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Harry Blackstone, Jr.

Born: 30-Jun-1934
Birthplace: Three Rivers, MI
Died: 14-May-1997
Location of death: Loma Linda, CA
Cause of death: Infection
Remains: Buried, Lakeside Cemetery, Colon, MI

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Magician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: TV and stage illusionist

Military service: US Army Security Agency (1952-55)

Harry Blackstone, Jr. first appeared (then disappeared) on stage in his father's famous magic act when he was still in diapers. Through childhood he came to feel at home on the stage and learned many of his father's illusions, but as a young man he worked as a newspaper reporter, disc jockey, backstage producer, and as an announcer for radiocaster Paul Harvey -- a job he lost when he could not stop himself from impersonating Harvey's voice. He briefly worked in the office of then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, and Blackstone always said he learned more about the art of deception from the future President than from his father. He was associate producer of the 1960s Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and only claimed his father's wand professionally several years after the elder Blackstone's death in 1965.

On stage, the younger Blackstone was known for his mastery of his father's tricks -- floating light bulbs, handkerchiefs that danced, girls sawed in half -- and for his own "modern" additions to the act, such as making an elephant disappear. He starred in two HBO specials and appeared occasionally as the mysterious "Dr Mephisto" on the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara.

Father: Harry Blackstone (magician)
Mother: Elizabeth Ross (stepmother)
Wife: Gay Blackstone (third wife, m. 14-Oct-1970)
Daughter: Bellamie Gay Blackstone (magician, b. 1980)
Daughter: Cynthia Caswell Blackstone
Daughter: Adrienne Susan Blackstone
Daughter: Tracy Blackstone Crosby
Son: Harry Blackstone III (d. 1984)

    University: Swarthmore College (attended)
    University: BA Theater, University of Southern California (1958)

    International Brotherhood of Magicians

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Author of books:
There's One Born Every Minute (1976)
The Blackstone Book of Magic and Illusion (1985)
My Life As A Magician (1992)

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