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Book Review: Principia by Harapan Ong and Vanishing Inc.



A beautiful collection of Harapan's card work over the last 10 years. But that's just MY opinion, what are other people in magic saying?

"Wonderful!" 
- David Williamson 

"My favorite magician." 
- Stephen Long 

"Buy it!" 
- Tony Chang 

"Buy the book." 
- Kevin Ho 

"The most beautifully constructed card magic I've ever seen." 
- Henry Harrius

Singapore's Harapan Ong has caused an online sensation with his technical abilities. Videos began to circulate some years ago showing a pair of hands doing extraordinary things. His style is natural, unassuming, and soft. But Aces appear, selections transpose, and magical things just seem to happen in Harapan's hands. 

Regular edition is $60

Deluxe Edition is $150

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I promised myself to visit the over 300 books, pamphlets, and lecture notes I currently own before purchasing another card magic book. Unfortunately I broke that promise and purchased, "Principia".

I like this book. It covers everything from effects using sleights (Aaron Fisher's one handed pop-out move shows up early in the book...) to effects with gimmicked cards and decks.

Like David says in the review, I have a feeling that when this sells out many magicians will be wishing that they took the plunge and purchased it while still available.
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I promised myself to visit the over 300 books, pamphlets, and lecture notes I currently own before purchasing another card magic book. Unfortunately I broke that promise and purchased, "Principia".

I like this book. It covers everything from effects using sleights (Aaron Fisher's one handed pop-out move shows up early in the book...) to effects with gimmicked cards and decks.

Like David says in the review, I have a feeling that when this sells out many magicians will be wishing that they took the plunge and purchased it while still available.


You’re killing me, Dan!!!!

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Yeah, same here. I bit and am glad I did. Pretty interesting material. I particularly like the demonstration videos that show some of the moves and routines to highlight timing and features. A real addition to the printed descriptions, which are clear and well-written themselves. Just nice to have the additional resource as a bonus. 

Now I want The Magic Rainbow, but I am not going to buy it. I came close. Even loaded it into my cart and got all the way to payment before stopping myself. Enough!

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This is a fantastic book, I am  really enjoying making my way through everything
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There are some really nice pieces in Principia . . . very much enjoyed the book and thought it was a nice concept that the gaffs that are needed for some of the effects are included with the purchase of the book. They even come in nice and unique packaging.
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What a fantastic book this is. Beautifully produced and published, and clearly written. I can never understand when people complain about the price of books. Pound for pound (or dollar for dollar) a book is by far the best value for money in the world of magic. This book in particular should be a no-brainer then. I love the idea of having access to the performance of so many of the effects; it makes a world of dfference.
Honestly, as David rightly points out, just go and buy it when you still can. I'm glad I did.
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A nice little cutting to the aces called Kaleidoscope Production from his book.
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Great job, Tony! I looked at that display, but haven't yet worked through it. You've convinced me to get after it - I'll be doing that later this evening.

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That is a very unique and cool way of revealing the aces. Thanks for sharing this, rready! It’s nice to see an example of how this gentleman thinks!

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Thanks guys,

                   What's neat about this it can be used as a false cut also.
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Had fun with this last night. One of those things that is, as Tony says, fun to practice. Getting the right rhythm takes some concentration and effort, but nothing to it since it's so much fun. And the fact that a small adjustment renders the deck into original order? Brilliant.

The essays in the book are also great reading. If you enjoy magic theory, they are worth their weight it AU.

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Just skimming through it now but Poker Player's Picnic Plus and Count or Spell are two excellent self working tricks to do. 
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This is Poker Player's Picnic Plus. 
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That's really good! Freely cut packets and the kings can still arrive on the bottom of each one? Forget about it. I have no idea.

Thanks for sharing this, rready!

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Alright, Tony, knock it off! I have work to do and cannot be rushing off to crack my copy of Principia every time you post a cool demo... [biggrin]

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Very clever!

You could get a Royal Flush ending with exactly the same handling. At the end you'd pick up the aces from the four packets, leaving the spade at the face and table that packet at one end of the row. Then flip each packet FU, this time with the RF cards instead of the kings. It's there for anyone who like the RF ending. Just an observation.

Definitely very good thinking on Mr. Ong's part.

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I'm really enjoying the book. Poker players plus was the first trick I learned from it. It's actually a pretty easy trick to do and set up especially if you're any good at culling.
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Mike,

                    You're right, he is pretty clever. This one is called Count or Spell which is easy to do with a little memory work. 


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