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―The Magician

Smoke and Mirrors is the eleventh episode of the eleventh series.


A famous magician is performing at the children's midsummer party and Thomas has to meet up with the magician and the Fat Controller at the Docks. When Thomas arrives at Brendam Docks, the Fat Controller tells him that the magician will do a big trick and that if he finishes his job well, Thomas can be in the magic show. The Fat Controller tells Thomas that he needs to collect a blue box from Maithwaite, a red carpet from Maron and a yellow sheet at Knapford, but Thomas is so distracted by the thought of being in the magic show.

Thomas arrives at Maithwaite, where Elizabeth is making a delivery, and he tells her about him being in the magic show. Thomas sees a red telephone box, thinking that it is needed in the show, so it is loaded onto his flatbed and Thomas sets off to Maron. Thomas arrives at Maron, where Bertie is dropping off holiday makers. Thomas tells Bertie that he is going to be in the magic show. Thomas sees some yellow beach chairs, thinking they are for the show. So they are loaded onto his flatbed and Thomas sets off for Knapford. Thomas arrives at Knapford station, where he sees Henry and tells him about the magic show and that he is looking for something blue. Henry says there is a blue flag on the platform. So the blue flag is loaded onto the flatbed and Thomas sets off for the children's mid-summer party.

Thomas arrives at the party and shows everyone the things he brought, but the magician is cross that Thomas brought the wrong things. Thomas feels terrible for not listening and tries to make amends to get the right things. Everything is unloaded and Thomas goes back to every station repeating to himself of what he needs to get and gets everything for the show. Thomas arrives just in time for the finale having missed some of the show, but is happy to finish his job properly. The magician makes flowers bloom out of Thomas' funnel, balloons appear upon his cab and finally he temporarily gift-wraps him in the things he brought.




  • Going by production order, this is the thirteenth episode of the eleventh series.
  • This episode marks Bertie's only speaking role in the eleventh series.
  • Thomas' top hat was reused from the tenth series episode Sticky Toffee Thomas.
  • A rare photo that shows Thomas with balloons on him is mirrored, but his number 1 is edited to face the right way.
  • This episode was shown was in select US cinemas as part of Thomas and Friends on the Big Screen.
  • This marks the last appearance of Elizabeth grinning expression from sixth series.
  • Thomas' original plastic model was used when he first arrived at Knapford.


  • During the grand finale, the flatbed Thomas was pulling disappears.
  • Thomas' funnel is taller and looks different in the close-up with the flowers coming out of it.
  • The cream car parked behind Elizabeth is missing its right (viewer's left) headlight.
  • In the two close-ups of the Great Magician telling Thomas that he has brought the wrong things, his head slowly slides upward.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Fumaça e espelhos
Chinese Mandarin 烟雾和镜子
Czech Čáry máry fuk
Danish Tryllekunstneren
Dutch Abracadabra
Finnish Taikatemppuja
German Der große Zauberer
Hungarian A nagy mutatvány
Japanese トーマスとてじな
Korean 수리수리 마수리
Latin American Spanish Humo y Espejos
Norwegian Trylleshowet
Polish Czary Mary
Portuguese Truques de Magia
Romanian Hocus Pocus
Russian Фокус-покус
Spanish Trucos de Magia
Swedish Trolleriföreställningen

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