The Magic of Robert Harbin by Robert Harbin

The Magic of Robert Harbin by Robert Harbin

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Robert Harbin – The Magic of Robert Harbin


This book contains, for the first time, the secrets of the best of all the original tricks and illusions that have eminated from the finest inventive brain in the magical world today.  

1970, Eric Mason, M.I.M.C.

The Magic of Robert Harbin was a book by Robert Harbin which included the plans (and performance rights) for the Zig Zag Girl.

In August of 1968, after Jim Sommers finally admitted that he had made the Zig Zag Girl illusion without Harbin's permission, Harbin decided to write "The Robert Harbin Book of Magic" in order to provide the plans for the Zig Zag giving owners of the book the right to build and perform the Zig Zag Girl. To purchase the book, one had to send for a prospectus and sign a legal document agreeing to keep the secrets. The owner were only allowed to build things from the book for their own use.

Only 500 copies were printed and then Harbin had the plates destroyed. The Magic Circle is currently in possession of the rights.

There were also a limited number of the books sold to magic society libraries for £10, but not sent until two years after the initial printing.

In the 1980's, individuals unknown for many years, but later determined to be Al Mann and Craige Snader, had a firm in Mexico print and bind a number of illegal copies of the Harbin book.

To tell the difference, on page 154 the original has a small sticker with text in the margin (beginning with "This is confusing…"), the copies have the text actually printed (not a sticker) on that page.

Another bootleg version, a softbound photocopied (one-side), was reportedly done by Gary Darwin.

The Index of illusions in the Magic of Robert Harbin is as follows:

    The Vanishing Vase and Flowers 

    Harbin's Vanishing Radio 

    Harbin's Folding Trolly 

    The R.H. Cigarette Routine 

    The R.H. Rope Routine 

    Harbin's Torn and Restored Newspaper 

    Drinka Pinta 

    Cage to Bouquet or The Ever Vanishing Birdcard 

    My Lady's Ring 

    Harbin's Packaway Tables 

    Upside-Down Production Box 

    Super X Plus 

    Harbin Chair Suspension 

    The Magic Carpet 

    Super Simplex Levitation 

    Beer Barrel Penetration 

    Head Off 

    Experiment 13 

    R.H. Sww Saw (Visible Sawing Through) 

    Topsy Turvey 

    Take it Away 

    Little by Little 

    The Zig-Zag Girl 

    The Great Book Test 

    The Knight's Tour 

    Master Plan 

    Vana, the Living Plant 

    The Red Hands 

    The Hands of Dracula 

    The Space Wheel 


    The Invisible Man (or Out of this World) 

    The Wizard of OZ 

    The Ruby Shoes 

    The Cauldron 

    The Mutilated Straw Man 

    The Vanishing Witch 

    The Sentry Box 

    Last Word (If Ever a Wiz there Woz) 

    Last Last Word 

    Will o' the Wisp 

    Copy of Agreement 

    Other Books by the Author

(Note: this is not a very good scan, but I suppose we must be content with what we find. I believe this was produced from one of the "bootleg" copies referred to above in the description.)

PLEASE NOTE: This item is a digital download ,Gimmick not included


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