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Robert Harbin The Pierced Cards cards in bag, pierced with needle and thread, when bag is mixed, selections hang on thread
Variations 1941 24
Robert Harbin
1941 60
John Brown Cook, Arthur H. Buckley The Spirit multiple prediction on a record
Related to 1947 74
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Jay Marshall, Robert Harbin, Martin Gardner
Nov. 1948
The Phoenix (Issue 164)
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Ken Allen, C.B. Yohe, Richard Himber, George Jason, Ballantine, Ted Anneman, Robert Harbin, Jinx
Variations May 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 178)
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Dai Vernon, Steve Miaco, Richard Himber, Robert Harbin
Oct. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 188)
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Robert Harbin, John Ramsay's Cylinder and Coins, Lee Noble, hamsters and the atom bomb
Dec. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 191)
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Dai Vernon, Jack Chanin, Bill Simon, Milbourne Christopher, Bob Hummer, Dr. Stanley Jaks, Robert Harbin
Related to Dec. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 193)
Frank Joglar Backstage on Sam Horowitz, Jay Marshall, Fu Manchu, Robert Harbin, Eugene Hellman, Alli Mona, Louis McBride, Sid Lorraine, Tom Bowyer and more
  • News of the Necromancers
  • See-Through Sorcery
  • Harbin
  • Personal Preferences
  • Black Magic
  • Albenice
  • Memory Book
  • "Cagliostro"
  • Tom Bowyer
Dec. 1949 612
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Frank Garcia, Puzzle by Charlie Arbuthnot, Dunninger, Carlo Menotti, Fred Keating, Martin Gardner, Bill Simon, Jean Hugard, Robert Harbin, Art Lyle, Frank Joglar
Feb. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 196)
Frank Joglar Backstage on Houdini, Bradley Martin, Russ Swann, Jay Marshall, Ballantine, Dick DuBois, Robert Harbin, John Scarne, Dr. Jaks, Chang, Billy Bishop, Paul Morris, C. L. Boarde, Clarence Slyter, Great LaFollette, Frank van Hoven and more
  • Seen or Heard
  • TV Trickery
  • In Print
  • Transition
  • News and Notes
  • Open House
  • Pro and Con
  • Appropriations
  • Purely Personal
  • Memory Book
Mar. 1950
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 7 No. 10)
Frank Joglar Backstage on Roy Benson, Fogel, Francis Carlyle, John Gambling, Paul Morris, Stuart Cramer, Fu Manchu, John Scarne, Robert Harbin, Jay Marshall, Russel Swan, Ade Duval, Kuda Bux, Bobby Baxter and more
  • Speaking Head Memories
  • Huh Department
  • TV Trickery
  • News and Notes
  • British IMB Conclave
  • What's In a Name
  • Magic Versus Comedy
  • Video Topics
  • Important
Aug. 1950 688
Stuart P. Cramer Opportune Magice anecdote of Robert Harbin doing a card trick
June 1951 807
Tony Corinda, Robert Harbin Ultra-Modern Mentalism prediction of a word, with tape recorder and assistant
Related to 1959 215
Louis Marino This is the BBC Televisionsservice on the Diamond Jubilee in London, Jay Marshall, Henk Vermeyden, Fred Kaps, Robert Harbin, Fred Kaps, Esme Levante
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 26 No. 4)
Robert Harbin New Life for an Old Bag Newspaper change bag / sugar bag
1968 133
Jochen Zmeck, Robert Harbin 1. Doppeltüte mit Automatik newspaper with hidden compartment for vanishing things
1974 24
Robert Harbin, Ian Adair Instant Origami paper magically folds into chosen origami design
Also published here
  • New Pentagram
Feb. 1975
Intermagic (Vol. 2 No. 3)
Fred Robinson Focus on Robert Harbin
July 1976
Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 11)
Robert Harbin Harbins Dreifache Übereinstimmung three small packets, spectator selects a card of each packet, performer does same with his three packets, three matching value pairs show up
Also published here
  • Abracadabra #425, 20. Mar. 1954
Feb. 1976
Intermagic (Vol. 3 No. 3)
Robert Harbin Requetecambio handkerchief in breast pocket changes color several times
1977 59
Thomas Alan Waters Unknown Power tape cassette with headline prediction on
Related to 1979
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue New Thoughts For Old)
Paul Fleming (reviewer) Paper Magic by Robert Harbin 1979 193
The Salt-Cellar Fold paper fortune teller fold
  • Operating the Model (I)
  • Operating the Model (II)
Related to
  • Paper Magic, Robert Harbin, 1956
1980 4
Peter Wilker Robert Harbin biographical article
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 42 No. 1)
Robert Harbin Das hilfreiche Streichholz match lights apparently by itself
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 42 No. 1)
Robert Harbin Westen gegen Osten rope floats up into vase, vase and rope variation
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 42 No. 1)
Peter Wilker Ein Zeitungstest in Abwandlungen history and overview on the Koran Newspaper test, variations by Edmund Roland, Nick Trost, Allan Shaxon, Robert Harbin
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 43 No. 4&5)
Thomas Alan Waters, Edmund Rowland, Fred Lowe, Robert Harbin X-Positions page is torn in sixteen parts and a piece selected, analysis , ideas on headline predictions
Related to
  • Edmund Rowland in Warlock's "Pentagram" Vol, 7. No.2. P. 11.
