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Topic: Blackstones Floating Light Bulb
Message: Posted by: Jordan Piper (May 25, 2003 11:05PM)
Blackstone Sr. & Jr. did an illusion where they floated a lit up light bulb. Can this be adapted for a street performance? Can you buy this trick or did the Blackstones have exclusive rights and where can you buy the trick if possible?
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (May 26, 2003 12:05AM)
NO! This is not a street effect. The Blackstone used a combination of principles melded together to get one of the finest bits of magical theatre there has ever been. This is a theatre/stage routine requiring controlled lighting and a number of assistants. It takes a lot to look simple and magical.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jun 2, 2003 02:14PM)
He performed this every year at the Abbott's Get Together, and I was fortunate to see it several times. I don't know if it is available. :cool:
Message: Posted by: Terry Holley (Jun 5, 2003 10:54PM)
In my opinion this was one of the greatest tricks I have ever seen.

I was fairly close to the front and the bulb floated out just a few seats over from me.

I can't express in words the feeling I had during the routine. The music was great and Harry Jr.'s voice was so memorable. Truly a classic presentation!


P.S. Don't even think about attempting it with the Aero Floating Light Bulb!
Message: Posted by: Ignore me... (Jun 5, 2003 11:54PM)
Unless one is working in a place where there's an obvious "fourth wall," one has to be careful when performing effects wherein there is opportunity for folks to get a little grabby with the props. The light bulb seems to be one of them to me.

And, as Harry notes, not only does it take a few assistants, but the lighting must also be fairly controlled. Performing under street conditions, whether in an open area or against a store facade, exposes one to light from directions that one cannot always anticipate, whether day (sun and car/store window reflections) or night (street lights/headlights). I don't think I've ever used any sort of IT- or T-based effect while busking.

Regardless, I would still encourage you to try other, less ponderous effects. It's amazing how much performing under such conditions will hone your magic. Since folks on the street don't care about you, they'll tell you if they catch you. And, since you'll never see them again, just accept their suggestions/criticisms/derision while waving goodbye. *laugh*
Message: Posted by: Houdini103126 (Jun 6, 2003 12:25AM)
All I know is I wish I could see this performed in person. This would be wonderful!!! I have found that only a few tricks in magic are good enough to really see live. This sounds like one for sure! Can you imagine how this must look?! Sitting in your seat only to see a light bulb floating overhead! Sounds awsome to me, mainly because the farther away the effect is from the performer the more suspension of disbelief. I bet people's mouth's are truly :wow: and they have to be scratching their heads for day's to come. I wish I could obtain this trick! Very cool indeed...

Houdini 10-31-26 :stuckinbag:
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Jun 6, 2003 06:41AM)
In truth the floating light bulb trick is not a trick. That is it is not ONE trick. It is a series of different tricks melded together to present a singular effect. It uses more than one method to accomplish the effect.

The effect is direct and simple - a burning light bulb floats. However, what the audience sees is the light bulb suspended from a finger, floating across the stage and through hoops, and then floating directly out and over the audience.

All of the techniques used are in the literature and have been in the literature for years. They are just not conveniently organized and clearly not under the title “floating Light bulb”. In fact most of the literature discusses floating objects other than light bulbs. It is all hidden in plain sight!

I had lunch with Harry Blackstone, Jr. during a convention in Baltimore (OK, I was only one of 20 magicians that was at the table with him and his wife). One of the guy’s at the table asked if he was ever going to release the Floating Light bulb. Harry actually laughed and said that it was already “out there”. He said that any search through some of the older books would give anyone who really wants to know all the information they need.

The beauty of the effect was in the presentation of Mr. Blackstone (elder and junior). It only demonstrates that knowing the secret is not being able to do the magic.

As an aside, Stevens Magic is selling a videotape of Harry Blackstone Senior, which includes a performance of this effect.
Message: Posted by: Houdini103126 (Jun 6, 2003 11:02AM)

All I can say is wow, your knowledge of Magic is wonderful! I am a new Magi and anything I can learn is of a great thirst to me. Thank you for explaining that the
"Floating light bulb" is a series of tricks melded together, now I won't sound so ignorant to talk about it. :) I will definitely grab that tape you speak of. Having lunch with Mr. Blackstone jr. must have been a thrill!

