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Parrish's Telepathic Drawings: A drawing duplication routine that uses ungimmicked clipboards to secretly get a peek.

Sterling-Tarbell Astrological Mindreading Act: An incredibly clever method to obtain and reveal all kinds of information. This routine could be converted into an entire mind reading act.

Sydnery Bergson's Thought Anticipation: Impossibly divine a thought of listing from an ungimmicked book.

Royal Message Reading: A quick, easy way to glimpse written information trapped between two cards.

Sid Lorraine's Dictionary Message Reading: A direct method to know any word chosen from a pocket dictionary.

Tarbell "Wrapped Card" Message Reading: You'll learn how to see what's written on a card completely wrapped in a piece of paper.

Long Strip Billet Reading: A variation to center tear a long strip of paper.

Gerald Kosky's Prediction: Add a number prediction using a post-it note pad.

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And the beat goes on--another excellent chapter Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 15th, 2017
The Penguin Tarbell lectures taught by Dan Harlan are some of the best values in magic today. This one essentially gives you some routines that use mentalism utility moves. You are not just getting eight routines. You are also getting tools for your toolbox that you will use all the time. And, as predictable as the sun's rising in the East, Dan beautifully updates and teaches everything.

For experienced practitioners of the art, a lot of this will be familiar. (If you haven't seen it before, though, the c*** used in Bergson's Thought Association is a killer, just great.) But I hadn't seen the unusual and useful Royal Message Reading or Wrapped Card Message Reading before, and they are excellent. Also, Dan gives a justification for tearing up a billet in anticipation of the CT that is creative and cool. Super work as always by one of the best teachers of magic in the business...

If you do or want to do mentalism, here's my advice to you: Get any the Harlan/Tarbell mentalism lecture. You won't spend a lot of money, but if you pay attention to Dan and practice what he teaches, you'll not only learn mentalism, but you'll become an exceptional mentalist.
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What’s with the profanity, drugs and insult? Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 22nd, 2017
Mind reading Mysteries Part 1 buries excellent methods beneath ponderous, profanity-laced performances. Buy this lesson for the principles and pitch the presentations. Presenter Dan Harlan’s teaching is excellent - the performances - not so much.

Profanity is inappropriate in a video aimed at a worldwide audience of all ages. It’s unnecessary here since the outbursts (2:41 and 1:06:06) are not germane and the audience includes children. Mr Harlan also “jokes” about misusing medication (2:28), disconcerting given the current epidemic of prescription abuse. He later mockingly insults a spectator by telling him to “shut up” after baiting the crowd to participate, sad because Dan always makes a big deal about respecting his audience.

As for the principles, most seem more suited as “quick tricks” or as elements of larger presentations, rather than as standalone performances.

Parrish's Telepathic Drawings is a modernized slate trick. It’s a great principle bogged down by a needlessly complicated presentation. This could be done almost impromptu with great impact but is dragged out for 7 minutes. The helper is asked to draw a picture based on a book of 3,000 corporate logos! Mr Harlan drones on about these boring designs and the participant twice looks at the voluminous volume before choosing one that Dan will duplicate. Listening to Mr Harlan discuss tiny logos and then watching someone leaf through a book is hardly entertaining.

The Sterling-Tarbell Astrological Mindreading Act runs 19:30 (including Dan’s booty shake). It features an awesome switching envelope with a clear front. The trick is designed for a big audience. It involves handing out two sets of cards – one for information to be predicted and another assigning a number to each person. The two-card method is confusing with only four people involved (though this is tied to the method). It probably works better if you randomly draw a dozen predictions out of a jar and need the numbers to keep track of who hasn’t been called. The envelope is an outstanding tool.

Sydney Bergson's Thought Anticipation is an updated telephone book test. It employs a devious method and has widespread applications if you need an index.

Royal Message Reading is a 10-minute three-digit prediction set against a poker routine. The presentation is poor since the outcome of the poker games are unrelated to the actual revelation. The prediction is the same no matter how many hands the participant wins or loses. What’s the point of spending almost 10 minutes on something that does not influence the ending? The actual peek is very useful and can be used in card routines.

Sid Lorraine's Dictionary Message Reading is a dictionary test that uses a clever method to reveal a chosen word inscribed on a card.

Tarbell "Wrapped Card" Message Reading shows you how to get an easy peek from a folded piece of paper.

Long Strip Billet Reading is a 7-minute centre tear variant. Mr Harlan plays a crotchety customer service agent and insults an audience member (2:14:38). He muddles the presentation and diminishes the climax by constantly drifting in and out of character. It’s hard to “get into the moment” when Dan constantly drops character.

Gerald Kosky's Prediction is an add-a-number routine using four randomly created 4-digit numbers. The method is daring and can be better utilised for something beyond predicting a meaningless number.
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Best of the Tarbell series so far. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 19th, 2017
Most every Tarbell lecture is worth five stars, but here are eight (8) sure fire mentalist techniques, all different, that will demonstrate your ability to read minds. If you're studying mentalism watch this video. It is that good. Ten thousand stars.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 23rd, 2017
This has lots of ideas, including some great modern updates. Dan Harlan's performances are a treat as well. Most of these are winners. The highlight for me was Thought Anticipation, a book test with an ordinary book, updated with a method I didn't know about.

Negatives: As a spectator I found the 'astrological' mindreading act complicated, but it got a great response from the audience so what do I know. The post-it note pad trick is not a fooler -- I think the audience had a good idea of the method.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 18th, 2017
Nice collection of mental effects, drawing replications, mind reading, predictions, billet work. I wouldn't do all of these effects but the methods you find here can be used in a number of different ways. Another great job by Dan.
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I Love this series!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 18th, 2017
I absolutely loved this video! So many things I can put right into my show! I love the stuff Dan does in this series, giving me so much fodder for creativity! If you haven't subscribed yet, what are you waiting for? It'seems much better than what's on TV these days!
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Tarbell material for the modern age Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 7th, 2017
What's old is new again.
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There is an unbelievable wealth of good information in the Tarbell Course but reading it can often be a dry and difficult endeavor.
I appreciate the time Dan Harlan devoted to interpreting these techniques for this video. Also, bringing them "up to date" to suit our current culture and century adds to the value of this information.
His particular interpretations (handlings) may not suit my style directly but they open up some possibilities I would not have considered.
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Continues to be amazing Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 27th, 2017
76 lessons and still amazing. I continue to learn so much from this course on how to think like a magician. When I first started learning some mentalism in 2009 I would have happily shelled out 50 bucks for this type of content.
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the worst purchase of my life Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 25th, 2017
All the tricks need gimmicks that you have to prepare. And i bet that NOBODY will dedicate SO MUCH TIME in In that huge task (making a big hole in a dictionary, making windows with glue in a paper... you will need a cutter, and 5 assistents... Dan has a very heavy way of presentation of the tricks, he has not timing sense because the tricks are soooooo longgggggg.
So,the tricks are boring, Dan is
insupportable especially when he laughs so falsely.
Realy in this case I feel I want and deserve a refund of my money.
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