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reed kammerer
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My first magic set was mystic magic and first books..Tarbell. I think others my age got started in magic the same way. I'm 76 how many of you got this same start.
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Oops...it was mysto magic sets
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My Tarbell set is EZ Magic and only goes through volume 7 plus the "Companion," which I think I bought later. I'd best go track down a volume 8 and the other extra books.

-Philip
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My Tarbell books are tie together with shoes laces. Smile
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The Tarbell collection is a great addition to any library collection. Teaches all kinds of magic.
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First magic book I ever bought was Tarbell Course Vol 8 in the early 70's. Learned so much from that book I suggest it to anyone just learning. Still have it in near mint condition.
It's An Illusion Unless I Can't Fix It Then It's A Reality.
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I have the original lessons and am studing to learn the basics.
I bought 2 sets from library.com and got another somewhere else that I have forgotten. but the 60th lesson is broken up into parts a, b, c and d thou. and I also bought the last addon lesson too. after I study these I will look for the other tarbell stuff others have written. on illusion I see in lesson 58, phantom of the circus. I would like to see it done but get nothing on a youtube search, is it also called something else? I read that sometimes people will change it to fit their act and might rename it. been trying to find the person that based their routine on tarbells lessons but his stage name only turns up clips from old movies.
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You are not likely to find a Youtube Video of The Phantom of the Circus as written by Tarbell in 1927. However, the writing is very clear, there are detailed plans on how to build the illusion and how to stage it. You ought to be able to "see" it just by reading the description. It might help if you close your eyes and have someone else read it aloud to you. Then you may be able to "see" it in your mind.
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On Jun 17, 2014, jimgerrish wrote:
You are not likely to find a Youtube Video of The Phantom of the Circus as written by Tarbell in 1927. However, the writing is very clear, there are detailed plans on how to build the illusion and how to stage it. You ought to be able to "see" it just by reading the description. It might help if you close your eyes and have someone else read it aloud to you. Then you may be able to "see" it in your mind.


that's what I was thinking.
but someone is doing the tarbell course on youtube. I forget what they are calling it, but they are still on card tricks now
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Cblake, are you refering to Magic Cover to Cover? If you are, touche, I love that show and the magician that brings the performances to life. Thank you for reminding me of that!

David
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On Jun 17, 2014, David Martin wrote:
Cblake, are you refering to Magic Cover to Cover? If you are, touche, I love that show and the magician that brings the performances to life. Thank you for reminding me of that!

David


I forget the name but that sounds right. they are going thru the book from cover to cover.
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Tarbell 23: Magic With Coins is being offered for almost nothing on the Penguin. Sounds like a really classic library to have.
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I am relatively new to Magic Café and have not been able to flip through all of the amazing amount of information that is available to its members. Nevertheless, after searching using multiple keywords I cannot find any relevant thread about Tarbell´s Course in Magic and effects which are useful/successful for kids´ audiences. Card tricks are generally to boring for young people to understand or care; we magicians tend to avoid them when performing for kids. Below is an example of an effect from Tarbell that works well for children of up to ten years of age.

For over twenty five years, I have performed a couple hundred times an effect which appears on page 284 of the first volume of Tarbell´s Course (on the ninth printing of the first edition - 1971). It was originally called "The Devil´s Letter". As indicated below, I modified it slightly to be used for a children´s audience.

A boy and a girl are called up front. The girl is handed a cloth purse, which she examines and states to be empty. She is asked to hang it from her shoulder and guard it closely. The boy assistant is asked to freely select a card from a Jumbo deck. A four of hearts is forced. Four black cards are then separated by the magician from the deck. The boy is asked to place his card between the fanned four cards. The magician cannot see the card´s faces; only the backs. After closing the fan of five cards, the forced card is secretly moved towards the back. The cards are counted one by one and placed "on the back" of group of cards. In reality, the magician bends the back card (4 of hearts) slightly to allow for the incoming already counted cards to be placed in front. That is fourth from front to back of the group of five cards. After the four cards are counted, the last one is not exposed, and remains on the back. Thus, the chosen card "disappears".

The magical words are pronounced and the bicycle horn is honked to make the card "appear on the girl´s purse. After a lot of searching, repetition of the magic words and honking, the card fails to appear inside the purse. The magician states that he gives up and excuses himself for an effect failing. He argues that on rare ocassions, "Raton Perez" (literal for "Perez mouse". The o and first e are accented. Accents were ommitted here.) fails to help with execution of magic effects, because he is too busy. A polite complaint message is then sent to "Raton Perez", which is the mythical character that brings money to kids each time one of their teeth falls off. It is an animal version of the Tooth Fairy, which traditionally operates in Spanish-speaking countries.

An envelope with an internal division helps to magically produce a rapid delivery of the message to the mouse. Seconds after waving (and honking) the envelope with the message, a "formal" letter arrives. It is written in Spanish, on special orange letter-head with a large molar which can be seen by the audience. The mouse offers an explanation for not having done his part in the effect. He apologises and states that to make things better he sends the chosen card along with the letter. After reading the text of the letter, the card is revealed to the audience and assistants. Its upper left and lower right corners are concealed by the magician´s fingers. Thus, the audience can count the number of pips. That is five hearts. After counting them out loud, and noting that the card is not the right one (the magician´s powers fail again...!), the middle pip is magically removed after saying the magic words and blowing the horn.

I would appreciate comments and suggestions on other tricks from the Tarbell Course in Magic which have been adapted for junior audiences.

Cordially yours, from Bogota, Colombia,

Alberto Lobo-Guerrero, "Mago Tato"
ageo@logemin.com
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My previous post was placed on what I considered to be a suitable location. It is also relevant for The Little Darlings, and I will refer to it on one of its forums too.
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