Paul Harris (b. 1954)
Paul Harris' Real Name
Paul Thomas Harris
Inventor, Magician, Writer, Magic Consultant
Place of Birth
Paul Harris possesses the extraordinary ability to envision, develop, create and produce original and astonishing effects in the field of magic.
He has been described in Genii 1996 December as "the most innovative magic mind of our day" and listed in MAGIC Magazine (August 1999) as one of "the 100 magicians who shaped the art of magic in America."
Harris' favorite card trick to perform is Twilight Angels, due to it's dynamic imagery and emotional resonance it produces.
Paul Harris was born August 7, 1954. His first exposure to magic was when he was 6 years old. His uncle, also named Paul, took a quarter - put it inside young Paul's arm, and convinced him that the quarter was inside his veins. Paul spent the whole day trying to pop it out of his arm.
From that moment on, Paul became enamored with the art and wanted nothing more than to become a magician and later, a professional creator of magical effects.
He took interest in close-up card magic, inventing many original tricks involving Linking playing cards, a solid deck, a torn and restored card effect, coins materializing from mirrors, a card that appears to turn ninety degrees when pushed into the pack, and a torn and restored quarter.
Paul went on to contribute his writings to a number of magic periodicals, and wrote a column for Adam Fleischer's "Magic Manuscript."
He wrote many books which were noted for their original approach and offbeat writing style, including "The Cardboard Connection," "The Immaculate Connection;" "Close-Up Entertainer," "Close-Up Fantasies (three volumes); "Close-Up Kinda Guy," "Close-Up Seductions;" "Las Vegas Close-Up;" "Paul Harris Reveals," "Super Swindle;" "Supermagic," "P.H. Breakthrough; and "The Inner Circle" among others.
Paul has performed at the Dunes Hotel and at other locations on the Las Vegas Strip and was a technical advisor for David Blaine's Magic Man and Street Magic TV shows.
He also contributed writing to the 1987 film "Nice Girls Don't Explode," which starred Starring Michelle Meyrink, William O'Leary, Wallace Shawn, James Nardini, and Margot Gray—with special appearances by Dana Betz and Keith Knauer.
In 2007, his effect "LadyBug" won 3rd place in The Magic Woods Awards for Best Trick 2007.
Amongst the magicians who are known to have presented Paul's creations are David Copperfield and Doug Henning.
In the field of card and close-up magic, Paul more or less re-innovated the genre during the 1970-80s, and is held in very high regard among magicians in the western world.
Doug Henning performed a routine called "Twilight" on his third TV special (December 17, 1977). An effect using a coin and a mirror where the mirror image of the coin becomes real. A surreal piece of magic.
David Copperfield in his 1983 TV special (The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears) performed a linking card effect, entitled "The Immaculate Connection." In this routine, the magician tears holes in the center of three playing cards in order to create three "frames."
He causes the frames to link and unlink without damaging any of the cards. At the conclusion, the cards are sometimes passed for inspection.
Rudy Coby, in his English TV series, used Paul's odd idea of letting the helium in a balloon magically change place with the air in the performer's lungs - so, as the balloon slowly sunk to the floor, the performer simultaneously went up in the air with an all squeaky voice.
Magic magazine (August 1999) states that "the feats of astonishments that Paul creates and teaches are in the repertoires of a multitude of working pros."
Through his popular website, "Paul Harris Presents.com," Harris is constantly creating and producing new and innovative effects with other bright and talented individuals in the magic field.
Information, courtesy of Wikipedia, Paul Harris Presents.com
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