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Topic: Dan Harlan's "Awakening"
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Sep 6, 2010 08:00PM)
MAGIC INC. has just posted a video demo of this and it looks great. Anyone know anything about it?
Message: Posted by: Floyd Collins (Sep 6, 2010 08:08PM)
Pete,
There has been a lot of talk about this.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=363550&forum=109&start=0

Floyd
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 6, 2010 08:50PM)
Its a short routines part of his lecture. Seems if anyone messes with the PN, it stirs up conversation.

Posted: Sep 7, 2010 9:58pm
The more I watch it the more I love it.
nice work from Dan.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Sep 11, 2010 04:37PM)
I saw him perform it earlier this at his lecture. It really fooled me. I love it.

He is performing it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRf0kgnN33A


Dynamike
[i][b][url=http://www.detroitmagician.com//]Detroit Magician[/url][/b][/i]
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Sep 11, 2010 05:15PM)
I am attending his lecture Monday night at IBM ring 6, and I look forward to meeting him.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Sep 12, 2010 12:11PM)
Dan is a special and talented guy, also BEST Magic M.C. in the business.

Got this as I'm a PF fanatic.
Happens so instantly, you almost have to repeat it via his own presentation, or come up with your own similar one.

There are two classic PF routines in my new book, and this is probably too fast a move for people to get on the first round.

The one and only weakness (if you want to call it that) that I could find, is that the ropes definitely may not be examined, though I never feel that is in any way necessary to the success of a PF routine.

Very nice rope included, detailed directions and presentation, a startling version.

So that's my two-cents,

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: auriuspd (Sep 19, 2010 04:37PM)
I got to buy this now and it's on sale at magic inc currently.
Message: Posted by: BrucUK (Sep 23, 2010 02:57AM)
I received this today in the UK, and have to say this is one of the cleverest, most brilliant pieces of thinking I have seen in a while :)
Looking forward to many hours of fun and entertainment with this.
Bruce
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Oct 5, 2010 06:29AM)
I too just received this in the UK...Dan sent it promptly and it's fantastic. As has been said, beautiful and clear directions that actually make sense, a very clever handling, and can actually be shown fairly openly all the way through if you're careful in your display. The method is so simple I was doing it in the first five minutes. Highly recommended.
Message: Posted by: Woland (Oct 5, 2010 06:33PM)
It took this amateur rather more than 5 minutes to feel comfortable with this remarkable effect. But after several weeks of practice, I felt able to actually show it to people today. I did not perform the routine as scripted by Mr. Harlan, but used the effect to illustrate several different themes with different small groups of people during the day. The instantaneous switches are completely astonishing and fooled everyone, even folks who happened to see it happen again and again. Most of the time, the setting was rather close in. The ropes cannot be examined, but simply putting them back into my jacket pocket was perfectly natural and casual, and there was no request to handle them. (I think that after pocketing them, a second set of ropes could easily be switched in and tossed out for examination.)

Woland
Message: Posted by: deadcatbounce (Oct 6, 2010 06:37PM)
Best $20 I've spent on anything this year. Brilliant.

DCB
Message: Posted by: Harv (Oct 6, 2010 08:35PM)
I love rope routines and have 4 or 5 that I do for different events. The thinking behind this routine is brilliant, but (and I know I'll be in the minority..perhaps a minority of one) I just find this routine far too repetitive.
Message: Posted by: MaxfieldsMagic (Oct 6, 2010 09:17PM)
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On 2010-10-06 21:35, Harv wrote:
I love rope routines and have 4 or 5 that I do for different events. The thinking behind this routine is brilliant, but (and I know I'll be in the minority..perhaps a minority of one) I just find this routine far too repetitive.
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Yeah, you keep thinking there's going to be a variation or a twist, but then there isn't. But the basic effect is impressive and clean. Not sure how it works, but if you could combine it with something else, that might be the way to go.
Message: Posted by: Woland (Oct 7, 2010 06:25AM)
It's evident from the video that Mr. Harlan's routine works very well, and as he has explained, it fits in with the general theme of his performance. As far as its being repetitive goes, with many effects, we avoid reproducing them too many times for the same audience, for fear that the eye will gradually become accustomed to the quickness of the hand. However, in this case, the transformation of the ropes is so instantaneous, and can be accomplished with a variety of perfectly ordinary, very quick moves, that the transformation from equal to unequal ropes and back again can be repeated many times without fear of discovery. As an amateur who is only now "learning the ropes," I thought that it would be helpful to master Mr. Harlan's routine, with the transformations performed in the order and in the manner that he recommends, before experimenting further. But there are undoubtedly many other ways of doing this.

