Paul has always been one of my magic heroes, without a doubt. His playfulness has been a constant source of inspiration.
That said, I'm not so certain now that I wanted to know all of this about him. I thought I did, and I enjoyed the article as I read it, but couldn't help but feel a little... well, disappointed, afterward.
There is something to be said for not knowing. I like that Paul was kind of a mysterious figure. A wanderer in magic.
A good friend of mine put it succinctly: Never explain a joke.
That is to say, Paul is much more cool when we don't have a clue.
I suppose I'd liken it to the experience of someone showing you the secret of a magic trick that amazed and delighted you, y'know?
That, of course, is all subjective.
The one thing that I really felt should've been omitted was Paul's story of giving away the 30K. It's a wonderfully sweet story, but sharing it with the masses seems to take away some of the meaning. The other thing I couldn't help but wonder was if that cab driver wasn't simply spinning the same yarn he told to everyone who took a ride with him in an effort to increase his tips.
Just opinions, nothing more.
Make no mistake, I adore Paul and his work.