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

Lessons in Volume 3

34. Routining A Magic Show 40. Card Mysteries
35. How to Make People Laugh 41. Card Stabbing
36. Intimate Magic 42. Novelty Handkerchief Magic
37. Conjuring With Currency 43. Color Changing Silks
38. Modern Coin Effects 44. Rabbit & Dove Magic
39. Fundamental Card Sleights 45. Illusions

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Lesson # - Page # Brief Description Category 1 Category 2 Inventors
Routining a Magic Show
Lesson-34-26 Routining a Magic Show      
Lesson-34-26 Smart Openers: essay Routine    
Lesson-34-30 The Closing: essay Routine    
Lesson-34-31 Balancing the Show: essay Routine    
How to Make People Laugh
Lesson-35-36 How to Make People Laugh      
Lesson-35-36 Value of an Opening, Psychology of Laughter Comedy    
Lesson-35-37 Nonsensical Denouement Comedy    
Lesson-35-38 Magic Plots and Play Plots, Alike Comedy    
Lesson-35-39 The Unexpected: Basis of Magic and Laughter Comedy    
Lesson-35-40 Magic Should Never Offend or Embarrass Comedy    
Lesson-35-41 Suspense And Expectancy Comedy    
Lesson-35-42 Repetition Comedy    
Lesson-35-43 Jokes on the Performer Comedy    
Lesson-35-44 Fact, Funnier Than Fiction Comedy    
Lesson-35-45 Meeting Emergencies Comedy    
Lesson-35-47 Unexpected Opportunities for Unexpected Miracles Comedy    
Lesson-35-49 Sucker Tricks Comedy    
Lesson-35-50 Much Ado About Nothing Comedy    
Intimate Magic
Lesson-36-53 Intimate Magic      
Lesson-36-53 Christopher's Double Cross: Paper torn into 8 pieces and placed in two piles. Spectator selects one pile, magician draws crosses on each of the other papers. These are burnt. Spectator's papers now have crosses. Close-up Sleights Milbourne Christopher
Lesson-36-56 Joe Berg's Double Cross: Palm is shown empty, cardboard is placed on top and two crosses are marked on the cardboard and erased. When removed, the crosses have transferred to the palm. Close-up   Joe Berg
Lesson-36-58 Tarbell's Sugar Mark: A mark made on a sugar lump transfers to a plate. Close-up   Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-36-61 Christopher's Match Book and Coin: A coin is produced from a paper match book Close-up Sleights Milbourne Christopher
Lesson-36-63 Christopher's Match Stickler: Matches in book are counted. One is removed and burnt. It is found back in the book, but burnt! Close-up Sleights Milbourne Christopher
Lesson-36-65 Audley Walsh Match Routine: A sort of multiplying match sticks routine Close-up Sleights Audley Walsh
Lesson-36-68 Match through Safety Pin: A match penetrates the metal of a safety pin Close-up   P.T. Selbit
Lesson-36-70 Match on Edge: Bar bet to have a match stand on its edge Close-up Sleights  
Lesson-36-71 Rising and Falling Match: Match rises and falls at will in pop bottle of water Close-up    
Lesson-36-72 A Button Off the Vest: An impromptu tearing off and restoration of a spectator's button Close-up Sleights Wallace's handling
Lesson-36-75 Tavern Trickery: A card is revealed by the inside of a bottle cap previously shown empty Close-up Sleights Milbourne Christopher
Lesson-36-76 Christopher's Finger Tip Telepathy: A spectator predicts another spectator's card Close-up Sleights Milbourne Christopher
Lesson-36-79 The Phantom Safety Pin: A safety pin is torn along a handkerchief without harming it. Close-up    
Lesson-36-81 Ring Rope and Pin: A ring is placed on a rope under a handkerchief while the ends are in view. Close-up Sleights  
Lesson-36-83 Tom Osborne's Ring and Spirit Knot: As above, without using a safety pin. Close-up Sleights Tom Osbourne
Lesson-36-86 The Ring in the Knot: A ring is threaded on a rope, and instantly becomes knotted upon it Close-up Sleights  
Lesson-36-88 A Fountain Pen Nifty: The cap of a fountain pen disappears, to reappear back on the pen Close-up Sleights  
Lesson-36-89 Joe Berg's Criss-Cross Paper Napkin: Napkin torn into four. Two are torn and rolled, other two are just rolled. Two torn exchange with two untorn pieces. Torn pieces then restore themselves. Finally, all are rolled and restore into the original napkin. Close-up Close-up Sleights Joe Berg
Lesson-36-94 Psychometric Crayons: A Crayon is placed in tube and placed behind performer's back. The performer detects the color. This is repeated. Close-up Sleights  
Lesson-36-96 Nifty Knots: Knots instantly appear in a rope Close-up Sleights Dr. Zina Bennet's routine
Lesson-36-99 Vanishing Knot Flourishes: 5 methods to untie a knot in a flourish Close-up Sleights  
Lesson-36-101 G.W. Hunter's Puzzle Knot: Tying a knot without letting go of the ends Close-up Close-up Sleights G.W. Hunter
Lesson-36-102 Bachelor's Needle: A rope is threaded through a loop without letting go of the end Close-up Sleights  
Conjuring With Currency
Lesson-37-106: Conjuring With Currency      
Lesson-37-106 John Scarne's Bill Change: A bill switch Paper Money Sleights John Scarne
Lesson-37-109 Grant's Slow Motion Bill Transposition: Nice $1 and $5 change Paper Money Sleights U.F. Grant
Lesson-37-112 Grant's Million Dollar Bill Mystery: Two bills torn, one half of each given to two spectators. Other halves are vanished, and envelope produced. Envelope is opened, and two halves match the ones held by the spectators. Paper Money Sleights U.F. Grant
Lesson-37-115 Persnickety Pinochle Player: Comedy version of Million Dollar Bill Mystery using two Aces of Diamonds. Paper Money Sleights  
Lesson-37-116 Novel Burned and Restored Bill: Bill is burned on top of overturned saucer. When saucer is lifted, the restored bill is found. Paper Money Sleights Milbourne Christopher
Lesson-37-118 Half and Half: Bill is placed in envelope; envelope is signed inside and out and sealed. Envelope is cut into two, and so is the bill, as demonstrated when two half dollars are poured from the envelope. Paper Money Sleights James Herpick & Louis Tannen
Lesson-37-122 The Life Saver: Vanished bill found inside Life Savers candy pack. Two versions. Paper Money Sleights  
Lesson-37-126 Le Paul's Torn Bill: Dollar is borrowed and torn in two. Magician gives spectator half, which turns out to be a half dollar coin. Magician takes half dollar back and restores the bill. Paper Money Sleights Paul Le Paul
Lesson-37-127 A Dollar Makes a Break: A dollar bill is used to strike and break a pencil, but the dollar breaks instead and drops change on the floor. Finally, another dollar is tried using a stunt and breaks the pencil. Paper Money Sleights  
Lesson-37-129 The Topsy Turvy Bill: A bill is shown and folded cleanly. When unfolded, the bill has turned upside down. Paper Money Sleights John Booth
Lesson-37-130 Berland's One to Four: A dollar bill is cut into four, and four full dollars are produced, one from each piece. Paper Money Sleights Samuel Berland
Lesson-37-133 Making Money to Order: Similar to One to Four using Newspaper Paper Money Sleights  
Lesson-37-134 Instant Number Memorization: How to quickly memorize dollar serial number for a quick stunt Paper Money Sleights Tom Osborne
Lesson-37-135 Sign A Bill: A stunt. New bills are 'torn' from a checkbook style cover. Paper Money Sleights  
Lesson-37-136 A Roll of Bills: Another stunt. Bills are joined at the ends in a 'roll' of bills. Paper Money Sleights  
Modern Coin Effects
Lesson-38-137 Modern Coin Effects      
Lesson-38-137 Manuel's Coin Star: flourish Coin Sleights Manuel
Lesson-38-139 The Four Coin Flourish: Stack of 4 coins opens between the fingers Coin Sleights Manuel
Lesson-38-140 The Coin Roll: Flourish with one coin Coin Sleights Alan Shaw
Lesson-38-142 Al Zink's Coin Production: dime, nickle, quarter, and half rapidly produced Coin Sleights Al Zink
Lesson-38-145 Nelson Hahne's Dime Through Hand: Dime placed on back of magician's hand and covered with a Half Dollar. Half is removed and dime has vanished, to be found inside the hand. Only one dime and half used. Coin Sleights Nelson Hahne
Lesson-38-146 Joe Berg's Coin Change: Copper/Silver tranposition using one copper and one silver Coin Sleights Joe Berg
Lesson-38-147 Harry Bernstein's Dollar and Dime: Silver dollar and dime transform repeatedly at the fingertips Coin Sleights Harry Bernstein
Lesson-38-151 Paul Morris' Coin Vanish: Coin vanish using sleeving Coin Sleights Paul Morris
Lesson-38-153 Paul Morris' Color Changing Coin: variation of above used as coin change Coin Sleights Paul Morris
Lesson-38-153 Paul Morris' Ubiquitous Coin: Impromptu 2 coin routine. Can be combined with Back and Forth or used alone. Uses sleeving and French Drop. With rhyming patter. Coin Sleights Paul Morris
Lesson-38-155 Back and Forth. A continuation of the above, or can be used alone. Coin Sleights  
Lesson-38-159 Coin Through the Handkerchief: half penetrates handkerchief Coin Sleights Paul Morris
Lesson-38-160 French Pill Box Coin Mystery: Three coins vanish from a pill box and wind up inside a bag in a box in another box all sealed by rubber bands. Coin Sleights Anonymous Belgian Magician
Lesson-38-164 Coins in a Loaf of Bread: Similar to above. Coin Sleights  
Lesson-38-166 Okito Coin Box: Three methods of performing a vanishing coin Coin Sleights Okito (Theo Bamberg)
Lesson-38-170 Coin Through the Hat: Coin penetrates hat repeatedly. Coin Sleights  
Lesson-38-171 Dime Delusion: Dime is tossed into two whisky glasses held mouth to mouth Coin Sleights James Herpick
Lesson-38-173 Tom Osborne's Five Coin Routine: A mini-Miser's Dream routine, uses bottomless glass Coin Sleights Tom Osborune
Lesson-38-176 The Throw Away Coin Vanish: employs front thumb palm and flat palm Coin Sleights  
Lesson-38-177 The Chameleon Poker Chips: Poker chips repeatedly change color. Dealer item. Coin Sleights Edward Drane
Fundamental Card Sleights
Lesson-39-181 Fundamental Card Sleights      
Lesson-39-181 Le Paul's Pass: bring card from center to top Cards Sleights Paul Le Paul
Lesson-39-183 Side Bottom Pass: card from center to bottom Cards Sleights Arthur Buckley
Lesson-39-184 Frank Kelly's Bottom Placement: cards selected by riffle end up on bottom Cards Sleights Frank Kelly
Lesson-39-187 Card through the Magazine: Card appears in magazine, uses Kelly's Bottom Placement Cards Sleights Frank Kelly
Lesson-39-188 Tommy Dowd's Card in the Pocket: another use of Bottom Placement Cards Sleights Tommy Dowd
Lesson-39-191 Simplex Card in Pocket: Jacket pocket is shown empty but secretly loaded Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-192 Multiple Card Pass (Dai Vernon): method to bring variety of cards to top or bottom Cards Sleights Dai Vernon
Lesson-39-195 False Cuts Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-195 Direct False Cut Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-196 Himber's False Cut Cards Sleights Richard Himber
Lesson-39-197 Under-Cut False Cut Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-197 Paul Rosini's False Cut Cards Sleights Paul Rossini
Lesson-39-199 E-Z Three Way False Cut Cards Sleights Paul Rossini
Lesson-39-200 Joe Berg's False Cut Cards Sleights Joe Berg
Lesson-39-201 False Counting Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-201 Direct False Count: audible. Count several cards as many Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-203 Slip Over False Count: sliding card back. As above. Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-204 Put-Back False Count: Count of many, really remove few Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-205 Pick-Up False Count: Count of less than dealt Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-206 Palm-Over False Count: Deal fewer cards than counted Cards Sleights Ade Duval
Lesson-39-207 Glide False Count: As above Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-209 Overhand False Count: runoff makes small packet seem large Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-210 Novelty Straight Count: not a false count, but a flourishy way to count Cards Sleights Arthur Buckley
Lesson-39-211 Card Fans Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-212 Simple Card Fan Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-212 Simple Reversed Fan Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-213 Blank Deck to Regular Deck Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-214 Modern Card Fan Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-216 Enlarging a Card Fan Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-216 Modern Reversed Card Fan Cards Sleights  
Lesson-39-217 John Scarne's Master Change: exchange of one card for another in an envelope (standard envelope) Cards Sleights John Scarne
Lesson-39-219 Change About Cards and Envelopes: use of Master Change principle Cards Sleights John Scarne
Lesson-39-219 Change About Torn Corner Card: variation of above Cards Sleights Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-39-222 Application of Scarne's Master Change: suggestions Cards Sleights John Scarne
Card Mysteries
Lesson-40-223 Card Mysteries      
Lesson-40-223 John Booth's Repeat Card Mystery: Two cards are repeatedly discarded from pack of five, but keep coming back. Comedy routine, no gimmicks. Cards Sleights John Booth
Lesson-40-224 The Booth False Count Cards Sleights John Booth
Lesson-40-227 Repeat Card Mystery: Three of Six cards are repeatedly discarded but keep coming back Cards Sleights Stanley Collins
Lesson-40-231 Tack It: Ed Reno's version of Card on the Wall, using a board instead. Cards Sleights Ed Reno
Lesson-40-235 Card on the Ceiling Cards Sleights  
Lesson-40-236 Improved Card on the Ceiling: simplified Cards Sleights James Herpick & Jack Thimbleny
Lesson-40-238 Card on the Wall: requires palming Cards Sleights  
Lesson-40-240 The Card, Card Case, and Board: variation of Tack It and Card on Ceiling Cards Sleights Ed Reno
Lesson-40-242 Card Through the Handkerchief: impromptu Cards Sleights  
Lesson-40-244 New Era Card through Handkerchief: improved version Cards Sleights  
Lesson-40-247 Three Cards through the Handkerchief: as above, cards penetrate one at a time Cards Sleights  
Lesson-40-251 Rising Cards through Handkerchief: uses finger Cards Sleights  
Lesson-40-252 The Black Ace and Card Through Handkerchief: Card is selected and returned to deck. Ace is shown, and penetrates handkerchief. When turned over, Ace has become selected card. Cards Sleights  
Lesson-40-255 Nate Leipzig's Card through Handkerchief: Selected card appears inside folded handkerchief Cards Sleights Nate Leipzig
Lesson-40-257 Mystery of the Glass House: Card is selected and magician reveals the selection, but is wrong. The wrong card is placed in a glass. Spectator is given an empty envelope. The magician tries again, but is wrong again. Card in glass turns out to be selection, card placed in glass is now in envelope Cards Sleights  
Lesson-40-261 Cards, Envelope, and Hat: Several spectators select cards and write the values on pieces of paper. The cards are sealed in an envelope. One paper is read, and the selected card has vanished from the envelope and appears in a previously empty hat Cards Sleights  
Lesson-40-265 The Reversed Card: a spectator's selection becomes reversed in the deck Cards Sleights  
Lesson-40-265 Nate Leipzig's Double Reverse: Deck is split into two, spectator reverses one card and places it in magician's half, magician reverses one card and places it in spectator's half. Deck is cut, and spread: both selections have reversed themselves. Cards Sleights Nate Leipzig
Card Stabbing
Lesson-41-269 Card Stabbing      
Lesson-41-269 The Two Card Stab: Two selected cards are found by spectator inserting knife in deck Cards Sleights  
Lesson-41-274 The X-Ray Knife: Single selection Cards Sleights  
Lesson-41-277 The Magnetic Knife: Deck is not wrapped this time Cards Sleights  
Lesson-41-279 Simplified Stabbing Trick: another knife location: uses gimmick Cards Sleights Louis Tannen
Lesson-41-282 The Flash Card Stab: uses flash paper, deck falls away and selected card remains on knife blade Cards Sleights Russell Walsh
Lesson-41-284 Card Stab through Newspaper: Cards are spread on table and newspaper covers them. Knife is stabbed through paper, locating selection. Several methods. Cards    
Lesson-41-289 The End Stab: deck not wrapped. Cards Sleights  
Lesson-41-291 Boston's Stabbed Card: uses stripper deck Cards Sleights George Boston
Novelty Handkerchief Magic
Lesson-42-295 Novelty Handkerchief Magic      
Lesson-42-295 The Snap Away Silk and Knot: Spectator double knots handkerchief onto rope. Rope is held by spectator. Performer ties another rope through the handkerchief, yanks, and steals handkerchief onto his rope. Silk Sleights Joe Berg variation
Lesson-42-298 Follow Up for Snap Away Silk and Knot: rope through handkerchief Silk Sleights  
Lesson-42-299 Tabor Double Dissolving Silk Release: instant release of silk tied to chair Silk Sleights Edwin Tabor
Lesson-42-302 Horowitz Knot Transposition: Knots transfer from one silk to another covered by handkerchief Silk Sleights S. Leo Horowitz
Lesson-42-305 Tarbell Simplified Instantaneous Knot: silk tossed develops instant knot Silk Sleights Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-42-306 Larsen and Wright's Ghost Ring: Silk tied into loop. Ring is vanished, and appears on loop Silk Sleights William Larsen & T.Page Wright
Lesson-42-309 Square Knot Release: How to tie and release Silk Sleights  
Lesson-42-310 Pull Apart Silks: Two silks are tied together in two loops and dropped into a hat. Magician pulls out each loop separate. Silk    
Lesson-42-311 Tarbell Hat and Silk Combination: Two silks dropped into a hat, third is vanished. Silks are removed from hat tied together, vanished silk in middle. Silks are untied and vanished, to be found back in the hat. Silk Sleights Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-42-314 Tarbell's Silks and Aces: Two silks shown in glasses. One is removed and covers the other. Four Aces are placed in the pocket. On command, the Aces appear on the covered glass, the silk appears in the pocket. Silk Sleights Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-42-317 Blending The Colors: Three silks blend into a flag. Uses vesting Silk Sleights Dr. Milton Bridges
Lesson-42-320 The Perfection Flag Trick: Blendo, self hiding Silk Sleights Frank Ducrot
Lesson-42-323 The Mystic Ribbons: Three tissues: green, orange, and black are crumpled up and burned, and thrown to the audience where they become long ribbons. Ribbons change into silk Silk Sleights  
Lesson-42-326 The Penetrating Pocket Knife: handkerchief held at sides, knife is pushed up against middle. Piece of paper is held over the center and the knife penetrates the paper, leaving the handkerchief unharmed. Silk Sleights  
Lesson-42-329 The Indestructible Handkerchief: A handkerchief is stretched across a wooden frame and placed inside a paper envelope. Butcher knife is thrust through and handkerchief is still stretched across and unharmed. How to make the frame. Silk Sleights  
Color Changing Silks
Lesson-43-335 Color Changing Silks      
Lesson-43-335 Tarbell's Color Changing Handkerchief: how to make it. Silk   Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-43-337 Double Handkerchief Color Change: Two handkerchiefs change color as the hand is passed over. Silk   Horace Goldin
Lesson-43-338 Flash Color Change: simple two sided silk Silk    
Lesson-43-340 Flash Color Change Through Cardboard: variation of above Silk   Nelson Hahne
Lesson-43-340 Tarbell Clean Cut Color Changing Handkerchief: ungimmicked silk color change, using dye tube like device Silk   Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-43-345 The Vice Versa Color Changing Silks: impromptu color change Silk Sleights Arthur M. Pope
Lesson-43-447 The Dyeing Handkerchiefs: dyeing handkerchiefs in a paper tube with variations Silk Sleights  
Lesson-43-357 Yo! Ho! Ho! And a Bottle of Rum!: Chinese mystery with color changing silks and a bottle production Silk Sleights William Larsen & T.Page Wright
Lesson-43-361 Music and Silks: Silks change color as pushed through tube made of a music sheet Silk Sleights Janos Bartl
Lesson-43-363 Selfcon Dye Tube: Self contained Silk    
Lesson-43-365 Carlyle's Evolution of a Rabbit in a Hat: variation of mis-made flag using a rabbit in the hat silk and a real rabbit climax! Silk Sleights Lyle Laughton (Carlye)
Lesson-43-372 Christopher's Snappy Silk Production and Color Change: using magic wand Silk Sleights Milbourne Christopher
Rabbit and Dove Magic
Lesson-44-377 Rabbit and Dove Magic      
Lesson-44-377 Ed Reno's Dove Production: using dove production box Dove   Ed Reno
Lesson-44-381 Modern Rabbit Box Production: full routine Rabbit    
Lesson-44-386 Sucker Rabbit Box Vanish: Rabbit is vanished in special box, but audience believes they see a hidden partition. Partition is opened, and no rabbit! Rabbit    
Lesson-44-390 Milady's Hat Box Production: producing a rabbit from a hat box Rabbit    
Lesson-44-394 Unique Rabbit Vanish: variation of above Rabbit    
Lesson-44-396 Spee Dee Rabbit Production (Jack Gwynne). Special box Rabbit   Jack Gwynne
Lesson-44-398 Jim Sherman's Rabbit Production from a Hat: loading a bag into the hat. Rabbit   Jim Sherman
Illusions
Lesson-45-405 Illusions      
Lesson-45-405 The Farmer and the Witch: a quick change effect Illusion   U.F. Grant
Lesson-45-408 The Man in the Box: a man fits inside a small box Illusion    
Lesson-45-412 A Ghost Show Routine: Ghosts, faces, and bells fly about the stage using luminous paint Illusion    

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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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