Paul Harris Presents
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This is a revised version of Paul Harris’s original Deep Astonishment. It’s a two part plot with a lead in effect to the main event. Essentially, it’s a card revelation followed by an impossible prediction of a freely chosen word.
First of all, a spectator is asked to name a short word or even invent one which will become the magic word used in the trick. A card is then chosen and replaced in the pack after which the magician proceeds to find it in a cute way.
Now for the main event. The magician removes a few cards from a ticket style wallet that has been on the table from the start of the trick. Dealing them down on to the table they have letters on the back which remarkably, spell the spectator’s chosen or invented word.
It’s an impossible prediction effect almost verging on being too good to be true! You receive the special deck which will need a once only preparation and a ticket style wallet with a link to the all-important online video.
It’s well explained on the 35 minute video and doesn’t require advanced technical ability to pull off, with the presentation being just as important to the performance. Also included is an extra video from Alakazam’s Dave Loosely who has replaced the cute but average plunger/rise lead in effect, with the classic Biddle vanish trick. This integrates rather better with the rest of Deep Clear because of a clever yet bold idea that Paul Harris admits had never crossed his mind as a viable option.
Dave Loosely’s idea to use the Biddle vanish is a much more effective lead up and a stronger effect in itself as the build up to the revelation of the word. As an alternative to one spectator choosing a word, you could ask four spectators to pick letters that make up an invented word.
Admittedly this is a ‘one trick deck’ that you will have to decide whether it is worth taking up valuable pocket space for strolling work, but the strength of the effect should be in its favour. For small formal shows it would also make a strong feature effect and a potential closer.
The lack of connection between the revelation of a card and the prediction of the word is lost in the presentation. I must admit, I can’t wait to try it and that’s a rare feeling after reviewing a trick!
Review by Paul Preager. Originally published in Magicseen Magazine, issue 89