T-REX by Ran Pink (Book + DVD) One of the sneakiest, fastest and most natural ways to tear and secretly read what’s written on a folded piece of paper. LIMITED SUPPLY JUST ARRIVED. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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“I really do like T-REX and have used it regularly over the last year. It is indeed excellent and extremely utilitarian. It is one of the smoothest and most efficient tears I’ve seen.” -Bob Cassidy
This was a breakthrough for Ran Pink that shifted the way he performed the Center Tear.
Learn Ran Pink’s T-REX ripping technique and then explore alternative handlings, additional subtleties, presentational ideas and the logic of the whole process.
“How do you justify tearing up the paper?”
“Why write it down?”
These questions are addressed inside the book as well as presentation ideas from some of the greatest minds in magic and mentalism .
T-REX includes a Foreword by Richard Osterlind (the man that started the instant access Center Tear revolution) which contains a brief history of the instant access center tear.
As a extra bonus you’ll also learn "LSD T-REX": A revolutionary TWO-CARD Center Tear.
Effects and Contributions
120 pages with over 60 photos to walk you through the T-REX center tear technique. The book covers every angle of center tearing, from justifications to presentations.
You’ll also receive a supplemental DVD that shows and explains the technique in action and from over the shoulder, in real time. Also covers special bonus techniques and discussions that cover everything you need to know. Runtime: 45 minutes
Whether you are a newcomer to center tearing or an expert TEARorist you will want to learn what T-REX has to offer.
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INCREDIBLE mentalism Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 17th, 2013
I just finished reading T-REX by Ran Pink. Holy crap it's good. How good? Well, the first thing I did was head to VistaPrint to order 500 business cards so I could start performing this thing ASAP. I even got them pre-printed with a line on the back...indicating where spectators should write down their thoughts.4 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
The ripping sequence is flawless. And it's so easy to do. But what really makes T-REX such a hit is all the additional essays and thoughts from Ran and various other contributors. There are SO many...but for me, the most useful insight came from...
Rainer Mees & Thomas HeIne, who write about what NOT to say when doing a center tear
H. Arcana, who writes about the "Inception Principle," which is a clever way to milk one center tear into like 4 different magical moments
Andrew Gerard, who offers the best "justification" of the paper I've ever heard
and ColIn McLeod, who offers a clever subtlety such that your spectator will not even remember that you ever touched the paper.
I can't imagine ever performing my Soul Paper illusion again without utilizing T-REX to start it off. This might be the best thing I've ever gotten on Penguin.
More than a Tear Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 22nd, 2013
First thing to point out is probably obvious, the price. $60 seems a lot for a tear, and if all you got was the tear, I would never have gotten T-Rex. However, with your purchase, you obtain a book that tells you how to do the tear, a variation for pictures, and a variation to tear two cards at once and accurately read both. The purchase also gives you a DVD, where Ran will show you a special Peak.3 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
Something I feel the need to point out is that business cards can get pretty tough to tear if you don't have abnormally strong hands. Ran's method negates this problem, to the point where you can rip up two cards (hence the two-card tear already mentioned) with surprising ease.
This tear is absolutely beautiful in my opinion, it's well thought out, you *destroy* the card, leaving only small traces, and disregard it as if it was never important, which allows for psychology to come into play.
The book itself also has contributions from many experienced mentalists, giving you routines and methods to expand your performances. One method is even therapeutic, and only exists to help the writer, not to entertain. This contributions a plentiful and in depth, and I believe justifies the price.
My biggest, and really only, problem with T-Rex, is that it is basically limited to Business Cards, which aren't the cheapest thing. So you'll have to constantly spend money to perform at its peak, and if you perform as a hobbie... That's not ideal.
The price itself seems justified to me after looking through all the material and falling in love with the method. Even better though, I purchased this with Penguin's "5 for $99" Deal, basically lowering the price to $20, at which point it becomes an absolute steal, and I could t be happier.
