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dam0n
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Hi guys,

I've done some searching, and looks like some of the Café members are rather divided on aaron fisher's book. Any of you mind to explain the nature of the material and what about it wasn't too practical to your personal preference?

From what I'm aware of, the book concentrates on several outstanding 'invisible' passes...what else is there to it?

regards...
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Hi Damon,
I have the book and I havent been inspired by it. I was inspired by only one or two effects. I bought the book because of all the hype I got from many members. Apparently they loved it. I believe that you always learn something from anything. But this was a tad expensive.
I am sorry I cant go deep because, I don't really remember the contents.
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dam0n
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Thanks Harish, any recollection of what those two effects were about?
eryanic
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I agree with jose...a little bit over-hyped...Smile

I reckon you should get the Encyclopedia of Card Flourishes instead..Smile
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Funny how a book which produced almost religious adulation in some quarters when it came out is almost never mentioned now.
dam0n
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Lol~ Hitmouse, are you trying to say something..
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It was actually a sleight to do a one hand pop up move and an effect based on that.
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The "slow motion collectors in the spectator's hands" is an excellent trick in this book.
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Is that the real doug brewer?
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Relatively there are two basic schools of thinking in card magic. There is the "any deck anywhere" philosophy, and then there is the light touch, very deliberately delicate handling of cards. Think of it this way. There are fiddle players and there are violin virtuosos.

In Paper Engine Aaron Fisher adeptly puts forth his philosophy which is not only of the light touch and delicate variety, but also uses gravity to acomplish moves which were previously attained by the use of finger flinging. What this means is that the moves are much more deceptive because one does not have the fingers moving when nothing should be seen.

If one wants to pursue this style of handling cards, Paper Engine is an outstanding schooling in the ways of light touch handling with cards. Especially in Aaron's hands the moves seem impossible to those unfamiliar with the techniques put forth in this book.

Keep in mind that full pursuit of this philosophy might require that you rethink much that you have learned in card magic and that you relearn most of the slights you use. If you choose this path you will be well compensated with effortless seeming sleights that are equally devastating on magicians and laypeople.

Hope that helps,

Tom
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Is that the real doug brewer?


Yes it is...

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Is that the real doug brewer?


Yes it is...

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On 2005-05-23 00:44, eryanic wrote:
Is that the real doug brewer?


Yes it is...

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Is that the real S.segal?


Yes it is...

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dam0n
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Thanks for the insights Tom...still deciding on a coupla books..maybe this can wait a bit..
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If you are looking for a "quick fix" or something self working you can throw into your show next weekend, look elsewhere. The Paper Engine is MUCH deeper than that. I found it to be very inspirational.

Look at the (top) names in card magic who have praised it (read Swiss review in Jenii for starters) and you'll get an idea of its value.
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Bsears> got a link to that review?
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I'm primarily a coin guy myself. I'd attempted to learn card magic and wasn't interested in anything I'd seen in person until I watched Aaron work after a lecture. The Gravity Half Pass is an Invisible move when done properly, and Aaron does this perfectly.

I perform Revolution Number 9 daily, as well as the diminishing lift sequence taught. The book was a joy to read and I hope to one day be able to perform card magic with the same grace that Aaron wields.....

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Over rated or not, it's something you should read if you have the money.

This applies to all books. It's nice to read how top magicians present their tricks, how they compile and structure them into a book.
But if money is indeed an issue, I would say not to buy this book.
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I found this book to be overhyped myself. There were a few effects that I enjoyed reading and his work on the pass and bluff move was very good but besides that this book is nothing exciting.
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On 2005-06-11 11:36, Free_Mind wrote:
I found this book to be overhyped myself. There were a few effects that I enjoyed reading and his work on the pass and bluff move was very good but besides that this book is nothing exciting.


What else did you want??? This is one of the books that I had in my list and I´ve just got it today and at a first glance, I think I´ll enjoy too much. Aaron card handling is natural, light and efforless and...I´m off for a good read.

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