September 4, 2010

Old Advertising Card, Harry Blackstone, Magician, at the Uptown Theatre


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
Uptown Theatre
Chicago
$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.)

1 comment:

Patrick Livingston said...

Hi, Im very interested in the Blackstone card that you have posted here, could you please let me know if you would be willing to be involved in a short interview I'm conducting to author an article on magic in Chicago? Thanks!

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