Blackstone’s Commercial Sleight of Chin

By Tom Interval

Harry Blackstone Sr.

Harry Blackstone Sr. endorsing Gillette products, from Popular Science Monthly, May 1938, p. 100

A birdcage disappears from the hands of The Great Blackstone without a trace. An illuminated light bulb defies gravity without any visible means of support. Facial hair effortlessly falls from the deadly blades of a Gillette razor.

Huh?

Yes, you read that right. In addition to performing his legendary trademark illusions, Harry Blackstone Sr. practiced a commercial sort of whiskerdry…er…wizardry: He endorsed Gillette razors, blades, and shaving cream!

If you haven’t seen some of these ads from the mid 1930s, check ‘em out.

Harry Blackstone Sr. endorsing Gillette products, from Popular Science Monthly, May 1938, p. 100

Harry Blackstone Sr. endorsing Gillette products, from Popular Science Monthly, May 1938, p. 100

Harry Blackstone Sr. endorsing Gillette products, from Popular Science Monthly, Oct. 1936, p. 87

Harry Blackstone Sr. endorsing Gillette products, from Popular Science Monthly, Oct. 1936, p. 87

Harry Blackstone Sr. endorsing Gillette products, from Life, April 11, 1938, p. 3

Harry Blackstone Sr. endorsing Gillette products, from Life, April 11, 1938, p. 3

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About Interval Magic

Magician Tom Interval, owner of San Diego-based Interval Magic, provides magic entertainment and training to private and corporate clients locally and throughout the United States. A member of the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), and Society of American Magicians (SAM), Interval has captivated tens of thousands of people at numerous venues, including Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he performed as a medieval conjurer, trained employees of the magic shop, and promoted the park on several local TV talk shows along the East Coast. As an entertainer, business owner, and former marketing communications professional, Interval understands that the success of any event depends on how satisfied his clients' guests are. Whether it’s a trade show or 50th wedding anniversary, Interval is dedicated to providing his audiences with a highly visual, interactive, mind-boggling magic experience they’ll remember and talk about for years to come. To learn more, please visit www.intervalmagic.com.
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