May I add, the gimmick is absolutely brilliant, and helps immeasurably in performing this effect. I would bet that the more skillful, and careful, performer could do this without the specific gimmick, once the effect is completely mastered.

It happens now and again that we order an effect from a company, sight unseen, and receive a poorly printed, smudged and smeared, mildewed sheet of instructions, along with a cheaply manufactured, crude and ultimately obvious construction of cheap materials.

That is not the case here! In my opinion, you will receive more than your money's worth. The ropes are lovely, the gimmick is well made, innovative and original (I haven't yet found anything exactly like it in Gabe Fajuri's edition of Stewart James's Encyclopedia), and the instructions are more than adequate.

To add something to the description of how I worked this effect, I kept the ropes in my right jacket pocket, arranged so that I could rather quickly reach in and withdraw them, ready to go. The transformation can then be made a couple of times, with appropriate patter, and as I am finishing up, I just put them back in the pocket. Nobody even hinted they wanted to examine them.

Woland
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Oct 7, 2010 07:55AM)
I too agree that it appears repetitive and it wouldn't fit my style to do it as many times as Dan does it in his routine, however I also don't use other people's presentations, and prefer to come up with my own. I've come up with one that I find rather humorous (of course I'm biased) that works so well with these ropes, it's like they were meant to be together.

That said, this is a fantastic purchase and I'm shocked that it was only $20. As Woland said, you often get crummy directions and unclear pictures, but it's obvious that time and thought went into this, and I went so far as to email Dan to thank him for that when it showed up. If you're worried about repetition, this effect won't let you down...just use a little creative storytelling and you'll have yourself a beautiful routine. Dan also explains several variations of how to go through the transformations so that you're not doing the exact same moves each time.

Again, I can't recommend this enough...and it's so easy to do that you almost feel guilty when it looks so good in your own hands.
Message: Posted by: magicians (Oct 7, 2010 08:20AM)
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On 2010-10-06 22:17, MaxfieldsMagic wrote:
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On 2010-10-06 21:35, Harv wrote:
I love rope routines and have 4 or 5 that I do for different events. The thinking behind this routine is brilliant, but (and I know I'll be in the minority..perhaps a minority of one) I just find this routine far too repetitive.
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Yeah, you keep thinking there's going to be a variation or a twist, but then there isn't. But the basic effect is impressive and clean. Not sure how it works, but if you could combine it with something else, that might be the way to go.
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As much as I like the premise, you are right. It has several flaws. Keep in mind that this is and should be a lecture piece. It is not original, as I have found this in other routines. It is just in the forefront on this site.
Once past the premise of the basic move, there is an exposure (that had been discussed in the review section) and it is not really something I would want to show to non magicians.
Also, (having discussed this with Dan), it does not have to be manufactured, but Dan feels that it works better that way.
The technique can be found in old Hen Fetsch effect, but the impact for magicians is strong because it hasn't been seen in 50 years or more.The repetition is required so as to give it length and substance. As discussed, it cannot be handed out so it has no greater merit, to layman than any other effect (to them).
Magicians are always thrilled and baffled when the separation and return of the PN pieces are done. I have cashed in on the impact of moves like that as well. But, as I said, Dan has taking a lecture piece and "stretched it" into a routine.
I would use the pieces as part of a longer routine without repeating the one key move 4 times.
This thread should really have been part of the commentary in the tricks review section.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Oct 9, 2010 06:40AM)
I saw Dan Harlan perform it live and it kills. It begs to be repeated, several times! Even though I do professor's nightmare, I'd still want to perform this for certain gigs.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Nov 7, 2010 03:40PM)
Has anyone come up with a good way to get into this effect? I love it as an opener because it's visual and the story involves how I got into magic, but the handling itself is proving to be an issue if I'm not ready to perform it as soon as I get on stage. Feel free to PM me if you have ideas!
Message: Posted by: Floyd Collins (Nov 7, 2010 04:04PM)
Andrew
Do you use a case of any kind in your shows. I added the awakening to my parlor show many months ago, and I truly don't know why you would have a problem. I don't open with this as a matter of fact I use it as my third routine. As I am building and connecting with the audiance I start with the five card opener as the first trick I ever performed.

