The Lecture

By Adele Friel Rhindress

Adele Friel was "Blackstone's Elusive Moth" when she traveled, as a teenager, with Harry Blackstone in the 1940s. At that time, Blackstone was known as the World's Greatest Magician. Adele has written her own stories about being his assistant, and what it's like traveling by train and performing on many stages in cities in Canada and the United States.

Her book is titled "MEMOIRS OF AN ELUSIVE MOTH Disappearing Nightly with Harry Blackstone & His Show of 1001 Wonders."

A special Question & Answer session is popular at the end of each lecture/interview. Rare photos and interesting stories about Blackstone himself and his cast are attention-getters for those who want to know what happened during the Golden Age of Magic, and the old-time Traveling Magic Shows.


BLACKSTONE WITH HIS GIRLS: Harry Blackstone Is seated, surrounded by six of his girls for a publicity photo which was featured In newspapers or pasted on billboards in theatre lobbies around the country. I am dressed as "Blackstone's Elusive Moth " and standing with wings outstretched on a stool directly behind Blackstone. The girls (left to right) are Mabel Reime-Gallagher, Merle Norton, Sara Graves, Betty Stolle and Jo Habes.


National Society of American Magicians - Member
   Lifetime Member, Philadelphia, PA Assembly #4

International Brotherhood of Magicians
   Ring #32 Allentown PA. Interviewed by Joe Long (2007)
   Honorary membership Ring #165, Collingswood, NJ

Magic Collectors' Association - Member.
    Las Vegas, NV, Washington, DC, Schaumburg, IL, Chicago, IL honoring David Copperfield, Mario Carrandi, Stanley Palm, Jim Steinmeyer, Harry Anderson, Johnny Thompson, Mike Caveney and George Daily, Ray and Ann Goulet. At the Las Vegas Weekend, Mac King invited me to be his assistant onstage.

New England Magic Collectors' Association "Yankee Gathering"
   Providence, RI, honoring Ray and Ann Goulet.
   Westborough, MA, honoring Eddie and Amy Dawes
   Ken Klosterman.

Los Angeles Conference on Magic History
   Hollywood, CA. John Gaughn presents a rare showing of "Dr. Hooker's Impossibilities" (Unique Rising Cards).

Celebration of Harry Blackstone, Jr.
   Hollywood, CA. Gay Blackstone hosts at The Magic Castle.

Bob Little's Super Sunday One Day Magic Convention
   Bensalem, PA. Interviewed by Hank Moorehouse (2006).

Texas Association of Magicians
   Houston, TX. Interviewed by Claude Crowe (2009).

Magicians Alliance of Eastern States - Lifetime Member.

Creativity at Sea, Carnival Cruise
   Bahamas. Interviewed by Terry Evanswood (2011).

KIDabra International - Member
   KIDabra Chapter #1, Atco, NJ - Member

   Pigeon Forge, TN Interviewed by Terry Evanswood (2008, 2011)

International Magicians Society - Lifetime Member
   International Magicians Society Chapter #1, Atco, NJ - Member