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Herb is most noted for his Zarrow Shuffle which he originally called "Full Deck False Shuffle" around 1940. 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
He also invented: 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) , Zarrow's Revolving Aces. Mr. Zarrow was also the first to create a Double and Multiple Buckle.
Mr. Zarrow contributed many routines and sleights to publications including the Tarbell Course, Modern Coin Magic, The Linking Ring which included his award-winning routine "Matched Revolvers" which appeared in the July 1977 issue.
Honors and Awards
- Member Of The Inner Magic Circle
- 1998 Louie Award
- Honorary Life Member of the Society of American Magicians
- Cover of M-U-M
- Academy of Magical Arts: Creative Fellowship Award
- The Magic Castle: Honorary Life Member
- 2001 Guest Of Honor at Fechter's Finger flicking Frolic
- Cover of The Linking Ring (April 2001)