  • Fred Lowe in "New Pentagram" Vol. 4, No. 1. P.1.
  • Robert Harbin in "Abra" Vol.7, No. 181. P. 387.
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Mindscript 2: The Newspaper Test)
Jeff Busby (reviewer) The Robert Harbin Book by Robert Harbin (written by Martin Breese) Aug. 1984
Epoptica (Issue 6)
Robert Harbin Der Gang durch ein Seil spectator penetrates rope, through body
1986 20
Robert Harbin, Alan Shaxon Die Karte in der Flasche card travels inside empty whiskey bottle which is inside cigar box
Also published here 1986 23
Peter Duffie Triplicants card chosen from three-card packet twice, repeated three times, three value pairs, values predicted as well
Inspired by
  • "Triple Coincidence" (Robert Harbin, Abracadabra & Harbincadabra)
1993 5
Robert Harbin, Vicente Canuto Triple Coincidencia three cards
Also published here
  • "Triple Coincidence" (Robert Harbin, Abracadabra & Harbincadabra)
1993 80
Alan Shaxon, Robert Harbin Die Spielkarte in der Flasche card travels inside empty whiskey bottle which is inside cigar box
VariationsAlso published here 1994 37
Eric C. Lewis The Story Of The "Zig-Zag Girl" on Robert Harbin's illusion
Sep. 1997
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 1)
Eric C. Lewis The "Walking Zig-Zag" draft for another version of Robert Harbin's illusion by Harbin
Related to Sep. 1997
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 1)
Michael Close (reviewer) The Genius of Robert Harbin by Robert Harbin (written by Eric C. Lewis) Feb. 1998
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 6)
The Century - Those Who Impacted The Art In America
  • Richiardi Jr. (1923-1985)
  • Walter B. Gibson (1897-1985)
  • Ricky Jay
  • T. Nelson Downs (1869-1938)
  • Alex Elmsley
  • Robert Harbin (1908-1978)
  • Marvyn Roy
  • Dunninger (1892-1975)
  • U. F. Grant (1901-1978)
  • Howard Thurston (1879-1938)
Feb. 1999
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 6)
Simon Lovell Moments and Musings on Robert Harbin
2000 180
David Berglas Uri Geller on Uri Geller, metal bending, Robert Harbin
2002 300
Robert Harbin Harbin's Egg Routine
Also published here
  • "Robert's Easter Egg" (Abracadabra, Vol. 15 No. 373, Mar. 21, 1953, p. 132)
2002 203
Stuart P. Cramer In Person drawing and comments by Cramer on the following magicians:
  • Dai Vernon
  • Eugene Laurant
  • Herbert Leon Cope
  • Karl Germain
  • Carl Rosini
  • Harlowe R. Hoyt
  • Robert Harbin
  • Cardini
  • Winston Freer
  • George Bailey
  • John Mulholland
  • E. J. Moore
  • Paul Fleming
  • Jean de Jean
  • Eddie Tullock
  • Bert Allerton
  • Kuda Bux
  • Okito
  • Igor Kio
  • Joseph Dunninger
  • Russell Swann
  • J. B. Bobo
  • Stanley Jaks
  • George Jason
  • Doc Nixon
  • Bert Easley
  • Hardeen
  • Albert H. Jacques
  • John Nicholls Booth
  • John Grdina
  • Harry Blackstone
  • Dante
  • Albert Goshman
  • Jay Marshall
  • Ralph Emerson Powell
  • Al Saal
  • Walter Gibson
  • Russ Walsh
  • Harlan "Doc" Tarbell
  • Stuart P. Cramer
June 2003
Magic (Vol. 12 No. 10)
Bob Ostin The Card Bug bug on string is suspended over cards, selection sticks to it
Inspired by
  • Robert Harbin's "Dippy Magnet"
2005 169
Jim Steinmeyer The Language of Illusion: The Invisible Man on Robert Harbin's "The Invisible Man"
Jan. 2008
Genii (Vol. 71 No. 1)
Geoffrey Durham, Robert Harbin Chair Suspension illusion a few touches employed by Harbin for the Chair Suspension
2008 233
Jim Steinmeyer Robert Harbin & The Polemics of Modern Illusion
2009 2
Jim Steinmeyer Pasteboard Under Glass using Okito's Substitution Principle with hollow stack of envelopes
Inspired by
  • Card in Bottle in "This Magic Stuff" (Robert Harbin, Abracadabra, Vol. 6 No. 138, Sep. 1948, p. 115)
Also published here
2009 14
