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Joined by Dario Capuozzo and Titanas Magic - DVD
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Looking for the easiest, yet most visible and practical methods for a torn and restored card?
This is no ordinary T&R
Dario gives step-by-step instruction, along with multiple live performances.
Includes both signed and unsigned versions for maximum impact.
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Best T&R in my collection Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 27th, 2015
here is my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Oo4U3JTfb4
It's good Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 11th, 2014
Here goes. Method
This is actually, as far as I know, a new and unique method. This method allows you to stick three of the four pieces together with no duplicates and no extra stuff. When you go for the fourth piece that's when things change a little. This part is not as clean as the rest of the restoration; not even close. This part requires you to go to your pocket to "get a lighter" and then light the "four" pieces causing them to fuse together. For the signed version, there's extra "unclean" stuff. You do have to prepare the card in advance, and due to the nature of the method, in order to repeat, you'll need a whole bunch of duplicate cards all prepared in advance. The prep is easy and only takes 2 or 3 minutes per card.
The method involved for the signed version is nowhere near as practical as the non-signed version, and a very important part of the handling is very fidgety. It requires you to fiddle around in your pocket a bit too long for someone who is simply "putting the torn pieces in his pocket."
Ad Copy Integrity
The ad copy is tough to call. In order to give an accurate assessment, we'll have to address it from a few different angles. First, let's look at the first three single pieces. Those three pieces "stick" together with no sticky stuff, threads, magnets, no extra pieces, etc., just like the ad copy claims. However, you can't end there. First, you're not done with the restoration, and second, things aren't examinable yet.
Once you've done the three single pieces, you have to go to your pocket for a lighter. The problem is that, first, they cut this out in the ad trailer, and second, it's nowhere near as clean looking as the rest of the pieces looked. Further, even in the performance and explanation on the DVD, where they didn't cut, things just don't look as clean.
Even further, with the signed version, there is "sticky" stuff involved. And in both versions, there technically are "extra pieces" involved. In both versions, there are more than 4 pieces involved to pull off the effect. The only case where there are "no extra pieces" (as claimed in the video trailer), is when sticking the first three pieces together. They really are the originally torn pieces, and they really do stick back together with nothing else extra. They're not examinable in that position, but they are stuck together quite firmly.
Next, we deal with the claim that it instantly resets. That's mostly true. Just keep in mind that each card you tear up is done. You'll have to have another one already prepared in advance to do the effect again. Further, it'll have to be the same exact card (i.e., all Kings of Spades or whatever) if the effect is truly to be called "instantly reset."
Finally, we look at "perform surrounded." This is only true for the first three pieces. Placing the fourth corner on cannot be done surrounded. Also, if you're doing the signed version, the tearing procedure cannot be done surrounded.
The DVD production quality is decent. However, some of the shots are a bit too far away and hard to see. Although, for the most part, I think you can see everything you need to. The instructions, however, are given as text overlays on the screen and no speaking. This is always an issue because it's hard to focus on the performer's hands while trying to read the text, and vice versa.
The three pieces being stuck together is brilliant in method, thought, handling and practicality. It's very clever and requires no sticky stuff, magnets, etc., and it can be done surrounded. If this were all you were getting, then the ad copy would be 100% accurate. Also, I think with a little effort, it might be doable to come up with a way to modify the card to allow the fourth corner to be stuck as cleanly as the rest.
As brilliant as the piece by piece portion of the effect is, when it comes to the fourth piece, things are not quite as clean. Don't even bother with the signed method. It's nowhere near as practical as the unsigned method. It might be good for a special performance, but it's just not as clean. Solving the "fourth corner problem" has challenged the greatest among us, and after watching this DVD, I'd say it's still challenging us.
That said, this method for placing the fourth piece isn't horrible. It's doable. My biggest complaint about it is that it violates most of the claims in the ad copy/video. It uses extra pieces. It cannot be done surrounded. It's hard to give this its final rating because the first three pieces are a breakthrough in this genre and 100% live up to the ad copy. Yet, the fourth piece is a step back and does not live up to the ad copy.
This may be the kind of thing where you could add this piece by piece of the first three to your own existing T&R effects.
3 Stars with a Stone Status of gem (with a little 'g' - most of the gem belongs to the first three pieces).
The closet thing to what Copperfield did Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 20th, 2014
This effect is truly wonderful i think. The reason only 4 stars is because the last restoration is the tough part. But the first 3 are amazing. It's the closet thing you can do for people that will look like what David did. The signed version is just a waste of time. The unsigned version is the best way to go. All and all i do see myself using this. Ulike most T&R effects i buy and never use. I will use this. I would say buy it if you like a T&R card effects. This is a must.
Nice and Clean. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 10th, 2014
Out of the many tnr that I have I think I'm a go with this one. Its the easiest and most magical looking tnr. A good parlor trick. Good clever thinking that made this trick. I recommend.
Very clever ideaaaa Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 17th, 2014
As we know there is many many products with TNR but joined by dario is realey new idea and first time i saw it and i surprised of the method this is realey no using sticky stuff no magnets and the method take you about 2-3 miminutes then put your card in your deck and ready for any time to preforme this one i like ittt very much and the dvd qulity its very goood and very clear instruction you will not go wrong with it i give him 5 staar for this amazing idea and very fun to preforme gett it now add it in your cart and injoy joined .....
A nice TnR Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 13th, 2014
A very clever principle is used to perform this trick - however not the very best of TnR's that I've come across though. Works best when performing parlour shows and on stage in my opinion. It's also really nice and clean.
Too OBVIOUS Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 15th, 2014
I am amazed that this trick is packaged as well as it is, for what it is. Years ago I used the special technique incorporated herein to hold pieces of a card together. This guy is actually making money off it!!! All you get is a DVD that gives you instructions on how to make the gimmick card and do the illusion. It would have been REALLY nice if a few short written instructions had been included along with printed measurements for the cutting needs to be done. This is a nice illusion UNTIL you have to put your hands into each one of your pockets, "looking for a lighter"!! How can you hope to do a BELIEVABLE torn and restored card trick if you have to put your hands into your pockets, twice!!?? Can you guess why your hand has to go into your pocket, besides to get a lighter to "heat the torn card back together??? This trick lost all of its credibility after I saw how important it was to put your hand in the pocket, and what a poor excuse using a lighter to fuse a torn card back together was. I would not recommend this trick as your GO-TO torn and restored card illusion.
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