The Top 10 Reasons a Magician has the Tarbell Course in Magic on His Bookshelf

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Postby Dustin Stinett » 04/01/12 12:34 PM

The Top Ten Reasons a Magician has the Tarbell Course in Magic on His Bookshelf:

10. Needed to fill the space next to the Fitzkee Trilogy

9. It really impresses the chicks, man

8. Thought he could find that dang wine cork trick in there

7. Heard its where Blaine picked up most of his act

6. Looks great next to the Mark Wilson Course in Magic

5. No #5: Writer a Mentalist, doesnt do Tarbell

4. So he could truthfully answer, yes when asked if he has the Tarbell Course on his bookshelf

3. It only took six months of pizza delivery tips to pay for them

2. Only says he has them: Actually holding out for the DVDs

And the #1 reason a magician has the Tarbell Course in Magic on his bookshelf:

1. Mom got it for him to take his mind off the porn collection stashed under his bed
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Postby Mark Collier » 04/01/12 01:00 PM

#11. Where else can you actually learn to pull a rabbit from a hat?
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Postby mai-ling » 04/01/12 08:21 PM

My mom actually felt my father needed to
have a set in the collection. So she bought
a set from Uncle Jay in the late 1970's.

Ironicly it wasn't until about 5 years ago
we learned that my father was in Volume 6.

I then documented the story of how that happened
four years ago.
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Postby Bill McFadden » 04/01/12 09:01 PM

12. Because they're so hard to sell as a set when Volume 8 is included.
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Postby erdnasephile » 04/01/12 09:18 PM

13. Colors...all those pretty colors!
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Postby El Harvey Oswald » 04/02/12 03:24 AM

Won first place at Tannen's camp
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Postby Smurf » 04/05/12 11:42 AM

15. Because the magician listened to Denny Haney.
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Postby Doc Dixon » 04/05/12 12:18 PM

Smurf wrote:15. Because the magician listened to Denny Haney.


15-1/2. Always listen to Denny Haney.

Always.
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Postby mountebanc » 04/14/12 02:38 PM

Ha! Pulling a rabbit out of a hat ie EZ. The hard part is getting it in the hat without people noticing.
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Postby jason156 » 04/27/12 02:36 AM

16. Got them for free as a Genii reviewer (but may decide to sell them at a later date)
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 04/27/12 11:52 PM

Hey, Bill, I did Tarbell 8!

Unlike Volume 7, 8 is actually written and illustrated by Tarbell.
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Postby Bill McFadden » 04/29/12 05:05 PM

Richard Kaufman wrote:Hey, Bill, I did Tarbell 8!

Unlike Volume 7, 8 is actually written and illustrated by Tarbell.


hee-hee-hee-hee-hee . . .
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Postby Pete McCabe » 04/29/12 05:46 PM

17. Because I got Volumes 1-8 on my Kindle for $8.50.

That's the total price, by the way. I don't see that deal at Amazon.com anymore, which makes me extra glad I bought it when I did. Honestly how could you refuse that deal? I bought it before I even had a kindle. (Although I did have the kindle app on my Mac and iPad.)
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Postby Edward Pungot » 04/30/12 10:06 AM

33. Because Tarbell was a vegetarian and had an interest in the perennial, esoteric philosophies of the ancients.

(Parrish, Robert. Words About Wizards: Recollections of Magicians and Their Magic, 1930-1950)
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Postby Bill Marquardt » 02/12/13 08:48 PM

35. From the Lybrary -

The Tarbell Course is without a doubt the most recommended and most purchased magic book in history. The only recent contendor to this position is the Card College series by Roberto Giobbi.


It took me 20 years to complete my collection. So there. :)
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Postby Andrew Pinard » 02/12/13 09:44 PM

For some reason we skipped 18-32.

So...

36. It's all you need.
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Postby erdnasephile » 02/12/13 10:16 PM

Pete McCabe wrote:17. Because I got Volumes 1-8 on my Kindle for $8.50.

That's the total price, by the way. I don't see that deal at Amazon.com anymore, which makes me extra glad I bought it when I did. Honestly how could you refuse that deal? I bought it before I even had a kindle. (Although I did have the kindle app on my Mac and iPad.)


Pete--who was the publisher that put them on Kindle?
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Postby Pete McCabe » 02/13/13 03:45 AM

I don't remember, and a quick check doesn't show a publisher's name. I seem to remember that shortly after posting that, I went back and could not find the same deal again. So I may just have been very lucky.
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Postby Oddly Bent » 02/14/13 12:08 PM

#11 Got tired of hearing Lorayne whining about how he was the author of Vol. 7 just to shut him up.

P.S. It didn't work...
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Postby Oddly Bent » 02/14/13 12:11 PM

1. Mom got it for him to take his mind off the porn collection stashed under his bed

That didn't work either...
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