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Bob Haskell

Bob Haskell

(USA: 1914 - San Francisco: 1st March 1972)

Pro since age 19. Nightclub work on West Coast. In WWII he served in the US Army Signal Corps and toured with assistant-wife Madelaine (Madelaine Masters). Later remarried and performed with his second wife LaVerne. Worked for the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. out of San Francisco.

1951 Sphinx Award. Played the magician's assistant in Hollywood movie The Mad Magician (1954). Tutored Dick Zimmerman. Invented the Split Deck (by 1955), "X" Salted Shaker (in 1957), Cashacheck (by 1959), Deep Freeze, Thirst Go, Candelite, and possibly the Appearing Candle (by 1964). Wrote The Magic of Haskell (1962, 32pp). Article in MUM. Covers in Genii, November 1936 and Sphinx, January 1947.

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Bob Haskell
The Magic of Haskell by Bob Haskell

Bob Haskell's genius for brilliant story plots and well-thought-out mechanics made him a master of cabaret and platform magic. The inventor of such masterpieces as the Split Deck and the X-Salted Shaker digs deep into his performing repertoire to give you 17 of his favorites. Ranging from effects with cards, rope, a beautifully animated silk mystery, and a pair of mysteries using the "tap-it" principle, there's something within these pages for almost any necromancer worth his (or her) salt.

Here's magic for the performer who's up on basic card sleights and/or who can handle an effect using...

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The Dalton Boys Card Trick by Bob Haskell

This is a scan of the instructions for Bob Haskell's novel card trick. This trick was featured regularly in old Owen catalogs. If you have a deck of blank-face cards; you can easily make this trick, after reading the instructions.

An effect with the twang of the old west, the Dalton Boys is a clever combination of several magical principles blended together into a mystifying and highly entertaining presentation. The patter in rhyme supplied has an interesting plot, which builds to a logical climax.

EFFECT: Four picture cards (Jacks) representing the infamous Dalton Boys, are each placed...

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