Harbin x 2 by Robert Harbin

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Details: This two volume book set details the work, and the life of one of magic’s most renowned artists, Robert Harbin. The set contains two hardbound 300 page books.

The first volume, “Early Harbin,” contains a comprehensive look at this master of magics beginnings. Included are several illustrated routines pulled from Harbin’s routine.

Contents (from Early Harbin book ToC):

viii Preface
xiv Ned and Fred

12 Card Materialisation
15 My First—My Twelfth
19 Matchbox-Card “Sawing” and Penetration
20 Rising Cigarettes
22 A Mystical Matchbox
24 A Gathering of Aces
26 Card, Ink, Wand, and Silks
30 Sentry Box Sensation
34 Two Match “Miracles”
35 Confetti Bowls
38 Ainslie’s Ribbon-Change Solved
42 The King and the Gallows
45 Tips: Shuffle, “Blowout,” Blown Egg
46 Sausage Ribons
48 All Gone Ball
50 In a Wandery
51 Four Very Big Ones
53 Flowers of Chocolate
55 Magic by the Book
56 He Bought Some Tricks
60 The Enchanted Whistle

62 Psychic Vision

70 Something New in Magic
77 Novel Silk Changes
80 The “Silko” Table Change
83 A New “Sun and Moon”
86 The Penetrating Tumbler
90 A Card Restored
92 Four-Ace Supreme
95 The “Zomah” Force
98 A Colour-Changing Wand
100 The Penetrating Ball
103 Ink Transposition
106 The Psychic Cigarettes
108 “Will O’ the Wisp”
111 The Clothes-Line Mystery
116 The Wandering Fan
118 Ropes Thro’ The Body
121 Telepathic Paper-Tearing
123 A Mistake, But
126 A Castle Conundrum
128 “Castles in the Air”
132 The Expanding Watch
135 The Transparent Man
138 A Wand Vanishes
140 Deceptive Photography
142 One Bottle—Two Bouquets
144 The Super Soup Server
146 The Petrol-Lighter
148 Jottings from My Notebook
152 Ten New Paper-tearing Figures

154 Six Card Creations
157 A New Master Pack
161 New Reversing Cards
163 An Ace and King Deception
165 A Card Production Stand
166 Williams’s Novel “Giant Card Monte”

172 Strolling Along

178 Demon Magic
185 Walking Through a Rope
189 The Blue Ray
192 Two of The Best
194 The Stocks of Har-Bin
196 Most Unusual
198 The Vanishing Glass and Contents
202 The Knives of Opah
205 Two “Demons”
208 The “Demon” Pins
211 The “Demon” Lamp
216 The Superb Change
218 Some Table Designs
220 Novelties
224 If You Want a Wife
228 My Floating Glass
232 The “Demon” Shadow Trick
236 There and Back
239 Some Paper Magic
242 The “Demon” Torn Newspaper
245 Have Some More!
246 If You Want a Production Box
248 The Packing Case Escape
251 Har-Bin’s “Demon” Paddle
254 Crockery

258 “Initialled” Secrets
260 R Stands for Ribbons
262 0 Stands for Eggs
264 B Stands for Bowls
266 E Stands for Escape
269 R Stands for Release
272 T Stands for Thought-Reading
275 H Stands for Help!
278 A Stands for Anything You Like
280 R Stands for Rise
282 B Stands for Bouquets
284 I Stands for Impossible
288 N Stands for Nine

291 Robert Harbin in New York

301 Index

The second volume, “Harbincadabra,” details even more of Harbin’s work and the details of his life such as photographs, his epitaph, and memorial writings by several artists including; Bayard Grimshaw and Frederick Barlow.

Contents (from book, updated July 2017):

1 If Ever a Wizard There Woz (Bayard Grimshaw)

This Magic Stuff
9 A Vanishing Lamp
11 Emulate the Masters: locator card
12 The Organ Pipes Organised
12b Program; Photograph: Magician’s Club Annual Dinner, 1931; Harbin and Dorothy performing, ca 1931
14 “Outline” Escape
16 A Novel Bowl Production
18 Stage Cups and Balls
20 Good Show!
20 Paddle Trick
22 What—No Thumb-Tip?
23 Card in Bottle
24 Knotted Silks
26 Hat-Box Radio Production
28 Carrying Close-Up Magic
30 Post It: card routine
31 Walking Through a Rope
33 Self-Lighting Match
34 Comedy Table
36 Man in the Moon: children’s effect
38 Harbin’s Billet Box
40 The Tipsy Guardsman
42 Simple Finger Tricks
46 The Devil’s Breath
48 Dressing Room Escape
49 Locked Door Escape
51 Impromptu Lock Pick
52 Opening a Yale Lock
54 It’s Topsy—It’s Turvy: slate idea
55 Tubes and Balls
57 Jumping Flower
59 Card in Envelopes
60 Act in a Hat
60b Photographs: Harbin with Upside-Down Production Box; Maskelyne’s Mysteries, Diamond Jubilee Harbin, Dorothy, Grimshaws, Fleming
62 Shell Manipulation
66 Harbin and the Linking Rings
69 All-Around Pass
70 Billiard Cue Juggling
73 Plate and Glass Juggling
76 Inebriated Bottle
78 Plate Juggling
80 Matchbox Swindle
81 Directory Tear
82 Strong Man Feats
85 Spirit Stunts
86 Baffle Board Escape
87 Mindreading Gadgets
90 Headline Prediction
92 Crazy Inventions
93 Borrowed Coin Switch
94 Newspaper Silk Vanish

