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Love and War by Jamie Daws (Instant Download) Based on a true story.
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James and Elizabeth were childhood sweethearts. They met at school and first started dating at the tender age of 16. James was the eldest of the couple at 17. It was love at first sight. Where you found James, you always found Elizabeth. They were inseparable. When Elizabeth turn’t 21, James took her to her favourite restaurant, got down on bended knee and proposed to her. She of course said yes and James took out a ring and placed it upon her finger. They were destined to be together forever.

Sadly, before they had the chance to Wed, then the Second World War started. He was told that he we be leaving for France but before he left, the members of his Platoon were given the opportunity to have a photo taken with their loved ones. The army believed this would help boost morale during their duties.

The day before he left, he took the photo from his pocket, and tore it down the middle and placed in his pocket the half of the photograph with Elizabeth on it. She took the half with him on it and held it to her chest with tears streaming from her eyes. They kissed and went their separate ways.

They both had every intention to one day marry but sadly, Elizabeth was relocated for safety. The town which she lived was turn’t to rubble including the restaurant in which they were engaged. They both lost contact and sadly, they never met again.

50 years later, James lived in the centre of London and often visited a Cafe which stood in place of the restaurant that once stood there. He had become well acquainted with the Cafe owner and was telling him about his long lost love and the photo that he still kept. The shop owner asked to see the photo.

James took the piece of photo from his wallet and upon seeing it, the Cafe owner instantly burst into tears. He told James to stay where he is, he made a coffee and placed it in front of James before leaving the Cafe. Nearly 45 minutes later and James, sitting with his back to the entrance of the Cafe heard his name called. He turn’t around to face the doorway and saw the outline of a women in the sunlight. The figure moved closer toward him so for the first time he could see her face. He realised, it was Elizabeth. She was stood in front of him as beautiful as ever. She took out a piece of photograph that she had with her.

He took out his and when placed together, it matched perfectly.

Strangely, Elizabeth had also returned to the same area just a few years before in hope she would find James but gave up. She had also visited the Cafe on many occasions but had never bumped into him.

At the ripe old age of 70 and 71, James and Elizabeth finally got married and lived happily ever after.

The effect itself is simple. Under fair conditions, an old sepia photo is shown to the spectator. It shows a young, happy couple. The photo is torn down the middle and half is given to your spectator whilst you keep the other half. The beautiful story above is told and although the spectator has had the image in her hand the whole time, she turns her piece over to see the young gentleman in her half of the photo has now aged. When the performer turns his piece over, the lady in his piece is also aged. Both halves of the photo of course match up and they may keep that image forever!

Several methods and ideas are discussed and I am sure you will find your own handlings. this is the perfect performance piece for those performing at weddings or intimate functions. But it also plays as a beautiful performance piece for cabaret and stage performers.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 4th, 2014
Purchased this last night as it sounded interesting and a bit different, my first purchase from Penguin and I missed the zip folder with the photos in, contacted customer service and they sorted me out in super fast time (thank you Gayle) anyway, did this today for my wife, had her pretty much close to tears (which made me smile) all I can say is highly recommended, if you want something different from "pick a card" then this is it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 27th, 2014
I know that the word "sweet" may be a bit over used these days but that is what this effect is.My father in law just turned 87 and is my soundboard for a lot of my magic...he lives with us so he kind of a captive audience.We both have war experience and as is the norm we don't talk about it much.When I performed "Love and War" I could swear I detected a tear in his eye.And for the first time ever he asked me to show him again....Sweet!!!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 3rd, 2017
While deciding whether to buy Jamie's new Scream (I did and can't wait) I poked around his site and picked up 2 other offerings. I'll post my reviews separately.

Love & War is an effect using photos. You tell the story of a couple separated when he goes off to war, and as a remembrance they tear a picture of themselves in half, each keeping a copy of their loved one. After the war he returns to the agreed upon spot only to find the Café destroyed in a bombing rain and no way to find his lost love. He then moves on with his life.

Fast forward 50 years and he returns to find the area rebuilt, yada yada yada and finds his love. And they live happily ever after. Awww. Great story, theme and emotions.

As you tell the story you act it out. You show the picture of the young couple, rip it in half, the spectator gets the guy, you keep the girl. At the end you show that the pictures have both aged and the prices match.

The handling on this is straightforward, there is no hint that anything will happen, you are just acting out the story. The handling is well-thought out, the routine removes any heat from the switch, and the ending is really a kicker to an emotional story.

This was released in 2014 and I don't know why I am just discovering it now. It is a too well kept secret.

You have to destroy 1.5 pictures each time you perform it (one picture can be used in 2 performances) and you have one print that can be reused repeatedly. I print my pictures at Sam's club for 8 cents each so this costs me an initial 8 cents then 12 cents per performance.

I just ordered enough for 100 performances. Best 12 bucks I'll spend today.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 25th, 2017
One of the most simplest and hard hitting effects i have purchased! I personally love this effect due to its emotional story attached to the effect and also the impact that it leaves the spectator with.
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Beautiful story and props Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 5th, 2017
I am really getting into the more story telling magic and Love and War by Jamie Daws is an amazing story.

The download instructions are okay (would love to see a behind the scenes video with the handling, might make it a bit more clear) The pictures are nice and well done.

But that is all window dressing for the story you tell, the story is beautifully woven with the effect that is being done and will definitely leave a lump in the throat of the more romantic of spectators (and performers).

Now if I can only get through rehearsing the story without tearing up or choking up I'll be just fine.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 23rd, 2017
Love the trick love the routine but did not like the
explanation. Should have more details for the photo printing
Size and on what type of paper to print.
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