By Tom Interval
Harry Blackstone Jr., the last great Golden Age-caliber magician, would have celebrated his 81st birthday today. Born on June 30, 1934, Harry was a superb entertainer whose classic style was, and is, unmatched in the world of magic. His commanding, honey-smooth speaking voice, flawless comic timing, original magic illusions, affable demeanor, and keen business sense, made him one of the most sought-after performers of his time. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting him in 1981. I could go on and on about that experience, but I’ll save you time by linking to my June 30, 2013, blog entry instead. Wordy tale concise, I got to meet him and speak with him at length during a television commercial shoot, where my father was hired to take still photos. If you have time, please read that blog entry; it’s one of my fondest childhood memories. Anyway, Happy birthday, Harry!