Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mardi Gras with Harry Anderson!

It's Mardi Gras!   Who better to celebrate with than Harry Anderson (b. 1952), who, for many years was a prominent citizen of New Orleans?   Anderson, a/k/a "Harry the Hat" has performed magic in numerous venues, including as a guest star on Saturday Night Live, the Tonight Show and Cheers.  Perhaps most widely known as Judge Harry Stone from his television series Night Court,  his Damon Runyon-like style has become his trademark.   His book credits include Games You Can't Win, and Anderson has invented and marketed several magic effects.

 For many years, Anderson operated the magic and curiosity shop "Spade & Archer" in New Orleans. The store closed after massive damage inflicted by Hurricane Katrina.

The rainbow colored card pictured here is part of a color changing fanning deck featuring his image.  This beautiful deck produces fans in different colors depending on the direction in which the cards are fanned.

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