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Mister E.
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Paul is on performing-tour, so I believe you'd have to wait if you ordered directly from him.

Vanishinginc seems to stock them though: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/......ntastic/

@ Iain: I'm somewhat glad, I'm not the only one still waiting...
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Guys you are in for a treat, it is a fantastic book with some brilliant routines, already tried out high 5.0 and got reactions like no other effect, killer routine!!!
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I have just received my copy, courtesy of 'Vanishing inc' magic and am looking forward to working through the contents.
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Hocus Pocus is down to our final few and as you all know this is a limited print so there will not be any more.
We only have 5 copies left on the shelf and you can order your copy here:
http://www.hocus-pocus.com/magicshop/?p=28539

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I just noticed that there's a copy for sale in the "Books and Lecture Notes for Sale" area of the Café for $170.

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Do those of you who picked this up for Update feel that Paul's version is a major improvement over Waters' version? Is anyone using this one in their act yet?
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I have used Update, and yes I feel it's a great improvement. I will admit that after I obtained all the materials to make it, it was a LONG Saturday of adjusting thread lengths, repositioning minutia, etc. BUT it was only one Saturday and after that, it was always ready. Once everything was in place it was a hell of a thing. I've opened three shows with it so far, a small number compared to the times Paul has done it I'm sure (and I know I still have a lot to work out and learn), but all of my audiences were totally stunned when I turned around and revealed the card. It is THE opener (but can only be an opener as the movement of one of your arms will be restricted) for mentalist.

While I haven't done the multiple card selection for a paid gig yet (though I will next week, and throughout the month of February on a ship) I have done it multiple (no pun intended) times informally since receiving the book and in my opinion it is worth the price of the book. The extraction and return of the selections is SO casual, the audience will never even suspect the cards are under your control. As for the revelations, Paul strikes a perfect balance between extreme feats of skill and feats that could only be achieved by magical means. The book discusses the effect in terms of 8 selections, but in truth he gives you enough revelations (and the progression they should go in) to have as many as 11 or 12. Of course, I've done the routine with as few as 3 people using the revelation progression Paul discusses in depth, and the reactions are none the less for it.

I perform my own Fast and Loose routine already, but just in reading Paul's preface (proem) to the effect he mentions the idea of combining Fast and Loose with another effect that's so good (and obvious) I feel like an idiot for not thinking of it myself. Nonetheless, I will use it the next time I pull out my chain.

As for High Five, if you look around the Café you can find reviews for his original manuscript. What's in the book is a more in depth expansion of the original, and is in my opinion better (though the original was very good).

So there is an informal review. I wasn't that thorough, but this is one of those times when I'm writing the review out of respect for the author and the art. Paul has set a standard to which all magic book authors should hold themselves. If I gave into my selfish ways (and had the money) I'd buy all the copies of this book and never tell anyone about it.

Thanks Paul.

-Ben
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Thank you for the response, Ben, I appreciate it. That's all I needed to know.
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Quote:
Do those of you who picked this up for Update feel that Paul's version is a major improvement over Waters' version?


Waters version does not work reliably as written. Paul has fixed the issues and made it practical and reliable.
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My interest in the book was mainly for the MCS routine. It is of the highest professional calibre as is the High Five routine. Even the Jimmy Grippo tips are worth the price of the book to me. In making these comments I am talking about professional material for magicians who perform for people in the commercial world who want solid, reliable material in their repertoires. This is a book for serious students and professionals. It is not for hobbyists and dabblers.
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Amen.
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I have been meaning to add my thoughts about Paul's work here for a few months now, but I've been having too much fun performing the material!

I had the pleasure of seeing Paul perform all of the pieces from Classic Fantastic during an HTG training with Paul, Jared Kopf, and Jay Noblezada back in October. Just watching these pieces in action was enough to make me challenge my own view of magic. Paul has an incredible understanding of what audiences want magic to be. It's obvious he's invested incalculable hours into the development of every effect he performs, leaving no stone unturned on the path to creating a miraculous experience for others. He is truly one of the greatest magical thinkers of our time. Obviously, I had high expectations for this project.

And as expected, Paul has raised the bar... again!

The Multiple Card Selection is so incredibly clean. There are no "moves" from start to finish. The routine is logically (simply) structured, and each revelation contributes to the symphony, building to a motivated and impossible climax at the end of the routine. It's a beautiful set of magic, and Paul explains every bit of the work clearly and completely. As others have already said, this routine alone is worth the price of admission.

Next, Paul reveals his work on the Fast & Loose plot. His throws are very easy to learn and perform, and any subterfuge is completely undetectable. This allows the performer to focus on the audience's experience. Paul's ideas on the routine are insightful, and his premise gives the routine a convincing psychological hook. Of course, the routine plays like theatre, building in tension to give spectators what they want.

The third section presents a mentalism opener Paul calls "Update". I learned HCE from Paul a few years ago, and I remember him telling me that he would lead into HCE with a version of Waters' Backdate. I couldn't imagine how it would work, and I was dying to see it in person.

He performed it at the HTG session and it is such a thing of beauty! I agree with Ben: the initial set-up will take some work, but that's what makes it a treasure. The method is simple and workable, with every effort made to ensure this effect flows smoothly. I performed this to open a keynote presentation of mine and was stunned by the reaction it garnered. A few people even stood up to applaud. Yes, it can be that strong.

Finally, Paul shares his High Five routine, which is such a worker. As with all of the other effects Paul explains every nuance and offers a few different presentational options to match your taste or performing conditions. My favourite bit in this routine involves a bit of psychological subtlety that will leave a spectator or two with a bit of a bonus miracle. I have performed this a dozen times or so and it never fails to amaze.

All of this material is immediately usable and workable. Even if you don't put these pieces into your repertoire you will become a better magician by reading this work. If you are serious about improving your act, you will find your money's worth in these pages. If you are not serious about this art, well, I hope you haven't stumbled on this page. This book is brilliant, I'm grateful that Paul has shared a bit of his mind with the community.
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I just found and purchased a copy on ebay. Very happy to have found one. I'm looking forward to everything in here, but maybe most curious about his multiple selection.
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I've read about half of this thread, then went to watch Paul's performance on P&T, and then I finished reading the thread.

I would like to write my feelings on this open forum.

I believe the last time I was COMPLETELY fooled was a few months ago when I saw the performance of Dani DaOrtiz' Poker Deal, in which the spectators shuffle the cards, they deal the cards as they want, the magician never touches the cards and still he gets a royal flush.

I was SO fooled, it was SO impossible, that I immediately started laughing and clapping. I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. I had to stop the video. It was days (maybe more than a week) until I was ready to actually learn how it was done.

When I watched Paul's performance, he came on stage nicely dressed (check), good hair (check), positive energy (check), and engaging presentation (check). However, the second he turned around and showed the business card, my mind went "he must have some type of p*ll". So yes, I don't know exactly how it's done, but I didn't get the impossible-I'm-fooled-feeling. It was just a question of "how did he make the card look like it is pinned".

Penn spoke greatly about this effect. He said it is one of the most perfect effects ever (or something like that). It kind of reminds me of the joke of "the patient is dead, but the surgery was a success". So yes, it's an effect which meets the criteria for a good opener but - where's the main ingredient?

That's what I feel.

Thanks for reading.
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I should add that the writing of the numbers at the beginning looks like a huge give-away.

Much better would be (IMO) if it were 8 o 9 number, THEN it would make sense to write the numbers down.

A totally different case was when I watched Al Koran on video perform The Medallion - THAT was fooling.
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