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DT5780
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Is it worth purchasing such a set?

Also is a used Set with 1971 printing the same exact book, typeset font, etc as a new set? Or did they change things in the newer ones?
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Having and embracing a Tarbell set is possibly essential to understanding how magic works as a performing art.
It is not a good resource if your objective is to learn a new trick to perform tomorrow.

So, the value of the set is relative to your expectations of reading it. "Worth purchasing" puts monetary price on this investment. No way to answer that.

Your second questions are somewhat confusing. The original set is from the 20's - 30's with later additions. Later publications have mostly been true to the original text.
As to font and readability I cannot say. For me, all books printed today are gray rather than black due to changes in printing methods, So, I would prefer a pre-1950's set.

The material offered in the book has not been changes to accommodate cultural or vocabulary shifts or preferences. That is some of the value of the set.
Many effects will seem "dated" in props, setting or story line. You must use you imagination to translate the essentials of the effect into something astonishing for today's audience.
But, the reading can take you into the "why" of an effect in addition to the "what."

I suggest you get an e-version of Tarbell for $10 and read it from beginning to end. Later you can decide on the value to you of a printed set.
Yes, there is something special in holding a physical book in hand to be laid in the lap while musing on the power of the described effect.
Maybe your library has a copy or a friend to borrow for that part of the experience.

Either way, in the reading you will find a couple of effects that will become staples of your repertoire. Most will just influence your appreciation of magic.
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Thanks for the reply. Do you know where I can find an ebook? Everywhere I’ve seen is only selling physical copies.
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Is it worth purchasing? I think it depends on what you are looking for. When I was growing up, I was told "if it's been done, it's in Tarbell" If you're looking for a specific effect, then I would say to pass on the Tarbell set but if you're building a library or want to add to your existing library, you can't go wrong with the set. It's a great reference. Even the newest tricks on the market can be traced back to something in Tarbell.
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On Sep 6, 2020, DT5780 wrote:
Thanks for the reply. Do you know where I can find an ebook? Everywhere I’ve seen is only selling physical copies.


try
https://www.lybrary.com/tarbell-course-p-34.html
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On Sep 6, 2020, Dave Scribner wrote:
Even the newest tricks on the market can be traced back to something in Tarbell.

That is sooo true! I think Tarbell is often overlooked because a lot of the material looks out of date. Be it the patter, the looks, the structure, even the typing. But when plunging into Tarbell you have to look for the fundamentals and the principles. I'm sure a lot of the contemporary magic creators are keeping the basics of some Tarbell trick while adding a modern twist.
It would beyond a doubt be my set taking to the proverbial deserted island because it first and foremost sparks my imagination. And it is my favourite book(s) while having 5 minutes of spare time. Even toilet time ...
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If you are into general magic, rather than specifically into cards, Tarbell seems to be a valuable resource. If you are only into cards, such as myself, I found it to be of minimal utility in view of the many other fine books and DVDs on card work. However, I must say that Tarbell's discussion of the classic pass is, IMHO, the most unique and effective one I have found. Perhaps there are other hidden gems relating to all areas of magic in there. However, for coins and other types of magic I cannot comment based on experience.
So many sleights...so little time.
Cheers,

Ted
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