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On 2010-06-19 01:46, DanHarlan wrote:
Good news! I recently had the pleasure of performing in Raleigh, NC with Jeff McBride at an event where I also had the good fortune to have Phil Wilmarth in attendance at my lecture. Phil, in addition to being a past President of the IBM, also OWNS THE RIGHTS to the original "Professor's Nightmare!" Pretty cool, right? Well, he told me that "The Awakening" is a great improvement and he gives it his full blessing! Sweet! Thanks Phil!
--Dan Harlan


I'm not surprised. This is the best improvement or advancement I have seen in thirty years. Like most of us, I'm kicking myself for not thinking of it. Simplicity to the ultimate. The only difficult part is memorizing the patter, which is integral to the routine. But this is par for the course from Dan.
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Just saw Dan perform this at a lecture in KC tonight. Waaaaaay cool! It was especially entertaining to see a room full magicians giggle like little kids. Very visual and very commercial. Thanks Dan.
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We're having Dan Harlan lecture for us at IBM ring 6 in Springfield Pa. on Sept 13th. With all the great reviews, we're really looking forward to it.

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This is ****ing AWESOME!
Read over the instructions & had the moves down in about 15 minutes. I have been standing in front of the mirror doing it over & over for the last half hour & it looks amazing!

For something to look so magical & no real "moves" almost makes you feel guilty.

I have that funny Christmas morning giggly feeling in my belly Smile

Thank you Mr. Harlan Smile

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"Thank You" to everybody for all the great compliments on "The Awakening." I'm glad you enjoy it as much as I do. If there's anyone who hasn't seen the clip yet, take a look:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRf0kgnN33A

If you want to get one, just PM me for ordering info!
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I like mine a lot! As the man said, there is barely a real "move" in the routine. Not in the traditional sense.

The patter is tough to memorize, though. I'm still working on that because it is obviously integral to the routine and adds a ton of entertainment value.
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Looks great Dan well done! Smile
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As are all Dan's releases.
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Well I must say this is just fantastic. Ordered this on Tuesday and It was here on Friday. It was very well packaged and the instructions were well written and a piece of cake to follow. So easy to learn and it really looks like magic. Everyone should get this It's the best twenty bucks I've spent this year.

Dan, Thanks for the great service and wonderful piece of magic.

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This is definitely going in my parlor show.
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I caught Dan's lex 2 days ago at SAM 6 in Baltimore. Awakening was definitely the 2nd most impressive part of the lex! Having done PN since I was about 14 (rather not say how loooong ago that was!), this is definitely going to replace my old way.

BTW, the _most_ impressive part of Dan's lex was his emphasis on theatrical principles and how to use them to make your magic more entertaining. That stuff may be old hat to many performers, but as an engineer who works magic bits into my short courses a lot of this is a brand new way of thinking. Thanks, Dan!
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I've been playing with Dan's latest release for several weeks now and have posted my official review Here!. Enjoy! Smile
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My PN routine is a combination of Proffessor's Nightmare and Professor's Day Dream. I've had nothing but excellent results with it for many years. There are a lot of interactions between both myself and my spectators. One of the things I like is that the ropes are able to be examined by spectators. I understand it's not necessary the spectators examine the ropes, but in my routine, it adds to my particular presentation.

Will I be able to use the ropes that come with Dan's routine with my handling of PN with the added benefit to incorporate the visual aspects that Dan's ropes will allow?
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Anyone?
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The ropes included with Dan's routine can be shown pretty fairly throughout, but can't actually be examined by the spectator.
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THe magic community is very fortunate to have the great inventive minds of Ian and Dan. Also when they present their magic they are so relaxed and confident, they exude a feeling of warmth and likability immediately.

This could be a good lesson to those younger magicians starting out. Practice, practice, practice. Perform often until you can 'do the moves' with your eyes closed. This way you can concentrate on your presentation and misirection. Be yourself. Relate to your audience, smile, get them involved.

You are there to entertain them, not show them how much more smarter you are than they are. If you don't have the personality, or acting ability to attract people and make then like you, do a mime act like Cardini or Marvyn Roy "Mr. Electric".

Watch videos of all the successful performers and you will see why they are popular. I never had these tools when I was younger. younger magicians today are at a big advantage with all the resources available. Remember, It's always better to do a few effects very well than a hundred half-assed.


Dan and Ian are two pros. They have been doing magic all their lives and have done hundreds of shows. They are always willing to share information with others and are really all around nice guys. I am proud to be a member of an art that has such wonderful people with one thing in common. Our LOVE OF MAGIC!
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On 2010-10-03 20:53, nonvpro wrote:
My PN routine is a combination of Proffessor's Nightmare and Professor's Day Dream. I've had nothing but excellent results with it for many years. There are a lot of interactions between both myself and my spectators. One of the things I like is that the ropes are able to be examined by spectators. I understand it's not necessary the spectators examine the ropes, but in my routine, it adds to my particular presentation.

Will I be able to use the ropes that come with Dan's routine with my handling of PN with the added benefit to incorporate the visual aspects that Dan's ropes will allow?


Probably not. It would be a little difficult to use this in conjunction with another handling. Not to say its impossible... just not conducive.
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On 2010-07-02 10:27, chappelly wrote:
This might be good for magicians but it tips professors nightmare.
I wouldn't be doing this for the public.


Me too, I would think twice about the fact of showing a similar rope position of PN which could give the audience a hint of how PN could work.
It's not a straight give-away of the trick technique, but if you've shown to a repeat audience PN in the past and you switch to Dan Harlan's "The Awakening" it could give them a little hint.

This said : The routine and the trick technique is awesome. Magical Dan, just magical !

Oliver.
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I know it's a little off topic but can anyone think of any routines that could be used along the same theme that Dan uses in the demo?
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I used this effect yesterday at a Heritage Park 2 hr. walk-around, and it got raves,.. ooohs and ahhhs every time.
It's a keeper!!
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