Box of Tricks (The Avengers)

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"Box of Tricks"
The Avengers episode
"Box of Tricks" (1963 "Avengers" TV episode).jpg
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 17
Directed by Kim Mills
Written by Peter Ling
Edward Rhodes
Produced by John Bryce
Featured music Laurie Johnson
John Dankworth (theme)
Production code 2-17
Original air date 20 January 1963 (1963-01-20)
Guest appearance(s)
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Box of Tricks is the seventeenth episode of the second series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Julie Stevens. It originally aired on ABC on 20 January 1963. The episode was directed by Kim Mills and written by Peter Ling and Edward Rhodes.[1]


The death of a nightclub magician's assistant leads through a crippled general and his quack, to employment opportunities and secret documents. Steed enlists the help of Venus to root out the criminals by becoming the new assistant.[2]


Julie Stevens sings It's A Pity To Say Goodnight by Ella Fitzgerald and It's De-Lovely by Cole Porter, during which - in a rarity for the entire series - she briefly breaks the fourth wall.



  1. ^ Rogers, Dave (25 April 1983). The Avengers. ITV Books in association with Michael Joseph. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Box of Tricks". The Avengers Forever!. Retrieved 20 April 2012.

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