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
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
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
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
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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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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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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>>
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.
Great ideas for presenting the classic SNOW STORM effect.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I followed the same procedure with Chapter 15 (Torn & Restored) and reached the
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.