Tarbell Course in Magic
On-line index compiled by Dennis Michael; Edited by Phineas Spellbinder

Lessons in Volume 1

1. History of Magic 10. Effective Card Mysteries
2. Magic as a Science 11. Impromptu Card Mysteries
3. Sleight of Hand With Coins 12. Mental Card Mysteries
4. Coin Tricks 13. Card Sleights
5. More Coin Tricks 14. Novel Card Mysteries
6. The Thumb Tip 15. Restoring Torn Papers
7. Impromptu Tricks 16. Rope & Tape Principle
8. Ball Tricks 17. Handkerchief Tricks
9. Mathematical Mysteries 18. Knotty Silks
  19. Eggs and Silks

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Lesson # - Page # Brief Description Category 1 Category 2 Inventor
History of Magic  
Lesson-01-21 History of Magic      
Lesson-01-21 Magicians in the Bible, Zoroaster, Merlin, Alchemy, etc.      
Magic as a Science  
Lesson-02-45 Magic as a Science. (Principles of magic)      
Lesson-02-45 Professional Attitude, performing, practicing, misdirection, etc.      
Sleight of Hand With Coins  
Lesson-03-64 Sleight of Hand with Coins (Palms, Holds, Vanishes, Aquitments) Coin    
Lesson-03-64 Palming Used in Coin Sleights Coin    
Lesson-03-67 Holds Used in Coin Sleights Coin    
Lesson-03-68 Manipulative Methods for Vanishing a Coin Coin    
Lesson-03-74 Tarbell's Improved Le Tourniquet Vanish Coin   Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-03-74 Le Paul's Improved Le Tourniquet Vanish Coin   Paul LePaul
Lesson-03-77 Berg's Thumb Coin Vanish Coin   Joe Berg
Lesson-03-82 To Get Rid of a Coin After Vanishing It in Hand Coin    
Coin Tricks  
Lesson-04-85 Coin Tricks      
Lesson-04-85 The Dissolving Coin: A marked coin vanishes when dropped in water glass. Coin    
Lesson-04-88 Vanishing Coin in Handkerchief: A coin vanishes under a handkerchief Coin    
Lesson-04-90 Coin through Handkerchief: a coin penetrates a handkerchief Coin    
Lesson-04-92 Copper Or Silver Penetration: Two coins wrapped in a handkerchief, selected coin penetrates Coin    
Lesson-04-94 Pencil Coin Vanish and Reappearance. Coin vanishes and reappears using pencil wand Coin   James Herpick
More Coin Tricks  
Lesson-05-97 More Coin Tricks      
Lesson-05-97 Joe Berg's Miracle Coin Vanish: Coins wrapped in a handkerchief vanishes and reappears Coin   Joe Berg
Lesson-05-100 Coin, Envelope, and Handkerchief: Marked coin transposes from envelope to knotted handkerchief Coin    
Lesson-05-103 Vanishing a Coin by Wrapping It In a Piece Of Paper Coin    
Lesson-05-105 Homing Coins: A money tray miracle. Coin   David Devante
Lesson-05-111 Invisible Money Transit: As above Coin    
Lesson-05-115 Multiplying Money Tray Coin    
The Thumb Tip  
Lesson-06-118 The Thumb Tip      
Lesson-06-118 Mystery of The Burning Cigarette: Lit cigarette dropped in handkerchief without harm. Thumb Tip    
Lesson-06-121 The Asbestos Palm: Lit cigarette vanishes in magician's hand Thumb Tip    
Lesson-06-122 Burning a Borrowed Handkerchief: Borrowed handkerchief is set on fire and yet remains undamaged. Thumb Tip    
Lesson-06-125 Enchanted Paper: lit paper. Thumb Tip    
Lesson-06-128 A Comedy Interlude Thumb Tip    
Lesson-06-129 The Passe - Passe Salt: Salt disappears from left hand, poured from right Thumb Tip    
Impromptu Tricks  
Lesson-07-131 Impromptu Tricks      
Lesson-07-131 The Penetrating Ring: rubber band trick Impromptu    
Lesson-07-134 The Jumping Rubber Band: A rubber band jumps from fingers to fingers Impromptu   Theo Bamberg
Lesson-07-137 Metal Ring on a String: Solid ring removed from string whose ends are in full view Impromptu Rope  
Lesson-07-140 Patriotic Rings and String: Selected color ring is removed from rope Impromptu Rope  
Lesson-07-143 Penetrative Cigar Band: Cigar band removed from rope Impromptu   Russ Walsh
Lesson-07-144 Vanishing Ring on String: 'Ring' of string is eliminated by magician after spectator fails Impromptu Rope  
Lesson-07-145 Kellar's Cut and Restored Cord: 30' wrapping cord cut and restored Impromptu Rope Harry Kellar
