Harry Blackstone Jr. (b.1934-1997)


Profile

Real Name

Harry Boughton, Jr.

Aliases

Harry Blackstone Jr., Blackstone

Occupation

Magician, Illusionist, Actor, Author, Inventor

Place of Birth

Three Rivers, Michigan. USA

Height

6' 4"

Eyes

Dark Brown

Hair

Range: Dusky brown-Black

Abilities

Harry Blackstone Jr. possessed the ability to make the impossible possible, through the art of grand illusion. He was a consummate magician who was adept in the magical arts and obtained superior showmanship skills.

Interesting Fact

In 1990, Blackstone designed and produced magic illusions and special effects for the New Kids on the Block "Magic Summer Tour" and subsequent "No More Games Tour." Over three million new fans in 70 cities saw the magic of Blackstone for the first time.

Bio


Harry Blackstone Jr., trained by his father in the myriad aspects of magic, illusion and showmanship, and an original, gifted entertainer in his own right, successfully continued that legend and an American theatrical tradition.

Every time Blackstone Jr. stepped on the stage for a performance, he brought with him the legacy of an American theatrical tradition that dated back over a century. No magician in history received more accolades by his peers than Harry Blackstone Jr.

In March 1994, he was named a recipient of the prestigious Masters Fellowship, presented by the Academy of Magical Arts and Sciences.

He was named "Magician of the Year" in 1979 and 1985 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 in 1997.

He was an honorary life member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the Hollywood Magic Castle, a distinction his wife, Gay still holds. Harry Jr. was also the recipient of the coveted "Star of Magic" an honor bestowed to only 11 other magicians in history, including his father.

On July 11, 1994 Harry was made an honorary member of the International College of Surgeons. Since the college's founding in 1936, there have been only 14 other honorary members including only one other from entertainment industry, Bob Hope.

Harry Blackstone Jr. was born Harry Boughton Jr. in Three Rivers, Michigan, June 30, 1934; the son of famous stage magician Harry Blackstone Sr. Harry's career in magic began at the age of six months, appearing and disappearing in his father's illusions.

Under the master's watchful eye, young Harry grew up learning the elements of his exacting craft. He continued to perform such world-famous illusions as The Floating Light Bulb, The Vanishing Birdcage, The Dancing Handkerchief, and the frightening Buzzsaw illusion. All of which he learned and perfected with his father's guidance and encouragement.

Harry Blackstone Jr. proved the popularity of this modern approach in 1980, 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 rave reviews he presented the longest running magic and illusion show in the history of the New York theatre.

His shows continued to receive stellar reviews and standing room only audiences in it's worldwide tours, performing in Manila, Philippines, Lausanne, Switzerland, Madrid, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Harry then set his sights on television. He starred in three of his own magic specials (one for PBS and one for HBO).

He also appeared as a guest on numerous other TV shows such as "Donahue," "The Today Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and "The Tonight Show Starring johnny Carson".

Harry Blackstone Jr.'s versatility and inventiveness allowed him to be equally comfortable in such diverse settings as China, appearing with the Shanghai Circus; and on stage at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City where reviewers unanimously proclaimed his magic review the "Show of the Year."

To unanimous critical acclaim, Blackstone Jr. presented his unique "Magic of Music and Music of Magic" in the symphonic halls throughout the country.

This performance was an examination of the four thousand-year history of mystery, with live illusions, full stage graphics and an entire symphony orchestra.

Harry Blackstone Jr. also designed and introduced a line of four magic kits, "The Magic World of Blackstone", for beginners and advanced, which have become the largest-selling magic items in U.S. history. In 1990, an addtitional line beginning, intermediate, and advanced magic items were released both in the U.S. and overseas.

In 1985, on the anniversary of his father's birth, Harry donated the original Floating Light Bulb, designed and built by Thomas Edison, and the original Casadega

Cabinet, used in his father's "The Spirit Handkerchief" illusion to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. It was the first ever donation in the field of magic accepted by the Smithsonian.

Harry Blackstone Jr. lived in Redlands, California for many years. He passed away on May 14, 1997 in Loma Linda, California due to complications from pancreatic cancer; He was 62.

Blackstone is survived by his Wife, Gay Blackstone of more than 20 years, and four children. Gay continues Harry Blacksone Jr.'s legacy controlling and managing the flourishing magical production company which was started by Harry in 1971.





For more information, visit Harry Blackstone Jr.s official website.

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