Magic History: Harry Blackstone Sr. Penetration Belt circa 1928: one of a kind from Hippisley list

Winning Bid: $705.00

This mechanical belt was part of the Blackstone Sr. show in the late 1920’s or early 30’s (my estimate).  Its effect is not totally identified but it is some type of penetration though the body It is made of leather, metal wood and brass. It was offered for auction by George Hippisley in 1970 along with many items form the Blackstone Sr, show after he acquired the Blackstone estate.  A photo of the actual listing  (item B1232) is shown here.  A piece of Magic and Blackstone history.

It is described by Hippsely in the listing: “B 1232  BLACKSTONE-  This is a belt-the purpose of which I do not know. It has a metal tube opening at one side which enters a cable conduit to the front to which is attached a Spring-loaded (with protective metal cover). This projection is made to fold up out of site when not in use. This apparatus COULD be for Shooting through a Woman Effect- it is for some very similar effect and is very old. Belt is of heavy leather, brass, wood, sections to be worn under costume I never got Harry to explain it, so I don’t know its actual use. As is….”


I acquired it along with many other Blackstone items a number of years ago and have held on to it trying to find the time to research it and find out what effect it was used. That time as never come so I am ready to pass it on to someone who may be able to do just that.  Interesting Blackstone Sr. item from very early in his career to add to your collection.

I will send a letter of authenticity describing how I acquired it along with copies of the Hippisley auction item showing this item listed for auction..

Estimate $500-1000

*** NO Reserve Price ***
Item condition: Used

Auction History

Auction has finished

Highest bidder was: Private

Date Bid User Auto
November 29, 2022 8:35 pm$705.00Private
November 29, 2022 8:35 pm$700.00Private Auto
November 29, 2022 8:31 pm$560.00Private Auto
November 29, 2022 8:31 pm$555.00Private
November 29, 2022 8:30 pm$463.00Private Auto
November 29, 2022 8:30 pm$458.00Private
November 29, 2022 8:30 pm$430.00Private Auto
November 29, 2022 8:30 pm$425.00Private
November 27, 2022 9:05 pm$381.00Private
November 27, 2022 9:05 pm$376.00Private Auto
November 27, 2022 5:03 pm$250.00Private
November 27, 2022 12:00 amAuction started

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