Relax and enjoy the heat and let your astonishees have a complete experience .
Surfing in the center of the big gasp is at the heart of magic .
Gasp-surfing isn ’ t always possible because theatrical or commercial considerations will take center stage . Although even here you can splash around in the moment an extra beat or two to let it resonate .
But if you ’ re in a relaxed setting and you ’ ve already helped your participants understand the new game , then you can start exploring the edges . These experimental performances are your laboratory . So whenever possible check the results by interviewing your subjects to find out their real experience and perceptions … so you can learn how to better extend or deepen or enhance their astonishment experience next time . ■
Paul Harris is an American inventor , magician , and writer . Described by the magic magazine Genii ( December 1996 ) as “ the most innovative magic mind of our day ,” Harris is listed in Magic magazine ( August 1999 ) as one of “ the 100 [ magicians ] who shaped the art [ of magic ] in America ”.
TODAY ’ S LEADING-EDGE PHYSICS IS MAKING IT CLEAR THAT MOST LIKELY THERE IS NO ACTUAL MATTER , JUST AN ILLUSION OF MATTER . THE NATURE OF REALITY IS LOOKING MUCH MORE LIKE A GIANT THOUGHT THAN ANYTHING YOU CAN HOLD IN YOUR IMAGINARY HAND . SO , IN THIS WAY , MAGICIANS ARE ACTING AS SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS OR POETS , PREPARING PEOPLE FOR A COMING PARADIGM SHIFT .”
– PAUL HARRIS , FOUNDER , INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED ASTONISHMENT