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Bob Haskell

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Bob Haskell

Cover of Genii (Nov. 1936)
BornHaskell Schweidel
January 27, 1914
New York
DiedMarch 1, 1972 (age 58)
San Francisco
CategoriesBooks by Bob Haskell

Robert "Bob" Haskell (1914-1972) worked in San Francisco for the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and as a magician in west coast night clubs. During World War II, he toured with his wife Madelaine.[1]


Haskell played the magician's assistant in the film The Mad Magician in 1954 and appeared on at least 2 episodes of "You Asked For It"

He invented the "Split Deck" and the "X-Salted Shaker" (See Genii 1957 April) in the 1950's, and he may have invented the Appearing Candle. [2]



  1. Cover Genii 1936 November
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 29, No. 7, September 1949, Magic of Haskell, by Merv Taylor, page 20
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 15, No. 5, January 1951, The Society of American Magicians, by Leslie Guest, Robert Haskell, Regional Vice President, West Coast, page 209
  • Cover, The New Tops, Vol. 8, No. 3, March 1968, Cover Portrait… Haskell, page 2
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 90, No. 7, July 2010, PICTURES FROM THE PAST, page 27, Answers to Pictures from the Past, page 63