Prisoner of Paradise".
  • Edgar Allan Poe Awards 1987 - Nominated - Best Television Episode - Lee Sheldon (writer) - For episode "Wax Poetic".

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