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Medrano Blackstar

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Medrano Blackstar
BornIgnace Camille
Long Lake, Washington

NationalityNative American

Medrano Blackstar (fl. 1930s) was widely known throughout Washington and Oregon as "Chief Blackstar, the Cherokee Magician." He is a full-blood Indian of the Spokane tribe.


Blackstar began performing part-time in 1930,[1] after learning magic from original Tarbell Course in Magic.

In his professional shows through the winter seasons, Blackstar played schools (and the occasional theaters and clubs) in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. His show consisted of Indian Magic, done in Indian style with teepees on the stage and dressed in native regalia. He sung Indian songs to the accompaniment of tom-toms. He also performed a series of escapes from rope ties, featuring his own "Indian Death Tie Escape."

In 1939, Blackstar played a part in the movie "Northwest Passage" filmed in Southern Idaho as one of the Indian roles.[2]

He contributed effects to Conjurers' Magazine, Linking Ring, Sphinx, Genii, Tops and wrote "MAGIC IN EASTERN WASHINGTON" for the Diebox.[3] [4]

Blackstar's "Mystic Match Box" is in Tarbell Course in Magic Volume 6.


  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, May , 1933
  2. Cover, Tops, July 1948
  3. Chief Blackstar's Coffin Escape, Genii 1937 November
  4. Indian's Thumb Tie, Genii 1937 December