Houdini 10-31-26
Message: Posted by: Bob Gerdes (Jun 7, 2003 05:02PM)
I was lucky enough to see Harry Blackstone Jr. perform this during one of his shows in Naples FL not long before he passed away.

I wasn't in the front of the theatre like Terry (in fact, I was in the dead last row), but I was still blown away. It was simply beautiful and extremely magical! :)
Message: Posted by: magicpro (Jun 19, 2003 07:07PM)
His effect is beautiful, how many assistants would you need to perfrom it.
Thank you and God bless
Message: Posted by: devilsmagic (Jun 20, 2003 05:40AM)
Ok to say NO it can't be done on the street is wrong!!! If the original was a big stage trick re-invent it, create and perform, think of a way and make it possible :light:
Message: Posted by: Ty Argo (Jun 20, 2003 02:19PM)
If I'm not mistaken, Lance Burton now utilizes this method to perform his floating birdcage effect. Didn't Lance receive an award from Gay Blackstone too?
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jun 26, 2003 12:46PM)
I have been lucky to have seen both Harry Blackstone (Sr.) and Harry Jr. do this effect. Sidenote: Bill Smith, Las Vegas illusion builder, was the MAIN backstage assistant for Jr.

Now, with help of Gay Blackstone, Darren Romeo is now featuring this in his stage presentations. I believe he, for Siegfried and Roy, is now working of Florida.

Anyway, it seems to me that Hollywood Magic has the manuscripts for sale for both the Bulb and the Blackstone Dancing Handkerchief.

They are pretty simple -- but require tremendous selling and theatrical setup experience.

It is not how it is done, it is how it is performed.

Regarding doing it on the street.

If you work at NIGHT... fine, because you need it to be dark (not just to hide the work, but so the LIT BULB can be seen to be glowing).

You could, I mean SHOULD, work out your own routine and your own way...

You could use one of Scotty York's small (appliance size) bulbs and do it up close ala the floating cork....

Only the limit of your imagination is what would stop you...

:band: :band: :band:
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Jun 26, 2003 05:43PM)
Or, if you can find Burling Hull's "Floating Lightbulb" manuscript, you will see the work involved in just the mechanics of the effect.

This is an effect that is truly a matter of the performer making the effect!

Cheers! ;)
Message: Posted by: Scott Xavier (Jun 27, 2003 12:15PM)
I was a young boy of 8 years old when I got to see Mr Blackstone perform this at the Blackstone theatre in Chicago. Strangely enough, I just found my signed playbill. Ah, the magic is in the memories, not the trick.
Message: Posted by: Jluvlace (Mar 25, 2005 10:20PM)
I was just digging through all the past articles, but anyways, how does everybody seem to know how this trick is done? Is it on the net anywhere?
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Mar 25, 2005 10:39PM)
On 2003-06-20 06:40, devilsmagic wrote:
Ok to say NO it can't be done on the street is wrong!!! If the original was a big stage trick re-invent it, create and perform, think of a way and make it possible :light:

I hate to throw a wet blanket on your creativity, but this is one routine that shouldn't be done on the street. At least, it shouldn't be done using the techniques Blackstone uses. This, I think, is one of the biggest dangers of so-called "street magic." We get wannabee Blaine Clones who know a handful of card tricks who accost strangers on the street and inflict magic upon them. That's not art. The Blackstone Floating Light Bulb is.

Juvlace wrote:

I was just digging through all the past articles, but anyways, how does everybody seem to know how this trick is done? Is it on the net anywhere?

Part of it is because some of us have been doing magic for more than 30 years. We didn't learn magic off the internet. The net is NOT the sum total of human knowledge. In fact, you will find more useless c**p on the net than you will real knowledge.

