Sleight Out of Hand
Sleight Out of Hand
Season 3
Number 18
Writer Zachary Reiter,
John Dove
Director Rob Bailey
Original Airdate February 28, 2007
Previous Episode: The Ride-In
Next Episode: A Daze Of Wine And Roaches

Sleight Out of Hand is the eighteenth episode in Season Three of CSI: NY.


When world-renowned illusionist Luke Blade brings his act to the streets of New York and two of his crew members are found dead in ways that mimic his illusions, Mac and the team wonder if his tricks have become reality.


Illusionist Luke Blade has arrived in New York to perform his three-night show "Death Becomes Me," but during his first trick—surviving being sawed in half—the body of his very gorgeous young assistant Vienna Hyatt turns up in a box, having actually been brutally sawed in half. The CSIs follow up on a man she took out a restraining order against, Rupert Flannigan, the manager of magic store Magic Paradise, but he has an alibi for the time of the murder. Mac turns to Luke Blade, but he tells the CSIs he looks at his employees like family. He soon loses another member of his "family" when his stunt engineer Austin Cannon is found burned to death during Luke's four-hour stunt in which he is lit on fire.

Stella is able to trace skin DNA off a magic wand found at the scene of Austin's death to George Clark, who proves to be Luke's biological father. She's able to dig up the sad tale of Luke's past: he was adopted by a woman named Sylvia Walker but she abandoned him to the foster care system at the age of six when he showed signs of fetal alcohol syndrome, including aggressive, adversarial behavior. Realizing his final trick will be to exact revenge on his adoptive mother, Mac, Stella and Flack chase Luke to the warehouse where he stores his magic devices and stop him from drowning Sylvia just in time.

In Montana, Lindsay testifies at the trial of Daniel Katums, the man who shot her three friends in a diner ten years earlier. Lindsay breaks down on the stand as she testifies that she was in the bathroom when she heard gunshots, then asks for a recess. The next day, she's back on the stand, trying to finish her testimony, when Danny walks in the door. Encouraged by his presence, she testifies that she opened the door and spotted Katums with a shotgun in the restaurant. Katums is convicted and Danny and Lindsay embrace before heading back to New York.


Main Cast[]

Guest Cast[]

  • Robert Joy as Dr. Sid Hammerback
  • Criss Angel as Luke Blade
  • Alan Smyth as Rupert Flannigan
  • Jamison Jones as Austin Cannon
  • Kelly Connolly as Vienna Hyatt
  • Ashley Rickards as Young Lindsay
  • Michael McLafferty as Reporter #1
  • Yuri Brown as Reporter #2
  • Nick Kiriazis as Prosecutor
  • Angie Hill as Jury Forewoman


  • Tubefed by Halou


  • Danny leaves his apartment with nothing but his keys. However, when he shows up in the courtroom in Montana, he is wearing a different outfit.


  • This is the first appearance of Anna Belknap after having her daughter named Olive.
  • Magician Criss Angel made a special guest appearance as Luke Blade in this episode.

See Also[]

CSI:NY Season 3
People With MoneyNot What It Looks LikeLove Run ColdHung Out to DryOedipus HexOpen and ShutMurder Sings the BluesConsequencesAnd Here's To You, Mrs. AzraelSweet SixteenRaising ShaneSilent NightObsessionThe Lying GameSome Buried BonesHeart of GlassThe Ride-InSleight Out of HandA Daze Of Wine And RoachesWhat Schemes May ComePast ImperfectCold Reveal...Comes AroundSnow Day