Our nice mail carrier just dropped off our latest Uptown Theatre related memorabilia, an advertising card for Harry Blackstone--The Master of Prestidigitation.
It reads, in part:
Broke House Record for All Times
$42,000 week December 26th to January 1st
121,833 people witnessed his performance.
Born Harry Broughton, Harry Blackstone (September 27, 1885 – November 16, 1965) was a famed stage magician and illusionist of the 20th century. He began his career as a magician in his teens and was popular through World War II as a USO entertainer. He was often billed as The Great Blackstone. His son, Harry Blackstone, Jr., also became a famous magician. (I saw Junior some time in the seventies, when my parents took me downtown to see his show.)