It's sad to say that real magic catalogues are almost a thing of the past. If you will find some good catalogs -- Abbott's, Tannen's, Kanter's , Owen Magic Supreme and read through them, you will have an idea of some of the books and manuscripts that were printed in the past. While the catalogs are gone, the books and manuscripts aren't. You can still order these things from used magic dealers.

But you are asking good questions.

Bad question -- where can I get Blackstone's Floating Light Bulb?
Good question -- where can I learn ways of performing the Floating Light Bulb?
Better question -- how can I adapt this masterpiece to my performing conditions without ruining it?
Message: Posted by: Xiqual (Mar 26, 2005 04:07AM)
Harry Blackstone jr., what a class act.

There is a story in Magic about him towards the end of his life. He was working with Rich Bloch on some show and collapsed on the stage during rehearsal. Rich held his head as he lay on the ground and said "Harry, are you comfortable?"
Harry replied "I make a living"

Grace to the end.
Message: Posted by: The Mirror Images (Mar 29, 2005 01:27PM)
Just Saw Darren Romeo perform this great effect when I was out in Reno. It was very well done. I don't think the lighting was proper cause you can see what was holding it and where it was coming from depending on your seat. But it was still amazing.

Message: Posted by: Cao314159 (Apr 11, 2005 03:01AM)
This topic takes me back......when I was 7 I was at the public library. I was looking at magic books (for a paper on Houdini) and I saw a picture of a man floating a lightbulb through a hoop. I tool that book home, and pondered day after day on how it was done. I returned the book, and I never knew who it was. When I actually started practicing magic when I was 13, I finally figured out how it was done (in the picture) and that started my love for stage magic (wrong topic, I know). Just 2 years ago I finally found out who it was. I just forgot about it and didn't put a lot of energy into who it was. I feel kinda stupid now!
Message: Posted by: Brent McLeod (Apr 21, 2005 10:21PM)
This is 1 effect I would love to have seen Live!!!

This would be a real treat to perform properly in a theatre with the rehearsal & set up-Wow-If Only!!

From Many books etc I've read this is the effect that so many people remember from his show above all others -which is amazing considering all the beaut Illusions etc -A true classic!!
Message: Posted by: JoeJoe (Apr 21, 2005 10:46PM)
Blackstone's floating light bulb is not suited for street ... but ...

... I once saw a clown on TV (Mark Wilson's show maybe?) that did a floating lightbulb using the old T.T. gimmick. It was well done and looked very magicial, if you gimmick a lightbulb to light up it would look great on a dark street.

Problem with lightbulbs is they tend to break easily, find one of those cheap plastic lightbulbs that light up in your hand and use that for a gimmick - then you won't be leaving glass on your street.

Message: Posted by: ace_spade (May 1, 2005 09:46AM)
You could easily adapt this to streetmagic.
I would use Fearsons hookup and attach the Strong IT to the top.
You could easily make a light bulb that lights itself.

I am 14 now and I remember as a kid of 8 years old sitting in front of the television watching...."Grand Illusions" I think it was on the discovery channel.And One time the whole epeisode was based on Harry Blackstone SR. I watched so intently when they showed clips of the floating light bulb.
I sat there and pondered the solution...but inside I didn't want to know...the illuson was perfect..so perfect.......

Message: Posted by: The Magician (May 5, 2005 12:50PM)
I have seen the floating light bulb on a magic program last year and I thought it was an incredible trick
Message: Posted by: Jluvlace (May 6, 2005 03:34PM)
The Disney movie that aired a couple months ago had this trick in it. That's the only time I've seen it.
Message: Posted by: Shane Baker (Jun 2, 2005 08:22PM)
Yes, as performed by the late great lamented Harry Blackstone, Jr., it was a true masterpiece with nothing left to chance. A couple of the details I remember: the musicians in the pit had to turn out the lights on their music stands (was it done without music?), and when he gave the bulb to be examined before floating it out over our heads, he brought it to my grandmother (just noticed Hoffman's _Later Magic_ recommendation that materials to be examined or held should be given to "the fairer sex" because they are "eager to please" and thought of Blackstone's choice -- how much more docile an elderly lady, huh?). And man, it was beautiful when she held it and it floated right up out of her hand... real magic!