I then do Hold it Buster as the first trick I ever saw, and then Awakening as the trick I always wanted to do but never learned.

The ropes are in my case I do have them attached in a way that while the lid is open they are hanging so I simply go to the case and grab the ropes. Well that is what the audiance sees at least.

If your worried about the get ready don't, just keep talking they don't care what your doing.
Oh one other thing, for my first four effects I go to the case to get out what I need, I don't have them on a table or anything like that. So the audience is use to seeing me go to my case. However I could see laying the ropes behind other props on a table and getting ready right there no problem.

-Floyd
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Nov 7, 2010 04:17PM)
I have a case, though I don't typically have it open on stage with me.
In many of the situations I perform in (comedy clubs,) I get on stage and need to shake the hand of the person that's brought me up, which obviously is done with the right hand. My issue is that most of my act is self contained...pockets and such. That said, I'd like to be able to have the ropes in my left hand when I get to the stage, shake the hand of the MC, and get everything over to my right hand. If I had something like a case, I could be doing that behind the lid, but typically it's just me up there. Alternatively I could just re-learn it with the left hand, but wanted to see what other people were doing. I do like the case idea! I would love it if that were as easy for me, but I've come to find I can't always rely on the angles OR the performance setting (having a table or stool on stage) in a club setting.
Message: Posted by: magicians (Nov 7, 2010 04:34PM)
As far as a rope effect, one must choose which. This just doesn't have enough variety to stand on its own for me. Nice novelty move, (yet its an old premise) but I have many other superior rope effects with my own touch and style.
Also, the one exposure move is hard to take and then do anything else. I contacted Dan with a continuation from that point which he said he knew about but elected not to do.
The real problem is that it is predicated on the audience knowledge of the standard PN. Nice lecture piece, but definitely not a stand-a-lone effect for a pro.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Nov 7, 2010 04:48PM)
I don't use the exposure bit in my routine; I felt it was a bit much. I also only do the move twice. I don't think a knowledge of PN is necessary - what's magical is that I was holding three ropes of different lengths, and am instantly holding three ropes of the same length. It's that visual transformation that has gotten great reactions for me - and I have only performed this for laymen so far. I'm doing it for a group of magicians here at the end of the month, and I think their reaction will be different in that they think they know what's coming, but the comments I've gotten from laymen have been more than positive. I can see why Dan does the change so many times in his routine - it's difficult not to. I've had people ask me to do it over and over again (which I don't do.) My patter also involves how I got started doing magic, and this is the perfect effect to illustrate it. I've found it to be a beautiful piece to introduce my act with (even with the handling issues I was having.)

I'm no "pro" but I wouldn't say it's "definitely" not a stand alone effect. I think that's up to the performer. I've seen ten minute rope routines that bore me to tears. For my money, this is a great piece.
Message: Posted by: Woland (Nov 7, 2010 08:37PM)
@Andrew,

You can have the "long rope" in your right jacket pocket, and the short and medium ropes in the left. After shaking hands with the MC, casually reach into your pockets and retrieve the ropes. You can have the "long rope" set up so it is very smooth to do this. Then do a couple or three transformations, short-middle-long to 3-equal and back, and put the ropes back in your pocket. I don't think that audiences need to be at all knowledgeable about the PN routine to appreciate it, even without that business, and certainly without the near-faux-exposure-manqué, I think this is a very strong, very visual effect.

