Bro Gilbert, consultant for Criss Angel’s Mind Freak show joined forces with Paul Harris to produce the landmark 9-DVD set, “True Astonishment”. Listen as he talks to Alvo Stockman about his experiences working with Paul on this epic set of DVDs.
Imagine that thrill when you were a kid and got your first bike, your first dog, your first car. Imagine the thrill you got when you read the early Paul Harris books or the Art of Astonishment books. These are all moments you will never forget. You’ll get that same feeling as you take a journey through Paul Harris’ True Astonishments.
True Astonishments will be Paul Harris’ current, definitive, and final legacy. This is a monumental project of the highest caliber from the production to the material… it’s simple, elegant, practical, and beautiful. True Astonishments is one of the most important projects to be released in the last 30 years. With the True Astonishments Collector’s set you will get:
- 9 DVDs in three fold cases with elegant images and artwork to inspire.
- Material ranging from exciting new creations by Paul and friends to groundbreaking work on many Paul Harris classic effects.
- Effects with cards, coins, bills, business cards, lighters, bottles, leafs, buttons, oranges, and so much more.
- Interviews with David Blaine, Eric Mead, Michael Ammar, Eugene Burger, Jeff McBride, Mac King, Chuck Martinez, Looy Simonoff,. and with Paul himself.
- Secret props to help create cutting edge astonishments.
- In addition to the jam packed reputation making content contained within, you’ll also find yourself twisting along secret passageways filled with hidden treasures. In OVER 40 hidden easter eggs throughout the DVDs you’ll discover amazing bonus effects, interviews, and footage just waiting to be found.
- Performances and teachings by Bro Gilbert, Wayne Houchin, Jeff McBride, Cheng Lin, Andrew Gerard, and other top creators and performers.
- PHoote Notes for most effects which is Paul discussing his thoughts, ideas, tips, and added handlings for each effect.
- The TA Pen which will revolutionize the way you think about magic with dollar bills.
- Truly astonishing effects, interviews, philosophy and beautiful landscapes, all specially shot in the rain forest of a tiny beach town on the coast of British Columbia. The live performances include a cast of friendly dogs, walks in the wilderness, weird PH tidbits and a local spectators who experience the True Astonishments.
Be part of what some believe may be the most important project to come along during our time – Paul Harris’ True Astonishments..
Here is a peek into True Astonishments:
Twilight Angels: Wayne Houchin performs a beautiful rendition of this classic PH effect. Paul has said repeatedly that this may BE his all time favorite effect.
Backlash 2: Paul and TA director Bro Gilbert took one of one of the most popular effects from the Art Of Astonishment books tore it apart, rebuilt it from the ground up and pumped up the ending till it explodes.
New Leaf: Another ingenious organic piece of strange from Paul and Bro. This new version of Leaf moves into the spectator’s hands completely, and with a simple rubbing, everything becomes whole again. The next time you’re in the middle of the woods and someone asks to see something magical you’ve got a lifetime supply of props and a beautiful little moment to share.
Cheng’s Change: This is mind-blowing. Perform Zapped! with normal cards. Five cards visually morph into five different cards right under their noses. Did we mention NO GIMMICKS?
Big Tiny: A spectator’s signature reassembles itself and multiplies in their hands. They honest-to-god truly mix up the cards and then the ink morphs into their name.
The New Las Vegas Leaper: Ok, this is so brilliant and so simple! Basically, you do the original PH routine with some new touches and add a whole new twist to end on. You’ll kick yourself for not having thought of it.
Tubular: Paul’s impromptu miracle where two signed bills impossibly morph into one bill with both names… all in the spectator’s hands.
Cheng’s Riser: The card visually and slowly rises towards the top. Then with barely a wave of the hand it melts right through to the very top. No gimmicks, just beautiful methodology.
Growing Card by Tomoyuki Shimmura: This bizarre piece of strange happens in full view. A card visibly squishes out of shape as it slowly stretches and grows to twice its size in full view. Beautifully performed and taught by Robert Smith.
Casanova Inc: Steve Haynes contributes two streamlined elegant handlings of his breakthrough Casanova Concept with business cards.
Half Moon Trading Company: Paul has devised a brand new principle that is guaranteed to expand your mind using a normal card case and a borrowed imagination.
Half Moon Voodoo: A new re-wired version of Guy Hollingsworth’s Voodoo Card that ups the happy and glad quotient. You can show the deck freely before the start of the trick. There’s nothing to find.
Pack of Lies: A brand new look at the PH Vanishing Deck. Bro’s knock-out handling will forever change how we vanish our decks.
Solid with Happy Ending: Paul’s completely new method for the classic Solid Deception. The deck goes solid just like before but this time the cards happily undo themselves.
Dr. Fun: After over forty attempts Paul finally nailed this biggie that has all the impact of Deep Astonishment and The Anything Deck, except you can use ANY deck. Imagine the emotional impact when you are able to predict the happiest moment of someone’s life!
Name Dropper: A spectator is able to mysteriously and visually print her own name.
Lubor’s Lens: This is the definitive work on Reality Twister. For everyone out there who just couldn’t figure out the right presentation for this, the wait is over. Along with a brand new presentation, you get your very own Lubor’s Lens included with the set.
Naked Strange: Paul’s immaculate gimmickless, impromptu version of Strange Travelers. Simple, powerful and true.
Gerard’s Warp: Andrew Gerard adds a new psychological twist and turn to Card Warp that left Paul and Bro speechless. Andrew warped their minds so thoroughly, they had to go back to the tape and re-examine what they thought had happened.
