Jun 18, 2012
Blackstone was perhaps the most famous magician of the World War
II era. His extravagant stage show was legendary, and his
career spawned both a comic book and a radio show.
The radio show was Blackstone, the Magic Detective. It ran on the Mutual network from 1948 to 1950 as a fifteen-minute Sunday afternoon show. Most episodes began with the telling of a mystery that Blackstone had solved, and then Blackstone taught the radio audience a trick they could play on their friends.
The scripts were written by Blackstone's friend Walter Gibson, a professional magician who also wrote novels. Under the pen name Maxwell Grant, Gibson wrote over 300 stories of The Shadow.
Here are two episodes of the Blackstone radio show, both from the spring of 1949.