Volume 8 covers card magic. It includes the history of card magic, the rise of the card as a tool for magicians, and the history of card methods, including Oriental methods and methods that work regardless of handedness.
Volume 6 covers close-up magic, the art of performing tricks with objects that are close to the audience. It includes the history of close-up magic, including the rise of the craft and its development of close-up methods. It also covers mentalism applied to close-up work and its history.
Volume 2 covers the history of magic, including methods of developing past magicians, the history of popular thinking on magic, and the rise of self-employment in the magic world. It also includes a look at the differences between the magic of the past and present.
Volume 3 covers the different ways magicians perform magic. It includes the history of magic as a discipline, including how magicians are trained in the art of magic, and how to perform shows for audiences.
Volume 4 covers mentalism, the art of inducing people's minds to do things for them. It includes the history of mentalism, including the rise of the practice in the United States. It also includes how to use mentalism in an entertainment routine. It includes the history of mentalism as a discipline.
The Tarbell Course in Magic is the foremost reference book in magic history and is consulted by virtually all professional magicians as well as history buffs interested in the history of magic. It is sometimes considered the de facto bible of magic, due to the fact that it has almost always been the first source of information most magicians have read on the subject. The first magician to read the Tarbell Course, for instance, was magician Richard H. Saunders, who had it read to him by a friend and colleague, who was the personal assistant of Harlan Tarbell, who happened to have been the first to complete the course. Saunders read the book from cover to cover in a single night and then studied it for weeks afterwards before performing his first magic trick. 827ec27edc