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Charlie

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What do you guys think of his magic?

When I saw david copperfield perform the immaculate connection it made an indelible mark on my psyche and  a few years later ended up being the first card trick I ever performed, during a 6th grade talent show. I still remember making the trip to tannen's to get a copy of the manuscript and being refused sale by several employees who deemed me unworthy, a demonstrator sold it to me provided i promise not to perform it until I was certain not to expose the method. I practiced for a month or more before doing the effect and it killed. After the response it got from the audience I began hunting down Harris effects or gimmick versions that were similar. Up to that point i was doing prop magic only. I bought a copy of las vegas close up was all but useless at that point because I knew nothing of sleight of hand at that point, it was like reading latin but a few months later i met a great NY close up magician who took the time to mentor me and it all became clear! [biggrin] .

I always got great reactions from people performing some of harris effects (the ones that actually worked anyway) even things I didn't think would go over or were gags would stop people cold so I find myself relearning some of my PH favorites from my AOA books now. I did a few last night at a party including bleached blackjack which I always thought was rather obvious and had a clumsy ending but people seem to love this effect.

browsing some online magic shops  I  was disappointed not to find any new books by Paul in the 20 years since AOA but only a few gimmick tricks. I saw a video set called true astonishment but it looks like it covers/updates a lot material from his earlier books. I don't really do gimmick magic(unless i make them myself) Does anyone know if Paul is going to put another book?

I was really excited find the instructional videos like adventures in closeup i used to see for 60 bucks each on the back of tannens magic manuscript were still available, although at a much more affordable price. Already added the JAPH maneuver to my repertoire. I will say though, his performance is not what imagined reading his books all those years ago.


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I've always liked his PDQ Coins Across, Interlaced Vanish, Bizarre Twist, Unshuffling Rebecca, Reset, and one for which i can't think of the title. Coins vanish from your hand and appear a card.
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I don't think he has any plans for a book.  But you never know with Paul, that could change in an instant. 
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My introduction to Paul Harris was "Super Swindle." It was an entertaining routine and it fooled the heck out of me. I still set it up and do it from time to time. 

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I don't think he has any plans for a book.  But you never know with Paul, that could change in an instant. 


I hope so. I've been away from magic and w a s looking forward to some PH magic to get into.


picked up the stars of magic volume 2 A couple weeks ago, I always wanted those but they were too expensive. It's cool to see paul perform, already added a few effects I dismissed in print.

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Are any of his gimmick effects or paul harris presents other magican videos really good ?I saw uv nightshades? I loved doing the improvement version.
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My two favorite Harris effects that have remained on and off in my repertoire for over thirty years are The Vacuum Cleaner Cards and Flapjacks.

One I think is overlooked and perhaps under-rated is his Language of the Cards routine, not performed it for many years eand you need plenty of table space [smile]
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One I think is overlooked and perhaps under-rated is his Language of the Cards routine, not performed it for many years eand you need plenty of table space [smile]


I've never heard of that routine.

I was going through my AOA books and there was so much i never performed. I used to love ending a card routine with solid deception.

 I performed improv nightshades, bleached blackjack, cellophane surprise, grasshopper, the bizarre twist, the J.A.P.H. maneuver and fantasy aces and uncanny this weekend, all of them got really great reactions

I'm really glad i picked up his stars of magic videos. Even though the handling on some of them has been updated in the AOA books There were quite a few of his effects I didn't believe would work for me, after seeing them I've changed my mind.
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don't forget "whack a pack", really funny routine.
and one of my favourites is "a shuffling lesson", it leaves spectators spechless because you never touch their packet (I doubt if the original routine is from harry or not, but I learned in his AOA videos)
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reflex and whack your pack is the same trick? 

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reflex and whack your pack is the same trick? 


Yep.

Sorry I can't make the reply more verbose! I would if I could!!


Forgot Reflex, I did use that 'at the time', and "Solid Deception". Whack Your Pack was the supposed 'improved' version of Reflex but I always thought the earlier presentation played stronger even if it was considered 'illogical'. 

"Language of The Cards" appeared in the Tannan produced book, "Close-Up Kinda Guy".


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      There are a few items of Paul Harris's in APOCALYPSE including - interestingly - the very first item - the cover item of the very first issue of APOCALYPSE - January, 1978 (Interlaced Vanish).
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One of Paul's effects that I used to perform was "Screenplay." In this effect a spectator picks a card and then she should concentrate and look at a reflective surface, oh for example the TV screen (where there is a video playing)... "concentrate..." "concentrate..." and suddenly, on the screen, the spectator sees the chosen card for about 5 seconds... The Two of Hearts...

I did this effect for a friend about 25 years ago and she still remembers that effect... she really flipped out with it...

Another effect I do is Bush Whacker. A card penetrates another card while sandwiched between 2 cards...

