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 Post subject: Tarbell: Original lessons or courses 1-8?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:12 pm 
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Hey everyone, im very interested in purchasing the tarbell books, but i do not know weather i should be getting volumes 1-8 (http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S11877) or the all-in-one hardbound version offered here at penguin. (http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/2492) ay information can help greatly!


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 Post subject: Re: Tarbell: Original lessons or courses 1-8?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:51 pm 
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Unless I'm mistaken the material in both the book and the sets is identical. In which case it's just up to you which format you would rather have. I personally have the 8 volume set, but I got it long before the compilation was available.

I'm thinking of buying the compilation. It could be handy having all that WONDERFUL stuff in one volume.

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 Post subject: Re: Tarbell: Original lessons or courses 1-8?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:51 am 
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No, they are not identical. The "all in one" is a bound copy of the sixty mail order lessons from 1928.

The Tarbell Course books were published in 7 volumes starting in 1941. The first five covered the original 1928 course, reformatted and edited into categories for book form. Vol 7 came many years later (1972) and was compiled by Harry Lorayne. You'll even find a submission in there from a young David Copperfield. Vol 8 was described as a "Graduate Course" and was published in 1993.

As a collector, the original mail order set is an interesting addition to any library. But, the 8 volume set of books is far larger and covers more material than the original course.

Go with the 8 volume set.

http://geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Tar ... e_in_Magic


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 Post subject: Re: Tarbell: Original lessons or courses 1-8?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:08 pm 
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Wow! OK thanks a bunch! I'm super excited for this. i have another question though. this is my third year of conjuring, and I'm doing this in a n attempt to be able to learn new magic on a regular steady basis, I am planning to learn about two lessons from Tarbell per week until i finish the whole 8 volumes, is this a good plan? if not, what would you recommend?


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 Post subject: Re: Tarbell: Original lessons or courses 1-8?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:48 am 
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truthfully, no it's not good. Figure out where your interests are in magic, coin, cards whatever. Then learn a few effects VERY WELL, in fact get them faultlessly. Then perform. You can do some thing with excellence but if you try all 8 volumes you will have all effects poorly.


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 Post subject: Re: Tarbell: Original lessons or courses 1-8?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:45 am 
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I agree with Paddy, that's just too much magic to try and perform. I did READ all 8 books, but I didn't try to master all of the effects. It's better to perform a half dozen effects really well than it is to do a hundred half heartedly. I say, read the volumes, pick 6-8 effects you really like, spend a LOT of time working on those effects, and then slowly add more over the years if you want.

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 Post subject: Re: Tarbell: Original lessons or courses 1-8?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:31 pm 
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Oh, yea, that was pretty much the plan, I'm in a cast right now, and I've been working on my street routine, when I'm done I'm going to go test it out and hopefully get a summer gig at a restaurant or something, but what i want to do is continue to educate myself in magic, i also like to have the occasional effect that i can play around with for a day, perform for a week at school, and then probably never touch it again. i figure this would be good for an all around general knowledge of magic, which is what I'm after.


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