Blackstone’s New Bride





From The Colon Express, November 23, 1950: “Mr. and Mrs. Harry Blackstone have been making the Blackstone home here their headquarters while visiting neighboring cities and acquainting Mrs. Blackstone with Michigan. They had planned to spend several weeks here, but this change of weather to real signs of winter may shorten their stay.

The world-famous magician and Mrs. Elizabeth Ross of Tucumeari, new Mexico, were married on election day, the account of their marriage appearing in these columns two weeks ago. Harry and his bride have found time to linger a bit with “home town” folks who have found Mrs. Blackstone a very pleasant lady.


While visiting Battle Creek recently, the Blackstones were dining at the Post Tavern, where the above picture was taken by the Enquirer-News staff photographer. Harry is demonstrating to his bride how an ordinary table napkin can be transformed into a rabbit. Thanks to the Enquirer-News for the use of the picture.

The Enquirer-News story says Mrs. Blackstone had been operating a large wheat ranch in New Mexico, but appears happy to change from that management to the more colorful show business. She has a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Ross Owens, the wife of Judson E. Owens Jr., instructor in an army school at Fort Knox, Ky.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Blackstone are not particularly fond of our Michigan weather and plan to make California their permanent residence. Mr. Blackstone is negotiating for the sale of Blackstone Island here and hopes to close a deal before leaving.

A new item appearing in the Battle Creek paper states that Blackstone will go to Chicago next week to confer with members of the staff of Cornet Magazine regarding a television program to be sponsored by the publication on which Blackstone will appear.

Reminiscing a bit, Blackstone related how he became interested in magic.

“It was in 1904 at Chicago,” the magician said. “I dropped in at McVicker’s theatre and saw Kellar with his magic show. I attended the show every night for a week. Then my father asked where I had been all week, and I told him I had been going to see the Great Kellar. “Why didn’t you tell me?” by father asked, “and I would have gone with you.”

“Then I went to the Chicago library and got out its books on magic. I ran across a knot-tying trick with a handkerchief that interested me and I have since developed a few myself. Today that same Chicago library has several of my books on magic.”

Blackstone is of the opinion that the lure of magic will never lessen, and says, “More kids are interested in magic now than ever before, and more business and professional men are taking up magic as a hobby.