Left To Right: Ted Banks, Arthur Derway, Harry Blackstone, Frank Luckner, Percy Abbott (ca 1927)
Harry Blackstone Home
Harry Blackstone, Sr.
In 1926 famed magician/illusionist Harry Blackstone arrived in Colon with his wife Inez. It actually happened by accident as Inez was driving through town and found a small plot of land on Sturgeon Lake. She instantly fell in love with it and told Harry this would be a good place to settle down for the summer month. It was here that the entire Blackstone crew would repair props and prepare the show for the upcoming tour. In those days there air conditioning wasn't available in theaters so they would go 'dark' until autumn. Colon was half way distance between Detroit and Chicago so it was perfect for him to head out in either direction when the show resumed it's annual tour.
Every year just before they would head out on the road Harry and the troupe would have a 'dress rehearsal' in the old Hill Opera House in Colon and invited townspeople to come see the performance. In 1927 Harry met an old friend, Australian Magician Percy Abbott at an International Brotherhood of Magician's Convention in Ohio and invited Percy to Colon for some relaxation and fishing. The two men hit upon the idea of opening a magic company - The Blackstone Magic Company. After an infamous falling out, Harry and Percy went their separate ways. Harry continued performing and Percy stayed in Colon and opened what was then the largest magic company in the world.
A full account of Percy Abbott's life story can be read in the newly released book,
"Percy Abbott: Magical Years" available for only $39.95 which includes shipping anywhere in the continental USA
Published By The FAB Magic Mfg. Company, Colon, Michigan USA -
We have also dedicated a complete website to the memory of Percy Abbott
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Percy Abbott & Family