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Law & Order: Criminal Intent Episode: "Vanishing Act"

Season 7, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: Goren and Eames enter into the sleight-of-hand world of prestidigitation when a celebrity illusionist vanishes during his own magic stunt. Shaun Robinson and Paul Shaffer appear as themselves.
Original Air Date: Jul 20, 2008
Guest Cast Theresa Randle: ADA Patricia Kent Paul Shaffer: Himself Shaun Robinson: Herself Will Janowitz: Jacob James Frain: Derek Christopher Lloyd: Carmine
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Season 7, Episode 17
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Length: 43:07
Aired: 7/20/2008
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"Vanishing Act” Season 7, Episode 17

Hi CI fans, so last night Goren and Eames were taken into the world of magic with their investigation. I will be posting a recap of last night's episode later tonight, but in the meantime please comment away on your thoughts on last's night crime solving. Added recap: Miles Stone, a David Blaine like magician buried himself alive for 31 days. When the TV crews arrive to witness his rise from the dead, they find the casket empty. Meanwhile on the other side of New York old school magician Ray Carmine played by Christopher Lloyd (who looked like Abe Vigoda right?) does the old trick of swording the pretty assistant through a box the box however reveals a punctured and dead Stone. Not surprising when Goren and Eames show up to scene of Carmine's show, we see that Goren knows all about magic tricks and demonstrates how the sword/box trick should have played out. The magician's assistant Miranda fled the scene right after it happened, so Eames and Goren are left to try and get some facts out of a drunken Carmine. They end up bringing him in to sleep it off, while they go see what the cause of death was. Autopsy reports show he starved himself to death, which provoked a heart attack. When the detectives go to let Carmine go they discover an empty cell and the officer on duty doesn't know how he got out. In a funny scene, Goren reacts how Carmine used the spilt coffee to distract and get the guards keys to escape. Now they are off to Carmine's house to look for evidence of where he could be. More funny Goren as he shows his magic skills even revealing Carmine in the dollhouse. Pretty neat trick huh? While trying to find the assistant Miranda they are led to another magician Dean Holiday. He seemed suspicious for the murder right away. When Goren implied that Stone was really buried alive no trick, Holiday said, "Ask any true magicianthere is always a trick." The trick Eames and Goren learn was electro-magnetic strips hidden in the head board of the casket gives a clever way out. But to where? Apparently there was a tunnel through the cemetery yard that ends to an inside room. New report from autopsy finds traces of a drug in the IV bags and the insertion point of the central line- that would have triggered a heart attack. In the end Stone was killed by another magician- Holiday- because he eclipsed him and was getting more attention and bigger TV deals. This was a fun episode to watch. It was nice to finally have Goren back he smiled. And it appears Eames and Goren are back being friendly again. It was great to see Goren showing his silly side again, and doing some magic. He was like a kid in a candy store in the magician's house, and Eames seemed to be enjoying watching Goren. (Still the trust issue is there?) And is it just me or is Goren starting to look like a mountain man? Two great Eames quotes from the episode: "When my partner gets done playing..." ~ When Goren is looking at the casket for an escape route. "OH, I can't wait to check them out." ~ After Dean expressing there are many websites devoted to him. Next week looks like Logan comes to odd with Captain Ross. Could this be setting up his departure? Well, as I mentioned before this new Sunday airing schedule of L&O:CI does not work well with my schedule, so this will be my last recap. I felt bad not being able to get the recaps up right away for you, so I hope you have a great replacement recapper. For more Law & Order: CI, check out our Online Video Guide. -- Edited by Katie Bottner at 07/21/2008 5:44 PM show less
Hi CI fans, so last night Goren and Eames were taken into the world of magic with their investigation. I will be posting a recap of last night’s episode later tonight, but in the meantime please comment away on your thoughts on last’s night crime solving.Added recap:Miles Stone, a David Blaine like magician buried himself alive for 31 days. When the TV crews arrive to witness his rise from the dead, they find the casket empty. Meanwhile on the other side of New York – old school magician Ray Carmine played by Christopher Lloyd (who looked like Abe Vigoda right?) does the old trick of swording the pretty assistant through a box – the box however reveals a punctured and dead Stone. Not surprising when Goren and Eames show up to scene of Carmine's show, we see that Goren knows all about magic tricks and demonstrates how the sword/box trick should have played out. The magician’s assistant Miranda fled the scene right after it happened, so Eames and Goren are le... read more

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