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 Another related item is the "​Transparent Egg Bag", which employed a different method (a see-through mesh front with a black backing, and a secret compartment in the back panel concealed by the Black Art principle). This surfaced at least as early as 1923. A version was marketed by Conradi circa 1924 (see a mention of it in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38428/​The+Sphinx/​10|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 23 No. 5, July 1924, p. 158). The trick'​s invention was claimed by the Austrian manipulator,​ Larette; see //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​40679/​Linking+Ring/​82|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 9 No. 7, Sep. 1929, p. 728. Another related item is the "​Transparent Egg Bag", which employed a different method (a see-through mesh front with a black backing, and a secret compartment in the back panel concealed by the Black Art principle). This surfaced at least as early as 1923. A version was marketed by Conradi circa 1924 (see a mention of it in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38428/​The+Sphinx/​10|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 23 No. 5, July 1924, p. 158). The trick'​s invention was claimed by the Austrian manipulator,​ Larette; see //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​40679/​Linking+Ring/​82|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 9 No. 7, Sep. 1929, p. 728.
  
-Robert Harbin ​published ​what we now think of as a clear change bag, constructed from cellophane, ​ under the title "​Visible-Invisible Change Bag" in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​20297/​Abracadabra+Vol+09/​365|Abracadabra]]//,​ Vol. 9, No. 227, June 3, 1950, p. 293. (It is worth mentioning that Harbin'​s version had a feature that is missing from almost all of the later reinventions.) Other than a brief favorable mention in Dariel Fitzkee'​s literary review column in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​36658/​Genii/​22|Genii]]//,​ Vol. 14 No. 12, Aug. 1950, p. 430, the Harbin bag seems to have gone unnoticed. The description from //Abra// was included in a later book compilation,​ //​Habincadabra//,​ 2005, p. 133.+The first clear change bag on the scene wasn't a bag at all; it was a glass fishbowl. It was identical in construction,​ concept and application to the modern clear change bag. The only difference was that instead of flimsy plastic, it was made of hard glass (the clear divider, however, was still a thin plastic sheet). This was the invention of U.F. Grant, and included in his "$500 Letter Reading Test" from //Brain Busters//, 1945, n.p. ("​Trick No. 4"). 
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 +Robert Harbin ​developed the same concept as Grant, applying it to a clear plastic bag, creating ​what we now think of as a clear change bag, constructed from cellophane, ​and published it under the title "​Visible-Invisible Change Bag" in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​20297/​Abracadabra+Vol+09/​365|Abracadabra]]//,​ Vol. 9, No. 227, June 3, 1950, p. 293. (It is worth mentioning that Harbin'​s version had a feature that is missing from almost all of the later reinventions.) Other than a brief favorable mention in Dariel Fitzkee'​s literary review column in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​36658/​Genii/​22|Genii]]//,​ Vol. 14 No. 12, Aug. 1950, p. 430, the Harbin bag seems to have gone unnoticed. The description from //Abra// was included in a later book compilation,​ //​Habincadabra//,​ 2005, p. 133.
  
 In //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​3097/​New+Phoenix/​84|The New Phoenix]]// No. 319, Nov. 1954, p. 85, Jay Marshall writes that "Homer Hulse mentioned a transparent change bag he intends to market."​ There does not appear to be any evidence that he ever did. In //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​3097/​New+Phoenix/​84|The New Phoenix]]// No. 319, Nov. 1954, p. 85, Jay Marshall writes that "Homer Hulse mentioned a transparent change bag he intends to market."​ There does not appear to be any evidence that he ever did.
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 Perhaps the terse ad copy was too oblique, because the prop was still largely unknown when in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​37820/​Linking+Ring/​67|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 41 No. 1, Mar. 1961, p. 67, the "​Transparent Changing Bag" was offered by Adolph H. Humphreys and praised as a useful new idea by Parade editor, Eddie Clever. Perhaps the terse ad copy was too oblique, because the prop was still largely unknown when in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​37820/​Linking+Ring/​67|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 41 No. 1, Mar. 1961, p. 67, the "​Transparent Changing Bag" was offered by Adolph H. Humphreys and praised as a useful new idea by Parade editor, Eddie Clever.
  
-Circa 1960, U. F. Grant marketed a "​Transparent Egg Bag" (credited to Jack Chanin) and a "​Transparent Dove Bag". During that decade, he also  sold a "​Transparent Change-Bag"​. The earliest ad seems to be in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​36946/​Genii/​51|Genii]]//,​ Vol. 31 No. 2, Oct. 1966, p. 99. The ad is for Morcom'​s Enterprises,​ but the title and price of the prop ($3) make it almost surely Grant'​s. It is advertised by Grant in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​36950/​Genii/​5|Genii]]//,​ Vol. 31 No. 6, Feb. 1967, p. 237. Although it is usually referenced as having been released closer to 1960, this is probably due to a conflation of the prior "​transparent"​ bags and this one.+Circa 1960, U. F. Grant came back into the fold a full fifteen years after his original clear change fishbowl and marketed a "​Transparent Egg Bag" (credited to Jack Chanin) and a "​Transparent Dove Bag". During that decade, he also  sold a "​Transparent Change-Bag"​. The earliest ad seems to be in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​36946/​Genii/​51|Genii]]//,​ Vol. 31 No. 2, Oct. 1966, p. 99. The ad is for Morcom'​s Enterprises,​ but the title and price of the prop ($3) make it almost surely Grant'​s. It is advertised by Grant in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​36950/​Genii/​5|Genii]]//,​ Vol. 31 No. 6, Feb. 1967, p. 237. Although it is usually referenced as having been released closer to 1960, this is probably due to a conflation of the prior "​transparent"​ bags and this one.
  
-At any rate, in modern times the credit, when it's given at all, is most often given to Grant, but the correct citation is clearly ​Robert ​Harbin.+At any rate, in modern times the credit, when it's given at all, is most often given to Grant alone, but the true credit belongs ​clearly ​to both Grant and Harbin.
  
 (Above history researched by Max Maven) (Above history researched by Max Maven)
  
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