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True Astonishments

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True Astonishments is a DVD series by Paul Harris that was years in the making after bringing on Bro Gilbert as director.


There were nine DVDs which included these effects and dozen more "hidden"


  • Backlash 2: A reworking of the original.
  • New Leaf: This new version of Leaf moves into the spectator's hands completely, and with a simple rubbing, everything becomes whole again.
  • Cheng's Change: A version of "Zapped!" with normal cards. Five cards visually morph into a royal flush without any gimmicks.
  • Big Tiny: A spectator's signature reassembles itself and multiplies in their hands using the principles of Unshuffled.


  • The New Las Vegas Leaper: The original PH routine with some new touches and a new twist to end on.
  • Tubular: Two signed bills morph into one bill.
  • Cheng's Riser: The card visually and slowly rises towards the top.
  • Growing Card by Tomoyuki Shimmura: A card visibly squishes out of shape as it slowly stretches and grows to twice its size in full view.


  • Casanova Inc: Steve Haynes contributes two handlings of his Casanova Concept with business cards.
  • Half Moon Trading Company: A new principle using a normal card case.
  • Solid with Happy Ending: A new version of Solid Deception. The deck goes solid just like before but this time the cards undo themselves.


  • Dr. Fun: A prediction effect in which the words you write predict what the spectator tells you to draw.
  • Name Dropper: A spectator is able to mysteriously and visually print her own name.
  • Naked Strange: Paul's impromptu version of Strange Travelers
  • Gerard's Warp: Andrew Gerard version of Card Warp


  • Transcendental Bar Bet: A card vanish in which the spectator actually vanishes the card herself.
  • Extraordinary Proof: Andrew Gerard version of the Stop Trick.
  • Tensegrity: Patrick Snowden's strange balancing card sculptures.
  • Reswindled: A version of Reset by Caleb Wiles with a kicker ending.


  • Smoking Eye: magic with signed matches.
  • The Weirdling: Michael Weber spin-off of Card Warp with a business card .
  • Ripped and Fryed: Charlie Frye's Torn and Restored card routine.
  • Cellmates: a prediction card effect.


  • Water Trap: Bro Gilbert's new approach to Doug Bennett's signed-coin-in-matchbook plot.
  • Dunn's Deal: Shaun Dunn presents his version of Galaxy. The spectator is shuffling the whole way through the entire effect.


  • Belly Button: A card through window using a campaign-type button as the card and a spectator's own shirt as the window
  • Muscle Bend: A borrowed coin bend that starts and ends with empty hands.
  • Unstable Label: Andrew Gerard's "Label to Inside of Bottle" with no palming or gimmicks.


  • TA Pen. A special PH custom gimmick used for bill changes, switches, and animations based on his Nightshades.
  • Angel Cake a new theory in bill changes.
Paul Harris Navigation
Books Magic of Paul Harris (1976) Paul Harris Reveals Some of His Most Intimate Secrets (1976) Supermagic (1977) Las Vegas Close Up (1978) Close-Up Entertainer (1979) Close Up Fantasies Book I (1980) Close Up Fantasies Book II (1980) Close Up Fantasies Finale (1981) Close-Up Kinda Guy (1983) Brainstorm in the Bahamas (1983) Close-Up Seductions (1984) Secrets of the Astonishing Executive (1991) Art of Astonishment (1996)
Manuscripts Super Swindle (1976) Cardboard Connection (1977) Return of the Bizarre Shrink (1977) Inner Circle (1980) P.H. Breakthrough (1981) Immaculate Connection (1983)
Lecture Notes and Products Vanishing Deck (1973) Inside/Close up (1976) Signed Card in Match Box (1976) Twilight (1979) Hard Boiled Quarter (1980) Solid Deception (1980) Screwed Deck (1991) Portable Smoke (c.1992) Night Shades (c.1993) Cardian Angels (1995) Naked Angels on Bikes (2000) Reality Twister (2000) Lip Smacker (2000) Twilight Angels (2000) Deep Astonishment (2004) One and Only (2005) Deep Astonishment II (2006)
Misc Paul Harris in Print | Effects not in AoA