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'''Herb Zarrow''' (1925-2008) was an American magician, who was influential in the profession for his inventions of unique sleight of hand and card tricks. His skills are held in the highest regard in professional magicians' circles.
[[Herb Zarrow]] (November 4, 1925 - May 11, 2008) was an American magician, born in Paterson, New Jersey. He was influential in the profession for his inventions of unique sleight of hand and card tricks. His skills are held in the highest regard in professional magicians' circles.
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Herb credited [[Dai Vernon]] for changing his outlook on magic which was described in the [[Vernon Chronicles]].
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Zarrow credited [[Dai Vernon]] for changing his outlook on magic which was described in [[The Vernon Chronicles, Vol. 3]].
  
Herb is most noted for his Zarrow Shuffle which he originally called "Full Deck False Shuffle" around 1940 and eventually published it in 1957 in [[Pheonix]] magazine. This sleight has been called one of the best card discoveries of the 20th century. [[Persi Diaconis]] in his introduction to Dai Vernon's Revelations wrote: "Zarrow's shuffle may very well be the single most important practical card move invented since Erdnase."  The Shuffle and it's history were the cover story of the [[Genii 2008 February]] issue.
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He is most noted for his Zarrow Shuffle which he originally called "Full Deck False Shuffle" around 1940 and eventually published it in 1957 in [[Phoenix]] magazine. This sleight has been called one of the best card discoveries of the 20th century. [[Persi Diaconis]] in his introduction to Dai Vernon's Revelations wrote: "Zarrow's shuffle may very well be the single most important practical card move invented since Erdnase."  The Shuffle and it's history were the cover story of the [[Genii 2008 February]] issue.
  
Herb Zarrow on the Zarrow Shuffle
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He also created: Herb Zarrow's Switch Change (in Tarbell Seven), Herb Zarrow's Trapeze, Herb Zarrow Retention Pass, Zarrow Block Addition, Starfish Copper/Silver (in [[CoinMagic]] by Richard Kaufman), Matched Revolvers, Universal Count Grip (which appeared in the September 1995 issue of [[M-U-M]]) and  Zarrow's Revolving Aces. It is believed that Mr. Zarrow was also the first to create a Double and Multiple Buckle.
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Zarrow contributed many routines and sleights to publications including the [[Tarbell Course in Magic]], [[Modern Coin Magic]] and [[The Linking Ring]]
  
Mr. Zarrow contributed many routines and sleights to publications including the [[Tarbell Course]], [[Modern Coin Magic]] and [[The Linking Ring]]
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He created: Herb Zarrow's Switch Change (in Tarbell Seven), Herb Zarrow's Trapeze, Herb Zarrow Retention Pass, Zarrow Block Addition, Starfish Copper/Silver (in [[CoinMagic]] by Richard Kaufman), Matched Revolvers, Universal Count Grip (which appeared in the September 1995 issue of [[M-U-M]]) and  Zarrow's Revolving Aces. It is believed that Mr. Zarrow was also the first to create a Double and Multiple Buckle.
  
Zarrow appeared on the April, 2001 cover of [[The Linking Ring]] after being honored at the 2001 annual [[Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic]] convention for a lifetime of contributions and achievements.  
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Zarrow appeared on the April, 2001 cover of [[The Linking Ring]] after being honored at the 2001 annual [[Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic]] convention for a lifetime of contributions and achievements. <ref>http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=165335</ref><ref>http://www.magictimes.com/archives/2001/2001-04-25-spotlight.htm</ref><ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zarrow_shuffle</ref><ref>Obit [[Genii 2008 July]]</ref><ref>Obit Herald News on May 13, 2008 [http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey/obituary.aspx?n=herbert-g-zarrow&pid=109605575#fbLoggedOut]</ref>
  
 
== Published routines ==
 
== Published routines ==
* Swindle Mate -  Epilogue - July 1974.
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* Swindle Mate -  [[Epilogue]] - July 1974.
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* Matched Revolvers - [[Linking Ring]] July 1977
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* Swivel Round-About - [[Apocalypse]] June 1980
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* Starfish Copper/Silver -  [[CoinMagic]] by [[Richard Kaufman]] (1981)
 
* Universal Count Grip  - [[M-U-M]] September 1995
 
* Universal Count Grip  - [[M-U-M]] September 1995
* MATCHED REVOLVERS - Linking Ring July 1977
 
* Starfish Copper/Silver -  [[CoinMagic]] by Richard Kaufman
 
* Swivel Round-About -  Apocalypse June 1980
 
  
 
== Honors and Awards ==
 
== Honors and Awards ==
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* [[Academy of Magical Arts]]: Creative Fellowship Award
 
* [[Academy of Magical Arts]]: Creative Fellowship Award
 
* The [[Magic Castle]]: Honorary Life Member
 
* The [[Magic Castle]]: Honorary Life Member
* 2001 Guest Of Honor at [[Fechter's Finger flicking Frolic]]
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* 2001 Guest Of Honor at [[Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic]]
 
* Cover of [[The Linking Ring]] (April 2001)
 
* Cover of [[The Linking Ring]] (April 2001)
 
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
*http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=165335
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Revision as of 10:34, 5 August 2012

Herb Zarrow (1925-2008) was an American magician, who was influential in the profession for his inventions of unique sleight of hand and card tricks. His skills are held in the highest regard in professional magicians' circles.

Herb Zarrow
BornHerbert G. Zarrow
November 04, 1925
Paterson, New Jersey
DiedMay 11, 2008 (age 82)

Zarrow credited Dai Vernon for changing his outlook on magic which was described in The Vernon Chronicles, Vol. 3.

He is most noted for his Zarrow Shuffle which he originally called "Full Deck False Shuffle" around 1940 and eventually published it in 1957 in Phoenix magazine. This sleight has been called one of the best card discoveries of the 20th century. Persi Diaconis in his introduction to Dai Vernon's Revelations wrote: "Zarrow's shuffle may very well be the single most important practical card move invented since Erdnase." The Shuffle and it's history were the cover story of the Genii 2008 February issue.


Zarrow contributed many routines and sleights to publications including the Tarbell Course in Magic, Modern Coin Magic and The Linking Ring

He created: Herb Zarrow's Switch Change (in Tarbell Seven), Herb Zarrow's Trapeze, Herb Zarrow Retention Pass, Zarrow Block Addition, Starfish Copper/Silver (in CoinMagic by Richard Kaufman), Matched Revolvers, Universal Count Grip (which appeared in the September 1995 issue of M-U-M) and Zarrow's Revolving Aces. It is believed that Mr. Zarrow was also the first to create a Double and Multiple Buckle.

Zarrow appeared on the April, 2001 cover of The Linking Ring after being honored at the 2001 annual Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic convention for a lifetime of contributions and achievements. [1][2][3][4][5]

Published routines

Honors and Awards

References

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  1. http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=165335
  2. http://www.magictimes.com/archives/2001/2001-04-25-spotlight.htm
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zarrow_shuffle
  4. Obit Genii 2008 July
  5. Obit Herald News on May 13, 2008 [1]
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