Woland
Message: Posted by: magicians (Nov 7, 2010 09:45PM)
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On 2010-10-07 08:55, Andrewzuber wrote:
I too agree that it appears repetitive and it wouldn't fit my style to do it as many times as Dan does it in his routine, however I also don't use other people's presentations, and prefer to come up with my own. I've come up with one that I find rather humorous (of course I'm biased) that works so well with these ropes, it's like they were meant to be together.

That said, this is a fantastic purchase and I'm shocked that it was only $20. As Woland said, you often get crummy directions and unclear pictures, but it's obvious that time and thought went into this, and I went so far as to email Dan to thank him for that when it showed up. If you're worried about repetition, this effect won't let you down...just use a little creative storytelling and you'll have yourself a beautiful routine. Dan also explains several variations of how to go through the transformations so that you're not doing the exact same moves each time.

Again, I can't recommend this enough...and it's so easy to do that you almost feel guilty when it looks so good in your own hands.
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I Pm'd you with the extra move Dan and I discussed.
Message: Posted by: Floyd Collins (Nov 8, 2010 05:42AM)
Before Awaking was ever released by Dan he performed it in my back yard during a summer cookout. My wife, who does not care for rope magic, loved it. She asked Dan a few times to repeat the trick she just could not get enough of how the transformation took place. Mind you my wife has been married to me for 25 years and gets how most tricks are performed, she was floored with this.

Not a stand alone effect for a pro ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? That is a matter of taste and style; and ones ability to mode it into something more then you can do with some everyday ropes. It is just as much a stand alone effect as any other PN type of effect.

Is it a stand alone effect to perform to magicians in a contest? NO, because magicians like things drawn way out. However I don’t make money performing for magicians I do that for fun.

With that said, using the current script is just fine however if you feel it is not standing on its own as an effect then you really need to watch the reactions of your audience and re-script it to make it fit your style more.

For me I get bored to death watching rope tricks that goes on and on. In the case of the awakening the magic is so strong that it bears repeating to the audience so they can see the magic you just performed with rope again. The reason is because most if not all cant believe their own eyes the first time. The instant change at the end I feel is the topper to the routine and should not be skipped.

Having the ropes in your pocket the way Woland described is just how Dan did it for me the first time. I too have done this with them in my paints pocket the key is using both right and left pocket to organize everything.

-Floyd
Message: Posted by: magicians (Nov 8, 2010 08:06AM)
Its only that great, if you are starving for new material. Your enthusiasm for it is what the audience reacts to. I can get a gasp and great reaction with a vanishing knot. I still say its a great puzzle, repetitive, but its not the holy grail of rope tricks. It is, novel.
My problem, is, that if you are a rope technician, it (the transposition move) is also NOT a new effect. It also does not allow you much freedom to expand as you are fairly locked in to it. (although I personally could do a half hour around it). What Dan has done is make a 3 dimensional puzzle and repeats it until the audience gets it. Give me Whit Hayden's, or Sands work over this any time. The refreshing part of Awakening is that Dan does not borrow any work from other rope artists.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Nov 8, 2010 08:40AM)
I wouldn't say I'm starving for new material. I could do hours of material with a single deck of cards - does that mean I should never buys gaffs to create new routines? Never work with coins, or sponge balls? What's wrong with branching out and working on something new?

It may appear "novel" to a magician, but the spectator has no idea how it's done. Call me naive, but I had no idea how this was done before I bought it. That's what I love about magic; the mystery, even as a performer, still exists for me. I also don't think this needs to be "new" to be impressive. Cups and balls moves aren't new but there's nothing wrong with building a routine with them - that's how we advance our performances. If we all did the same routines in the same ways, there'd be no variety out there.

