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The torn and restored plot is so simple to understand and so visual that it has been a mainstay of magic for as long as there has been paper to tear.

You openly destroy a piece of paper, then restore it to its original condition... or perhaps even change it into something else.

These effects can be done while speaking or silently set to music and they always go over well with audiences of all ages.

In this lesson, Dan will start off with a personal piece about prosperity that lends meaning to his actions and motivates the magic.

Then, you'll see how a different presentation can change the character of a classic and make it feel brand new.

Dan will also show you a slightly more traditional approach to the snowstorm effect that contains a few nice details we think you'll like.

Then you'll learn how creating a simple symbolic attachment allows both you and your spectator to experience a cathartic emotional restoration.

And you'll even learn a super-clean looking way to restore paper that has been thoroughly destroyed by fire.

And finally, we play a little dress-up by making our spectator a fancy new hat... and Dan will show you exactly how to construct this comedy gem.

If you've been looking for visual magic that people love, we're sure you'll find a trick or two in this lesson on Restoring Torn Papers.

Tricks included:
- Chinese Paper Mystery
- Winter-time in China
- Winter-time in China (Tannen)
- Japanese Torn and Restored Napkins
- Hindu Paper Tearing
- Milady’s Parisienne Hat

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Tarbell 17: Torn Papers-A Wonderful Lesson Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 22nd, 2014
I truly enjoyed this lesson. I was jam packed with not only the tricks from this lesson but also a lot of tip and bits from Dan's creative mind as well. I’ll be going through this lesson effect by effect to give you a feel for it.

Chinese Paper Mystery (4/5)

Effect: In Dan’s version a dollar bill is torn and restored.

Notes: The effect is set to a meaningful story that was one of the most entertaining performance of the series so far. Dan’s work allows for the bill to be handed out after the effect! One of my favorites from the lesson.

Winter Time in China (5/5)

Effect: A candle it lit to set the mood for this routine. A rose is destroyed only to be restored in a fluffy of rose peddles.

Notes: Dan updates this routine in every way possible. He teaches his take on the vanishing candle, and paper rose and snowstorm loads. It will take a lot to make this routine happen but it will be worth it because this is one cool routine, Even with Dan’s bad dance moves.

Winter Time in China (Tannen’s) (4/5)


Effect: Similar to the first snowstorm effect. A snowflake it made, torn up and transformed into a paper snow blizzard.

Notes: Dan teaches this effect in good detail. In addition to the effect, Dan teaches how to make a snowstorm load and how to make the perfect paper snowflake. To be honest I really enjoy this explanation.

Chinese Paper Mystery (version 2) (3/5)

Effect: The performer and a volunteer tear up two paper hearts. Both hearts are restored in this heartwarming effect.

Notes: This trick is hybrid of the paper mystery and the Japanese torn and restored napkin.
Dan show us how we can elevate the material in this lesson by giving the things torn up by giving them substance and meaning. This could be a wonderful heartfelt piece.

Hindu Paper Tearing (3/5)

Effect: A dollar bill is set ablaze and from its ashes it is restored.

Notes: I personally don’t like the idea on brining a bill but if you are looking for a dramatic bit this could be for you. The teaching it great just as we would expect.

Milady’s Parisienne Hat (5/5)

Effect: Two sheets of tissue paper are torn up and transformed into a darling hat made to fit a spectator.


Notes: I loved this routine, and Dan teaches you how to make and customize the special something you will need to make this routine leap to life from the pages of Tarbell. I would have purchases this effect as its own download.

Overall magic with restoring torn papers didn't let me down. Dan’s updating of these routines has helped make them magical and in some cases memorable. If you like the sound of this lesson and liked the demo video, I urge you to buy it and give it a try.

~The Magic Of Conrad
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 9th, 2014
Not sure why anyone would be unhappy about this download, especially if you got it for 4.95. This is the first of the Tarbell video series I've purchased, but I will be getting more now. I don't have too much interest in performing many of the tricks (if I'm not doing them out of the book already) covered here, but I just want to watch Harlan perform them. He's very entertaining and does an excellent job with wicked cool new takes on old material. He makes me look at the stuff from a different perspective which should be the goal here I think. If you want the latest packet trick or something, maybe this isn't for you. If you want to be a better magician though, it would be tough to do better for 10 bucks.
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TnR Papers Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 10th, 2014
I really enjoyed learning this form of magic. Enough with Card tricks already. To have something unique like this to add to your shows, you offer something of interest, intrigue and wonder. I can only hope that future Tarbell lessons deal with larger, stage effects.

