All these episodes have been digitally restored and remastered. Each episode has had the major clicks, pops, and distortions removed while preserving the vintage sound.
- The Hindu Sword Cabinet
"Hello, Don. I'll be with you in a second; I just want to finish sticking knives in Rhoda," says Blackstone...and so begins this thrilling episode, which centers on this famous trick. Blackstone explains how he used the trick to foil the plans of yet another crooked swami.
Don and Rhoda then learn to perform Blackstone's card trick "The Whispering Queen." Originally broadcast 06/12/1949
- The Face of Death
Blackstone is summoned when an old friend fears he is beginning to go insane. Is he slipping into insanity or is someone trying to steal his fortune? Yet another mystery will be solved, with magic!
When a volunteer picks one of a set of match books, Blackstone can tell which it was...can you? He will teach you how! Originally broadcast 06/19/1949
- The Voice from the Void
It seems like almost everything is laying around Blackstone's studio, including a haunted packing crate! Of course, this leads to a story of a murder that only the Magic Detective could solve.
Blackstone then teaches you how to perform a bit of mentalism that allows you to guess the number of cards in a pile after numerous shuffles. Originally broadcast 06/26/1949
- The Bird of Doom
Blackstone's new canary leads to a story about a suffocated corpse found in a locked room. Of course, Blackstone suspects murder. A classic locked-room style mystery.
Then, listen and learn how to make a cigarette rise from its pack at your command. Originally broadcast 07/03/1949
- The Phantom Detective
After animating a derby, Blackstone tells the story of an adventure in Mountain City. Although he is apparently performing a show, he is actually helping his new "assistant," an undercover FBI agent!
Blackstone teaches us how to remove a dollar bill from under a glass without disturbing a coin balanced on top. Originally broadcast 07/10/1949
- The Riddle of the Seven Zombies
Alan wants to know if Blackstone believes in zombies and Rhoda tells him that she has actually seen one! It all started on the islands when Blackstone was on tour...Can the Magic Detective save Rhoda before she falls into the clutches of the walking undead?
The gang then turns from zombies to a box of matches. Blackstone magnetizes his wooden matches and then teaches you how to defy gravity with your own matches. Originally broadcast 07/17/1949
Or buy all 56 episodes: Blackstone Detective
Listen along to the thrilling adventures of Blackstone, the Magic Detective. Each week he will solve a variety of mysteries with magic. Along with his main assistant, the beautiful Rhoda Brent (voiced by Fran Carlon) and their radio announcers Alan Kent and Don Hancock (or here and there John, played by Ted Osborne, who may be Rhoda's boyfriend) we get to hear thrilling inside stories about the mementos he has collected when solving fantastic crimes or the magic apparatus Blackstone has used to solve them. Then, Blackstone lets us in on the magic we can do at home and "reveal the guarded secrets of the world's greatest living magician!"
The truth is, of course, that they are all simple little tricks, sometimes little more than barbets. In fact, Blackstone is not even the real Blackstone but veteran radio actor Ed Jerome. Many episodes were written by Walter Gibson, though, with Nancy Webb penning the rest. These are great stories for magicians and anyone who appreciates the exciting, if sometimes a bit sensational, storytelling found in old time radio.
At one time, there were as many as 78 episodes. However, about two dozen have been lost over the years. This represents the most complete collection known to exist, minus the so-called Shark Island Story, which is sometimes represented as an episode from an unknown date. It is actually The Voodoo Treasure.
If you like these kinds of stories you might also be interested in The Blackstone Magic Comics which feature also Blackstone using his magic knowledge to defeat the thieves and other criminals.