Sorry to disagree with all the posts below.
This ended up in my lap from another location.
TnR is great on film. That said... there many Torn and Restored Card Routines out there that
end up less dirty and are inspectable right away (Daniel Garcia TORN for one).
If you're doing a
"stand back" set where nobody's really around you then yes, this would be great.
In the vid
it mentions that this was David Copperfield's Torn Ascunder (or maybe a mix up during Chris'
discussion), but I don't think so. From what I've researched David's Torn Ascunder was by David
Williamson and has not been sold or shared for many years.
Let's just say you don't have the
time to master other Torn and Restored Cards, yes, this is perfect for you. It takes a months
practice and you're able to learn Yigel's or Daniels and you have a decently clean ending with
immediate inspection (AND the card is signed).
Unfortunately I disagree with those saying this
is THE BEST out there. Even my GF saw the intro video (just to mention I share NONE of the secrets
to my illusions with her) and she picked up on the fact that each time he brought a piece up it
appeared there was something behind it holding it in place due to the fact that he'd release the
Why end dirty when you can end cleanly with 29 days more practice (not
counting the day to create one or more of these gimmicks... it doesn't take the ENTIRE day, but I'm
not counting that day in particular)? Kind of sucks being in one place with NOWHERE to go and
NOWHERE to hide anything and NOWHERE to turn. On Film, yes, great, on TV, yes, great, but how many
of you perform on TV or FILM only right now? Please post a video where any of you have this in a
public location or at a party performing it and show your ending... that would really be a treat.
Plus, NOT ONCE do they show a performance in front of an audience with this (not even on the
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This is a really clever effect and I love playing with the gimmick but I can only give it 4 stars.
This one is more of an academic exercise IMHO. 1st. It is angle dependant...120 degrees I'd say.
2nd. It could be a worker but you would have to "work" to make it so. Basically if you are well
organized, experienced, and like the effect enough you can find a way to work this into a walk
around set, but the set up is such that, if you are new to magic or are not terrible organized, this
could be a one trick pony. 3rd. Making the gimmick will require cards with high quality control.
Until USPCC settles into it's new plant and gets things under control you may have to resort to
using expensive cards for a torn and restored effect. Not very cost effective!
Those are a
lot of "buts", but this is indeed a fantastically visual TNR and it has one of the most clever
gimmicks I have ever seen. Even though I have hardly ever performed with it I really enjoyed this
one and it has given me plenty of ideas that I have applied to other effects and gimmicks. I'd
recommend it for TNR fans and anyone who just loves clever gimmicks.
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Okay, I will say this is a cool effect. The gimmick (which you have to make yourself) is very
clever. I even like the way it looks BUT its just not practical. The set up required does not
justify the effect and on top of that you do not end clean. Im sure someone more creative than I
could figure out a way to work this into a normal routine but for me its just not a practical
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The effect is beautiful, the gimmick is fantastic (you make your own). It looks EXACTLY like it
does in the video. The card changes from Ace to King after showing each piece of the Ace one by one
when restoring it.
The method is genius. Even if you never perform this, just knowing the
method was well worth the purchase price of this DVD.
I gave it one less star because it's
not practical for the strolling performer. If you want to do it a couple times a night, sure. I'm
looking for something that resets almost instantly, or is easy to carry around and perform on a
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This is a great effect. The method is something that no regular human being would think of. It
really does look as good as the preview. But it ends really dirty and needs some work to clean up.
But if you don't mind all that and the angles being pretty iffy, then go for it. I would say that if
you're on the fence about it to go for it just because of the method.
Overall I think it is a
great effect and truly unique but it just isn't for me.
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I must say the effect is very easy and breathtaking. It's a bit angle sensitive (not a lot) and you
can't hand the card out for immediate inspection like some other tricks, so there's a bit of a
tradeoff, but in my mind it's worth it. As with anything, you'll want to practice the nuances of
this, especially ditching the gimmick, quite a bit before performing. While this is an easy effect,
doing it for a live audience is hard because everybody will want to see the card right away. Get a
good card switch down and you'll be good to go.
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Don't waste your money! This is only good for a video and no good for the real world. If you can
afford to waste money, then purchase this effect. It sucks!
HEY FELLOW MAGICIANS, DON'T BE DISMAYED BY
SOME OF THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS FOR THIS TRICK.
IT'S AN AWESOME GIMMICK THAT MAY TAKE PATIENCE
TO CONSTRUCT THE FIRST TIME, BUT HANG IN THERE
YOU'LL BE ABLE TO DO IT EASIER THE NEXT TIME OR
TWO AROUND & IN LESS TIME. ONCE YOU
FRONT OF A MIRROR & GET IT ANGLE PROOF, YOU'LL
LOVE THIS GIMMICK & AMAZEMENT
OF YOUR SPECTATORS!
I ALSO SUGGEST USING A RISING DECK AT THE END OF
THE RESTORATION TO
HAND IT OUT FOR EXAMINATION THUS
ENDING PERFECTLY CLEAN. NOTHING DIRTY AND GREAT WAY
KEEP THE MAGIC EVEN MORE AMAZING. THE REASON FOR
4 STARS IS DIFFICULTY IN CONSTRUCTION &
I personally love this trick you spend around 15 minutes making a RE-USABLE gimmick that will last
as long as you want but can be easily remade or fixed. The effect itself gets fantastic reactions
but is angle sensitive and does end dirty so depends on your genre of work and were you plan on
performing this trick.
I honestly don't know why there are so many bad reviews, I personally think this effect is genious!
The gimmick is great, it might take you about 30 minutes to make the few first gimmicks, but
after few times, you will be able to make one in 5 minutes or less!
The reactions you get from
this are incredible!
Chris Kenner explains this trick very well.. And after pracicing this
effect, you will be able to blow minds in no time!
What are you waiting for? But it now!