Lesson-07-149 Comedy Version of Germain Cord Effect: Impromptu Rope Karl Germain
Lesson-07-152 An Impromptu Cut And Restored Cord Effect Impromptu Rope  
Ball Tricks  
Lesson-08-157 Ball Tricks Balls    
Lesson-08-157 Cups and Balls: Routine uses three paper coffee cups and sponge rubber balls. Ends with large load revelation. Balls    
Lesson-08-163 Three Wandering Sponge Balls: standard sponge ball routine Balls    
Lesson-08-170 Four Traveling Balls: sponge ball routine with hat Balls    
Lesson-08-173 Patriotic Paper Balls: Three bowls and red, white, and blue balls. Balls    
Mathematical Mysteries  
Lesson-09-179 Mathematical Mysteries      
Lesson-09-179 Mystery of The Traveling Numbers: Number prediction Math    
Lesson-09-184 Spirit Mathematician: Called out numbers sum prediction Math    
Lesson-09-189 Numbers on the Arm: variation where numbers appear on arm Math    
Lesson-09-189 Rapid Banking: $1 and a check for $1 exchange places Math    
Effective Card Mysteries  
Lesson-10-193 Effective Card Mysteries Cards    
Lesson-10-193 Rising Card Escape: Card rise from case Cards    
Lesson-10-199 Sealed Card Mystery: 2 card predict third selected card Cards    
Lesson-10-205 A Psychological Impossibility: 2 cards selected by 2 spectator, 2nd card turns out to be first Cards    
Lesson-10-208 Hindu Color Changing Deck: Blue backed deck shown, card removed with red back, entire deck now red! Cards    
Impromptu Card Mysteries  
Lesson-11-213 Impromptu Card Mysteries Impromptu Cards    
Lesson-11-213 Joe Berg's 'Count Down' Card Mystery: Counting revelation Impromptu Cards   Joe Berg
Lesson-11-215 Tenkai's Reverse Cards Mystery: Cards are reversed but restore themselves Impromptu Cards   Ishida Tenkai
Lesson-11-217 Royal Card Discovery: card prediction Impromptu Cards    
Lesson-11-219 Birds of a Feather: Performer and spectator each select card and mix them in deck. The end up together Impromptu Cards    
Lesson-11-221 Card Appearance at a Selected Number: counting revelation Impromptu Cards    
Lesson-11-223 Change-About Card: Selected card mixed in deck and jumps to top: fails 3 times, one failed is card. Impromptu Cards    
Lesson-11-225 Find the Burglar: selected card found between two kings Impromptu Cards   ...after Jack Merlin
Lesson-11-227 Selected Cards from the Spectator's Pocket Impromptu Cards    
Mental Card Mysteries  
Lesson-12-229 Mental Card Mysteries Mentalism    
Lesson-12-229 Al Baker's 'Twin Soul' Card Prediction: double prediction Mentalism   Al Baker
Lesson-12-232 Baffling Discovery: One of five card prediction Mentalism    
Lesson-12-236 Thought Location: Spectator and Magician both select card. Spectator's card ends up in Magician's pocket Mentalism    
Lesson-12-238 Mystic Card Clock Dial: Clock dial prediction Mentalism    
Lesson-12-241 Thoughtful Joker: Joker helps find selected cards Mentalism    
Lesson-12-243 Sense of Touch Discovery: selected cards found inside hat Mentalism    
Lesson-12-245 Henry Hardin's Cards in Hat Discovery: Cards are named as removed from hat Mentalism   Henry Hardin
Card Sleights  
Lesson-13-243 Card Sleights      
Lesson-13-243 The Pass: Regular, Modern, Side Steal, How to use Card Sleights    
Lesson-13-254 The False Shuffle: G.W. Hunter, Wiggle Woggle, Riffle, Top and Bottom Control Card Sleights    
Lesson-13-258 The False Cut: Pack In Hands, Three Way Table Cuts, Four Way Cuts, Card Control Card Sleights    
Lesson-13-262 The Force: The Classic Force Card Sleights    
Lesson-13-264 Forcing Decks, Force with Knife, Mathematical Force Card Sleights    
Lesson-13-265 Forcing Bottom Card Card Sleights    
Lesson-13-266 Force Behind Performer's Back Card Sleights    
Lesson-13-267 Circus Trick: trick with a forced card Card Sleights    
Lesson-13-268 The Riffle Force with prepared/unprepared cards Card Sleights    
Lesson-13-271 Forcing One of Four Cards on Table (various) Card Sleights    
