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Blackstone, Harry Bouton Sr.

Born: 1885 AD
Died: 1965 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Magician

1885 – Blackstone was born Harry Boughton in Chicago, Illinois. American magician.

1893 – He did his first amateur performances in a church basement for members of the family congregation, thus embarking upon a magical tradition that dates back 100 years.

         – At the age of twelve, the youngster stood in front of Chicago’s McVickers Theater, gazing in complete fascination at the colorful lithographs heralding the Great Kellar, the era’s most famous illusionist.

1899 – Came his first opportunity for a paid engagement.  He and his brother, Pete, became regular performers on the club and party circuit, perfecting their art and helping to pay the bills at home.  

1915-1916 – Harry and Pete put together their largest illusion show to date. During a Los Angeles engagement, their show was seen by none other than the Great Kellar himself.

1920 – He enjoyed his greatest success touring with a full evening magic show.

1942 – The Great Blackstone performed what many people consider his greatest trick: The Vanishing Audience.

         – The magician supervised an orderly, row-by-row exit of the theater. When they reached the street, the crowd instantly saw what Blackstone had known all along: The theater was on fire. His coolness averted panic and surely saved many lives.

1965 – Harry Blackstone, Sr. passed away in Hollywood on November 16th.