Monday, January 14, 2013

Notable Illusionists of History [No. 2]

Collect 'em all!

Harry Blackstone Sr. aka The Great Blackstone (born Harry Bouton)
(Sep 27, 1885 - Nov 16, 1965)
Birthplace:  Chicago
Profession-changing contribution:  The first (or at least best-known) multi-media star of magic. At the height of his career as a stage illusionist, Blackstone was also the star of a comic book, and the inspiration for the radio mystery-drama Blackstone, the Magic Detective.
Fun fact:  Blackstone usually performed without talking, while the theater orchestra or pipe organ played carefully selected tunes to accompany his illusions.