Posted in 1900 - 1934 The Pre Abbotts Era

1930-34 Percy Ends The Road Shows To Settle Down (by Patrick West)

Following the closing of the magic shop, it was back to the road shows for Abbott. He accepted a job working with Jean Huggard in…

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Posted in 1900 - 1934 The Pre Abbotts Era

1929 Percy Abbotts Weds Gladys Goodrich (Indiana Marriage Records)

Percy Abbott wed Gladys Marion Goodrich, together they would have four children – Marilyn, Linda, Sydney and Jules. Shown here is Percy and Gladys several…

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Posted in 1900 - 1934 The Pre Abbotts Era

1929 The Blackstone Magic Shop Falling Out

Abbott’s in Colon was not even Percy’s first magic shop in Colon, as Percy had partnered with Blackstone in the Blackstone Magic shop but the…

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Posted in 1900 - 1934 The Pre Abbotts Era

1927 The Blackstone Magic Company Founded (by Patrick West)

A few days after his arrival at Blackstone Island, Percy met Gladys Goodrich, a local girl, and decided to make Colon his home. During the…

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Posted in 1900 - 1934 The Pre Abbotts Era

1927 Blackstone Island (by Patrick West)

Blackstone Island, as it was renamed, formed a fairy-tale setting in those days. There was only one dirt road of access which crossed a small…

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Posted in 1900 - 1934 The Pre Abbotts Era

1927 Magic In Schools (by Percy Abbott)

After some time in Chicago I met a couple of interesting chaps who were photographers. They were going to try out an idea of traveling…

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Posted in 1900 - 1934 The Pre Abbotts Era

1927 The Family Arrives (by Percy Abbott)

In some strange way I must have sensed that I would not be returning to Fairmont, for when I made this trip I took with…

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Posted in 1900 - 1934 The Pre Abbotts Era

1927 Harry Meets Percy (by Patrick West)

That May the crew was especially preparing new illusions to be presented by Blackstone at the second annual convention at the International Brotherhood of Magicians,…

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Posted in 1900 - 1934 The Pre Abbotts Era

1926 Colon’s Romance With Magic Begins (Patrick West)

Harry Blackstone was one of the more prominent stage magicians of the 1920’s and 30’s. Harry Bouton (Blackstone was his stage name) was born in…

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Posted in 1900 - 1934 The Pre Abbotts Era

1925 The Harry Thurston Show (by Percy Abbott)

Before I begin this episode or at least that portion of the episode which will permit printing, I want to give a small preview of…

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