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Blackstone Magic Auction – Potter & Potter – Oct 28th, 2017

Harry Bouton Blackstone (born Henry Boughton; September 27, 1885 – November 16, 1965) was a famed stage magician and illusionist of the 20th century. Blackstone was born Harry Bouton[1] in Chicago, Illinois,[2] he began his career as a magician in his teens and was popular through World War II as a USO entertainer.[3] He was often billed as The Great Blackstone. His son Harry Blackstone Jr. also became a famous magician. Blackstone Sr. was aided by his younger brother (2 years younger) Pete Bouton who was the stage manager in all his shows.[4]Blackstone Sr. was married three times. Blackstone Jr. was his son by his second wife.

This auction presented by auction house Potter & Potter is enormous! I have posted quite a few unique items and a link to the auction catalog.

Harry Blackstone Sr.

11. Salla, Salvatore (American, born Persia [Iran], 1903— 1991). Portrait of Harry Blackstone. Oil on canvas, depicting Blackstone forming a shadowgraph of a rabbit. Original gilt wooden frame with lamp attachment. 30 x 23 ½”. Signed “Salla”. Collection of George Hippisley (List No. B1250). 3,000/5,000

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138. Blackstone, Harry (Henry Boughton). Eclipses the Sun. Blackstone. Greatest Magician The World Has Ever Known. Long Island City: National Printing & Engraving Co., ca. 1928. Billboard-size poster bearing a bust portrait of Blackstone against a bright yellow sun, the majority of the poster filled with bright, bold text. 108 ½ x 80”. Minor expert restoration at old folds and tiny losses; A-. Linen backed. One of three examples known. 4,000/6,000

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164. Blackstone, Harry (Henry Boughton). Blackstone’s Own Magic Trick Bubble Gum. Havertown, Penn.: Philadelphia Chewing Gum Corp, 1962. Complete set in box (8 x 4 x 1 ½”) with five-cent gum packets in wax wrappers, instructions, apparatus, and folding advertising banner. Banner folded, some signs of use/handling, box creased; very good. 200/300

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213. Appearing Canary Cage. Circa 1900. Finely made antique cage. A canary appears inside, visibly, at the command of the performer. Based on a design of Okito. Lacquered in gold and red with brass bars and adornments. 13 ½ x 9 ¾ x 12”. Very good condition. 800/1,200

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There are hundreds of other items up for auction in this unique collection of magic ephemera. Here is the link to the catalog.

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Legendary Magician – “Cardini”

Magician Cardini

From Feb 1932 Vanity Fair Magazine

 Richard Valentine Pitchford presto change-o! Cardini – who does things to a cigarette that no Indian fakir ever did to a rope – was born in Wales in 1898 and could bewitch a pack of cards before he was old enough to talk. Four years overseas in the War left him shell-shocked, and, after eighteen months in a hospital, he was discharged as disabled. Working his way to Australia on a freighter, he made his debut as a sorcerer in Sydney. Since then, Cardini has prestidigitated in twelve countries and was the first magacian to mystify his King and Queen by Royal Command. His vanishing-cigarette trick involves thirty lighted cigarettes, a cigar and a pipe. One the stage, he remains absolutely mute, shunning the patter of magicians and retaining impressive calm. Of late, he has been gathering laurels in the music halls of Manhattan with his cards, his cigarettes and his billiard balls.

1962 Autographed photograph of Cardini inscribed to Dai Vernon.

Publicity photograph for Cardini

Poster for one of Cardini’s appearances at a Keith theater for the Annual IBM Convention.

Cardini died on Nov 13th. 1973. Here is the NY Times Obit.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – March 7th, 2016 @ Dixon Place

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – March 7th, 2016 @ Dixon Place

What a great night at the theater! The Bindlestiff Open Stage was such a blast. Such a variety of performers…

Here are photographs from the Open Stage Revue.

2Keith Nelson Opens the showMC and Opening Act Keith Nelson performs the ‘Chinese Yoyo’.

Greg Dubin performs a magic trick with cards.Greg Dubin performs a great magic trick with cards and 2 audience members.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.057-2Audience member Ross Berenson signs the card with a magic marker. 

2016.03.07_BindOpn.086-2After putting the two signed cards into the deck and placing it in the paper bag he spears the bag and pierced the two cards.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.114-2A.J. Silver enlisted the help from an audience member to perform his whip cracking act.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.120-2With whip in hand, he poses the hysterical audience member holding the rose.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.135-2On his lovely little horse, he and the assistant ride off into the sunset.

Mariko Iwasa the clown.Mariko Iwasa (currently performing with Ringling Bros. Circus) performed a funny piece with ordinary props.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.194-2Full of energy and charm Mariko finished her piece.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.223-2Zero Boy performed with a table full of hats that he donned with different characters.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.236-2Zero Boy tells the story with his vocal wizardry and mimetic talents.

Dropsy Twins juggling clubs.The Dropsy Twins (David Sanders & Jeff Mitchell)  juggle clubs and balls and act pretty silly.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.285-2After completing their act the Dropsy Twins drop to the floor.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.314-2Diana Lin performs a beautiful aerial silk act.

Diana Lin performs a aerial silk act.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.333-2Poise and finesse were two admirable qualities of Diana Lin.

Matt Roper performs "Wilfredo".Wilfredo (Matt Roper) was so outlandishly hysterical in his costume and character the audience loved him.

Matt Roper Performs WilfredoWilfredo toast the audience with his whiskey.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.444-2Matt Roper won the audience over with his Wilfredo character.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.479-2Tyler Shaquire performed with such speed it was difficult to photograph his amazing aerial talent.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.483-2Precision and muscularity were his calling card.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.518-2Timothy Pratt (Pip) performed some wonderful magic for the audience.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.525-2Charming and talented Pip enjoyed the Bindlestiff Open Stage audience.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.543-2Albert Kircher performed a comedy routine based on his life experiences.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.550-2Part existentialism and part nihilism. But very funny.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.582-2Kelsey Strauch performed a funny ‘extended arms’ hoop piece.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.590-2With her acrobatic skills and great sense of humor Kelsey reached into surreal territory.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.593-2A split like you have never seen before performed by Kelsey Strauch.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.638-2MC and Bindlestiff main man finished off a great night with spinning eight bowls and catching all the silverware. Yikes!

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Every FIRST MONDAY of the month you can witness this fun night of Variety at Dixon Place.

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue.

Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY
Door $10 (suggested donation)
Showtime: 7:30 pm

Great fun!!!