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Dear marknem7 (if that is your real name),
I declare emphatically that I do NOT know the secret to "The Awakening," and I am (in fact) also completely clueless when it comes to the secrets of all the magic I do! However, in my own defense, I don't feel that my inability to learn the secrets of magic should in any way detract from my ability to do it. Thus, having cleared that up, I can assure you (and others who may purchase "The Awakening") that it comes complete with instructions that contain the secret... which I do not know... that you may choose to read if you are into that sort of thing.
Yours in mystery,
--Dan Harlan
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Dan,

This looks amazing, and I can't wait to see you're lecture June 1st! I'm really looking forward to it. Smile
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On 2010-05-22 17:26, marknem7 wrote:
I'm confused. If Dan never learned the secret to this trick, as he himself states numerous times on the video, how can he possibly turn around and sell it to other people?

I'm going to be cautious with this guy and will order only one until he declares he knows how to do it.

Better to be safe than sorry, you know.


I guess you didn't know that Dan is caught in a vicious time loop of his own creation. His future self knows how everything works, but only teaches his present self how it works after the routine. It's a paradox. Or as the goats said when they saw Donald and Daffy coming their way, "Oh, it's a pair of ducks."

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On 2010-05-22 18:08, DanHarlan wrote:
Dear marknem7 (if that is your real name),
I declare emphatically that I do NOT know the secret to "The Awakening," and I am (in fact) also completely clueless when it comes to the secrets of all the magic I do! However, in my own defense, I don't feel that my inability to learn the secrets of magic should in any way detract from my ability to do it. Thus, having cleared that up, I can assure you (and others who may purchase "The Awakening") that it comes complete with instructions that contain the secret... which I do not know... that you may choose to read if you are into that sort of thing.
Yours in mystery,
--Dan Harlan
PS--As one pregnant goat said to another, "Do they know we're kidding?"


Thank you, Mr. Harlan, for clearing that up for us, along with all the rest of me.

Having been re-assured, I'm now quite sure you won't need to send me the secret instructions when I order The Awakening from you.

But I will take one goat, should you have any left.

Your Web site, please?

--marknem7 (my Confirmation name)
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If anyone wants to order this inexpensive and impressive effect, PM Dan directly.

Even if he is clueless about the secret.
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By the way, I want to say something about Dan's magic and his thinking on magic. Dan is one of those guys in magic that makes me want to leave mentalism and return to regular magic. He has a way of coming up with diabolical methods and funny presentations and quirky structures.

Time and time again I've seen his mind at work and I sit back and think, "Man, I want to do magic again." There are a few guys that do that to me when I see them work... Dan is high on that list.

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Hallelujah! Mine arrived, and all I can say is "Thanks Dan!" This is great!

If anyone is hesitation about ordering, I would advise you to not delay, while Dan is still being nice.

You will be shocked when you find out the secret that you'll never know. Elegantly simple. In fact the genius in this is the utter simplicity in itself.

I have been looking for a better PN for a long, long time, and this fits the bill perfectly!

You might even call this professor's nightmare for the space age, (if that term is not considered outdated.)

Dan should sell this for double the price.
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After playing around with this, I discovered that it is quite possible to do the effect without the tiny gimmick, but the addition of the gimmick makes it 200% easier and prevents the possibility of dropping the rope and exposing the secret.

I still think it's genius.
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On 2010-05-17 02:05, gman wrote:
When I saw Dan do this at the lecture in Reading PA I first thought it was Dances with Ropes but then I was really caught off guard when I found out it wasn't because the method he uses no one would think of it being that simple.

Should have purchased it when you were in Reading. This is going to be a killer.

Just watched the quick video of the effect. It has an element of Dances with ropes as an "in plain sight" move, but it is not the same at all. Here is "Dances".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsWClZ2rkEk
I can see, however, it could be incorporated as one of the "prelude" nightmares in my routine. Very nice, Dan. I am impressed and would love to have you lecture in Florida.
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Dan first showed me this trick about a year ago at his home while messing around with some magic. Then he had very little scripting worked out and just did his thing improving along the way.

As a personal friend I never ask Dan how something he is working on is done ( I just hope he shows me Smile ). However I had to break this rule and ask. I was shocked at how easy this is to perform and I was way off the mark with how it is done.

Simple, Direct and in your face magic, the Dan Harlan way.

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Good stuff, man! Dan has a winner here!
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Just got this and it is great. I love it when you get something and are pleased with the working of the trick. You will fool yourself with this the first time you do it!!
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Apparently Dan fools himself all the time with it. He still has no idea how it's done.(lol)
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I'm still trying to figure out his Missing Think...I perform it, and still don't know how the heck it works .. but it is awesome... Smile ...
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You serious?
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Just got mine north of the border.

It's taking a lot of will power not to drop everything I'm supposed to be doing (rehearsing effects for a show) and start playing with The Awakening.
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On 2010-06-03 12:52, dgcuff wrote:
Just got mine north of the border.

It's taking a lot of will power not to drop everything I'm supposed to be doing (rehearsing effects for a show) and start playing with The Awakening.


Totally agree. I have kept it on my desk, and keep picking it up to play with it. So smooth and fun to just practice, let alone perform.
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Just got this last night at the lecture here in NC. This is just what I've been looking for. Great job Dan! Very funny and simple to do trick that amazes. Of course I haven't been able to practice but a few times yet but this is definitely going in my act. Thanks for such a sweet deal!
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Fast delivery from Dan all the way to Australia...I am impressed. It is a pleasure to perform, easy repeatable sequence...and a definate fooler...it is like trick camera work. Just hope I can find a place for it in my show....so much fun to do just for yourself. I would like to know why Dan chose the thicker ropes rather than the standard magicians rope.
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Regarding the thick rope:
You would soon find, if you were to try every available kind of rope (as I did), that the thick rope allows you to easily find the ends without conscious effort... plus, it looks like ROPE... like the kind people are used to seeing... not some soft, limp, stringy stuff that you're trying to call "rope." If you work for large crowds (especially), you need to use substantial props. Also, I like my props to stand up to repeated use without looking worn out. Thus, I have chosen the best rope for "The Awakening."
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