Art Of Astonishment by Paul Harris - DVD
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Paul Harris is perhaps the single most creative force magic has ever had to offer. Known for his offbeat effects, natural presentation, and deceptive methods, Paul has been on the cutting edge of close-up magic for over two decades. On this DVD you will be treated to nine astonishing "pieces of strange to unleash the moment".
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like being the only one at the party not smoking dope Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 8th, 2015
Sorry, this might be "heresy" to criticize the work of one of magic's "greats"... but this DVD was a complete waste of money. It was like spending an hour with everyone else smoking dope, when you're not... they all seem to think everything is funny and clever, and you don't.
Paul's come up with some great ideas of the years, and there's no doubting his skill - but this DVD is NOT an example of that. Maybe if presented radically differently I might see it all differently, but honestly it was just painful to watch these folks squatting on the floor being shown tricks that were - if you ain't smoking somethin' - really not that astonishin'.
Very disappointing purchase. There was really a "Kings New Clothes" feeling here - why isn't everyone else giving this one star?
Good but not for me Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2010
I was hoping for better. I really like Paul's excellent teaching style and calm voice and demeanor. Super easy to learn from. But the effects on this video are like the rejects from the art of astonishment books. Sorry, but Flesh has never been that impressive. Unshuffling Rebecca is OK but I would just rather do a real Triumph. None of these routines are all the difficult so if you are looking for some easy material then you will probably find something good.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 8th, 2015
Had they excluded the over-the-top private reactions, this dvd would be more tolerable. Nonetheless, the effects themselves are fun and quite varied.
My favorites is night shades, then shape of astonishment followed by angel case. If you have the AOA box set, the angel case gimmick gets used in a different routine.
These three are not knuckle busters, just like the others being taught.
They're visual and visceral.
Paul Harris The Art of Astonishment Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 18th, 2015
ANGEL CASE ALONE IS WORTH THE PRICE OF THE ENTIRE DVD. THIS IS A VERY CLEVER EXAMINABLE CARD BOX GIMMICK THAT CAN BE USED TO SWITCH IN ANYTHING YOU WANT SUCH AS DOLLAR BILLS OR CARDS. YOU IMAGINATION IS UNLIMITED WITH THIS GIMMICK. I CAN'T RECOMMEND THIS ENOUGH. I'M RATING THIS 10/5 STARS.
I'm astonished Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 11th, 2013
I like this DVD project. Sure, it's a little strange the way it was put together, but at the end of the day it's the effects that matter. I love seeing PH work regardless. I really like Unshuffling Rebecca, Nightshades, Shape of Astonishment, and Fizz Master. Wayne Houchin likes Fizz Master so much that he used it in his stage show. The other effects are fair, but not my cup-o-tea. Regardless, I highly recommend this to anyone. The effects are not difficult from a technical standpoint.
Not bad Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 27th, 2012
I really enjoyed the boomerang card bit. I would do it differently, because it is just too difficult for me to do it the way he teaches, but it was the first time I saw someone explain it and it inspired me to come up with a method that works for me. However, the DVD was put together in a wierd way, with a LOT of talk talk talk before getting to an effect. Then, it was really wierd that after each effect, the spectator would get with his or her friends to tell them how amazing the trick was. I didn't quite get why it was important to sit through someone telling someone else why Paul's trick was so amazing. Maybe there is something I am supposed to learn from this. Perhaps it shows the differences between what is said and done in performance and the way it is remembered afterward. All in all, not bad, but now the best DVD.
A Great Buy Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 10th, 2010
Paul Harris' Art of Astonishment books are some of the best magic books out there. On this DVD you will learn some of the best stuff featured in those books. The improve nightshades, Backlash, and Unshuffling Rebecca are probably the best tricks on the whole DVD but you may feel otherwise. If you can't afford to buy the books, this is a great way to start.
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