97 Californian Cavalcade by Eric C Lewis

99 Robert Lund..Detroit

100 A Sidelight on Robert Harbin by Robert Lund

101 More Magic Stuff
101 The Little Tippler
102 Perforated Production Box
104 Vanishing Lucifer
105 Added Enchantment: Enchanted Vase improvement
106 Suspense and Suspicion: glass levitation
108 Hypnotism—or Something!: idea with rice paper
109 The Penetrating Bottles
110 Double Top: chosen card on dart
112 Flames and Flashes
114 Some Notes on a Miracle (Peter Warlock)
115 Tippler Major (Lord Amwell)
116 Tippler Stop (Les Worthington)
117 In the Mirror
118 Cage me a Peacock: vanishing cage
120 A Limerick: latex collapsibles
121 The Little Stickler
122 Mirrored Rising Cards
124 Gillettine
125 West Beats East: Hindu Vase improvement
127 “William Tell”
129 There it is—There it Isn’t: invisible wood block
131 Chameleon Knots
132 The Daddy of Them All: magnet idea
133 Visible—Invisible Change Bag
135 One from the Bath
136 Cee-Thru Rising Cards
137 Stonehenge: Tippler

139 Magic in the Metropolis

141 Harbin’s Brainstorms
141 End of a Pilgrimage
142 Flapjack!: production box
144 Folding See-Through Tube
145 For My Lady: flowers from a transparent box
147 20th Century in Reverse
149 Magnetic Cigarette
150 Colour Changing Buttonhole
151 All Change!: coin transpo
152 Stabbed in the Back: card stab
153 Black Art No. 1: portable B.A. Frame
155 Black Art No. 2: Spirit Cabinet
156 Unmatched!: tissues to matchbox
158 Harbin’s Ringed Rope
159 Ad Infinitum Plus
161 Here’s Jumpy!
163 New Life for an Old Bag
164 There it is!—There it isn’t!: Black Art Cabinet
166 Robert’s Easter Egg
168 Coronation Card Trick
170 Coronation Folder
172 Find The What-Have-You: triple Squared Circle
173 Harbin’s Howler: falling blocks
175 The Little Winner: rising match
177 Coronation Ribbons
178 Solid Prediction
180 My Mistake!: double banner
181 Holders Make Magic
183 Divers Definitions: flap mirror
184 The Spirit Stance

186 The Vanishing Noduliser

187 Harbin’s Fancies
187 The Real Danger: TV magic
189 The Wheel of Fortune: silk production
191 Weary Willie (animated spider)
193 The Harbin Triple Coincidence
195 Giant Memory Plus
198 A Recorded Prediction
200 Miracles for Sevenpence-Halfpennv
202 Pharaoh’s Pastime (Rod and Beads)
204 The Rapping Hand
206 The Stabbed Card
209 A Matter for the Laundry: Comedy hank routine
211 Flowers for a Lady
213 Not Really my Fancy: silk transposition
215 Harbin’s Anti-Gravity Glass
216 Confound Them All!: knife and rice levitation
218 A New Lamp tor such an Old One: Vanishing Tumbler
220 Bottle-Glass – Glass-Bottle
222 They Can’t All Be Good: coin vanish
224 While 1 Think of It: smoke and glasses
226 Super Prediction—I
228 Super Prediction—II
230 Lights, Please!: vanishing light bulbs
232 Crafty, This!: tumbler levitation
234 The Ever-Vanishing Birdcage
236 The Lady Floats Again

239 Bermuda Magic
239 The Tumbling Block
241 Bermuda Production Box
243 The Guardsman Tips .Again
244 Tippling Still
245 Harbin’s Anti-Gravity Examined by Walford Taylor

246 Harbincadabra
246 Cabaret Pack Switch
248 Sensation!
249 The Super Thing
251 Full Hank Restoration: cut and restored rope
253 Controlled Crash: self-shattering wine glass
254 The Story of the Straw Man
256 Dorothy’s Shoes
258 The Witch Who Melted Away
260 Blooming Bush
263 The Super Spirit Cabinet
265 Pack-Away Tables
268 The Great Prediction
270 The Fantastic Production
271 Spring Those Hinges!
274 Harbin s 1000th: radio transformation

279 In Memoriam
279 Robert Harbin (Goodliffe)
280 Robert Harbin (Bayard Grimshaw)
282 Californian Cavalcade—Eric C. Lewis Remembers
286 I Never Really Knew Him, But . . . (John Wade)
288 My Partner-Robert Harbin (Frederick Barlow)
289 Alan Shaxon and Val Andrews Remember
290 Anecdotes-Barrie Edgar, Will Ayling, Peter Warlock Timothy Dill-Russell, Christopher Woodward and Douglas Craggs O.B.E.
295 A Final Word (Goodliffe)

299 Appendix
299 Letter to New Zealand (Robert Harbin)
308 The Assistant’s Revenge—Mark 2 (Bernard Juby)
311 Girl in the Tank: vanishing girl illusion

  • Publisher: Magico Magazine
  • Pages: 631
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Edited by: William L. Broecker
  • Dimensions: 6″x10″
  • Date: 2005

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