These effects can be found in this DVD (originally on a VHS):

http://paulharrispresents.com/products/stars-of-magic-2-paul-harris-dvd

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Bizarre Twist really did it for me.

I did a few of  his items years ago.  Definitely Solid Deception... man that was a long afternoon of gluing to get that together. 
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Bizarre Twist is one of the all time greats
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...and one of my favourites is "a shuffling lesson", it leaves spectators spechless because you never touch their packet (I doubt if the original routine is from harry or not, but I learned in his AOA videos)


The Shuffling Lesson appears in AOA book 3, but the creator is Chad Long, not Paul. I agree it is a great trick.

My introduction to Paul, same as EvilDan, was Super Swindle. It blew me away. I learned it sometime back in the 80's, and at the time I wouldn't do any tricks that would destroy a card, it just felt blasphemous. That all changed once I learned Super Swindle. The reactions were worth it.

Las Vegas Leaper, Bizarre Vanish and Bizarre Twist were some of the others that I first learned. They are all pretty easy to do, as well.

So yeah, I'm a fan of his magic.

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My favorite Paul Harris creation is Immaculate Connection, and I must get back to performing it.
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One of my favorites (from the old VHS tapes) is Unshuffled aka The Perfectionist. Used that routine many times, absolutely LOVE the "proving spreads" immediately prior to ending with a randomly shuffled deck. In some ways it's the reverse effect to OOTU ( although not "hands on", like OOTU is).
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      There are a few items of Paul Harris's in APOCALYPSE including - interestingly - the very first item - the cover item of the very first issue of APOCALYPSE - January, 1978 (Interlaced Vanish).


That's really cool. seeing Interlaced vanished performed was one of the things that made me a fan of Paul's. I'm working on that one now and seeing the illusion in the mirror is startling. that's not always the case with magic (for me anyway) once you know the method.
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Speaking of interlaced vanish. I just realized the print version has a different handling than the version taught on his video Close up classics ( now sold as a compilation of his VHS tapes titled stars of magic dvd volume 1)  have a different handling. I think the video version offers several advantages to the one in print  including having all 8 cards openly displayed at the beginning rather than starting in packets, concealing them and using all 4 aces as opposed to 3  as well as counting off the interlaced cards instead of displaying them as a fan later on in the effect.

There's a follow up titled interlaced space (1996) in art of astonishment which is yet another version. It's not the one that's taught on video, it may an even better version of the trick but I haven't tried it yet. It's surprising that Paul didn't include the method taught in the video when he updated interlaced vanish in his art of astonishment volumes since the video was shot after Apocolyse and las vegas close up were in print but well before AOA was published.


Has anyone used the (video) version of interlaced vanish?  It's got me wondering how many effects on these VHS/DVD's  have an alternate possibly superior handling?
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My high school science teacher claimed there was a trace of Napoleon's urine in every glass of water served on the planet. I think he was trying to teach us about evaporation and molecules and stuff... but I sat between two cheerleaders, so I was distracted!

With that in mind, (the Napoleon--not the cheerleader--part) I would theorize that any serious card magician who's taken up the deck since c.1980 has--at the very least--traces of Paul Harris mustache molecules in their act... or, as Mr. Harris might say, "pieces of strange."
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When I lived up north and hung out at California Magic and Novelty Paul lived in the Oakland Hills with some friends and would come in frequently. He was a great guy-- almost like Cain in Kung Fu-- just wandering the earth with his special powers! LOL

One of my favorites is "Mickey Mouse Math".  Not sure why it didn't catch on with all the flourish guys... I used to love watching him do that!

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I've wanted to see paul perform since I read a copy of the magical art journal featuring his act back in 89/90.  Whenever I go to Vegas I ask around to see if he was performing anywhere and he never was (or at least I was not invited).
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The creative genius of Paul Harris and his thoughts on Astonishment have intrigued me for years.

Ten years ago there was a great interview/article with Paul in Magic Magazine which I read numerous times - I gifted the magazine to a young magician a few months later, but I sometimes wish I'd taken a copy of the article as it was so inspiring.

Maybe I'll come across it again one day on my travels.
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I've always liked his PDQ Coins Across, Interlaced Vanish, Bizarre Twist, Unshuffling Rebecca, Reset, and one for which i can't think of the title. Coins vanish from your hand and appear a card.


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If you can handle it from the beginning well enough, Bushwhacked is a miracle. I've never been fully confident in the set up though.
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There are tricks for which the author should probably be canonized i.e. elevated to sainthood e.g. Roy Walton for Card Warp. There are many such items in the magic lexicon.

But Paul Harris has so many such items that he'd have dozens of canonizations. He's at the top of the list of those who should be canonized IMO.

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Agree totally with you Mike. Many fantastic items were in the original books and didn't make it to the AOA set.  
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