Lesson-13-273 Slip of Paper Force Card Sleights    
Novel Card Mysteries  
Lesson-14-275 Novel Card Mysteries      
Lesson-14-275 Snap It: Hat is snapped and selected card jumps out Novel Comedy  
Lesson-14-276 Card and Orange: Selected card found in orange Novel Comedy  
Lesson-14-284 Devil's Letter: Card not found in banana, but another card changes into it Novel Comedy  
Lesson-14-290 The Bewitched Banana: Banana cut into selected number of pieces Novel Comedy  
Restoring Torn Papers  
Lesson-15-297 Restoring Torn Papers Novel Comedy  
Lesson-15-297 Chinese Paper Mystery: torn and restored tissue Novel Comedy Harlan Tarbell ... after Ching Ling Foo
Lesson-15-301 Wintertime In China: Snowstorm from torn papers (2 versions) Novel Comedy Version 2- Louis Tannen
Lesson-15-306 Japanese Torn and Restored Napkins: torn and restored with fake explanation Novel Comedy  
Lesson-15-312 Hindu Paper Tearing: Torn, burned, and restored Novel Comedy  
Lesson-15-316 Milady's Parisienne Hat: Torn papers restored into a paper hat Novel Comedy  
Rope and Tape Principle  
Lesson-16-321 Rope and Tape Principle      
Lesson-16-321 Coats, Tapes, and Rings: Coat and rings removed from rope Rope    
Lesson-16-329 Coat, Ropes, and Rings: Similar to above Rope    
Lesson-16-334 Prisoner's Escape: Rope through neck Rope    
Lesson-16-338 Magic Orange: Orange falls from tapes into magician's hands. Rope   John Mulholland & Milton Smith
Lesson-16-342 Walking Through Tapes with another Tapes Release Rope    
Handkerchief Tricks  
Lesson-17-345 Handkerchief Tricks      
Lesson-17-345 The Wandering Handkerchief: Colored handkerchiefs travel from pocket to pocket Handkerchief    
Lesson-17-350 The Silk and The Flame: Silk produced from candle, vanished, and more Handkerchief    
Lesson-17-356 The Candle, The Silk, and The Paper Tube: Another silk and candle routine Handkerchief    
Lesson-17-358 Elusive Silks: change bag routine Handkerchief    
Knotty Silks  
Lesson-18-363 Knotty Silks Handkerchief    
Lesson-18-363 Instantaneous One-Handed Knot In Handkerchief Silks Handkerchief    
Lesson-18-364 The Pull-Away Single Knot Silks Handkerchief    
Lesson-18-365 The Dissolving Single Knot Silks Handkerchief    
Lesson-18-367 The Speedy Single Knot Silks Handkerchief    
Lesson-18-368 The Fade-Away Double Knot Silks Handkerchief    
Lesson-18-369 Nu-Way Double Knot Silks Handkerchief    
Lesson-18-371 Quick Release Double Knot Silks Handkerchief    
Lesson-18-372 Leg Tie and Release with Handkerchief Silks Handkerchief    
Lesson-18-374 The Magical Bow Knot Silks Handkerchief   G.W. Hunter
Lesson-18-375 Chair Tie and Release with Bow Knot Silks Handkerchief    
Lesson-18-376 The Educated Knot: a knot slowly unties itself in a silk Handkerchief Silks  
Lesson-18-378 The Sympathetic Silks: Three silks knot/unknot with three others Handkerchief Silks  
Lesson-18-382 Tommy Dowd's Silk Penetration: Handkerchief penetrates rope Handkerchief Silks Tommy Dowd
Lesson-18-385 Al Baker's Handkerchief through the Arm Handkerchief Silks Al Baker
Lesson-18-386 The Phantom Knots: Colored silks tied together and separate Handkerchief Silks  
Eggs and Silks  
Lesson-19-389 Eggs and Silks Handkerchief Silks  
Lesson-19-389 The Egg, the Glass, and The Handkerchief: egg in glass and handkerchief transpose Handkerchief Silks  
Lesson-19-394 Eggs-traordinary Eggs-planation: Silk and egg routine with fake explanation Handkerchief Silks  
Lesson-19-399 Sucker Handkerchief Vanish Handkerchief Silks  
Lesson-19-401 One-Man Handkerchief Vanish: Visible comedy Handkerchief Silks  
Lesson-19-404 Repeat Handkerchief Vanish: handkerchief changes into lemon Handkerchief Silks Oswald Williams

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The Tarbell Course in Magic, written and illustrated by Harlan Tarbell, edited by Bruce Elliott, is published by Louis Tannen, New York, NY, 1954

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