OK. This one is a bit more basic than some of the other lessons for those of us more advanced or
studied performers. However for you guys/gals that don't do Sponge Ball work or Cups and Balls this
will be a great primer. And some of us in the know will probably pick up a thing or two from Dan's
performance. That is what is really the most important part in this lesson. I actually got
involved in Dan's performance so much that I missed a lot of Dan's steals with the Sponge Balls.
That was a nice surprise for me. He had a very compelling and fun performance. I also got a nice
new addition for an opening sequence for Sponges so that is another bonus. All in all this is a
great lesson and you will learn some very good routines if you don't have much experience with ball
routines. As always have fun. :)
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This is ok for the price, its has nice routines to own, but its basically all the stuff most people
already know. Dan Harlan's routine is great, but I'm not planning to use it. You might! I recommend
buying it if you are new to ball magic.
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Though Dan's routines are terrific as always, those routines are not what is described in Tarbell.
This is especially true of the cups and balls routine. Dan does a standard C&B routine. However,
Tarbell describes something very different, using sponge balls (cut-up bath sponges), which are
central to the handlings described in Tarbell. I was disappointed, as I was hoping t see what that
old and different routine looked like on video.
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In this lesson I´ve found a motivation to practice properly some of the basic moves...and a lot of
very good ideas how to spice up my cups and balls routines. Great lesson!
Solid routines for an impromptu cups and balls, basic sponge ball routine, and object under a hat --
with sponge balls under that first like a Benson bowl routine. There's another routine at the end,
but only the final load handling is useful for that one. I says this is thin, because relative to
later lessons, this is short, with not a lot of magic and what is there is very basic. Dan often
adds more than he does in this lesson.
The video explains the use to cups and balls and sponge balls very clearly. Also shows you how to
perform so that the effects are successful.
To be honest Ban Harlan’s performance style is not cup of tea BUT his teaching is always excellent.
These Tarbell courses are not for advanced magicians. If you’re advanced, especially in the area of
teaching you probably know a large portion of the info. Dan does give some performance tips and if
you’ve not ever done the type of magic being taught they are great introductions.
particular video gives a good intro routine for cups and balls without a wand needed, some sponge
ball routines and a paper ball routine. So you don’t learn “tricks” you learn some usable material.
It's a great instructional as always from Dan, while the routines seem basic and will help beginners
it will add to those that are not beginners and will be adding this to my routines.
I like this lesson a lot.
As a beginner, I find that the whole lesson is very well explained !
Thanks very much Dan Harlan
Enjoyed this lesson but liked best the section is with the sponges! Check this out, if only for