Trick 2000 (Japan) is Japan drama premiere on Jul 1, 2000 on TV Asahi
Although 23-year-old Yamada Naoko is a talented illusionist, she is continuously fired from jobs and constantly hounded by her landlady for the rent being late. She refuses to give up her unusual vocation as she wants to follow in the footsteps of her famous magician father who died when she was a child. But her life changes after being fired again for lack of stage presence, when her boss shows her an advertisement of a challenge made by physics professor Ueda, A non-believer of all things "magical," miraculous, or mystical, he offers prize money to anyone who can prove to him that their supernatural powers are real and not trickery. Desperately needing the money, Naoko accepts the challenge, and Ueda quickly falls prey to the simple magic trick she performs, which he cannot figure out. Impressed by her ingenious explanation, he enlists Naoko to help him uncover what tricks and illusions are being used by a local cult to gain control over followers and their money. Their hilarious antics, along with those of police officer Yabe, lead them on to further mysteries they must solve with their skills, no matter how supernatural or spooky the circumstances may appear.