Transcendental Bar Bet: Transcendental Bar Bet: This is the PH completely hands off, in your face (and on the table), card vanish. Oh yeah, the deck is completely normal and you never touch it during the vanish. The spectator actually vanishes the card herself.
Extraordinary Proof: Andrew Gerard is back with a self-working Stop masterpiece that leave your holding your favorite spectator’s hand. All you have to do is show up and deal.
Tensegrity: Patrick Snowden’s strange improbably balanced card sculptures have been pumped up to a new gravity-defying level. Can be done anywhere, surrounded, etc. A true piece of strange that leaves one dangling from the crumbling edge.
Reswindled: PH’s hand picked choice as the definitive version of Reset. Caleb Wiles has come up with the real work. The two piles never touch and he’s added a fully integrated big finish!
Smoking Eye: This beautiful feature PH creation with a couple of signed examined matches was inspired by Paul’s kid sister Janet when, after surgery, wisps of smoke began coming out of her eyeball.
The Weirdling: Michael Weber has taken a stack of those coffee cards you get at your favorite local java joint and flipped them inside out. Comes with your own special coffee cards.
Ripped and Fryed: Charlie Frye has come up with the most incredible Torn And Restored Technology to date! Whether you play with this in the mirror or on the town, you will love doing this!
Cellmates: Meet your soulmate!. She gets your number, you get hers and you both share plenty of laughs along the way. Cellmates is Paul’s no-pressure romance inducer with a no-worry ending that puts the odds in your favor.
Water Trap: Bro Gilbert’s unimaginably cool new approach to Doug Bennett’s signed- coin- in- matchbook plot. A genuine breakthrough new method that allows you to improv the prep with a normal matchbook in ten seconds!
Dunn’s Deal: Shaun Dunn presents his version of Galaxy. This time, the spectator is shuffling her whole way through the entire effect. Just when they think it’s all over… you tell her to shuffle again.
Invisible Palm by Wayne Houchin: You’ve seen the video of Wayne performing this for years, now learn all the finesse and handling he’s brought to this PH classic.
Truly Screwed: This is the new and improved Improv Screwed Deck. Incredibly visual and a treat for your fingers. And the really screwy thing here, is the worse you do the key move here the better it looks.
Belly Button: This is Paul’s unbelievable brainstorm for doing card through window with a campaign-type button.. using the spectator’s own shirt as the window!
SOS: Paul’s new version of Color Stunner is more streamlined, simplified and simply a better more joyous thing.
Muscle Bend: A borrowed coin bend that starts and ends with empty hands. Involves a mystery “organic ungimmicked gimmick” that will change the way you bend coins forever.
Unstable Label: Andrew Gerard’s “Label to Inside of Bottle” with no palming or gimmicks. Perform with a normal bottle in a moment’s notice.
TA Pen. Having fun yet? This 9th and final DVD includes a special PH custom gimmick which will not be available separately for quite a while.
What is the TA pen? It’s a new gimmick that makes immaculately clean bill changes, switches, and animations. Everything about the pen is self-contained and can even be handled and used as a normal pen by spectators.
If you thought this is all enough to keep you busy for a couple of years, you’d be right. But there is one last final thing on DVD 9: Paul’s very own Angel Cake.
Angel Cake is….a slightly troubling once-in-a-lifetime principle. This slice of ph cake almost definitely will give you some sleepless nights contemplating the philosophical implications of this karmically loaded astonishment.
Angel Cake is…a brand new theory in bill changes that allows you to….well, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.
The DVD’s have over 40 secretly hidden EASTER EGGS with bonus effects and interviews. You will receive a special PDF file that includes ALL the locations of these easter eggs .
Secret effects and interviews include:
Butchered Bunny Bill (apologies to Robert Neale)
Son of Cellophane Surprise – Daniel Garcia
Paul Harris Interview #1
Blaine Interview #1
Bizarre Twist – Paul Harris Performance and Explanation
Immaculate Breakthrough – Paul Harris Performance and Explanation
Conjunction Rhadha Thombre Explanation
Chuck Martinez Interview
Looy’s N.I.T.E. Story
Overkill – Paul Harris Performance and Explanation
Eric Mead Interview #1
Classic Napkin Rose – Taught by Chris Randall
Card Mucking 1 – Jason England
Performance and Explanation
Osmosis by Sylvain Mirouf
Unshuffling Rebecca – Paul Harris Performance and Explanation
Eric Mead Interview #2
Paul Harris Interview #2
Shuffling Lesson by Chad Long – Performance and Explanation by Wayne Houchin
Shuffling Lesson by Chad Long – Performance and Explanation by Jeff McBride
Tap Dancing Aces – Paul Harris Performance and Explanation
Bizarre Ad Shrink – Paul Harris Performance and Explanation
Fizzmaster – Wayne Houchin Performance and Explanation
The Burger/McBride Interview
Immaculate Connection – Paul Harris Performance and Explanation
Blaine Interview #2
Orange – Taught by Joan Dukore
Jachques Olet and Kylie Layton Interview
Ammar Interview #1
Eric Mead Interview #3
Flap Jacks – Paul Harris Performance and Explanation
Zen and the Art of Boomerang – Paul Harris Performance and Explanation
Mac King Interview
Ultimate Ripoff – Paul Harris Performance and Explanation
Flash Fold – Paul Harris Performance and Explanation
Paper Propeller – John Bodine Performance and Explanation
Ammar Interview #2
PH Reel Magic Interview
The Shape of Astonishment – Paul Harris Performance and Explanation
Ammar Interview #3
Paul Harris Interview #3
Blaine Interview #3
Closing PH Interview
Paul Harris’ True Astonishments… is back and better than ever!