PS -- Just saw the thread on "Zenda Waltz" and music for the lightbulb, so it was clearly performed WITH music, but still recall the pit being admonished to darken their lights.
Message: Posted by: JoeJoe (Jun 2, 2005 11:52PM)
I don't think you could get a lightbulb to float on a single strand, but I am confident you could gimmick a lightbulb to float on a single strand - my Thread Tube package would provide some insight on how to do something like that, although I don't address a lightbulb directly in it. You would basically need to gut the insides and replace the metal.

The lightbulb wouldn't lightup, unless you could rig a VERY lightweight battery and LED into it. I doubt you could do all that with a standard size lightbulb, but a smaller one yes. With kelvar thread, no doubt about it ... but I personally dislike kelvar thread.

If you really wanted a close-up floating lightbulb, may I suggest a small christmas tree light? Rigged to a battery, it would float easily on a single stand.

Message: Posted by: sinnead zenun (Jun 3, 2005 06:09AM)
Well I know this is off topic
but I just want to share my sentiments...
the first time I saw this is when I was seven yrs old... in a tv show...
and after watching it... it changed me... I want to be a magician :)
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jun 3, 2005 04:31PM)
Harry Murphy pretty well said it all. The illusion done by Uncle Harry and Cousin Harry was actually multiple effects blended into one, and requires special lighting and off stage assistants. Pretty much the same with their dancing hankerchief. Uncle Harry's show bills often lists a single illusion as 3 or 4 illusions, he just names the various parts of them in the playbill. Combining several effects together to produce one stage effect is as old as magic. Harry Murphy, you sure know your magic!
Message: Posted by: cornfarrell (Jun 14, 2005 04:59PM)
I think there are a lot of excellent ideas here. Use what you saw as inspiration for your own method and ideas. Experiment with them and work it all out from start to finish.Don't take it out until it's clean. Exploit whatever environment to its fullest capabilities. If it is inside or outside, how can you control sightlines, Anchors etc..? With some time you may end up with somthing all your own.
Message: Posted by: FLIM-FLAM (Jun 17, 2005 03:56PM)
Brett Daniels does a really nice routine with the Floating Ball.
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Jun 23, 2005 07:29AM)
I had the pleasure and displeasure of watching Harry Blackstone Jr. perform the floating lightbulb at a theatre in Williamsburg, Virginia in the late 70's. Pleasure because it was a beautiful effect. Displeasure because Mr. Blackstone actually stepped up to the front row of the audience with the floating bulb hovering just out of reach...until some jerk in the front row jumps up and swats the bulb sending it flying and smashing to the floor. This also exposed parts of the illusion...of course. Mr Blackstone was livid and immediately walked off stage...I'm sure, to avoid striking the fool...who was immediately escorted out of the theatre. Fortunately, our local SAM assembly was in attendance. Bob Chambers (Williamsburg's Colonial Conjurer), Henry Aldritch and Bill Robinson, assembly officers, took the stage while Mr Blackstone's crew recovered. They kept the audience entertained until Mr Blackstone composed himself and returned to the boards about 30 minutes later. Mr Blackstone graciously apologized to the audience for angrily leaving and thanked the SAM members for their assistance and support. A truely incredible man. I was told then that the smashed bulb was the original floating bulb used by his father...explaining Mr. Blackstone's extreme anger and sense of loss...although, I don't personally know this to be true. I'm surprised that this incident isn't more widely known.
Message: Posted by: Mike Ching (Jun 26, 2005 08:18PM)

Had the pleasure of doing several phone interviews with Harry Blackstone Jr., Charles Reynolds and others while researching a book on the Dancing Handkerchief. We did not talk specifically about the Lightbulb routine, but I know it was very special to him and it came into the conversation now and then.

I was aware it was something many considered his personal signature effect. He had taken it further than anyone else. Some thoughts which I believe to be accurate:

* No, Lance Burton is not using this rig for his floating Birdcage. That one is more like the OKITO floating rig.

