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WriterDanny Cannon,
Anthony E. Zuiker
DirectorDanny Cannon
Original AirdateOctober 31, 2002
Previous Episode: A Little Murder
Next Episode: The Execution of Catherine Willows

Abra-Cadaver is the fifth episode in season three of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Grissom, Warrick and Sara investigate when a woman who was already missing disappears while taking part in a magician's act. Things get worse when the magician burns to death on the stage. But Grissom soon discovers that all is not what it seems. Meanwhile, Catherine and Nick find evidence of murder when a rock star dies from an overdose in his trailer.


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Main Cast

Guest Cast

  • Archie Kao as Archie Johnson
  • Tom Noonan as Zephyr
  • Lawrence Monoson as Toby Arcane
  • Salvator Xuereb as Keith Castle
  • Jennifer Sky as Matilda, Zephyr's Assistant
  • Tushka Bergen as Samantha Dean
  • Jon Sklaroff as Punky Dillinger
  • Esteban Powell as Band Member
  • Jack McGee as Road Manager
  • Cathrine Grace as Orlando Wife
  • Sven Holmberg as Bassist
  • Blumes Tracy as Gus Kenyon

Featured Music

  • Natural One by Folk Implosion
  • Just Like You Imagined by Nine Inch Nails
  • The Mark Has Been Made by Nine Inch Nails


Grissom: I knew that Houdini could swallow and regurgitate keys on cue, but I've never heard of skin pockets.
Doc Robbins: Learn something new every day, don't you?


  • Grissom incorrectly says that abracadabra is made up of three Hebrew words meaning father, son, and the holy spirit. In reality, abracadabra is derived either from Hebrew or Aramaic language "Avra Kadavrai" meaning "I will create as my words."


  • Tom Noonan and William Petersen worked together in 1986, in the production of Manhunter. In the movie Petersen was Will Graham and Noonan was Francis Dollarhyde, a psycho-killer that Petersen wanted to capture.

See Also

CSI:Las Vegas Season 3
Revenge is Best Served ColdThe Accused is EntitledLet the Seller BewareA Little MurderAbra-CadaverThe Execution of Catherine WillowsFight NightSnuffBlood LustHigh and LowRecipe for MurderGot Murder?Random Acts of ViolenceOne Hit WonderLady Heather's BoxLucky StrikeCrash & BurnPrecious MetalA Night at the MoviesLast LaughForeverPlay with FireInside the Box