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John Long
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I reread your post and noticed a reference to Atkinsons site, can you provide the site? I would like to be able to acess that type of information.

Does anyone know how I could obtain video clips of the AOA trick being performed. It would not only help me determine if I would like to learn the trick, but would also help me learn it.

Has Magic Café ever considered archiving video clips for this purpose?

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andre combrinck
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Paul has a AOA video out, that teaches mostly his newer stuff in AOA.If you really want to see more try-Stars of Magic Smileaul Harris.The Stars set consists of 5 tapes/DVDs and show a lot of the effects in AOA including Bizarre Shrink,which is not in his books.And yeah,they're all brilliant!
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I bought the first book a while back and I haven't looked back since, it really is great! check out stapled and Buck Naked, they're possibly my 2 favourite routines in there

Jonathan Rice
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Andre, Teh bizzare shrink IS located in the AOA, but under a different name. Personally, I find the Paul Harris VHS tapes on the expensve. THe material is golden, but I just reccomedn the book more. Supposedly he will be releasing a DVD set with his efects on it, but we shall see. I don't know anymore about the DVDs than what I just posted.
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I bought these books and incorporated so much into my routine. The ideas are genius.
Definitley in my top 10 list of books. I loved these so much. I rememer opening them for Christmas. Awesome set.
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The ideas are indeed very good (I can only speak of vol.1)

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Corey Harris
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I enjoy AOA volume 1. I recently ordered volume 2 and 3 as well and should be recieving them within the week. Loads of effects. worth every penny you spend on them. Some effect like all are easier than others. But well worth the time to practice the effects.
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LoL I bought all 3 one day just spur of the moment from my local magic shop--the owner, a friend now, offered a cash deal on the set of 3..i couldn't resist..that was 2 months ago..i still have yet to look thru these books. Now reading these post, I can not wait to go home later to look at them!

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I have had these for almost exactly a year and not a single day has gone buy where I don't at least skim through a few pages. In my opinion that says quite a bit.
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I agree, they're a goldmine of material. But now with his 12(?) DVD set coming out, full of "improved" handlings, it seems that there is going to be another landslide interesting effects from Paul Harris. I'm curious to see how he has improved on some of these now classic effects.
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On 2005-01-07 15:21, Clifford the Red wrote:
Paul has a great skill in examining the properties of things, whether it be cards or whathaveyou, and finding curious illusions based on those properties. So many of his card tricks are more than sleights, but quite unique effects that create a cool illusion. Most of his stuff is quite visually striking.

that hits the nail on the proverbial head.
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As Editor and Photographer for Paul's "Art of Astonishment" I read this topic with great interest. In my somewhat biased opinion, the material in these three volumes is priceless. You can make living with the tested, highly commercial routines in these books. Buy them!
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one - Albert Einstein
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Get these books timofy! You will not regret it.
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I'm a visual learner and I throughly enjoy the Stars of Magic DVDs Vol. 1 and 2 by Paul Harris. There you see Paul performed the classics and they are truly timeless!
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On 2006-05-27 18:59, magicgrandpa wrote:
...In my somewhat biased opinion, the material in these three volumes is priceless...

The money I spent on these three hefty tomes is definitely some of my most well spent. Back in the 70’s I bought a copy of Paul’s “Close-Up Entertainer” and found the “Side-Winder” effect alone to be worth the price of that book. These books (and Side-Winder is in there) are no different. They will pay for themselves (many times over).

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I perform just Galaxy and Re-Set on a regular basis, these two tricks alone are worth the price of all three books IMHO.

Regardless of the actual number of tricks you eventually pull out of these three volumes, they represent a vision of what true magical thinking looks like.

They are, for me, far more than "three books of tricks".
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I have to agree with most of what has been said above. I bought all three volumes as a deal and have been delighted with both the quality and quantity of material included. If you are willing to take the time to read, study and practice the material these books really are a gold mine of information.
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One of the best things about AoA is that the writing is entertaining in and of itself. If you have any interest in magic you'll have the time of your life reading them.

You can read and re-read AoA just for the joy of reading it. With most other books - even the well-written ones with great effects - that's not the case.

With AoA you will go back and read about effects you don't like and don't intend to perform, just because the descriptions are so much fun.

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AoA is not a good introduction to magic. HOWEVER, it is a spectacular resource if you have a basic knowledge. You also need to be willing to "do the work" rather than the quick fix type of magician. I highly recommend the set!
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Would definately agree that the writing is one of the best things about these books. I've been flicking through them again having not looked at them for a while and they are just incredibly entertaining to read and the effects are just what I want from a magic effect, especially some of the new stuff like apple, bizarre and puzzling. Just wish I could get some us notes to try stuff like buck naked. Also if anyone knows where to find a lip balm container that will work for Lip Balm please tell me.

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