This is an interesting DVD. Joel Bauer has an abundance of energy and it is interesting just
watching and hearing him. The effect itself looks pretty good but it seems specifically geared to
smaller newletter type papers. He says it can simply be modified to any size newspaper but my
attempts have not worked for me. It would be nice if the DVD discussed preparation and
demonstration of other size newspapers and not just newsletter type papers.
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I had the great pleasure of being a partner with Joel in a business for over three years. During
that time we conducted over 50 2-day training events. Joel always performed some magic. When he
presented his Torn & Restored Newspaper the audiences went wild. It is so visual, so clean, so
unbelievable - plus Joel's incomparable patter always won the day. Up to that point I personally had
been performing the Anderson T&R Newspaper and I loved it. That changed. What I like about Joel's
version is that it is much easier to set up and can be reset reasonably quickly. For a trade show
performer or someone who does multiple show this is a killer effect.
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I performed this years ago, but I lost the tape. (Yes, tape. That tells you how long ago it was.)
I docked one star for the video quality: it's poor, and Joel's style is grating.
But the tear itself is practical, easy to do, and it looks good. By practical, I mean that it's
easy to set up, rests in seconds, and you can use any kind of free tabloid paper, advertiser or
If possible I prefer a larger newspaper and flash restoration like the Gene Anderson version or Axel
Hecklau version "Newsflash" , but for ease of preparation and quick reset the so-called "Joel Bauer
Torn & Restored Newspaper" is good to have as a back-up. I'd highly recommend the DVD . [BUT I
wish this were an instant download. One-trick DVD's are kind of a waste, imo.]
I had this
DVD about 8 years ago, but after I learned the preparation I sold it. I don't remember exactly how
Joel phrases it on the video , but he vaguely alludes to the version he is showing as being
originated by Alan Shaxon and I think he mentions a few other people ( maybe Patrick Page and
Slydini ?) as having an influence on "his" (Bauer's) approach to the newspaper tear. From what I
can find from reading about the history of the various versions of Torn & Restored Newspaper this is
basically the same as Alan Shaxon's version. (which may have been inspired by Patrick Page's "10
Second Newspaper Tear") So , Joel should have been clearer on the crediting . Maybe he does
actually credit Alan Shaxon (I can't remember precisely) but my recollection is that he's a little
vague on the crediting. Anyway, the credit issue aside , this is a very strong version of the Torn
& Restored Newspaper and once you get the hang of the set-up you'll be able to easily prepare it and
the re-set is very fast . Highly recommended . And Joel's typical blarney is entertaining. Some
people can't stand his 'hustle-hustle' bluster , but I find it funny.
I like the effect. It's probably more for trade show papers, but it seems to work well with the
tabloid style that I'm using.
I haven't performed it for anyone yet but have been letting
my critic- the little woman- watch me practice it. She says it looks good. Now I just need to
practice it about 100 more times.
Pros: Gimmick is easy to make and can be reused.
Supposedly works for all papers. Haven't tried it on full size. Easy to do, just need to
practice until it becomes one smooth motion in the restore. Basically a "flash" restore.
Cons: There are some aspects of the gimmick that look obvious to me for performing it in a
parlor setting which is where I'll be doing it, but I've already got some ideas to work around this.
Lots of ink on the hands from practicing. :) Cannot appear to show the whole paper, but this can be
acted through. Gimmick must be reused with that specific edition- not much of a problem really.
All in all I really like it. 4 stars because I've heard there are better versions, but I like
this and will use it.