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Woo Hoo! Finally ordered AOA volume 1...
Patiently waiting on the front stoop for the UPS man to arrive...
(in 4 days)
I've been debating this purchase for years! Not sure what the debate has been though...
HMMM
Never forget to dream!

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I'm assuming you're talking about the book, right?

All I can say is: enjoy! Paul Harris was\is one of my biggest influences. I can still recall sitting up late at night, at like 3.a.m. pouring over his original books back in the 80's. Each book was truly refreshing in style and content. Having the original books all collected into 3 volumes is an absolute treasure.
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I also have all 3 books, and they were my best purchases ever!

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The real magic of magic is there.
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J Warrens - same here. I have all of his early books. Half of what I do today comes from those books.
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You will enjoy it! I too, remember staying up late reading Paul Harris, but I never saw the originals. I was staying up late with Art of Astonishment! Great stuff, and his writing style is so humorous. This is the kind of book you'll have to go through again. I overlooked many gems the first time through!
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On 2011-08-30 08:10, j100taylor wrote:
J Warrens - same here. I have all of his early books. Half of what I do today comes from those books.


I *miss* those days. Sigh.

Magic has changed sooooo much since then.

Cheers.
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On 2011-08-31 04:58, J.Warrens wrote:
I *miss* those days. Sigh.

Magic has changed sooooo much since then.

Cheers.


I get nostalgic too - but I think magic in particular has changed for the better.
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Yes - I agree. I love it when I spend good hard-earned cash on valuable information that only myself and those who have purchased the same should be privy to. I love it even more when a thousand or two more people get the same thing I paid for - for free!

Yes, it's wonderful. Hopefully creators will stop releasing their stuff and then maybe once again, we can level the playing field.

I think that finally, our numbers have swelled to such proportions that the public has suddenly realized how "special" we are and that our art is just that: Art.

I think that the terrible, sterotypical, one-line cracking, Sankey Ammar Malone Whatever Clones have done us all a great deal of service. So have smart phones and the ability to google on them.

I gave up a long time ago and joined the dark side of the force mwah - ha - ha!!

Oh yeah - and BTW, if anybody needs any book or video, give me a holler and I can point ya in the right direction of where to get it FOR FREE.
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I believe I've just committed peer suicide LOL.
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On 2011-08-31 19:49, J.Warrens wrote:
I believe I've just committed peer suicide LOL.


Not really. I feel ya!
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Huhh?
Is anyone else confused about J. Warren's post?
Maybe just me Smile
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On 2011-09-01 10:41, KyleMacNeill wrote:
Huhh?
Is anyone else confused about J. Warren's post?
Maybe just me Smile


It was deliberate. Smile

Just expressing a few pains, that's all. BTW, don't anybody bother messaging me about where to get stuff - I was kidding about that part.

Cheers.
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Unless its someone pretty special,like the devils picture book, or Sick by Ponta the Smith. I far Prefer a good book once in a while! Art of Astonishment is probably going to be my next big book purchase.
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On 2011-09-01 16:02, SimonG-97 wrote:
Unless its someone pretty special,like the devils picture book, or Sick by Ponta the Smith. I far Prefer a good book once in a while! Art of Astonishment is probably going to be my next big book purchase.


There's the spirit! Books are wonderful. You definitely won't be sorry you purchased these.
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Best books in my collection too.
And most of my repertoire still comes from them.

Dave
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Waiting for mine at this very moment...oh GOD!
The things that are most real to me are the illusions which I create...everything else is quicksand...
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I haven't purchased AOA, primarily because I have all the originals. For those of you who have the originals and AOA, is there enough difference or added material to make it worthwhile to purchase AOA? I've been debating since they've been released!
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Chatterbox: I would say there is. The "Anything Deck" is worth the price of admission alone.

What I find real interesting is in examining the small number of effects that were left out of inclusion in the AOA books. That alone, is very revealing.

One thing I think is a real radical concept is Paul's thoughts on how to make a person disappear. It's like the old double-agent double-cross [squared]. Amazing insight into how the mind of Mr. Harris works.

So, despite the fact that I have the originals, I enjoyed them quite immensely.
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