Blackstone The Magic Detective

blackstone lg.jpgBlackstone, the Magic Detective was a 15-minute radio series which aired Sunday afternoons at 2:45pm ET on the Mutual Broadcasting System from October 3, 1948 until April 3, 1949.

The series, starring Ed Jerome as "the world's greatest living magician," was based on real-life magician Harry Blackstone Sr. Storylines usually opened with Blackstone (Jerome) telling his friends John (Ted Osborne) and Rhoda (Fran Carlon) about an experience from his past, and this mystery story was then dramatized in a flashback. At the end, Blackstone challenged the audience to find a solution to the magical mystery. Each show concluded with Blackstone outlining a trick that listeners could perform for the amusement of their friends.

The announcer for the series was Alan Kent, and the background organ music was supplied by Bill Meeder. The scripts were written by Walter B. Gibson, the ghostwriter of Blackstone's books.

Gibson also created EC Comics' Blackstone the Magician Detective Fights Crime in 1947. The comic book series continued at Marvel as Blackstone the Magician (#2) and Blackstone the Magician Detective (#3, #4).

Episode Number Episode Title Aired Datesort descending
35 The Knife from the Dark Sunday, May 29, 1949
37 The Hindu Sword Cabinet Sunday, June 12, 1949
39 The Voice from the Void Sunday, June 26, 1949
44 The Devil's Cauldron Sunday, July 31, 1949
45 The Ghost in the Crypt Sunday, August 7, 1949