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Art of Astonishment, Volume 2

by Harris, Paul

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Category: Close Up
Media Type: Book
Publisher: A-1 Multimedia
Publication Summary: 1996, 320 pgs.
Format: Hardbound with Dust Jacket

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Highlights - Counterfeit Spectator, On a borrowed dollar bill, the printed signature of the treasurer of the United States transforms into the spectator's name; Swiss Movement, An ingenious P.H. discovery enables you to mysteriously animate an ungimmicked Swiss Army Knife. Completely impromptu, works with any Swiss Army Knife ... anytime; Cincinnati Two-Faced Blues, Two of those pesky advertising cards that clutter up your deck are accidentally selected ... and then transformed into an impossible object that was secretly already there; Fizz-Master, Cause the carbonation to travel magically from one soda to another. Absolutely killer ... completely impromptu.; McGimmick, You levitate a milkshake using only your finger ... then you completely vanish the milkshake leaving only its crumpled container.; Osmosis, European genius, Sylvain Miroug's four-phase Linking Card masterpiece using just two single cards. An incredible new principle. Is it better that Immaculate Connection or Cardboard Connection? All three are in this book, so you can decide for yourself.
Date Added: Mar 16th, 2003
MLA SKU: fhedORdjs002ur


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June 23rd, 2014 7:03am
Reviewed by Josh Burch
Paul Harris is an amazing magical creator and this book is a wonderful sample of some of his best work. It is put together as a little bit of a best of Anthology. It might have an essay here or a section of a set of lecture notes or a booklet that he put out along with interviews and touches from other creators. For 35 dollars you get a ton of great magic in an easy fun to read format. There is way too much great stuff to outline it all but I will give you my favorites.

Counterfeit Spectator has the distinction, as many of the tricks taught in the book do, of being performed by David Blaine on television. Basically what happens is you cause the signature on the bottom of a dollar bill to change into a spectator's signature. This has some extra prep but it is more than powerful enough to make a great impression.

Putty Buddy and Putty Buddies Pal are 2 effects that use silly putty as props. I will use this as a replacement for sponge balls from time to time when performing for... [Read More]

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