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Dr Harlan Tarbell

Magazine article on the SAM 1947 Chicago magic convention

Magazine article on the SAM 1947 Chicago magic convention

The article is almost certainly from Life International of unknown date in 1947. A similar article was published in Life Magazine. In 2016 Inside Magic offered comments on the article and the photographs: “It could be that Dr. Harlan Tarbell did perform the Balancing an Egg on a Fan While Blindfolded trick as part of his nightclub act. Maybe magicians did do Multiplying Golf Balls in a strip club and drew all eyes from the dancers gyrating on stage to their strained and stretched fingers. But is also just as likely that the convention attendees were doing what magicians do best at convention time – getting good press.”

Gift of a plate from Cliff Townsend

Gift of a plate from Cliff Townsend

British magician Cliff Townsend gave this to John and Anne Davenport in August 1981. On the front of the bone china plate he had stuck the roundel from the cover of The Magic Circular from the June and July, 1959 issue. It shows George Davenport on the right welcoming Dr Harlan Tarbell to the Annual Banquet as the Hon. Editor John Young looks on.