The trend toward mystery-adventure-comedy series continues this weekend when NBC pulls "Blacke's Magic" out of its silk hat at 9 p.m. Sunday (on Channels 4, 36 and 39).
Now you see it, now you don't, for thereafter "Blacke's Magic" will air not on Sundays, but at 9 p.m. Wednesdays.
Hal Linden is suave illusionist Alexander Blacke and Harry Morgan is his faintly dishonorable father, Leonard Blacke, a former shell-game artist. In the long tradition of TV crime-stoppers, Alexander is called in to get to the rocky bottom of cases that are too tough for the well-meaning, but typically hapless cops. And there will be plenty of those.
Sunday's premiere is a pretty good little mystery in which two bodies turn up, one of them belonging to Alexander's old pal, the Great Gasparini. We meet the Great Gasparini as he is doing his last great gasp of an act. As the TV cameras roll, he is sealed into an airtight coffin and lowered into a swimming pool for five minutes. When the coffin is raised, he is dead--from a gunshot.