Seems to me there's some bitterness because this is getting good feedback. Shouldn't that be encouraged? I'm not calling it the holy grail, nor am I calling it a brand new thing that's never been done before. I'm simply saying it works for me and Dan was a pleasure to deal with, and that's what I care about. Don't discredit the effect it has on audiences - it's a killer. A rope routine doesn't need to be ten minutes long to have a strong impact.

To each his own, I suppose. Arguing opinions about what plays well is pointless; my only concern is with the integrity of the inventor, which I believe Dan has, and my audience reactions, and they've been nothing short of fantastic when it comes to this routine. 'Nuff said.

Posted: Nov 8, 2010 9:48am
Woland - thanks for the tip! That's kind of where I was headed but I hadn't worked out the exact details yet, so you pushed me in the right direction.

Floyd - are you referring to the instant change at the very end, where the ropes go from the same length to different lengths? I love that portion and want to figure out a way to incorporate that. As my routine stands right now it doesn't really fit but it's an ongoing process, and that last move is indeed a nice variation and visually stunning.
Message: Posted by: magicians (Nov 8, 2010 09:19AM)
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On 2010-11-08 09:40, Andrewzuber wrote:
I wouldn't say I'm starving for new material. I could do hours of material with a single deck of cards - does that mean I should never buys gaffs to create new routines? Never work with coins, or sponge balls? What's wrong with branching out and working on something new?

It may appear "novel" to a magician, but the spectator has no idea how it's done. Call me naive, but I had no idea how this was done before I bought it. That's what I love about magic; the mystery, even as a performer, still exists for me. I also don't think this needs to be "new" to be impressive. Cups and balls moves aren't new but there's nothing wrong with building a routine with them - that's how we advance our performances. If we all did the same routines in the same ways, there'd be no variety out there.

Seems to me there's some bitterness because this is getting good feedback. Shouldn't that be encouraged? I'm not calling it the holy grail, nor am I calling it a brand new thing that's never been done before. I'm simply saying it works for me and Dan was a pleasure to deal with, and that's what I care about. Don't discredit the effect it has on audiences - it's a killer. A rope routine doesn't need to be ten minutes long to have a strong impact.

To each his own, I suppose. Arguing opinions about what plays well is pointless; my only concern is with the integrity of the inventor, which I believe Dan has, and my audience reactions, and they've been nothing short of fantastic when it comes to this routine. 'Nuff said.
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My "starving" comment wasn't directed at you. I should have listed a quote.
Yes, Dan has integrity, but this effect is not original which is my contention. That is to say, that I have seen the "move" done before, and have even shown it (the rope juxtaposition) in my rope lecture for years. Congratulations on your success with it.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Nov 8, 2010 11:32AM)
I hadn't seen it prior to Dan's release. Is the method the same, or the move? (Perhaps they are one and the same, I'm not sure.) I just wasn't sure if he had come up with a new way of achieving the same result, or if both the effect and the method were created earlier on?
Message: Posted by: Woland (Nov 8, 2010 01:37PM)
Others have mentioned that Mr. Harlan's effect could be performed without the gimmick that he has devised. Maybe so, but it would be, I think, much more difficult. The gimmick is ingenious, and makes the handling nearly effortless. I think that makes it very smooth.

Woland
Message: Posted by: Floyd Collins (Nov 8, 2010 04:29PM)
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On 2010-11-08 09:48, Andrewzuber wrote:
Woland - thanks for the tip! That's kind of where I was headed but I hadn't worked out the exact details yet, so you pushed me in the right direction.

Floyd - are you referring to the instant change at the very end, where the ropes go from the same length to different lengths? I love that portion and want to figure out a way to incorporate that. As my routine stands right now it doesn't really fit but it's an ongoing process, and that last move is indeed a nice variation and visually stunning.
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Yes the flash moves at the very end.
You are correct about it being a an ongoing process, take the Awaking and make it your own. It is very strong in your face magic.

