Another young magician shared this story with me in an e-mail a few months ago
"Orson Welles did a magic illusion segment on the Carson show in the 80's (?) I believe,
and he performed this same Throne Chair illusion. If you can find a back issue of Magic Magazine - with the story on Welles - there is a nice contemporary photo of him with this prop, from that appearance." I wrote about the prop primarily because I had a picture of my Mom sitting in it and then I found a clip on line of Blackstone Sr. doing the illusion. That post is linked here.
Don Bice shared this info with me...
"the throne chair. I was the magic coordinator for the Tonight show appearance. The chair belonged to John Daniel. Orson had used it years ago on the old Jackie Gleason show working with John Daniel. Orson called John and wanted to use the prop on the show, but John didn't want to work with Orson again. The big O can be difficult as your father had told me years ago. John said OK if I worked with O, and I jumped at the chance. I called Mike Cavney and a friend of Johns, Dennis Parr to assist on camera. The prop is now owned by Jim Steinmeyer and at the last collectors convention in LA, they showed the clip from the tonight show."
I told Mr. Bice that I am not surprised that the illusion went through many hands,
my Dad traded props, bought back props and sold them again many times. John Daniel
was a close friend to my Dad at one point and although they went back and forth with their
friendship, they never let it get in the way of business.
Anyway, it is a little more info on the business dealings my Dad had with Orson Well and
assorted others in regard to magic.