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Blackstone, The Magic Detective Old Time Radio Program

Blackstone, The Magic Detective
15 minute kids adventure/detective show

“Blackstone the world's greatest living magician” related his stories of magic and derring do to his assistant Rhoda and his friend John. Who knew that that life of a magician could be so fraught? Each show begins with Blackstone narrating, but then the story morphs into present “real time” action. At the end of each episode Blackstone would tell the audience how to do a magic trick that anyone can do using simple household materials. (For example, in “The Reluctant Buzzsaw” he does not tell little kids how to saw someone in half, but tells them how to trick their friends with coins. A wise choice on behalf of the show producers I think.)

Ed Jerome played Blackstone. The show was created by Walter Gibson, who also wrote the 1941 comic book, Blackstone the Magician Detective. Both the comic and this radio show were unofficially based on Harry Blackstone, Sr., a stage magician. Gibson was a friend of Blackstone the magician. Harry was a very popular magician, passing away in 1965, but his hometown of Colon, Michigan renamed its main street after him, and he donated some of his materials to the Smithsonian.


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Blackstone, The Magic Detective
54 episodes:
481003 TheGhostThatTrappedA.mp3
481010 TheReluctantBuzzsaw.mp3
481017 TheEmeraldInTheFishb.mp3
481024 Maharaja'sGold.mp3
481031 EducatedDummy.mp3
481107 RiddleOfTheTalkingSk.mp3
481114 WhisperingBhudah.mp3
481121 OrganMurder.mp3
481128 GhostThatWasn't.mp3
481205 TheIcyTouch.mp3
481212 UnderwaterDeath.mp3
481219 CoinsOfConfucius.mp3
481226 MurderOnStage.mp3
490102 MidwayRobberies.mp3
490109 FrozenLady.mp3
490116 HoodedRider.mp3
490123 PhantomIntermezzo.mp3
490130 VanishingPearls.mp3
490206 CurseOfTheYogi.mp3
490213 CoinsOfCleopatra.mp3
490220 HandOfCalousedRow.mp3
490227 MessageFromNowhere.mp3
490306 RddleOfTheRedRose.mp3
490313 AztecFireGod.mp3
490320 MissingPalmist.mp3
490327 LadderOfWealth.mp3
490403 LockedBook.mp3
490410 DeathlessShot.mp3
490417 The Riddle of the Ot.mp3
490424 The Cailini Statue.mp3
490501 The Curse of Kali.mp3
490508 Footsteps in the Nig.mp3
490515 The VooDoo Treasure.mp3
490522 Four Keys To Crime.mp3
490529 The Knife From the D.mp3
490605 eath in the Crystal.mp3
490612 The Hindu Sword Cabi.mp3
490619 The Face of Death.mp3
490626 The Voice From the V.mp3
490703 The Bird of Doom.mp3
490710 The Phantom Detectiv.mp3
490717 The Riddle of the Se.mp3
490724 Crime in the Stars.mp3
490731 The Devil's Cauldron.mp3
490807 The Ghost in the Cry.mp3
490814 The Accusing Corpse.mp3
490821 Death Defying Death.mp3
490828 The Criminal Who Cau.mp3
490904 The Vanishing Brooch.mp3
490911 Crimes on a MerryGoR.mp3
490918 The Magic Writing.mp3
491009 The Mark of Crime.mp3
491016 The Creeping Death.mp3
500326 The Gory Goldfish.mp3

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