Floyd
Message: Posted by: magicians (Nov 9, 2010 05:45AM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-08 14:37, Woland wrote:
Others have mentioned that Mr. Harlan's effect could be performed without the gimmick that he has devised. Maybe so, but it would be, I think, much more difficult. The gimmick is ingenious, and makes the handling nearly effortless. I think that makes it very smooth.

Woland
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When I watched the effect originally, I never saw the need for a gimmick. As I have done the "move" many times as part of a longer routine.
I also watched his effect silently and not distracted by patter.
I have decided that I have been too harsh in my criticism of this effect. The brilliance of the routine is to not to have concern that you have no way in or out of it. While the "moves" have been done as integral parts of other works, the routine makes us look at the "kodak moment" so to speak. The bold handling of the acrobatic movement around the center piece. (I am skirting reference to the method).
The repetition of the moves is also brilliant since you have no choice if you do not incorporate another effect.
Message: Posted by: Floyd Collins (Nov 9, 2010 05:58AM)
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On 2010-11-09 06:45, magicians wrote:

The repetition of the moves is also brilliant since you have no choice if you do not incorporate another effect.
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I was doing ok with your post till this point, Would you please elaborate on your statement here.

Floyd
Message: Posted by: magicians (Nov 9, 2010 06:17AM)
The routine calls for you to repeat the moves. In doing so, it forces the spectator to see the size difference and dwell on it. Other routines that use the "move", only do so briefly and the impact is lost.
Message: Posted by: Floyd Collins (Nov 9, 2010 03:15PM)
Thanks for the clarification and the PM.
Message: Posted by: Woland (Nov 9, 2010 03:26PM)
A nice thing about Mr. Harlan's handling is that his repetitions force the participants to confront the transformation without challenging them. They are encouraged to enjoy the magic with him, he is not trying to baffle them or "fool" them.

Woland
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Nov 19, 2010 08:07AM)
Just performed this as part of an international business strategy presentation for my master's program. It was my first time doing it in a public setting, and though I altered it to fit the presentation, it went over nicely! I love it when you can use magic to spice things up like that.
Message: Posted by: magicguyri (Feb 1, 2011 06:57PM)
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On 2010-11-09 16:26, Woland wrote:
A nice thing about Mr. Harlan's handling is that his repetitions force the participants to confront the transformation without challenging them. They are encouraged to enjoy the magic with him, he is not trying to baffle them or "fool" them.

Woland
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I quite agree with Woland. Prof. Nightmare has been a staple of mine, almost to the extent of being my 'signature.' I look forward (read that I am excited) to start using Dan's routine. Bravo...Bravo!
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Feb 1, 2011 08:53PM)
It is a great effect, and on another thread I awarded it my Rope Trick of the Year Award for 2010, no matter what others think (my own private award - don't look for an invitation to the award ceremony). I was so impressed I bought one for Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki as a Christmas present. It was from him that I learned the trick is still in progress and not at all near the end of its evolution. Qua-Fiki came back after some weeks of practice and had converted the gimmick so it could be removed at the end, and then the routine can continue without a gimmicked rope going off in a new direction which I won't reveal (keep an eye on Qua-Fiki). I think that is the hallmark of a great effect. It was true with Hen Fetsch's "Quad-Ropelets" which turned into the Professor's Nightmare, which continued evolving and hasn't showed any signs of stopping even past Dan Harlan's "Awakening." Each "improvement" has led to another.
Message: Posted by: Woland (Feb 2, 2011 06:37AM)
That sounds great, Professor Spellbinder. I will keep my eyes open for the enhancement when Qua-Fiki decides to publish it.

Woland
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jun 25, 2011 11:57AM)
Saw Dan do this in his show at the Castle. Very strong effect. If I were to get it I would shorten the routine and maybe go into something else with the one fair rope tossing the other pieces into my bag.
Message: Posted by: SteveFromSpokane (Jul 3, 2011 11:09AM)
I just got mine recently. Simply eye candy for the spectators.

