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antmills
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Hi,
I'm relatively new to magic and whilst on here found the Opie Houston study guides for The Royal Road & Bobo Coin books which are both a big help for approaching both resources. I was wondering if there has been a similar study guide crested for the Tarbell course to, say, identify the areas that will benefit to learn first, or is the recommendation to just start at Chapter 1 and work your way through? (Ie it's already organised like that)

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I believe that you have answered your own question.

Have fun!

Cheers! Smile
Stanyon

aka Steve Taylor

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...and remember not to mail it in, Smile
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On Aug 22, 2014, Stanyon wrote:
I believe that you have answered your own question.

Have fun!

Cheers! Smile

That's what I thought, Thanks for the confirmation Smile

Ant
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Dear Ant (if I may use your 'first' name!!!

Just remember that Doc was a "lecture" magician. --He was often booked by groups like the American Association of University Women. His wss not a humorous type of presentation! --At least not to my knowledge. I never saw him do a public show, but only saw him at a magic club meeting, and an IBM convention.

In the late '40s, he did book himself into the OPERA HOUSE in Chicago. I think he "four walled" it. Tickets compared to Harry Blackstone Sr.'s prices. Doc carried in a couple suitcases and the Eclipse Illusion. He borrowed a "kitchen" table from the house prop room. Harry B. brought a railroad box car full, plus a "corps" of assistants. If I get a chance, I'll dig up the "CONJUROR'S MAGAZINE" article on the Opera House show, and send it to you.

His "patter", by today's standards, is ARCHAIC. Read it to get a "picture" of how he worked. Then, FORGET IT!!!

His explanations of basic principles are well illustrated. (HE did the illustrations.) How valuable is the course? Well, when Karrell Fox died, he had sold his entire library EXCEPT his Tarbell books, and his Harold Rice Silk Encyclopedias. I plan to do the same. I don't know any pro. who will consider selling his copies!!!

Doc was a "naturopathic physician". He was also a nudist. He booked and played many of the nudist colonies along the southern shores of Lake Michigan. Magicians would ask him: "Doc! Where do you pin your pull for tha vanishing silk?" --Just thought I would toss in a bit of humor!
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Antmills, there is a Study Guide for the Tarbell Course, It is THE TARBELL STUDY GUIDE written and illustrated by Harlan Tarbell and edited by Steve Burton.
Published in 1995 By Steve Burton Magic, P.O. Box 238, Cypress, Texas, 77429-0238.
You might try Tannan's Magic. It might be easier to just start with vollume 1 and go for it.
Hope this helps.
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Antmills... good luck with your studies!

Dick... I really enjoyed your comments regarding Doc... fascinating. I hope that you can find the article from "CONJUROR'S MAGAZINE." If so post it here or please send me a copy too.

Thanks,
Bruce
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Hi Bruce! I hope to go out to my storage facility in the next few days.
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Thank you all for some very interesting and insightful responses.

Kbuck54,
Thanks for the info, I'll have a hunt and see if I can track a copy down. In the meantime though I am going to just start at the beginning (a very good place to start as they say)

Dick (if I may also Smile )
Thank you again for a hugely informative post. Even though I'm just starting out its nice to hear stories and anecdotes like this. Every art has its history and very few as interesting as that of magic. If you do dig up a copy of the article I would love to see a copy, thank you again.

Ant
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Dick... I look forward to seeing what you find; no pressure on my end to find it. I understand looking for stuff in storage... LOL. Good luck!

Bruce
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