Help Needed: Blackstone Jr, 1976

Discuss the historical aspects of magic, including memories, or favorite stories.
Mark Jensen
Posts: 369
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Favorite Magician: Juan Tamariz
Location: Murphy, Texas
Contact:

Help Needed: Blackstone Jr, 1976

Postby Mark Jensen » November 10th, 2010, 12:26 am

I'm looking for information about Blackstone Jr's shows, tours, programs, etc during 1976.

I know he performed in Philly in July of 76, but no other details of activities that year.

Thanks!

Bill Mullins
Posts: 3975
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Huntsville, AL

Re: Help Needed: Blackstone Jr, 1976

Postby Bill Mullins » November 10th, 2010, 1:42 am

1/5/1976 = on TV show "Merv Griffin"
1/16-17/1976 = at Playboy Resort, Lake Geneva, WI
2/21/1976 = at CalTech's Beckman Auditorium
3/12/1976 = San Bernardino County chapter of National Kidney Foundation Dinner-Dance, at El Rancho Verde Country Club, Rialto, CA
4/15/1976 = on TV show "A.M. New York" on ABC affiliate in NYC
5/1/1976 = on TV special "Magic Magic Magic", filmed in Paris
5/13-26/1976 = Opens at Nugget Casino, Reno, NV (closing date uncertain)
5/28/1976 = on TV talk show "Dinah"
6/23 - 7/4/1976 = Oklahoma City Lincoln County Playhouse, OK
7/6-11/1976 = at Playboy Resort, Lake Geneva, WI
7/15/1976 = on TV show "Mike Douglas"
8/3/1976 = on TV show "Merv Griffin"
8/10-15/1976 = at Mangam's Chateau (nightclub) Lyons, IL (suburb of Chicago)
8/17/1976 = on TV show "Merv Griffin"
9/2/1976 = Houston TX Music Hall in association with TAOM convention
9/4/1976 = guest on premier episode of "The Magic Shop", hosted by Don Lawton (L.A. market)
9/7-18/1976 = at Playboy Club, NYC
9/24/1976 = on Bostn a.m. TV show "Good Day"
10/8/1976 = consulted on "The Great Houdinis" ABC TV show, broadcast today
11/1976 = releases book: _There's One Born Every Minute_
12/2/1976 = Moore Junior High School, Redlands CA (his children went there)
12/15/1976 = on TV show "Mike Douglas" (repeat of 7/15/1976?)

Tom Gilbert
Posts: 536
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: NH
Contact:

Re: Help Needed: Blackstone Jr, 1976

Postby Tom Gilbert » November 10th, 2010, 9:54 am

I think I have a program from his 76 shows. I'll have to look it up.

David Alexander
Posts: 1550
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Aurora IL

Re: Help Needed: Blackstone Jr, 1976

Postby David Alexander » November 10th, 2010, 2:38 pm

Wasn't Harry the "Official Magician" of the Bicentennial?

Mark Jensen
Posts: 369
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Favorite Magician: Juan Tamariz
Location: Murphy, Texas
Contact:

Re: Help Needed: Blackstone Jr, 1976

Postby Mark Jensen » November 10th, 2010, 6:55 pm

I think Harry was the official bicentennial magician, but haven't been able to find any documentation to that effect.

To support that though, I have the key to the city presented to "An Evening of Magic with Blackstone Jr" in July 1976 by the Mayor of Philadelphia. It's a cool looking liberty bell.

Bill: Thanks for the info.

Tom: I'd be interested in finding out what was in his 76 program if that is what you have.

User avatar
Joe Pecore
Posts: 1863
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Favorite Magician: Paul Harris
Location: Northern Virginia

Re: Help Needed: Blackstone Jr, 1976

Postby Joe Pecore » November 10th, 2010, 7:25 pm

Here is an old 1978 "People" article that mentions Blackstone as the "official bicentennial magician" http://www.people.com/people/archive/ar ... 69,00.html
Share your knowledge on the MagicPedia wiki.

Tom Gilbert
Posts: 536
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: NH
Contact:

Re: Help Needed: Blackstone Jr, 1976

Postby Tom Gilbert » November 11th, 2010, 12:18 am

Mark,
I believe I saw the big bicentennial show in Boston. Quite a production. He also did a whole piece on his father's magic. I'll look for the program.

User avatar
Q. Kumber
Posts: 1247
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Manchester, England

Re: Help Needed: Blackstone Jr, 1976

Postby Q. Kumber » November 11th, 2010, 4:28 am

About an hour of the show was taped. It aired in Ireland under the title, "Blackstone Live In Seattle".

hugmagic
Posts: 267
Joined: January 20th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: OHIO
Contact:

Re: Help Needed: Blackstone Jr, 1976

Postby hugmagic » November 21st, 2010, 9:41 pm

Harry was the offical Bicentennial magician. I believe it was mentioned in Genii. The opening "Americana" number was first put together I believe when he was working 6 flags.

I will be with Gay this week and if I get time between shows and other things I will try to get the inside dope.

I will have to recheck my dates later but 1976 might have been the year I met him first when he put the shows in Sea World of Ohio.

Richard
Richard Hughes
www.hughesmagic.com

Bill Palmer
Posts: 719
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Houston TX
Contact:

Re: Help Needed: Blackstone Jr, 1976

Postby Bill Palmer » November 29th, 2010, 3:33 pm

In Houston during 1976, Harry performed at the Music Hall on Sept 2. Then he went up to Conroe and performed on Sept 3, and came back to perform at the Music Hall on Sept 4. The first Music Hall performance was a fund-raiser for one of the medical charities, and was not actually part of the TAOM convention. The Sept 4 performance was his official TAOM performance.
Last edited by Bill Palmer on November 29th, 2010, 3:34 pm, edited 0 times in total.
Reason: correction
Bill Palmer, MIMC


Return to “Magic History and Anecdotes”