When explaining that I can do it but don't know the secret, I like to explain I can make a TV work by turning it on but really don't have a clue how it works either.

Posted: Jul 3, 2011 10:25pm
When I say simply eye candy, I don't mean to lessen it but it is just enjoyable to sit and watch.

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On 2011-06-25 12:57, Pete Biro wrote:
Saw Dan do this in his show at the Castle. Very strong effect. If I were to get it I would shorten the routine and maybe go into something else with the one fair rope tossing the other pieces into my bag.
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I thought about that too using one the longer fair rope. But it quite short and not certain what routine I could use with that length of rope.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jul 10, 2011 06:55PM)
Segueing into Dean's Box? Ring off Rope. Stretching rope.... lots of things.
Message: Posted by: Terry Owens (Jul 17, 2011 06:15AM)
I just got it in yesterday and I love it...one thing that went through my mind if you work with children, you could develop a fantasic routine for kids with this...talk about how you wish you could make the ropes all the same size, you do it, the kids see it, but every time you go to look at it, they are back to three different sizes (look but don't see concept)you could milk this one and the kids would go crazy...and the adults would totally blown away...
Message: Posted by: SteveFromSpokane (Jul 23, 2011 08:13AM)
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On 2011-07-17 07:15, Terry Owens wrote:
I just got it in yesterday and I love it...one thing that went through my mind if you work with children, you could develop a fantasic routine for kids with this...talk about how you wish you could make the ropes all the same size, you do it, the kids see it, but every time you go to look at it, they are back to three different sizes (look but don't see concept)you could milk this one and the kids would go crazy...and the adults would totally blown away...
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I like your idea there, it got me thinking more about it. Perhaps one could do a takeoff of fairy tales with a a collison of The Three Little Pigs and Godilocks. One moment you have the Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear in Goldilocks and in a second you have the Three Little Pigs.
Message: Posted by: DanHarlan (Mar 23, 2014 12:46PM)
I've finally found time to make video instructions for The Awakening. I'm offering these FREE to anyone who owns this effect. I've already sent the link to everyone who ever ordered directly from my site, but I'd like to make sure everybody else can get them, too... regardless of where you purchased The Awakening. If you're interested, simply contact me through my email address below and tell me how many illustrations are in the original printed instructions for The Awakening. If you've lost them, you can still contact me and include a small picture of yourself with the ropes. I'll respond with a link to the video.
--Dan Harlan
danharlanmagic@yahoo.com
Message: Posted by: MagicofDesperado (Dec 4, 2017 06:38PM)
Does anyone know what kind of rope is used in the awakening? I am using a similar type of rope (with that shiny slippery finish) for another effect but haven't stumbled across more of it until I bought "The Awakening".

Thx
Message: Posted by: John Long (Dec 4, 2017 09:13PM)
The effect really fooled me the first time I watched it... but
Isn't this more of a magician fooler? (especially since Dan's patter conditioned us to think in terms of Prof. Nightmare).

Seems like if I showed this to non-magicians, a very standard rope gimmick would come to mind.

For those that have performed this for a lay audience, do you think this is really better than PN?

John Long
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 15, 2017 11:58AM)
Right John! I DO NOT LIKE HIS TIPPING THE LINKED BIGHTS which is the basic principle of PN.

EYE CANDY, YES.
Message: Posted by: poolside (Jun 13, 2019 01:04PM)
I saw Dan perform this at a Penguin event in Tampa last week and immediately ordered it online. I can't wait to do this for my local magic club. I am surprised to find out how long this has been out there without me ever seeing it as I have seen a lot of PN routines over the years. Anyway... seems like a terrific effect to show a bunch of magicians already familiar with it.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jul 17, 2019 05:54PM)
It's definitely a great step up from the standard PN.

I have a nephew who is learning magic. I heard he learned the standard PN, and is doing good. I was asked for my input on rope magic, and I want to inspire him. I think I will blow him away with Awakening.