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On 2008-04-30 23:33, Ben Harris wrote:
Everyone!

The UPS guy has come and gone, the shipment clinging oddly to one inner wall of his van.



FUNNY!!
Man, I'm excited. As a pre-release sale dude, I'm keeping an eye out for that brown van!
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I just ordered enlightenment and the shifter from hanklee.org

now the wait begins.. Guess I'll only be getting it by the 20th or so (being in south africa and all)
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Got it this morning (I am in Aus). First impressions - PHENOMENAL, Ben has spared no expense or effort in bringing a magical moment of enlightenment into all our lives through discovering his entire journey to creating this piece. The results of this creative marathon are truly amazing to behold.

I am at work now so only had time to have a quick glance over it all but will post more later when I have time available. Congratulations on delivering as promised Ben!

Cheers,
Al
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Al,

I thank you, kind sir.
I look forward to your further and deeper comments, in due course.

Cheers

Ben
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OK, so here goes...

Typical day in the Al Straker household lately...wake up, must noodle around with enlightemment for a few minutes. Two hours later... whay am I so hungry? Missed breakfast again while carried away with levitating a card. Finally eat, back to Enlightenment for a bit more 'refining' of handling, subtleties etc. Seems like only minutes and the call comes up LUNCHTIME!!!! Quickly slam down a bit of grub and back to... practicing Enlightenment. And so on it goes. Gotta tell you this thing is seriously addictive, I just can't stop watching the magic!!??!#@!

I decided to build the 'Deluxe' model of Enlightenment. Ben offers two options to get your 'Enlightenment' functioning (assuming you wish to do a floating card with it), one is a quick start and the other will take a bit of construction work, nothing difficult, just some time. It took me half a day to put together the whole thing and I am very pleased with the results, it has been providing HOURS of entertainment already and that is just for me and my children. It will be thoroughly worked out at my gig next Sunday - Currumbin RSL Mother's Day Function.

This really is a paradigm shift in close up levitation. It is one of those things you perform in the mirror to yourself over and over again and you laugh and laugh as you watch this incedible suspension of a magical moment happening right in front of you. You wonder again at the creative genius of Ben Harris and the mind that conceived this amazing thing.

One thing to advise you... be very very careful when you open this thing and for goodness sake don't start playing with it before you read the instructions. It IS delicate and it IS important to follow Ben's instructions to the letter!!! Don't leave it laying around near PK gear or you may end up in tears. As long as you read Ben's booklets supplied you will have no problems.

I feel like I am almost a Jedi now with this new found 'Enlightenment', performing it really is the closest thing to creating real magic I've felt in a long time.

Long live Harris!!! Smile Smile

Cheers,
Al
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyGhApqnG7I

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnN3JNmeKns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU_zfOvpneA
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Hey Al,

Thanks for making my wait for my enlightenment to arrive more painful.
Question: 1. Whats the maximum height the card can go off the deck witout breaking anything?
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Hi Ben,

I purchased Enlightenment and the Paradigm Shifter. Is there any reason to be concerned that they may be packed together? I just read Al's post about not leaving it too close to any PK gear and wondered if the close proximity in shipping is a concern.

Regards, Steve
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Al, thanks for the great info and exciting time your having with Ben's creation!!
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We should go to THE GOOD , THE BAD AND THE GARBAGE now that it is released.
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Has anyone that has ordered from hocus pocus received theirs yet?
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Called them the other day and they said it would be about a week or so. so patience is the game with this one.
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Al,

Thanks you for taking the time to look at this properly. I really appreciate your thoroughness. I'm so glad that you are "feeling" the the power. This is Jedi-stuff.

Thank you also for your warning about treating this with care, reading everything carefully, etc. It is too easy to rush ahead and then (possibly)damage the gimmick IF YOU DON'T READ EVERYTHING CAREFULLY--FIRST!

Thanks again Al, thanks for really "getting this", for understanding it's heart, soul and intent. I hope that your performances next week are truly amazing.


The Mac:

The maximum height is about an inch. There is no fear of breaking anything if you learn to drive properly. It's like learning a few yoyo tricks, or learning to ride a bike. Crawl before you walk. It's nothing difficult, it just demands your full attention.

Yachanin:

The Enlightenment gimmick is packed in such a way within the boxed set that it is oblivious to any magnetic pull from The Paradigm Shifter no matter the proximity. Relax. All is cool. We thought it all through. Once unpacked, YOU MUST KEEP THEM SEPARATE.

Magicman899:

Stock is enroute. Hocus Pocus will start to ship in about a week or so, as reported by Ferrissteve.

Floating Bill Demo at the blog.
http://www.wowbound.com

Cheers

Ben
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I don't have Enlightenment yet and am waiting with baited breath.

Some thoughts before I can report on it:

From what folks are saying, I think Ben's words mean so much "feeling" the the power. This is Jedi-stuff".

Remember from Star Wars and the Empire Strikes Back, Luke had the power, but needed to learn to control it.

I'm so pleased to hear that you can't open the box and perform Enlightenment. We'll have to learn to control the power. AMEN!
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The floating bill demo looked completely awesome - this is one of the things I am most excited about.
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I just ordered mine from Hocus Pocus yesterday. I can't wait!
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Star wars, jedi's..lol..magicians are such geeks
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Aren't they just... I'm so glad this thing seems to be turning out to be great.. If it hadn't after all the build up in this thread I thought we were going to see another EPISODE ONE: THE PHANTOM MENACE
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Cool soundtrack on that floating bill demo. According to the credits, it's Ben playing on a PRS. Nice sounds Ben. I like your use of the major seventh chords with lots of reverb, to give it that ethereal, jazzy sound.
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Ben,
Just to let you know mine has just landed here in the UK..
Off to chester races for the next 3-days so wont have time to
give it the attension it needs just yet

john
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Penguin Magic has this up on the site now. It says its in stock and ships within 24 hours. So I guess the people who ordered from Ben should be getting them any day now.

I too got the letter from Ben. I was just wondering, In the letter it says that the gimmick that is used is different when you buy the custom deck. Is that true or is it the same? If so, I didn't realize that there were different gimmicks in production. Its the first I had heard about that.

Tim
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