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doodah
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Just a quick note to clarify something in the table of contents info above...Regarding my humble contribution to Paul's opus...

"295 Tensegrity (Astonishing Friends): An oddity you can contruct and display in your home. An apparent levitation."

Tensegrity is not a levitation...but a partial suspension. It can be done surrounded in most circumstances. It is a simple and unusual effect that truely messes with people's minds. It has fooled every magician I've done it for...for what that is worth. The reason I chose it to be included in Paul's book (thanks Paul) is that the principle behind it has GREAT possibilites. I rather hoped others would pick up on them and develop more effects. Time will tell. Paul's Series..AoA...is WELL worth the price. Even if you use NONE of the great effects (that would be foolish) you will get an insight into the creative thinking process of one of the most inventive minds on the planet.
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The Art Of Astonishment books are one of the best investments I have ever made in magic. So much practical, visual, and entertaining material and almost all of it suits my performance style. They are also so much fun to read with hilarious essays, method descriptions, photos, and pipe-dream style effects near the back , some of which could actually really work well.

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The effects are great, but the writing is what makes me come back and reread these again.
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Although initially reluctant to obtain AoA due to price, I was finally persuaded to purchase the 3 volume set by the numerous very positive Café comments regarding the desireability and quality of the contents. I am so glad that I took the plunge! Prior to the purchase, I was not familiar with Harris' work. However, reading through (and working through) the effects which are presented and described in AoA have been wonderfully positive experiences.

As good as the effects are, I almost enjoy the reading more! Michaelmystic2003 hit it right on the head: the magic contained in AoA is visual, entertaining and sometimes rather quirky (that last sentiment is mine, not Michaelmystic's).

Because of the amount of good material spread over the three volumes, I am happily anticipating many hours of reading (and performing) pleasure in the months ahead.

Angelo
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You can't beat Art of Astonishment. Some of my favorite effects include Las Vegas Leaper, Super Swindle, Cros Twist, Cardicians Blendo, and Mondo Nifty Invisible Palm.
-Alex
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Hello, I know the description from Doug Atkinson's site was published here at the Café about 2 years ago, but this website looks interesing. What is the web address to Dog Atkinson;s site?

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Chris
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<BR>Chris Hrusa
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I found it I was putting too many words into google and that's why I wasnt able to find it. When I was less specific I found it.

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I actually liked Born to Perform, although I'm not a big fan of Oz Pearlman. Its certainly a good place to start for beginners and is something I'd highly recommend to any aspiring cardician. That being said, I CAN NOT recommend the AOA series more. It was recommended to me by a magic shop owner here in town about 10 years ago or so and I finally picked it up about a little while back and it has not disappointed. It is a wealth of Close-Up ideas the likes I've never seen anywhere else.
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