Hey guys, I'm sure many of you have at least heard of The Tarbell Course, but I was just curious as to how many of you actually own it. It is an old set of books, and many consider this to be outdated. I'm here to say that the only thing that is outdated in these tomes are the presentations and patter. The effects are solid! Every time I crack one of the volumes open, I get something new and usable. The stuff these old creators came up with is just nuts! Just yesterday I was looking through one of the volumes and came across this effect: The performer displays a deck of cards, and has one selected. The deck is shuffled and magic paper (flash paper) is tightly wrapped around the cards. The blade of a knife is pushed through the paper and the cards, in much the same fashion as in a Card Stab routine. However, the spectator is invited to hold onto the handle of the knife. The performer pulls out a match and ignites the paper. In a flash of fire, cards fall to the floor leaving only their selected card skewered on the blade! The effect plays out just like the description, and it is also practical! (Besides the fact that your deck is screwed, but I mean c'mon! This is a closer for sure!) How many people here own these books?