* Yes, the Blackstone Lightbulb floating is a "Mixed method" routine (Several techniques are used).

* Yes, you can probably do some type of Floating light Bulb on the street if you have enough control of your conditions. No, you can't do the Blackstone version.

* Probably the best single source of Floating lightbulb ideas available is a rather inexpensive paperback by BURLING "VOLTA" HULL, called, (I believe) "FLOATING LIGHT BULB ROUTINES". It gives several methods and is well Illustrated., but does not describe a float out over the crowd.

* Blackstone Sr. did the effect in his show, but did not send the Bulb out over the crowd, the version most here are describing was nurtured and honed by Harry Jr.

* Blackstone accepted an element of risk when doing this routine. the reason it looked like it was floating out over the audience is because IT WAS FLOATING OUT OVER THE AUDIENCE!

* The "Gentleman" who swatted the lightbulb onto the stage destroying it..... (Shakes head, rolls eyes, says something I won't print here) This is an ILLUSION, an artistic presentation, created to thrill with wonder and possiblities. So sad there are some in the world unable to understand that.

* If you wish a Floating/Animation routine for the street, these are my suggestions"

1. Packet style RISING CARDS
2. Perry Maynards' LIGHT FLIGHT
3. Fearsons FLOATING CIGARETTE (conditions allowing-that is to say control over wind & Lighting)
4. Interior-lit ZOMBI (Conditions allowing)
5. Kevin James FLOATING ROSE (Conditions Allowing)
6. A FLOATING BILL routine (Conditions allowing)
7. An interior-lit ZOMBI
(Try using a hollow white plastic Baseball from TOYS R US and lighing with an led or micro-flashlight using diffusing material to cast an even Glo.)

ZOMBI on the street? Oh yeah! Spent some time in San Francisco during the height of Street Performance Rennaissance hanging out with several of the best known, (Harry Lovecraft, "Butterfly" Bob Nelson, Michael Davis, A Whitney Brown). You'd be amazed what people got away with!

Hope this helps.

For any interested NEW ANIMATIONS has just been reprinted. There is some info on it under the DON WAYNE FLOATING BALL thread. It would never have been what it is without Harry Blackstone Jr.

Magical Aloha;

Message: Posted by: plainman007 (Aug 3, 2005 11:40AM)
I think abracadabra magic has a floating light bulb which works without threads or wires. Its cheap too. And ive heard from the company staff that the bulb can light up and float up down left and right (not too much) and also revolve while its in the air. Its even supplied with a hoop which you can pass over while its floating. And the thing is it says NO THREADS ABSOLUTELY. The thing is its self contained. More like the steve Fearsons floating cigar. But not with threads. I mean you don't need a hook up. So this migh work on a street. Maybe in a slightly dark ambience. But they said it needs at least 10 feet distance from the spectators. Hope this helps you.
Message: Posted by: mrbuzzsaw (Aug 3, 2005 04:21PM)
After reading these posts I would have to say led light would be by far the best choice for lighting they are small and require allmost no power and can cast light brightly. an led and a small watch batery and a couple of resistors is all you need
how you would hollow out a bulb is another matter.
Message: Posted by: Mike Ching (Nov 6, 2005 01:24PM)
Thoughts re mrbuzzsaw & plainman007

First, enjoyed your thoughts!

Took a look at ABRACADABRAs site. Ad for their DH says "No VISIBLE Threads". I am frankly unsure what method they are using. It could be as simple as the thumbtube style gimmick.

mrbuzz; strongly suggest NOT using glass for any floating lightbulb when plastic bulbs are easily available in Novelty stores for the old light-up-in-the-hand gag. it is the nature of rehearsal that you WILL drop the bulb. These are easy to clean out the works, or use as-is but the AA batteries are probably too heavy for many thread methods.

Easiest light source may be the easily obtainable tiny LED keychain bulbs, Set it in the twist-on base and diffuse the light by covering it with a small patch or two of white silk for an even glow.

Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Nov 10, 2005 03:34PM)
Jeff McBride use the light-up floating cane outside in on of his videos.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Nov 11, 2005 09:30AM)
On 2005-11-10 16:34, ringmaster wrote:
Jeff McBride use the light-up floating cane outside in on of his videos.
Video is one thing. You can pay actors to be the audience, if there is an audience on the video.

When you are actually watching it up close, not on video, and it amazes you, then that would be something.

You're not the only one deceived. "News" broadcasts deceive people everyday.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Nov 15, 2005 05:30PM)
I saw Harry perform this when Jay Marshall took me to a performance. It was amazing to say the least. When some people do it they make it look like it is hanging from a thread. Harry managed to give it life. I personally HATE floating effects, this one touched me and that is magic in and of itself.

As for Darren Romeo he is in Branson Mo. for a few years now. He does this effect and once again it he breathes LIFE into this. Just as with the rest of his show. No doubt. Again he does several floating effects which have depth to them. I loathe most floating stuff, but again, he makes me like them. If you have a chance to be in Branson, he is a must see.
Message: Posted by: The Great Dave (Feb 19, 2006 09:52AM)
I saw Harry Blackstone Jr. perform The Floating Light Bulb at Hank Lee's Magic Conclave with his wife the year before Harry passed away. It was a small auditorium in a local school and the effect was incredible. I had a version of the Floating Light bulb purchased from Hank Lee and had used it under controlled circumstances on stage several times, but until I say Harry do the routine I had no idea how beautiful it was. His act that night included the Dancing Hank , Disappearing Bird Cage, and several other classics - it was magnificent. I would encourage anyone who wants to do this effect to seek out the video of Harry's performance. It will bring the entire routine into focus.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Feb 19, 2006 03:03PM)
It is confusing though how this is in the "street Magic" forum. It is far from that.
Message: Posted by: Randwill (Feb 20, 2006 10:32AM)
On 2006-02-19 16:03, Dannydoyle wrote:
It is confusing though how this is in the "street Magic" forum. It is far from that.

My guess is that many of the people who are interested in what they call "street magic" are very young and/or new to magic. Probably got the bug after seeing either Blane or Angel do tricks on the street on television. Anyone who has studied magic for more than a few weeks would know that Blackstone's Floating Light Bulb would not be possible outdoors in an impromptu-style presentation. Maybe in the middle of nowhere, on the darkest night of the year in a heavy fog!
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Feb 20, 2006 10:57AM)
Yea I guess so Randwill.

and after all this is the place to ask questions
Message: Posted by: David Rysin (Feb 28, 2008 07:44PM)
Yes I understand this topic was made almost 3 years ago...however I was doing some research on the Floating Light Bulb and stumbled across this...

In 1985, on the 100th anniversary of his father's birth, Harry donated to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. the original floating lightbulb - designed and built by Thomas Edison - and the original Casadega Cabinet, used in the aforementioned "Dancing Handkerchief" illusion. It was the first ever donation accepted by the Smithsonian in the field of magic.

http://www.magicwebchannel.com/hall_blackstoneJR.htm (third to last paragraph)

So luckily it wasn't smashed by some jerk in the front row...

Message: Posted by: Darth Ewok (Feb 28, 2008 11:58PM)
Wonder if a dancing cane kinda hook up would work for a street effect if the bulb could move like the cane it would look prety cool (maybe if the bulb was plastic and the T****D went through from top to bottem) maybe for a fast routine. I may play with this idea, it sounds interesting
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Feb 29, 2008 12:50AM)
What made so much of Uncle Harry's and Harry, Jr.'s magic work was a boldness. Most other magicians would be very hesitant to do in front of any audience some of the very things that made the blackstone illusions work. Someone mentioned the fact that they were willing to take the risk, well that is true, it was the Blackstone style. When Uncle Harry showed me how he did a few things and Uncle Pete showed me some riggings, I was amazed that they ever got away with it. The Duck Inn was one of the most bold as was the tire illusion (harry sr's tire illusion, harry jr, used a different method). But it worked. They both proved many times that if you act like you know what you are doing, and understand the audience doesn't know what you are doing, you can really get away with a lot.
Message: Posted by: Ustaad (Mar 26, 2008 01:37AM)
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alw_l0YA2pg&feature=related][b]Blackstone's Floating Lightbulb[/b][/url]

