I chose to go this route instead of Tool, because I figured I'd get more use out of the concept when
used with the deck rather than the card box. I'm pretty happy with my decision, though I'm sure
I'll eventually opt for Tool as well.
I've never been much of a fan of Ballinger to be
honest. He's always been a bit over the top for me, but he's definitely hit the sweet spot with
this effect. I love the working, the multiple presentation options, the flexibility, and the ease
of use of this gimmick. It's excellent to be able to bring this thing in and take it out as easily
as you can, and the reactions have been tremendous. In my experience the T&R effect goes over the
best and cleanest by far, but even the lesser effects are better than some of my other routines.
I'm very impressed.
On top of the instruction in the DVD, Ballinger goes through the
construction and reparation of the gimmick, which I believe happens far too rarely these days. It's
wonderful that people choose to share their ideas and magic with us, but we are paying for the
privilege, and I get mildly annoyed and having to pay for another "gimmick" when mine begins to show
signs of wear. I know that people need to make a living, but where it's applicable, there needs to
be instruction on building your own, and Ballinger supplies that in this DVD.
that rubbed me the wrong way was Ballinger's plea at the end of the DVD. He wasn't wrong in what he
says, I just believe it shouldn't have been said at all. To admonish people for their poor
performances on YouTube was a bit presumptuous, especially considering his relatively weak
performances in most of the Magic Geek demo videos. Granted, he's not often revealing a trick
through outright ineptitude, but he is horribly mechanical, which I believe means he has no right to
give a blanket critique to everyone who purchases his product.
Overall I would highly
recommend this effect, as I believe you're going to get a ton of mileage out of it. I know I have,
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well to start at first I was a bit skeptical about purchasing redemption. I am quite familiar with
tool and altho tool is nice I realized this looked a lot more natural. So I made the purchase.
When I received the box I wasn't shocked and I wasn't amazed. Played around with the basic
function of the gimmick and I still felt weird about using it. Watched the DVD which was extremely
informative and altho I found the teaching extremely slow , it was a good thing because it helps
those new magicians getting started have a better understanding in the first watch so that's cool.
When you first receive this it's not going to feel natural right away , I found that i had to make
the tough decision of choosing one of the many effects you can do with this gimmick.
decided to choose the signed card redemption because I found this version was my comfort zone. The
idea of ripping a signed card visually and making the pieces vanish in the spectators hand as well
as restoring them back to the top of the deck is too powerful , I performed this 5 times today and
the reactions were perfect . It's good to prove yourself as a magician before performing this as
well as show full confidence in what your doing , basically if you don't beleive it then the
audience wont either. Performing this at the end of an ambitious card routine is definitely a must.
Reason is because it makes it more powerful. This version alone is worth the price. Note be
prepared to rip cards. I suggest buying a one way force deck or two regular decks of cards for
ripping purposes. It's necessary and worth it. I rate this version 5 stars because it's truly
deserving of 5 stars . If performed properly it has no flaws just take your time make it nice and
slow and beautiful. I had to give an autograph today to someone familiar with my magic... That was
interesting. Buy this.
I'll give a brief review on my thoughts on the other variations
Fuse redemption. Now this one is pretty cool a rip card to a healed folded card effect .
Great idea . Great effect looks sweet I played with this. But the handling of the restoration kinda
throws off my mood about doing this one for someone . I don't find it fits well with the ambitious
card rather a stand alone effect. 3.5 stars
Torn redemption . I love this out of all
the variations of redemption this is easily the second best. The fact that you mess up a card trick
and rip a card out of frustration then restore each individual piece to the selected card at the
same time is unexpected and it beautiful. The downfall of this effect is that the DVD dosen't teach
how to vanish or ditch a regular playing card. That's not a problem for me but you should have
experience doing so or this isn't the product you should be buying ... Yet.... But eventually....
Definitely. This variation gets 4.5 stars .
Zoom pow . Ok this effect is great. You
can take a signed selection and fuze it with a torn up signed selection that is restored .
Basically two signed selections fuze in a impossible way. GreAt effect but 4 stars because you
need to buy special cards for it but their not expensive.
I won't bother reviewing the rest
because I found my comfort zone with the signed redemption as well as torn . The other effects are
neat but these four are the only ones I truly played with. I would love to hear other people's
opinions on the other effects or even discuss it with them in the forums .
Note the DVD
teaches you how to customize gimmick as well as make one.
Over all I have to say this is
in my top 5 now. I'm very happy with the purchase. I just gotta say one thing to you if you buy
this . Practice and actually make the effort to go out and perform. Show off . Have fun !
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The gimmicks are not only easy to use, but they also can be used to do effects outside the torn and
restored card. Chris has really put a lot of effort into this project, he makes it so there's
something for everyone. There's some effects for beginners, but also some for more advanced card
magicians. Plus, he teaches you how to repair the gimmick just in case which was awesome of him.
Tips, tricks, and variations are sprinkled throughout the DVD for a more effective performance. Do
yourself a favor and get this awesome trick today! :)
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Chris explains the trick and gives you enough info to do it well.
The routines are well
thought out and Chris has broken it down to where I was able to perform one of the basic routines
in an ambitious card routine for friends in under an hour of practice.
Chris gives you
enough info to repair your card, or even construct a new one if you want to move it to a different
type of deck.
Thanks Chris, it is a nice effect and I enjoyed performing it.
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I agree with the other reviewers BUT if and only if you plan to use this for a trick in which you
tear up a selected card. I thought it would be good as a utility gimmick, which it isn't. If you
want a utility device because you want to do things other then a torn and restored then don't get
this. However, if you want to do an effect where you rip up the card then I can't think of anything
better then this.
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This trick looks great on camera, but if you're performing it in person, you'd better hope that your
spectators are half-blind, or drunk. The gimmick is quite visible, and the only way to hide it is to
make wild gesticulating motions with your arms, as if you hold the deck still for too long, they'll
see the gimmick, but if you "oversell" the arm motions, it gets suspicious. This isn't practical,
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Not a bad method, but the demos in the ad were a little misleading. As an example [Penguin note:
edit to protect the secret] Also, the actual illusion created by the gimmick is weak. It requires
more distance. In the demo video he is pretty close to the audience. I find that it can be easily
seen at that distance. One more thing, I have been a Paul Harris fan for a very long time and I
expect a little extra from the products he endorses.
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This is great! The gimmick is clever; but the best part is the box and DVD are packed with all the
supplies and information you need. My only complaint is after shipping it's a little pricey...
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I liked it very much.Easy and fun!
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Good idea but the gimick is full visible, better not to show the bottom of the deck after the
I prefer a similar and better trick ,Tool by David Stone
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