Last contact was actually with "Kit Haskell" Bob's daughter. She had a batch of Haskell-designed Merv Taylor "hot books" and was trying to sell them.
She lives in N. Calif. but I lost track of her.
Bob did do the Merv Taylor gambling act, and as far as I know, designed it. I still have mine.
He worked in San Francisco for the Pacific Gas and Electric Co., but I don't recall in what department.
Last time I saw him he did the gambling act.
Before that I saw him on an "It's Magic Show," where he had a problem. Since you want to know history, I shall briefly describe that problem.
He was doing the trick where his wife would shoot an arrow through a scattered group of playing cards. Cards that Bob would throw into the air in front of an archery target. She was an expert with bow and arrow.
Anyway, Bob went into the audience and "missed" his Classic Force. He then used the old dodge, "That's your indicator card... push it into the deck to choose your card."
He missed again. And then he missed a third time finally getting the force card on the fourth try.
I was cringing and felt so sorry for him.
Now the irony of this... when he moved the target, his hand went behind it and he switched for a one way deck, so she would actually shoot the arrow into a card and it would be the "chosen" card.
I thought... why didn't he just use a one way force deck in the first place, then there would be no missing, and no need to switch decks????
Oh well... :confused: