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

Lessons in Volume 4

46. Novelty Magic 53. The Thumb Tie
47. Thimble Magic 54. Chinese Linking Rings
48. Swallowing Needles and Razor Blades 55. Magic with Ribbon
49. Unique Card Magic 56. Silken Trickery
50. Novelty Rising Cards 57. Slate Mysteries
51. Card Transitions 58. Illusions
52. Mental and Psychic Mysteries  

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Lesson # - Page # Brief Description Category 1 Category 2 Inventor
Ethics Among Magicians
Lesson-46-00 Ethics Among Magicians      
Novelty Magic
Lesson-46-21 Christopher's Telegram to Flowers Flowers   Milbourne Christopher
Lesson-46-23 Christopher's Flaming Napkin (flash paper)     Milbourne Christopher
Lesson-46-25 Instantaneous Flower Production Flowers   Carlyle (Lyle F. Laughlin)
Lesson-46-27 Bert Easley's Impromptu Cigarette Production (about a dozen) Cigarette Impromptu Bert Easley
Lesson-46-29 Smoke Up Your Sleeve: smoke blown down 1 sleeve comes out the other Cigarette   Arnold Belais
Lesson-46-32 Impromptu Hydrostatic Glass: Water suspends in upside down glass Liquid   Joseph Scherer
Lesson-46-34 Freezing a Glass of Water: cellophane illusion   Liquid ...after Joseph Scherer
Lesson-46-36 Isely's Anti-Gravico: device allows upside down pop bottle to retain liquid Liquid   John Isley
Lesson-46-39 Water Production from Paper Cup: Water from nowhere Liquid    
Lesson-46-41 Water in the Hat: Water poured into hat: hat is okay Liquid   Fred Shadley
Lesson-46-43 Berland Cup and Water Transit: Cup of Water transfers from Bag to Hat Liquid   Samuel Berland
Lesson-46-46 Soap Pitchman: Money placed in bar of soap, but spectator always loses     William Larsen
Lesson-46-51 The Stamp Album: Magic Coloring Book Children's Magic   John Giordmaine
Lesson-46-54 Dell O'Dell Stamp Album presentation Children's Magic   Dell O'Dell
Lesson-46-55 John Booth's Album of Stars: Color Album and picture frame     John Booth
Lesson-46-62 Knife and Paper Squares: paddle trick     Russ Walsh
Lesson-46-64 Koko and the Jumping Block: ABC blocks and shell Children's Magic   Robert Lotz ...after Professor Hoffmann
Lesson-46-69 Cut and Restored Necktie      
Lesson-46-71 Jack Gwynne's Color Changing Rabbit Livestock   Jack Gwynne
Thimble Magic
Lesson-47-73 16 Thimble routine Thimble    
Lesson-47-75 Preliminary Special Practice: Thumb palm, back and front palm, production, change over palm Thimble    
Lesson-47-79 Thimble Act Routine: slow thimble vanish, 2nd finger hideaway, production, pull away vanish, two in one color change, head and mouth vanish, jump hand to hand, outline of act and more Thimble    
Lesson-47-97 Miser's Dream with Thimbles Thimble    
Lesson-47-99 Some interesting vanishes Thimble    
Swallowing Needles and Razor Blades
Lesson-48-103 The Needle Mystery: Needles and thread swallowed and come out threaded Danger   Harry Houdini
Lesson-48-108 Threaded Razor Blades in Mouth: with a John Booth Suggestion Danger   Buerger
Unique Card Magic
Lesson-49-113 Kolma-Tarbell Snooty Snake: spring snake reveals card Cards Children Dr. Kolma & Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-49-116 Flash Card Change: Two cards selected, returned, and deck placed in glass. Handkerchief covers glass and first, then second card revealed. Cards   Karl Germain
Lesson-49-119 Tarbell Card on the Necktie: Selected card appears on spectator's necktie Cards   Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-49-120 The Yankee Doodle Card: spectator selects card by whistling Yankee Doodle Cards    
Lesson-49-122 Joe Berg's Flip Up Card: Cards are riffled, selected card rises half way out Cards   Joe Berg
Lesson-49-123 Pop Up Cards: Cards appear suddenly or shoot up from hand Cards    
Lesson-49-124 The Jump Up Card: Selected card jumps from hand to hat held above deck Cards   Audley Walsh
Lesson-49-125 Revolver Card: Selected card shoots from deck Cards   Richard Himber
Lesson-49-126 Audley Walsh's Side Spinner: selected card spins sideways fro deck into hat Cards   Audley Walsh
Lesson-49-127 Audley Walsh's Long Distance Spinner Cards   Audley Walsh
Lesson-49-128 The Floating Queen: card floats behind fingers Cards   Joe Karson
Lesson-49-130 The Vanishing Bird Cage Card: Card disappears in hands Cards   Joe Karson
Lesson-49-132 Mendes' Shooting Card: Selected Card shoot from case while held by spectator Cards   John Prince Mendes
Novelty Rising Cards
Lesson-50-135 Modern Rising Cards from Envelope: 3 cards rise while in envelope on easel Cards Animation  
Lesson-50-139 Enchanted Cards and Envelope: As above Cards Animation  
Lesson-50-142 Bewitched Rising Cards and Envelope: As above, but in hands Cards Animation  
Lesson-50-145 Mysterious Bookmarks or Rising Cards from Book Cards Animation  
Lesson-50-148 A Book and a Card: impromptu Cards Animation  
Lesson-50-150 Rising Cards through Hat Cards Animation  
Lesson-50-152 Rising Cards Out of Hat Cards Animation  
Lesson-50-154 Tarbell's Haunted House Rising Cards: small metal haunted house Cards Animation Harlan Tarbell
Card Transitions
Lesson-51-157 The Flying Cards: cards pass from one packet to another Cards Transition Walter Gibson
Lesson-51-158 Tarbell Flying Cards: as above Cards Transition Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-51-165 The Passing of Three Selected Cards Cards Transition  
Lesson-51-166 Flying Cards and Envelopes: variation using envelopes Cards Transition  
Lesson-51-170 Wilder's Flying Cards: as above Cards Transition Harry Wilder
Lesson-51-172 Hen Fetsch's Surpasso: Selected cards end up in alternate envelope Cards Transition Hen Fetsch
Lesson-51-174 Ships That Pass In the Night: flying cards with red/blue backed decks Cards Transition Dr. Raymond L. Beebe
Lesson-51-177 Red and Black Transposition: ten reds change with 10 blacks (roughing) Cards Transition  
Lesson-51-181 The Cards Up the Sleeve: 12 cards to pocket, one at a time Cards Transition  
Lesson-51-187 Cards up the Sleeve (Shoulder Method): as above, but from shoulder of coat Cards Transition  
Mental and Psychic Mysteries
Lesson-52-192 Himber's Transcendental Book Test Mentalism   Richard Himber
Lesson-52-196 Hen Fetsch's Double Knockout: 4 numbers called out, total predicted Mentalism   Hen Fetsch
Lesson-52-200 Grant's New Slate Test: 4 number total predicted Mentalism   U.F. Grant
Lesson-52-202 Answer to a Mentalist's Prayer: Special envelopes allow instant detection Mentalism   Eddie Clever
Lesson-52-206 Distant Mental Communication: objects determined by remote assistant Mentalism    
Lesson-52-209 The Yogi's Prediction: Paper sealed in envelope, Yogi reveals number, city, etc. Mentalism    
Lesson-52-211 Rapid Mental Transference: A number sealed in envelope is revealed by magician Mentalism    
Lesson-52-214 Superbe Prediction: nail writer Mentalism    
Lesson-52-216 Telepathic Pictures: Magician and spectator draw the same picture Mentalism    
Lesson-52-219 Man Mind Reading Act: with billet switch Mentalism    
Lesson-52-224 Modern Crystal Gazing Act: gimmicked tray Mentalism    
Lesson-52-231 Excelsior Mind Reading Act: full act with several methods used Mentalism   Anna Eva Fay's Method
Ralph Read's Method
Lesson-52-244 Telepathic Deck: One way force, Svengali, others Mentalism     Henry Hardin, Burling Hull, Dr. Ford Rogers, Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-52-246 Psychic Paper: Guessed number found printed on colored paper Mentalism   H.S. Paine
Lesson-52-248 The Quick and the Dead: Center tear approach, carbon paper, others Mentalism   Henry Hardin
Lesson-52-259 Ralph Read's Tapping Pencil: Pencil held still 'taps' Mentalism   Ralph Read
The Thumb Tie
Lesson-53-264 Ten-Ichi Tump Tie: full routine Thumb Tie   Ten-Ichi
Lesson-53-271 Modernized: Uses one cord instead of two Thumb Tie    
Lesson-53-272 Tip Top Thumb Tie: ties thumbs first Thumb Tie    
Lesson-53-274 Chow Sen Thumb Tie Thumb Tie   Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-53-275 Frank Ducot Thumb Tie: uses two cords Thumb Tie   Frank Ducrot
Lesson-53-276 Jack Miller Thumb Tie: Frank Ducot variation Thumb Tie   Jack Miller
Lesson-53-277 Tarbell's Simplex Thumb Tie   Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-53-279 Tarbell's Li King Thumb Tie   Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-53-280 Tarbell Tape Tie Thumb Tie   Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-53-281 Tarbell's Chinese Thumb Tie: tape, not really tied Thumb Tie   Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-53-283 Mel Forrester's Rubber Band Thumb Tie   Mel Forrester
Chinese Linking Rings
Lesson-54-284 Eugene Laurant 11 ring routine (2 extra singles, 1 extra key). Uses 1 key to show 'dead' sound when rung. Rings are linked, examined, clash link, figures, all unlink at end. Linking Rings   Eugene Laurant
Lesson-54-306 Weber's Emergency Routine: 2 singles: chain of 2, no key Linking Rings   Weber
Lesson-54-311 Jack Miller's Spinning Rings: flourish Linking Rings   Jack Miller
Lesson-54-312 Tommy Dowd's Odin Ring Count: a 4 ring count Linking Rings   Tommy Down
Lesson-54-314 Tommy Dowd's spinning ring unlink Linking Rings   Tommy Down
Magic with Ribbon
Lesson-55-317 Cut and Restored Ribbon. Ribbon    
Lesson-55-320 Card on Ribbon Mystery: thru envelope Ribbon    
Lesson-55-323 Dollar Bill on Ribbon: as above Coin, Money Ribbon    
Lesson-55-326 Ghostly Ribbon: ribbon cut through envelope Ribbon   Douglas Dexter
Lesson-55-328 Spirit Communication: Magic slate type prediction Ribbon Mentalism  
Lesson-55-333 A Wandering Ribbon: pink ribbon vanishes, appears in blue envelope Ribbon    
Lesson-55-335 King Solomon's Marriage Bands: Afghan bands Ribbon    
Lesson-55-337 Whamsy Cut and Restored Ribbon: duplicate Ribbon   Arthur Leroy
Silken Trickery
Lesson-56-341 Carlyle's 20th Century Silks: 3rd silk appears knotted between Silk   Carlyle (Lyle F. Laughlin)
Lesson-56-344 Al Baker's 20th Century Silks: Uses dye tube, black art well Silk   Al Baker
Lesson-56-347 Al Baker's Sympathetic Silks: 2 methods Silk   Al Baker
Lesson-56-350 A Remarkable Giant: ribbon becomes tied between silks Silk   William Larsen & T. Page Wright
Lesson-56-352 Jack Miller's Knotty Silk: dissolving and appearing knot Silk   Jack Miller
Lesson-56-355 Penetrative Silks: silk penetrates bar Silk    
Lesson-56-357 Cords of Phantasia: Grandma's Necklace for stage, 3 methods Silk   Ottokar Fischer
Lesson-56-365 Instant Handkerchief Spread: fold to produce large silk     John Booth
Lesson-56-366 Flash Silk Production Silk   Harlan Tarbell
Lesson-56-368 Carlyle's One Hand Silk Production: special gimmick Silk   Carlyle (Lyle F. Laughlin)
Lesson-56-370 Carlyle's Multiple Silk Production: 1-2-3-5-8! Special pockets Silk   Carlyle (Lyle F. Laughlin)
Slate Mysteries
Lesson-57-375 Double Slate Writing: Flap slate Mentalism    
Lesson-57-375 Two Messages on Slates: how to force 2 messages Mentalism    
Lesson-57-383 Al Baker Slip of Paper Force: envelopes Mentalism   Al Baker
Lesson-57-386 Numbered Double Slate Writing Mentalism    
Lesson-57-389 Simplex Double Slates: no flap Mentalism    
Lesson-57-390 Single Slate Writing: flap Mentalism    
Lesson-57-391 Transfer Single Slate Writing Mentalism    
Lesson-57-392 A Visible Message: onion juice Mentalism   Chung Ling Soo
Lesson-57-392 Dobrin's Double Locking Slate: hinged flap Mentalism   Harry Dobrin
Lesson-57-394 Larsen and Wright Double Message Mentalism   William Larsen and T. Page Wright
Lesson-57-396 Jack Miller Slate Routine: 2 slates Mentalism   Jack Miller
Lesson-57-399 Multiple Slate Writing Mentalism   Roger Barkann
Lesson-57-402 A Spooky Message Mentalism   Walter Gibson
Lesson-57-406 Message on Paper: On paper between slates Mentalism    
Lesson-57-408 Chinese Comedy Slate Message Mentalism    
Lesson-57-411 White Chalk of Many Colors Mentalism    
Illusions
Lesson-58-413 David Bamberg's The Girl From the Light Illusions Illusion   David Bamberg

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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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