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Blackstone, Harry Bouton Jr.

Born: 1934 AD
Died: 1997 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Magician

1934 – Born on June 30th in Three Rivers, Michigan. Harry Blackstone Jr. was an author, an actor, an inventor, a casino showroom headliner, a TV personality, a teacher, a father, and the creator and performer of the longest running magic and illusion show ever to play Broadway.

         – Harry’s career in magic began at the age of six months, appearing and disappearing in his father’s illusions.

         – He continued to perform such world-famous illusions as The Floating Light Bulb, The Vanishing Birdcage, The Dancing Handkerchief, and the frightening Buzzsaw, all of which he learned and perfected with his father’s guidance and encouragement.

1979-1985 – He was named "Magician of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts, and was the "International Ambassador of Magic" for both the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magic.

         – Harry proved the popularity of this modern approach, when after touring the U.S. and setting box office records in 16 major cities, he arrived at the Majestic Theater on Broadway, where to unanimous rave reviews he presented the longest running magic and illusion show in the history of the New York theatre.

1990-1992 – His show continued to receive rave reviews and standing room only audiences in its worldwide tours, performing in Manila, Philippines; Lausanne, Switzerland; Madrid, Spain, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1993 – Harry dedicated the Blackstone Theatre Collection in honor of Harry B. Blackstone III at California State University, San Bernardino.

1994 – He was named a recipient of the prestigious Masters Fellowship, presented by the Academy of Magical Arts and Sciences.

         – Harry was made an honorary member of the International College of Surgeons.

1997 – Died of pancreatic cancer on May 14th in Loma Linda, California.