Thomas emerges as an irrepressible creator who patented a method for uniformly manufactured potato chips and whose private clients included the magician Harry Blackstone
, who hired him to create chemical-based illusions.
The Society is also the most prestigious in magic, counting most of the biggest names in magic as members: Harry Houdini (who was national president for 9 years), Howard Thurston (another president), Harry Blackstone
, Sr., Harry Blackstone
, Jr., Orson Wells and David Copperfield.
Identified early on as a child prodigy, Randi often skipped school to frequent the public library, museums, and the weekly matinee, which is where he first saw the magician Harry Blackstone
"It has been received by the greatest magicians ever," he told Khaleej Times, citing examples of the previous recipients like David Copperfield, Harry Blackstone
, Siegfried and Roy, Criss Angel etc.
Prepare to be Amazed: The Geniuses of Modern Magic by Mary Schendlinger is an interesting, historical collection of ten short bios on the world's twentieth century magicians: from Adelaide Herrmann and Harry Blackstone
to Doug Henning and David Copperfield.
This August, we may see workshop previews of her choreography for Blackstone, about famous illusionist Harry Blackstone
. Then there's Lone Star Love, based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and set in, of all unlikely places, Texas.