The Master Magician

April 15, 1982- November 21, 2006



The Master Magician was humanely put to rest November 21, 2006 after suffering a severe leg injury. The Master Magician fondly known by most as Houdini was purchased from Knox Blackburn by Mr. Don Castleman from Rolla Mo., at a very young age. He was placed in training with Ken Wulff Stables in Mo., and then moved to the Keith Inman Stables to continue his show ring career. Houdini experienced some injuries that kept him from reaching his full potential in the show ring so he caught the eyes of Charles Hightower and Blake Norman of Lebanon Mo., of who were interested in purchasing a breeding stallion. After a period of time Mr. Hightower acquired sole ownership of Houdini and he remained in his family until his death.



Jerry Manes Stables successfully prepared Houdini for the show ring for many years. A highlight of The Master Magician’s career was when Margaret Hickman trainer and daughter of Jerry Manes ask Charles Hightower if she could bring in Houdini for the last show of the season for the Midwest circuit. Charles agreed and in two weeks time Hickman had this talented stallion out of the breeding pasture and into the show ring. He came out late on an October evening and won the Plantation Pleasure Three Gait Stake Championship ending his career in the show ring at the top. After his retirement he spent the rest of his life at Charles Hightowers farm where he was laid to rest. This wonderful ambassador and friend of the walking horse industry will truly be missed.


Submitted by Charles E. Hightower proud owner and friend