This book is an amazing read for any magician! Not only are the effects fantastic, but mixed in
within the effects are short essays on magic and astonishment and many jokes. I laugh one page,
marvel at the next, ponder about the next, etc. Paul Harris has contributed alot to magic with
these books. I would recommend getting the entire series with this book.
NOTE: A lot of
people say that this volume is the weakest volume of the three, but weakest doesn't mean that this
book is bad. By no means! Although 1 and 3 have a bit more applicable material, this book is
needed in the series as much as the other two. Make sure to get all three of these books!
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Paul Harris Art of astonishment series is a collection of books he'd written in the 70's, 80's and
early 90's that reshaped close up magic. Volume 2 is considered the weakest book in the art of
astonishment series and it contains Immaculate connection performed by David Copperfield and
twilight by Doug henning on national television specials so that should tell you something about the
quality of magic you'll find in these books. Paul's magic is very attainable. Difficulty varies from
trick to trick but the hardest stuff tends to be the flourishes, like the betz poker roll which is
included in this book. I've been doing Paul's magic since I was 12 years old with a basic
introduction to card magic behind me. The Immaculate connection is one of my all time favorite
pieces of magic to watch and to perform. Don't overlook Osmosis another linking card effect like no
other. Cellophane Surprise is something I've used often to great effect. Hiccup and The Altman
maneuver which are two very powerful card transposition effects. Double Decker can knock people
over. McGimmick, Fizzmaster are really powerful pieces of impromptu magic you can do with borrowed
items while you're out to lunch with co-workers or at a barbecue. Give the Floating deck and How to
pop a floating deck a try for someone. You might be surprised at how strong the effects are. Don't
overlook flutter, it's a killer. PDQ#2 is a very easy coins across routine that looks great.
england's penetration is a gem. These are just a few things I use often. Volume 1 is a masterpiece
and volume 3 is close behind but there are more than a few heavy hitters in this volume as well. I
bought a set back in 1997 and Bought a new set from penguin recently because these are books I want
to have for the rest of my life.
Paul Harris is on of the most amazing magicians out there today. This book is a collection of some
of his amazing tricks. The tricks in the book range from beginner to advanced. Not everything in
here is great but most of it is. Some of the best tricks are:
Hiccup: A double
transposition of cards that happens right in the spectators hands
Flapjack: A cool four
Fantasy Aces: An even cooler four ace revelation
I would recommend
picking up all three books in the set if you are really serious about doing magic.
This is one of my favorite sets of books. You will learn a lot of magic and technique in these
books. you will also learn a lot of psychology and presentations. There are so many close up tricks
in this book you will wonder where to start. This is a book you will refer back to time and time
again. Add to cart and prepare to get busy. If you liked book 1 this is a must have.
This is a must-have for any street performer. This series of books is loaded with professional
routines. You can easily adapt many of the moves you learn in this book to your own routine. This is
a book that will help magicians become good magicians and good magicians become great magicians.
What can be said about Paul Harris's Art of Astonishment set? Imagine a set of books that cater to
most every magician's needs!! These books contain amazing effects, and within them, you will find a
number of effects for most any setting. The three volumes are comprised of the best of Paul's books,
as well as new material. So many people rushed to get the True Astinishments dvd set when it came
out, but how many have not checked out where it began?
For me, this was an incredible
investment. I got superb card material - re-set, las vegas leaper, bizarre twist, galaxy; some
brilliant mentalism routines - deep thought, angel case as well as some excellent pieces of
astonishment - shape of astonishment, counterfeit spectator, fizz master, twilight. Talk about bang
for your buck!!
I don't think I could give this set any higher of a recommendation.
I have all three of Paul's books ... It isn't the magic in them that makes them so great because
there are a lot of super effets out there ... it's Paul. The first book taught me the difference
between entertaining an audience and the importance of Astonishing them. Teaching people that it is
OK to know its a trick and still have those few seconds of WOW!!!! before they remember that.
I have tried to use Pauls attitude in my work more than his effects since reading these books.
It has also helped me enjoy the magic of others more by allowing myself to be Ashtonished!
Best investment to date in Magic. Best deal on the net? Penguin of course! Love you guys.