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Blackstone, Harry (Henry Boughton). Harry Blackstone Sr.’s Performance-Worn Tailcoat. Lansing: John Berrmann’s Sons Merchant Tailors, 1944. A custom wool tailcoat, matching pants, and original vest worn by Harry Blackstone Sr. in his show of “1001 Wonders.” Outfitted with secret pockets for loading feather flowers, for production in Blackstone’s opening number, “The Enchanted Garden.” Sold together with a white shirt and tie not owned by Blackstone. One of two sets of Blackstone’s tails known, and the only matched set known. Matching tailor’s tags bearing Blackstone’s name typed neatly on the labels and sewn inside the jacket and pants. Originally in the collection of the Egyptian Hall Museum of Brentwood, Tenn. Accompanied by a letter from the tailor addressed to Blackstone and a second letter from George Hippisley to David Price regarding the pockets in the jacket. Minor wear and holes, primarily to the rear of one shoulder; vest with nicks and small tears. Good overall condition. An important, rare, and historic relic owned and used by one of the twentieth century’s great American illusionists.