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Counterfeit by Wayne Houchin (DVD) Tear a card into four pieces - then visually restore it, piece by piece, right in front of your spectator's eyes.
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Torn. Burned. Restored.
Wayne Houchin - creator of French Kiss, Control, and Thread - presents an incredible, practical, piece-by-piece restoration of a torn playing card.

A single playing card is torn into pieces - then visually restored under impossible conditions. Each piece seemingly fuses onto the next, leaving your audience with one of the most memorable souvenirs they've ever been given. They'll keep it forever.

18 Years in the Making
On November 27th, 1996, Wayne watched in awe as Guy Hollingworth performed on NBC's World's Greatest Magic. With that inspiration, Counterfeit was born. It can be performed surrounded, allowing your spectators to experience the effect from every angle. The card can be handed out for immediate examination. Let them keep it.

Expert Instruction
Produced by theory11, with 30 minutes of detailed instruction and performance tips from one of the leading minds in magic. Learn the nuances that make this one of the most engaging, powerful, practical torn and restored effects ever released.

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Very deceptive indeed... Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 7th, 2015
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I purchased this a few weeks back. For some reason I love TNR effects and have a chunk of them already (Torched and restored, TNR Matthew Bich, corned, TTR, etc...) Each of them has their own unique presentations that work in their own ways. It really will depend upon what you want the audience to see in the end.

Do you want a flash production? Piece by piece restoration? Color change? How much of a gimmick or cleanup do you want? Once you ID which you want then you should choose one of the ones I listed above.

For this routine I like it because it is a piece by piece restoration. I have combined Wayne's tear and restoration with the torched and restored ending to make it a more powerful restoration.

Pros

-You make a very convincing piece by piece tear but, you have to be careful during the routine...Can't explain further without exposing.

-In the end you end clean! Some you can't and can't hand out. This one you can after you do the cleanup which flows with the routine if you CHOOSE to use the lighter method.

-Your hands can be shown empty at all times. There really is not another card in your hand during the tearing portion of the trick. You can show your hands on both sides.

-You learn a very deceptive switch which Wayne says took him a while to build confidence to do. I see his point but if you work with coins and do retention type vanishes, this method of misdirection is not too difficult for you.

-No tape, rubber gloves, gimmicks, rubber cement, etc...The torn card is ungimmicked and so is the final card. You CAN prepare the final card to look like it was burned,but you do not need to if you do not want to or if you do not want to use the lighter method.

-Teaching- Wayne is a great instructor. I have purchased several tricks from him in the past. Regardless if i did not like the effects secret, not the case here, I find his presentations of the secret to be straight to the point and sincere. He explains it in full detail and is passionate about his effects.

-You can do this strolling, street, etc...There is only one or two times during the restoration where people cannot be behind you. After those quick moments you can have them watch from almost every angle.

Cons-

-The card cannot be signed. I wouldn't say this is terribly a bad thing because as he explains, the audience really has no reason to sign it to prove it is the same card in the end. The way you present the trick and show your hands empty "sell" that it is the same card. If you really want them to be able to sign it, go with the "Torched and restored" TNR.

-There is a slight amount of sleight of hand needed in the end to clean up. It is not bad. Honestly, I prefer to learn sleight of hand and even though your audience may not know you are doing, or approach the amount of time needed to learn a sleight, I think it is worth it. It sells the art form and makes it feel more like magic to the spectators rather than just having a gimmick do all the work.



In the end this is another great TNR trick. There are so many of these things out there now a days that you need to find something that works for your style. If you are looking for a deceptive, non-gimmicked, minor sleight of hand, piece by piece restoration, then this may your effect.

If you want a flash appearance or something that is more focused on the end production, use something else. This is honestly a great piece by piece restoration and I highly recommend it!
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Best TNR ever Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 18th, 2015
This method is even greater than I expected it to be.

As I said before to fellow magicians:

"These men are rocket scientists for me. It is phenomenal how they come up with such great and creative solutions to problems.

This is pure art (for the audience and for you)"

The only reason to not buy this would be if you are a sorcerer and don't need methods at all to make things happen ;)
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If you want a good T'n'R get THIS! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 31st, 2017
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There are so many 'Torn and Restored's but this gets my vote for the best for several reasons.

1) Easy to make
No big objects or products needed, just the basic tape and scissors alongside a few others to make the easily portable gimmick.

2) Easy to perform
No difficult sleights needed to perform this effect.

3) Very fooling
This is a killer illusion for all audiences and works well in almost every close-up scenario.

I highly recommend this.
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Brilliantly explained Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 13th, 2016
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Excellent effect and everything is clearly explained and demonstrated at a great pace, with performer's angle, and very easy to follow along with. Will need a lot of practice, but following along with the video will make it so much easier. Sometimes it's harder to follow along with videos once you have the gist of it because of all the pauses for explanation that you don't need in practice, but this has two angles with complete follow along of the routine at the end. Perfect.

Also thankful he mentioned setting a piece of card aside in a pant pocket or DRESS and remembering us ladies!
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Brilliant! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 14th, 2015
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This is my favorite version of TnR card. I have looked at several but have been put off by angles or the use of certain gimmicks to pull off the effect. This version has a very natural handling and is not very angle sensitive at all. It isn't hard and is easy to remember the sequence of tears. I would definitely recommend checking this one out. If you really want to do TnR though, I still recommend checking out a good selection of the others (torched and restored particularly) to allow you to choose which one is best for you.
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best TnR effect . Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 12th, 2015
After looking for over a year for TnR effect , finally my search is over. I have bought so many TnR effects , most of them are not practical and some require too much work and setup. This is my first WH download and I am blown away by his teaching. Hands down the best teacher . he teaches every move so good and explained it thoroughly . He just became one of my favourite magician and the effect is practical to perform.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 16th, 2015
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this trick is GREAT
just one thing...
i had no trouble doing this just other than the last piece
if you are a beginner i do not recommend this trick
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Not for Me Sorry. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 19th, 2017
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There is a lot better TnR tricks than this
one on penguin magic. Did'nt care for the
final piece restoration for this complex
piece by piece explanation. Makes a sorry
excuse about the fact. Had he used a little
imagination and creative thought, he could
have made this a super TnR trick. Instead
he choose to go out in a blazing flop.
Counterfeit is a fitting name for this poor
substitute, Check out Torched and Restored
download, it's the original trick. Sorry
this trick is not for me.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 8th, 2017
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The instructor does a great job , he is very thorough and covers all aspects of the routine.
Very Pleased
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 11th, 2017
If you're seeking a spectacular TNR routine to add to your bog 'o tricks, this is it. The DVD you get is professional, thorough, and leaves nothing to your imagination. You'll see Houchin perform in the street for small groups, in-studio for the camera, and perform step-by-step, slowly, from several different camera angles. How difficult is the routine? "Casually" tearing-up the card is probably the hardest part about this effect. The restoration, however, is actually quite simple. Finally, Houchin candidly discusses how he was inspired to develop the routine and how he feels when he presents close-up effects to small groups. I thoroughly enjoyed the video and had one 'laugh-out-loud' moment, an epiphany actually, where he discusses audience management and misdirection. Mark Twain once wrote, 'The really great make you think that you, too, can become great" and so it is with Wayne Houchin's teaching technique. He is a truly great magician who makes you believe that you, too, can become great.
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