The ONLY reason why I rated this 4 stars and not 5 is simply because the business cards add to the cost a very considerable amount, and I'm a hobbiest (as of now).
Everything else about the material is absolutely perfect.
Pro Level Magic Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 20th, 2013
If you want the world's best center tear look no further. Ran covers every aspect with this quick glimpse. If you dont need the best methods then move along, this is pro level magic and might not be for you.3 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
High Quality Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 7th, 2013
The tear itself is nice, and the book is fantastic. The companion DVD makes things very clear. I highly recommend reading Colin McLeod's Essays in the book, they offer some great subtleties for for any tear.2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
ehhh Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 17th, 2013
its....okay.... it does what it promises which is nice however the price is extremely high. you are basically just paying for the hardcover book. its a nice book dont get me wrong but its not really necessary. it would have been much better as an ebook and then the price could be lower. honestly i already have a tear that i use and i wont be using this. if you do not have a tear i do recommend getting it if your willing to pay the money. if not richard osterlind has a much better tear.6 of 11 magicians found this helpful.
Doesn't Come Close to R2D2 by Doug Dyment Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 27th, 2015
From the spectator's vantage point,3 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
this tear looks clunky and weird.
I won't be replacing my R2D2 center tear,
which by the way has a lot more big name pros (like Banachek, Richard Webster, Michael Weber, Neil Scryer, Marc Salem, Barrie Richardson, Colin Mcleod, Tom Jorgenson, Haim Goldenberg, Jan Forster, Bill Cushman, Bob Cassidy, Larry Becker, and others) saying that they use it and swear by it.
It may be worth it to you though for the essays in this book.
A definitive work Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 28th, 2015
Ran has, with this book; added greatly to my use of billets.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Well written and explained - it will add many tools to your arsenal. I recommend a reader find one or two effects and repeat the key tear(s) to the effects -over and over - until you can do them as 'naturally' as they should be done.
Unless your a move-monkey for tears - you probably will never perform all the items....but, you will find at least one or two that will become your 'go to' tear.
Osterlind, Dr. Bill, et. al. - have all come up with some great billet tears. Acidus, eclipse, -- many tears.
To be thorough, research and try them. In this book, Ran presents a double billet read that is pretty cool even when you know about tears/reads.
A must for Serious Mentalists Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 7th, 2014
This is a great impromptu routine you can do immediately with blank business cards. Very convincing and deceptive. I performed 'Hollywood or Bust' using the basic t-rex tear to a friend who is not easily fooled by anything, and it stumped him. He thought I peeked what he wrote down by reading the reflection in his eyeglasses. haha! Very easy convenient way to get the knowledge you need doing a center tear. My only issue is the price is way too much for the book and 45 minute dvd, but the knowledge you get is very good. I'll definitely use this again.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Revision Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 20th, 2014
Actually, I take back the part in my last review about the abnormally large piece. I looked at it again and realized it was just my performance, not his. There really is no disadvantage to this tear. Sorry for any confusion.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
High Quality Product! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 17th, 2014
Before discussing the center tear itself, let's talk about the actual production of the DVD. Watching the explosive reactions of spectator who freak out and then powerful music at the beginning of the DVD got me super hyped. It was a great start. Moreover, this is literally the best teaching I have ever seen on any magic or mentalism DVD. The tear is shown from multiple angles, in regular speed, and in slow motion. If that is not enough, the book explains every little detail of the tear with a plethora of pictures and long, specific descriptions to avoid ambiguity or confusion.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
As for the tear itself, it has 2 advantages over the Perfected CT:
1. It works much better for business cards, so I don't feel dependent on special pads.
2. There is no fumbling (but you still need misdirection anyways at the beginning of T-Rex to get started).
Having said that, the Perfected CT looks more persuasive. The T-Rex has an abnormally large piece of paper left that is bigger than would be expected from an actual CT. Having said that, both CTs are exemplary and work miracles in practice. They are both well worth the price! I'll probably use T-Rex more because I don't want to carry pads around, but the PCT still feels a bit smoother/slicker if I have the pads.
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