I'm not entirely sure if there is a special thread to introduce ourselves but if there is I'm sorry I did not find it.
My name is Yann, I'm 33, I'm French and I dived into Magic in 1996 when I opened Mayette Magie Moderne's door for the first time.
That said, I'm happy to tell you that something big is in the works with Bloom's Intercessor Gimmick.
One 'collateral damage' of this project is an interactive map of intercessor owners that is building up.
You can have a look at it and/or add your elements to http://bit.ly/IntercessorMap
Please contact me via PM to get the key required to access the map.
Regarding your question about a way "to do the tear without the gimmick"; in his 'History of the Intercessor' talk during EMC 2012, Gaëtan Bloom gives a way to avoid doing the 'dirty work' in front of the audience but you DO need the gimmick.