Tarbell – Every Trick in the Book Book 2 - Lesson 9

Lesson 28: Egg Magic

When you think of magic, I'm sure you immediately think of eggs. Okay, maybe not, but eggs have been used successfully in the acts of many top professionals.

Eggs are a perfect size for most performers to hide without detection, and their fragility makes them appear difficult to manipulate. They have a built-in appeal which makes them a natural for comedy, and magicians have long manufactured many varieties of special, realistic eggs. This lesson will expand your knowledge about those gimmicks, show you how to use them, and teach you some very entertaining routines. To begin with, Dan tries to protect an egg from being broken, and (although it seems like failure is certain) the egg pulls itself together in the end. Then, you'll learn a different method to create a similar effect devised by Tarbell, himself, to make everything more self-contained. Next, Dan takes on the timeless favorite known as "The Egg Bag," and (as usual) Dan deviates a bit from tradition to give you a fun, new, farm-fresh approach. And then, Dan shows you a very clever, multi-phase routine that takes the egg bag in unexpected directions that are guaranteed to surprise, and fool, everyone. Along the way, you'll be introduced to a few clever gimmicked eggs, and Dan will teach you many items you can make at home, including a new, cleaner way to remove the contents of an egg, the Tarbell-style egg bag, and a secret holder to obtain (or switch) an egg any time you want. These tricks run the gamut from over-easy to hard-boiled, but on the sunny-side, you won't have to scramble to leave your audience fried.
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