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Harry Blackstone Sr., a spectacular showman,
produced some of the most colorful and collectible souvenir progams
in the history of magic [above].
"Blackstone's Tricks and Entertainments",
(1929) [shown closed at left] contained the parlor diversions and entertainments
common in such "pitch books".
Blackstone also wrote a serious treastise
on card effects and stage magic, "Modern Card Tricks and Secrets
of Magic" (1929), shown [at left] open to the page illustrating
"The Disappearing Elephant".
Even Blackstone's larger-than-life letterhead
[left] was in style with his reputation.