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Heba Haba Al

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Heba Haba Al (c.1914-1991), born Al Andrucci, was one the fathers of bartending magic.

Heba Haba Al
BornAl Andrucci
circa 1914
DiedFebruary 09, 1991 (age 76)

Al performed throughout the 1960s and into the 1980s and became synonymous with bar magic in Chicago.

Over the years, Al worked at magic bars including the New York Lounge and the Pickel Barrel. For a time, following Word War II, he owned his own bar called Heba Haba's Magic Bar in the Rogers Park Hotel.

His trademark became an effect with a cube of sugar. After, drawing a letter on it with a pencil, he'd drop it into a glass of water. Then having a female spectator place her hand over the glass, she'd find the letter on her palm after the cube dissolved.

At the time of his death he was still working performing at Schulien's in Chicago.[1][2]

References

  1. A Visit With Heba Haba Al - Video (2001)
  2. ACCUMULATIONS--A TRIBUTE TO HEBA HABA AL by Bob Sheets