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1.
To suddenly disappear. Derives from the 1933 classic sci fi film, The Invisible Man, in which actor Claude Rains played the title character.
Pull a Claude Rains:

Purchaser One: I bought a condo, but then the developer pulled a Claude Rains and I ended up losing my shirt!

Purchaser Two: Bummer!
by regnadkcin November 14, 2010