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Harry Blackstone, Jr.
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    (June 20, 1934-May 14, 1997)
    Born in Three Rivers , Michigan
    AKA Blackstone the Magician
    Birth name is Harry Bouton Jr.
    Guest appearances include ‘The Tonight Show,’ ‘Oprah,’ ‘Today’ and ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’
    Died in Loma Linda, California of pancreatic cancer at age 62
    He looked like the stereotypical Satan or big-screen villain.
    He began his career at a measly six months.
    He appeared on ‘Santa Barbara’ (the daytime soap) as Dr. Mephisto.
    When he died, most of his props were sold off in a heavily publicized auction on the Web.
    What was wrong with his birth name (French for ‘button’)?
    For the most part, he did not duplicate his father’s routines.
    He created four magic kits designed for different skill levels. They went on to become the top-selling magic items of their time.
    He was a frequent guest on Square One TV, demonstrating mathematical principles via his craft.
    He donated his father’s illusions to the Smithsonian (1985).
    His widow went on to operate his magical production company, begun in 1971.

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