Later in Bixby's career, when all my friends were jazzed about "The Hulk," I refused to let go of "The Magician" as an inspiration. This terrific article brought it all back again, with all the details we never got before as kids.
A dozen or more years after "The Magician" there was another weekly television show called "Blacke's Magic" starring Hal Linden and Harry Morgan. It lifted a number of the same concepts -- famous and wealthy magician with interesting sidekick pals using magic to solve crimes -- but I don't think it ran even a full season. Still, there was some good magic in there and the scripts were fun.
Perhaps someone will dig up some background on this show as well and give us the same behind-the-scenes look as was done so expertly for "The Magician." I'd like to know, for example, who did consulting for the magic side of things. I know there were a few magic stars in there as well (Carl Ballantine sticks in my mind.) Seems like it would be another worthwhile look at a different stage in the evolution of televised deception.