Edmund Drake appears - magically
|Other family||Zalman Drake (Twin Brother, deceased)|
|Appearances||"Poof! You're Dead"|
|Portrayed by||Jeffrey Hephner|
Edmund Drake is the "mondo mundane" twin brother of stage magician, Zalman. It is difficult to picture much that is more removed from the glamor of illusion than accountancy, but this is how Edmund earns his livelihood, having had little interest or talent for magic beyond him and his brother occasionally doing a 'disappearing act' when they were children involving one disappearing and oather appearing at the other side of the room (Edmund noting that it only really worked for people who didn't know they were twins).
However, since, by the time of "Poof! You're Dead", the family magic shop is in grave financial distress, an accountant may well have the magic wand this situation calls for. Although considered a suspect by Castle, or rather Zalman masquerading as his own twin having killed the original, he is never on Beckett's radar. He is subsequently instrumental in providing a fitting finale for the investigation and closure of the case, when he works with a magician that his brother designed tricks for to pose as his brother's ghost and provoke a confession out of his brother's real murderer, billionaire Christian Dahl.