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BornRobert Talmage Crabb III
October 7, 1945
Patauxent River Naval Station, Maryland
DiedApril 18, 2011 (age 65)
CategoriesBooks by Tabman

Tabman (1945-2011), aka Tabby Crabb, a woodworker who made leather and later Mali covered close up magic tables used by magicians around the world.


Tabby Crabb (aka Tabman) discovered he had a talent for magical woodwork when he was just a kid and went on to popularize the Tabman Tables, classy leather and later Mali covered close up magic tables used by magicians around the world. Additionally Tabman had agreements with Eric Lewis and T A Waters and at other times worked with Scotty York and Jeff Busby making and selling top quality magic.

Crabb grew up in Americus, Georgia graduated from Americus High School in 1963, and from Georgia Southwestern College with a degree in political science.

Crabb got his nickname from Pete Biro on MAGIC! the original magicians only online forum long before the internet became a useful too. Pete put Tabman on the I.B.M. Convention Committee for five years as Hotel Shows Director and also introduced him to Paul Kozak, who along with Amazing Johnathan, hired Tabman to build a show and move to Las Vegas to work with them. Tabman also toured comedy clubs with Kozak the Magician as his onstage sidekick, Mr. Crabb, the 1000 year old magician.

Crabb was drawn to music at an early age and was a gifted musician. He played in several local bands, moved to Houston, Texas, where he was a member of the original Urban Cowboy Band at Gilley’s and was an extra in the Urban Cowboy movie.

He pursued an individual music career and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he built a recording studio, Flatwood Studio in Lebanon, Tennessee.

He founded Tabman Magic, in which he built props and illusions for magicians all over the world. Crabb built magic under the El Tab brand having sold the rights to the Tabman Tables and other holdings of Tabman USA.

He was a member of a USO Tour in Vietnam, made videos, loved trains, photography and boating.

He authored two books about his hometown Americus and a book on his music career, "Music River of Life."