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Russ Barnhart

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Russ Barnhart
BornRussell Tewksbury Barnhart
August 20, 1926
Chicago, Illinois
DiedSeptember 14, 2003 (age 77)
Jamaica, New York

Russell T. Barnhart (August 20, 1926 - September 14, 2003), born in Chicago, Illinois, was an amateur magician and gambling export. His advanced card works have appeared in the Tarbell Course in Magic Vol. 7, as well as in books by Ed Marlo and Harry Lorayne.


After server in the Navy during World War II, Barnhart graduated from Princeton University and taught French and Spanish in Connecticut. After living abroad for several years, he made his home in New York City around 1960.

His contributions to magic can be seen in Harry Lorayne's Reputation-Makers, Rim Shots, Best Of Friends, Vol. 2 and Apocalypse magazine. Also in Edward Marlo's Off the Top and The Unexpected Card Book, Genii magazine and CardMagic by Richard Kaufman.

Barnhart was honored by the Institute of Gaming and Commercial Gambling at the University of Nevada in Reno, to which donated his gambling library.

He died at the New York State Veterans' Home in Jamaica, New York from complications of progressive dementia.[1][2]

The book he was working on before getting ill,"Dens of Iniquity - A Life Among Gamblers, Cheaters and Theives", was never published.[3]


  • Two Second Deals (1974)
  • The Master Palm (1975).
  • Casino Gambling Why You Win Why You Lose (1978)
  • Gamblers of Yesterday (1982)
  • Beating The Wheel (1992)

As Translator:

  • The Stealing Machine by Eugène Villiod (1977)
  • How They Cheat You at Cards by Eugène Villiod (1979)
  • Crooks, Con Men, and Cheats by Eugène Villiod (1980)


  2. Obit Genii 2003 November