Cover of Sphinx (July 1908)
|Born||Edward A. Parsons|
November 2, 1849
|Died||January 5, 1929 (age 79) |
New Haven, Connecticut
Henry Hardin (1849-1929), born Edward A. Parsons, was a musician and music teacher by profession in New Haven, Connecticut.
He is credited with inventing the Princess Card Trick in 1903 ). Other effects were described in a special issue of the Jinx No. 97, June 15, 1940, in which there is a biography written by Ted Annemann with the help of Rudolph Reimer. He also has a few effects in Tarbell Course in Magic books.
Hardin may also have been the very first to discover the fact that a card might be concealed in the top of a trousers' pocket when it was pulled out to show its emptiness, which he published in his "THE APPEARING CARD IN THE POCKET" manuscript. As Bart Whaley writes: "Henry Hardin popularized Stanyon's Top-of-Pocket Dodge in 1905.", it will be interesting to date Hardin's manuscript 
He invented many other tricks and became a dealer in New Haven as "Henry Hardin & Co". He was SAM member number 91.
- Memorandum of Magic (1907)
- ↑ HENRY HARDIN, "THE PRINCE OF IDEAS" John Henry Grossman, Magicol No. 92 (August 1989) & Mahatma, Vol. 3, no. 1, July 1899, page 261, The Trick of Enchantment
- ↑ Ad in Mahatma, 1903 December, page 68 & Ellis Stanyon's description in Stanyon's Magic, Vol. 5, No. 10, July 1905, page 79.
- ↑ Ellis Stanyon described this in Stanyon's Magic, Vol. 4, No. 1, November 1903, page 20 without attribution
- The Sphinx, Vol. 27, No. 11, January 1929, Personal Mention – Prof. E. A. Parson passed away, page 516
- Henry Hardin, Creator of Destined Magic in The Jinx, No. 97, June 15, 1940, page 595-600
- The Conjuror’s Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 8, September 1945, Henry Hardin and His Magical Memoranda, page 22
- M-U-M, Vol. 77, No. 6, November 1987, Ask the Doctor, by John Henry Grossman – Henry Hardin, page 16