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Who do you think is the most consistently creative inventor of effects today? Jay Sankey? Paul Harris? David Regal?

Or someone else?

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On the basis of creativity I would have to go with Paul Harris. So many of his effects (especially those in the AOA series) transcend the traditional coin and card effects. I guess my next question would be since he's been doing this for decades does he fall in the "contemporary" category?
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Pretty hard to select anyone, as how their material LASTS is the key Smile
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It seems as though for sheer volume of inventions, Sankey holds the title. But I think as far as quality reactions in an effect goes, Harris is the deeper thinker.
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I'll throw a name into the ring here - Roy Walton.

He's been creating stuff for 30 years or more and is still coming up with stuff that is miles ahead of anyone. He has a phenominally quick brain that can solve problems that people may have in routines in seconds - literally!
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Just to be different, how about John Bannon as a wild card pick. Smoke and Mirrors is many a magicians' favorite. It's well thought out magically and most are original.

An even wilder card pick...Lee Asher. He's introduced Pulp Friction, the Asher Twist, and Losing Control. Sure, he's not the title holder in this category but in an industry of rehash, he's brought some new stuff to the table.
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That's a tough one. I know that Harris' stuff is off the wall and out there at times. I know that Sankey has great ideas and some great routines but the problem is that some of the ideas he puts out just don't cut it at times. Hyped but not workable. Regal is who I've been reading recently and I think he's very clever and has a good sense of what magic should look like. So for now I'm saying Regal.
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A suggestion for debate-Michael Ammar?
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Anyone for Phil Goldstein?

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I'd have to say Andre' Kohl
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