Book-BlackStone *A Magician's Life*
Harry Blackstone had one of the great magic shows of the 20th century. Born in Chicago in 1885, he worked steadily to build his show into the fabulous magic extravaganza that traveled the length and breadth of the North American continent. The electricity, Humor, beauty and startling illusions of the Blackstone entertained theatre-goers for 50 seasons. He worked everything from showboats to vaudeville to television. His son Harry Blackstone JR., whose 32-year career featured many of the wonders his father had made into classics.
This is the story of the world and magic shows of Harry Blackstone (1885-1965), who entertained theatergoers for over 50 seasons. Gifted with an electric presence, a magnificent voice and a master magician's mentality and skills, he played everything from showboats to vaudeville to television.
Blackstone's extravagant productions advertised '1001 wonders' and 'an enchanting array of beautiful girls.' Waldron's vivid and thoroughly researched narrative, enhanced with first-hand accounts by those who worked on the Blackstone show, presents an unforgettable portrait of a unique showman. Illustrated throughout with photographs.
David Meyer Magic Books (September 1, 1999)