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A Scarce Photo of Houdini on the 91st Anniversary of His Death

By Tom Interval There’s no enviable day to die, but if you’re a magician, and you have to cash in your chips, anyway, it might as well be on Halloween. That’s exactly what Harry Houdini did 91 years ago today: … Continue reading

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Houdini Jack-o’-Lantern 2017

By Tom Interval Last year I skipped my annual ritual of carving a Harry Houdini jack-o’-lantern, but I made one this year! Here’s one picture. To see a few more, see my Houdini blog. Hope you have a happy and … Continue reading

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My Split-Second Appearance on a 1990 Busch Gardens Commercial

By Tom Interval Even in 1988, $50 didn’t seem like a lot of money to be in a television commercial. But who was I to complain? I was doing what I loved for a living at a super-cool theme park … Continue reading

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Happy 83rd Birthday to Harry Blackstone Jr.

By Tom Interval 1934 was an eventful year: The first Flash Gordon comic strip was published. Nepal and Bihar experienced one of the worst earthquakes ever to hit those areas. Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., now known as Fujifilm, was established. … Continue reading

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Harry Blackstone Jr. Died 19 Years Ago Today

By Tom Interval In memory of Harry Blackstone Jr., who died on this day 19 years ago, I’m posting this photo again.  I met him in Pittsburgh on June 4, 1981, when my father, Jerry Interval, a professional photographer, was … Continue reading

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Bill Bixby’s Floating Ball

By Tom Interval From 1973–1974, Bill Bixby starred in The Magician, a prime-time television series about a wealthy magician who uses his unique skills to outwit bad guys trying to victimize those who ask for the conjurer’s help. In this popular promotional … Continue reading

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Happy 81st, Harry!

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 … Continue reading

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