If you ever wanted to perform a grand illusion like those seen on television or on the Las Vegas
stage, then this lesson is for you. Unlike the rest of Penguin Tarbell series, the title of Lesson
90 includes Dan Harlan’s name, giving proper credit to the host for his masterwork in redesigning
Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed learning how these effects are done,
even though I will never saw someone in half or drive a bed of spikes through their body (so chill
For those with higher aspirations, Mr Harlan does an excellent
job in showing you how to build these illusions on a budget, with an eye as always, towards mobility
and transport. The explanations not only detail HOW to do something but WHY, along with helpful
tips, including places to buy specialized parts and equipment. This information is worthwhile to
anyone who uses stage props so don’t discard this lesson just because you never plan to perform “The
Sword Box” or “Girl in the Trunk.”
As a final note, all these illusions require two
assistants and sometimes three so they cannot be done solo.
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I don’t often post reviews, many reasons but the main one is I’m a working pro and I don’t have
enough time, BUT on this occasion, I have to... DAN HARLEN knocked right out the ballpark with this
one; Dan has done a fantastic job bringing the Tarbell books to life in this series and more
importantly taking the old classics and birthing new life into them for modern audiences, but this
episode 90 is DAN HARLEN at his best. I LOVE IT and so will you if you have never looked at the
Tarbell series before this is the one that will change your mind for sure. So give it a try you
won’t be disappointed...
Dan delivers 5 times the cost of this download. For $20, these stage illusions are the best you'll
ever see. Exquisitely detailed and performed by the Master himself.
Even for somebody like me, who is not into doing big illusions, this was a great lesson. You not
only learn the secrets but also the thinking of Dan Harlan when he updates and simplifies these
The title of my review says it all!!!
These are great illusions so well explained and
constructed that you will want to perform them!
I enjoyed the illusions shown, but as they are stage illusions I don't see myself using any of the
material and the building of them I believe would exceed my skill set. It was well worth the price
to see how they worked and were built.
Dan has outdone himself! I always enjoy Dan's illusion lessons because they focus on being practical
for any size stage and for (almost) any budget. But even those with no interest in stage illusions
can find valuable insights as Dan explains the secret, the construction, his thought process, and
staging tips (for a VERY small stage, too).
In this lesson Dan infuses some very tired
illusions with new life. His complete remake of the old sawing illusion is worth ten times the price
of this lesson by itself. Best of all, he has built these for a few hundred dollars each, making
them practical for a local holiday show or similar small venue.
If you have any interest in
illusion, stagecraft, theming, or just want some inspiration on how to rethink a dusty old effect,
this lesson is for you.
I love it. the Tarbell 90 illusion was one of the best. Dan Harlan Has out done it again, his
Tarbell courses is great.
These are big illusions, but they don't require big wallets. The upright sawed-in-half illusion
looks good and is surprisingly affordable.
The explanations are much better than Harlan
Tarbell's. I suspect he didn't have much experience with these tricks.
There is some
cutting away to long-shots during the performances that I didn't like. This is supposed to be
educational. Let me see if there are potential weaknesses in the tricks.
Great course, however we really need a material list and dimensions in a PDF for easy access.