Monday, May 2, 2011

'70s Magicians

When we were little, magicians multiplied faster than pulled-from-hat bunnies: Harry Blackstone, Doug Henning, The Amazing Mumford, David Copperfield, Harry Houdini. (OK, we're not that old, but still.)

The best part was that these guys were all over the place: Carson, Donahue, TV specials, Broadway -- and so were magic tricks. Just about every nerdy kid I knew (myself included) had some little plastic cups, foam balls, trick wands or magic cards they ordered off TV or picked up at Pamida. Kids doing sleight-of-hand at school without getting a swirlie? That really was magic.

Henning, especially, was of and by the '70s, with his facial hair, trippy, cast-of-Godspell outfits and decidedly hippie attitude: "I would like to wish each one of you all of life's wonders and a joyful age of enlightenment."

Groovy.

Who was your favorite '70s/'80s magician?





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