Jim Steinmeyer Par Two ball in glass, covered with silk, ball penetrates through silk, glass with hole
Inspired by
  • "The Penetrating Ball" (Robert Harbin, Something New in Magic, 1929)
2009 16
Jim Steinmeyer The Inside-Out Lantern for productions
Inspired by
  • "Inside-Out Production Box" (Jim Steinmeyer)
  • "Upside-Down Production Box" (Robert Harbin)
2009 17
Jim Steinmeyer The Three Book Experiment mathematical calculations to arrive at page number
Inspired by
  • "The Great Book Test" (The Magic of Robert Harbin)
  • U. F. Grant's marketed book test
Also published here
2009 18
Richard Kaufman Genii Speaks Christian Fechner's death, Robert Harbin Centenary
Related to Jan. 2009
Genii (Vol. 72 No. 1)
Richard Kaufman Genii Speaks on Andy Nyman, Robert Harbin, New York's Magical Nights, SAM, The Great Buck Howard
Related to Apr. 2009
Genii (Vol. 72 No. 4)
David Britland (reviewer) A Tribute to Robert Harbin - Two Lectures by Jim Steinmeyer by Jim Steinmeyer June 2009
Genii (Vol. 72 No. 6)
Jim Steinmeyer Five Terrible Ideas "...and how they revolutionized stage magic"
The Robert Harbin Memorial Lecture at the Magic Circle Centenary Celebration, July 2005
2009 45
Jim Steinmeyer Robert Harbin & The Polemics of Modern Illusion From the lecture at The Magic Circle Harbin Centenary Weekend, February 2009
  • A Simple, Clear, Memorable Plot
  • An Interest on Mythic a Level
  • Add a Twist
  • A Play, Not a Prop
  • Practical Apparatus
  • Interesting Apparatus
  • Practical Routine
  • A Way In for the Magician
  • At Least Three Beats to the Climax
  • A Stage Surprise, An Additional Punctuation
2009 69
Bill Abbott Hot Shot Card Stab card stab in paper bag, full shot glass produced as finale
Inspired by 2010 16
Patrick Page The PaPa System general remarks on stack decks, thoughts on Si Stebbins and Eight Kings and anecdotes of Charlie Edwards, Robert Harbin, David Berglas
2011 78
Patrick Page, Roberto Giobbi Robert Harbin Card in Balloon with additional thoughts by Roberto Giobbi
May 2011
Genii (Vol. 74 No. 5)
Jim Steinmeyer Half a Cup of Coffee
  • Conjuring
performer holds two cups, one is half full the other empty, he pours some into the empty cup and now both are half full, more phases, double-walled coffee shop plastic cups
Inspired by
  • "Drinka Pinta" (The Magic of Robert Harbin)
Apr. 2012
Genii (Vol. 75 No. 4)
Alan Shaxon My Early Influences
  • Ernest E. Noakes
  • Edward Victor
  • Robert Harbin
  • The Great Levante
  • Raoul
  • Maurice Fogel
  • Al Koran
  • John Booth
  • David Nixon
2014 51
Alan Shaxon Harbin Remembered on Robert Harbin
Also published here
  • in Stan Allen's "Magic Magazine" January 2008.
2014 59
Alan Shaxon, Robert Harbin A Toast to Robert-Harbin small box with lock
2014 180
Robert Harbin, Alan Shaxon The Captain's Card Trick three cards are selected and performer fails to divine them, performer gets envelope with letter and duplicates of cards handed to him during show
2014 183
Robert Harbin, Alan Shaxon Card in Whisky Bottle with table, bottle in cigar bottle shown empty in the beginning
Also published here 2014 186
Robert Harbin Harbin's Fold Flat Roll-On Table
2014 189
Gene Anderson Card in Bottle selection vanishes between two Jokers and appears in bottle inside cigar boxes, which has been shown empty in the beginning
  • A. Introduction
  • B. Cards, bottles and boxes
  • C. Table
  • D. Gene's script
  • E. Servante
  • F. Epilogue
Inspired by 2016 67
Richard Wiseman, David Britland The Transparent Man on Robert Harbin's illusion idea with glass sheets
Related to
  • "The Transparent Man" (Robert Harbin, Something New In Magic, 1929)
Apr. 2017
Genii (Vol. 80 No. 4)
Alexander de Cova Karte in Flasche
Inspired by
  • "Card in Bottle" (Robert Harbin)
2018 189