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Criminal by Menny Lindenfeld (Instant Download) Visibly. Audibly. Tear a dollar bill in half. THEN HEAL IT IN PLAIN VIEW. DOWNLOAD INSTANTLY. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5 of 5 magicians found the following review helpful:
Interesting concept Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 16th, 2013
First of all, you'll have to build a gimmick every time you want to perform this. There is no borrowing a bill and making it happen. You CAN have the spectator sign the bill (provided they sign the right end of it) and you can show it to them restored at the end. But they cannot examine the bill no matter how you perform it, and that's a major shortcoming in this effect. The spectator is naturally going to want to grab the bill to see it restored after the effect is done. That just makes sense. The fact that you have "restored" the bill but have to keep it moving so they can't get a good look at it, and you have to put it away quickly after doing the effect, will take away from restoration.

Yes, you can swap the bill out after the restore for one they can examine, but if you're going to do that what's the use of doing this effect in the first place rather than using the old switch out methods of the past? The restoration is visual, yes (at least on one side), but I'm not sure this is one you'd perform often. It would have been so much better to end this with a bill you could hand out somehow.

Credit has to go to Menny though for the novel way you ditch the torn half of the dollar. It's the first time I've seen it done with a money trick like this. That's interesting, but it doesn't necessarily warrant a purchase. In the end, this is just one you'll have to judge for yourself. If you want a trick that's visual with limitations and you have crowd control to make sure no one snatches the bill out of your hand after the restoration, you might like this.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Great walkaround trick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 18th, 2013
I rate this 5 stars because this is a beautifully visual restoration and will go straight into your wallet for walkaround! No questions, its simple, visual and "can" be handed out, but doesnt have to be...
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 19th, 2013
I have been amateur magician for more than 20 years .
Criminal without douth is the best Torn and mended bill I ever seen .
The fabrication of the gimmick requires carfull attention and patience to follow the insrucctions of the video .
The performance of the trick is realy easy . I presented it to
senior proffesional magicians at ESCUELA DE ARTES MAGICAS de Bogotá and got good qualifications .
Leonel Rodriguez M.D. "Funnyman"
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 19th, 2013
I havent had time over the holida ys ti fully learn my new trick. I think the video ciuld be more visual and he needs to slow down the process of making the gummick. It seems. Like it will a great trick afte r I figure out how to make the gimmick.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 19th, 2013
Awesome thumps up left and right hands
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1 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
Game changer! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 13th, 2013
The torn/cut and restored plot in magic is a strong one ( cards, rope, napkins ). Menny has taken the torn and restored plot with a bill and turned it on its ear!

And it is dead easy to perform, which allows you to focus your attention on your performance.

You WILL perform this after learning the simple secret!

A+++
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 19th, 2013
The performance on camera may be harder to pull off in a close-up scenario. Angles are important. Each performance requires a new bill to do it just like on the demo video.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 19th, 2013
There are clever elements to this, but I don't think it's worth a $10 download. As has been commented here, the trick uses a unique approach to show your hands completely empty after the restoration. There is no TT used. That said, I think a TT might have been a more practical approach than the admittedly clever solution Lindenfeld came up with here.

You have to use a new gimmick every performance. (Fortunately, you can spend the gimmick after its use so you aren't out any money.) There is an alternate handling that lets you reuse the gimmick -- but this handling means you have to forgo the visual rip of the bill.

My big problem is perhaps more with the video than the trick (which resulted in me knocking it a star), and that's that there is no good live performance of the effect outside of what's in the explanation. There's nothing in front of an audience, and while Lindenfeld does perform this at the end, the footage is streamlined through edits. There's on fidget-y moment in the handling that I'd love to see him handle in front of an audience, and the video just doesn't show that.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 20th, 2013
Good effect very convincing and visual. Only issue is a newly made gimmick is required for each performance of the trick. No tear polymer bills mean it's days are numbered. using money at least. :/
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 21st, 2013
When I bought this I thought I was gonna be able to pass the bill back to the spectator as soon as the restoration took place. I was extremely disappointed to find out I couldn't. This trick would work best in a minor stage performace of some sort, because 9 times out of 10 the spectator will want to see the bill literally right after in a street performance, and you just can't do that with this effect.

Now I do give this 3 stars though because credit is due to Menny for such an interesting concept. The gimmick in a way is very brilliantlly put together and he explains everything well throughout the video. It would be so much better if the gimmick could leave you clean at the end. But I would recommend this if your interested, it's not to pricey and could come in handy in some sort of a performance.
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