This lesson is particularly useful if doing stage shows and/or kids shows. I am glad that Dan takes the time to show us the DIY aspects of the paper effects instead of just assuming we will purchase the necessary items to perform.

The only thing I would not do is burn the dollar bill, but that is only a personal preference of mine. If you are going for "shock value", then I'm sure that method is what you will want to do.

The magic performance Dan gives is top notch, the instruction is first rate. As for the dancing … we can't be good at everything. LOL ;)

This is the first Tarbell Lesson I have purchased, and I'm glad I made the investment. I will certainly have less apprehension in the future purchasing more from this series of lessons. Dan is a great teacher.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 26th, 2017
I just bought this for the Hat tear because I got sick and tired of buying them from Online Magic Shops so I thought the teaching was great and well worth the money even for just that one trick>>
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So much bang for your buck!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 29th, 2015
This download is full of not just effects but full routines using either tissue paper or dollar bills... Dan Harlan is an excellent teacher and he pulls certain magic "embellishments" of his own only because back in Tarbell's time they didn't have very good TT's or other effects we may consider to be mainstays in our collections. Fully enjoyable download.
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SNOW STORM Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 22nd, 2014
Great ideas for presenting the classic SNOW STORM effect.
Highly recommended.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 19th, 2014
This is excellent, I really like how you show and then describe each routine. may I add in here Houdini's Paper Magic. I got it free as a download if you can find it. I think it would go great as a companion to the fantastic video.

Thanks so much!!!!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 16th, 2014
All the Tarbell videos are excellent. It is a lot easier learning from a video and seeing what the effect looks like then trying to get it from a book. I especially enjoyed Tarbell 15. All the magic can be easily made by myself from easily acquired materials. All the tricks were good because they were easy to do, most used audience participation, and can be added soon. I will be able to use the torn papers turned into a hat into my children's show and it is good for adult shows too. The burning a dollar and restoring it can be be likewise used in any faith based show without having to make changes in the patter as well as any general audience show. The China snowstorm routines were excellent also for all audiences.
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Paper Magic Excellence! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 15th, 2014
Clever thinking and many magical updates to Tarbell Classics. You will enjoy and benefit from Dan Harlan's creativeness and teaching of these awesome paper effects.
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Tremendous Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 14th, 2014
First of all, kudos to Dan Harlan for his monumental project of producing Harlan Tarbell's 8 volume course in magic to video instruction (or is it 7 volumes?). I only have Chapters 1,2,3,15.

Dan, This will be your legacy. Your interpretation and modernization is superb.

I have all of the Tarbell books. I have not read them cover to cover but instead I use them as an instructional reference. e.g. When I wanted to learn coin magic, I would read and learn those relevant chapter(s). Same with silk magic, cards, etc.

I find Tarbell's courses (books) difficult to follow. First, because of the lack of detail and the archaic instructional terminology used. It was written almost 90 years ago. Many of you probably learned your magic from Tarbell but that was the best resource for many years. I did the same. Well, things have changed.

I compared Tarbell's Chapter 3 (coin sleights) with Dan's Chapter 3. (Note: I was already familiar with some of the sleights, but I did not master all of them).
First, I read Tarbell's instructions and tried to follow along. To me, it seemed almost like quick & dirty lessons. I then watched Dan's interpretation of the same chapter and "Presto", there it was. Clearer, more concise instructions.
I followed the same procedure with Chapter 15 (Torn & Restored) and reached the same conclusion.

I realize that Tarbell's courses are considered the Bible of magic lessons but I feel the lessons are outdated. I'm not talking about the tricks. They are truly 'classics' and are worth studying. I'm referring to the teaching style and terminology used. It's time to move on.


I will be buying more of Dan's courses. Hopefully, I will get them all. I may have to sell my Tarbell books to help pay for it.
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