Harry Blackstone Jr.
One of the last great masters of magic, Harry Blackstone Jr.'s art is rooted in the illusions of his father, Harry Houdini and other practitioners in the years before television. He was born in Three Rivers, MI. After attending Swarthmore College, Blackstone served a stint with the U.S. Army Security Agency during the mid-'50s. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1958. Blackstone had an international reputation as a magician and often appeared on television. Though late in life he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Blackstone continued performing and in December 1996, was still top-billed at a major Atlantic City, NJ, hotel. Blackstone succumbed to his illness on May 14, 1997, at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA; he was 62.