Message: Posted by: Ryan_B_Magic (Mar 26, 2008 11:10PM)
I did see criss angel perform this effect on Tv did anyone else see this did he use the same method that blackstone used
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Mar 27, 2008 07:08AM)
I've never seen Criss perform on TV (I have seen a clip or two on Youtube does that count) and saw a video of two of his escape segments so I can't help you there. I did see Criss when he was doing his Goth stage show (over 10 years ago!). It was not part of that show.
Message: Posted by: pepka (Mar 28, 2008 01:10AM)
Harry Jr. was one of my favorite magicians. Unfortunately, I never got to see him perform live, I have however met with Gay several times and she's an absolute sweetheart. That familiar clip on YouTube of Harry doing the light bulb has one of my favorite moments in theater. While in the audience, he makes that great remark, "And now may I show you....a miracle!" After floating for a few moments, as he grabs it from mid-air he slyly smiles and winks to someone in the audience. I always thought that little things like this that really make a great entertainer.
Message: Posted by: Bill Nuvo (Mar 30, 2008 09:58AM)
Yes Criss did perform a floating lightbulb effect on Mindfreak (I think it was season 2...but I could be wrong). It wasn't street magic though. It was in a lighting store.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Apr 2, 2008 05:52PM)
I doubt that Cris did Harry Jr's method, which was an advancement on Harry Sr.'s. Gay would have said something about it if she had licensed it out to him. There are numerous floating lightbulb methods out there.
Message: Posted by: AVLD (Apr 7, 2008 06:46PM)
Hans Klok uses the Blackstone Floating Light Bulb in his show 'The Beauty of Magic'. He has permission to do the Illusion ( and it is supplied ) by Gay Blackstone. He started to use it in his 'Faster Than Magic' European tour last year, then in the Las Vegas 'The Beauty of Magic' and is currently performing it on his new tour of Holland and Germany which has just started. I am the lighting designer for the show, and it is always a tricky illusion to get right ( lighting wise ), but it is really worth it. Gay visited us in Vegas to help Hans. It was great to meet her and learn from her experience with the illusion.

On the Vegas show, Hans was even able to come off the stage into the audience for part of it.
Message: Posted by: mikefallen (Mar 1, 2013 05:56AM)
Indeed what cris angel did, was not the floating light bulb performed by harry blackstone. I wish I could get a copy of blackstone sr. performing it! I only have a few pictures. I do own a very old booktel with amazing photos of hayy sr. performing on stage (illusions like levitatin a lady, dancing hanky and much more) but not even one of him floating the light bulb! It was a different presentation of harry jr.
I think the floating over the audience could be something "bold" but it stayed forever on people`s minds!
There is a short clip on youtube by the name "blackstone comes home" where I think that one can see harry sr. floating the bulb... it is a very short clip and not good quality but in color! I feel somewhere, someone has a footage of it...
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Message: Posted by: murray (Oct 23, 2020 02:40PM)
Back around 1946 I saw Blackstone (Sr.) perform the Floating Light Bulb in his full-evening performance at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Many years later, I saw Blackstone, Jr., do his improved version -- with the bulb flying way out into the auditorium -- in Boston. The latter is one of the two illusions I've ever seen on stage that literally brought tears to my eyes. (The other was David Copperfield's "Flying," which he did in one of his appearances at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.) One of the things that struck me about Blackstone, Jr.'s performance was how eerily like his father's was in routining and script, down to even the "bzz" he made when handing the bulb to one of the spectators. And Blackstone, Jr.'s introductory line, "This is something you'll remember the longest day you live" -- a line that, so far as memory serves me, was word-for-word what his father said (although possibly for a different routine).

(I have nothing to add about street performance, which obviously unlikely if not impossible for this routine.)
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Dec 3, 2020 05:37PM)
Buy it, read it:
also : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz5l6BnmqPY