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Ultimate Rip-off

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The Ultimate Rip-off is Paul Harris' approach to the Torn and Restored Card plot first published in Supermagic (1977), then later reprinted in Art of Astonishment, Book 1 (1996). Significant in that it uses only one card and no extra pieces.

See also Ultimate Rip-off - Dancing with the Last Piece in Art of Astonishment for restoring the last piece.


  • Tommy Wonder's Post-Ultimate Rip-Off in The Books of Wonder - Vol. 1, written by Stephen Minch (1996)
  • David Acer's R.I.P. in Natural Selections, Volume II (1999). Performed with a business card, features a piece-by-piece restoration, and is framed in a presentation that justifies the fact that the final piece is left unrestored.
  • Bill Duncan's Billy the Vampire Slayer, published in Tubthumping (Duncan, 2003). This is a presentation for Harris's original handling that motivates the fact that the final piece is left unrestored.

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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)
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