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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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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 17)6 of 9 magicians found the following review 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
best mentalist tool... ever!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 26th, 2013
Let's first discuss the price, because this seems an issue for many people. I bought this at 80 dollars (shipping included, because I only ordered this item).
You don't order this for the book, you order this for the idea in the book, first of all. Then it still is an absolute steal. Consider this: you are in your 20 and will perform mentalism until you are approximately 80 years of age. That's 60 years of performing. That's 1 dollar per year that you will have to pay for this book. 1 Dollar for all the great reactions you will get when you use the idea in this book.
How great is the idea in this book? Absolutely terrific and I knew it would be. I read reviews on the Magic café before I bought this and I saw this compared to the Osterlind Center tear and Dr. Bill's tear. I didn't like both of 'em because of the fumbling. Also Ran Pink previous tear from Think pink has a lot of fumbling. This one hasn't. This one is as clean as it gets.
No fumbling, everything is logical.
Well worth the $60...best center tear ever Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 14th, 2013
I LOVE the T-Rex Center Tear! Agree with another reviewer that in the past I found the Osterlind center tear to be the best...until now. Don't get me wrong, the Osterlind Center Tear is very good too. But I find T-Rex is easier to do, with no fumbling, no worrying about catching the right tail of the paper, no special paper to buy. It just WORKS. And it's so deceptive. The demo video is honest. That's how it really looks in performance and how it really works.
Also like the fact that T-Rex includes both a printed book (with excellent photos) and a companion DVD. I suppose you could get away with one or the other, but I found both to be useful in quickly learning this center tear.
Very pleased with this purchase :)
May have actually surpassed Osterlind! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2013
So over my years as a professional performer I've torn up a lot of little billets. I've always said that the centre tears by Richard Osterlind have been far and away the best, until now. This is one of the fastest, simplest tears out there in the world. I had the technique down in an hour and actually performed it at a gig later the same day.
People are saying that it's price is a little high. I disagree. You get an absolutely fantastic utility that you will use. Also in the book a some brilliant essays from some of the worlds leading mentalists.
The LSD T-Rex tear is perhaps my favourite thing in this project, love this idea.
If your a hobbiest this isn't going to be a major thing for you but as a working pro, this will be a a great and worthwhile item to get your hands and minds on.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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