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Tarbell 79: Escapes & Substitutions (Instant Download) Add drama, danger, and dazzling speed to your show with these routines!
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The Substitution Trunk Mystery:
Dan shows you the now-standard Substitution Trunk (or Metamorphosis), performed differently.

The Canvas Box Escape:
Dan transforms the substitution trunk into a modern, urban mystery with an instantaneous, and unexpected, exchange.

The Royal Packing Box Escape:
You'll learn how to constuct a coffin escape complete with menacing spikes and a shocking ending.

Grant's Packing Box Escape:
Easy to build and perform, this box can be inspected and signed by the whole audience, yet your escape takes only seconds.

Tarbell- Grant Packing Box Escape:
This seemingly straight-forward packing crate escape becomes a weird visible penetration effect explaining how the performer melts right through solid walls.

Fischer-Bamberg Packing Box Escape:
You'll learn the clever secret of an innocent-looking box that still allows you to make a quick escape even though it's securely bound by ropes.

The Paper Bag Escape:
An unusual escape, typically done with a paper bag, is updated to a large, clear, heavy-duty, plastic bag.

The Bonbon Paper Bag Escape:
Dan's modern take on a silly idea becomes a wonderfully stunning showstopper. You'll learn to escape from two trash barrells locked together.

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My favorite Tarbell lesson so far. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 9th, 2017
First I must say that for those of you who don’t like escapology, some of these trick can be considered stage illusions or be modified into them.
Having studied escape secrets for many years I think this is the best description of many of the classic escapes and Dan Harlan has updated and improved them to be made with modern materials and for today’s audiences. Most of the escapes can be made from materials from your local home improvement center and often with minimal cutting and he fully explains where to get the few items required for the other tricks. With Dan's clear instructions almost anyone with minimal carpentry skills should be able to assemble these tricks with just basic tools.
Although I love the “secrets” of escapology I must confess that the part of the video I found most fascinating was Dan’s complete description of workings and making of his wonderful and beautiful drop curtain. I can see how this curtain can be used with many effects involving an appearance, disappearance or quick change and it can be modified to different situations. It is very impressive addition to the performance.
Of course Dan always gives you some of his tips on misdirection, stage and audience management and showmanship. These are not the kind of tricks you can realistically do for you friends in your living room. They are meant for stage or open air performances, but if you have any interest in escapology or stage illusions this is a must have video.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 1st, 2017
very informative worth the money
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Interesting, not mystifying Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 24th, 2017
The best part of this video is the detail that Dan goes into describing how he modified new and current materials for the upgrades. Good video about adapting such effects into an act. Not something that everyone will use unless they're very ambitious and handy with building materials, and do a large stage show format.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 23rd, 2017
Wish he went into the building of the spike escape a lot better but I think I can figure out what I don't feel he explained good enough but let's be honest with our selves if you get one escape out of they many he taught you got way more than what you payed for I'll be building and useing all of them so I can do many shows before I need to repeat any of them I really like the spike the best but the nestling box is second
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I LOVED this one Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 20th, 2017
This was an AWESOME lesson. Dan Harlan has done it again. He is more creative than many others. I wish I was half as creative. I have already decided on two of the illusions from the lesson. In short, ALL of the Tarbell lessons are GREAT! Dan Harlan is a great teacher as well, he explains in an easy to understand way.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 19th, 2017
Dan Harlan has great new ideas to spruce up the old Tarbell collection of escapes. I also like the way he cites both history and credits the contributors. I will be looking in on several more of these Tarbell chapters.
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Boxes, boxes, boxes Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 16th, 2017
Boy, what a lot of work Dan did on this one. About a half dozen boxes, for a change he did help constructing at least two of them, but the rest could have been built in his limited workshop, where his most sophisticated tool is a compound miter saw, using standard size lumber and plywood.

By the way, If you are a member of the S.A.M., you should check out Dan's lecture to Assembly V1.1, which includes a tour of his basement workshop.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 15th, 2017
Howdy. This is probably the best lesson I have ever seen. Dan, great instructions as usual. Thanks, Matt.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2017
If you are good with tools and want to do stage escapes this is for you. For the rest of us this is very entertaining and the knowledge is well worth having.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 9th, 2017
I absolutely loved this lesson. I definitely will be adding one of these to my act. However, the one drawback is you don't get any blueprints. I'm not that good with drawing and I don't want to have to send the full video to a carpenter. A PDF file of blueprints would've been nice to get with this lesson since it relies heavily on precisely built items.
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