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Topic: My Presentation idea: Torn 2 pieces
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Nov 6, 2010 01:19PM)
The sharing of another idea from the ever fruitful, though obviously disturbed, mind of Stephen E. Young (No I've never heard of him either)

I've been struggling for a while with Torn 2 Pieces by Shawn Farquhar (hope I spelt that right)
Not with the effect itself, it's a stunning piece of magic,
But with the choice of photograph.

Why would I want to leave someone with a miss-made photo of somebody's face.
"Because I can" isn't good enough, I wanted a premise that made the end result meaningful.

This is what I came up with;

The photo used is a photo of an album cover from a famous band
(for those younger than myself albums were what came before CD's)
(sorry CDs were what came before MP3s)

I explain that band released albums and fans would take them to concerts to hopefully get a signature from one of their idols (this is when I get them to sign the photo as a pretence of the rock stars autograph)

I then explain that inevitably bands split up (tearing the photo as I speak)

But, when the money runs out they quite often re-form (show photo from back)

But there are very rarely anything like the band they used to be (turn photo around, hand it out, walk away)

Message: Posted by: jugglestruck (Nov 6, 2010 01:24PM)
Very nice idea, thank you for sharing.
Message: Posted by: aligator (Nov 6, 2010 01:45PM)
Good thinking Steve. I like this idea better than your last one. :)

I'll have to give serious consideration to this as an alternative to the one I previously suggested to you. How do you play it if one of the original band members is dead or dies- unfortunately a not uncommon occurrence in that industry.
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Nov 6, 2010 02:16PM)
Usually bands replace one or more of the missing members.

Guns N Roses are on tour at the moment and there's only Axl Rose from the original line up.
I don't think missing members is an issue if you choose an album cover that has an picture rather than photos of the band.

Message: Posted by: Ustaad (Nov 6, 2010 10:29PM)
Very nice & logical idea. Thank you for sharing.

Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 6, 2010 11:31PM)
Nice thinking Steve.

There are so many bands that have done that or are doing it.
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Nov 7, 2010 04:25AM)
Glad there are some who like it.
Ustaaad, logical is exactly what I was aiming for, thanks.

Message: Posted by: panlives (Nov 7, 2010 08:09AM)
On 2010-11-07 05:25, steveline wrote:
Glad there are some who like it.
Ustaaad, logical is exactly what I was aiming for, thanks.


Logical, engaging, contains the celebrity factor...a very compelling spin on a powerful effect.

Well played!
Message: Posted by: aligator (Nov 7, 2010 09:40AM)
Well, you've convinced me. Try as I might, I cannot come up with anything better. Well done, Steve.
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Nov 7, 2010 12:05PM)
Thanks guys.

Mr Crocodile, I'll be contacting you tomorrow.

Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Nov 7, 2010 12:10PM)
Thanks guys.

Message: Posted by: dman11 (Dec 16, 2010 09:28AM)
That's a great idea, thank you
Message: Posted by: panlives (Dec 16, 2010 02:07PM)
May I have permission to perform this scripting?
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Dec 18, 2010 05:35AM)
Of course. feel free.

Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Dec 21, 2010 07:49AM)
I just received this effect and I think the album cover is a great presentation idea. Definately gonna use it. Thanks for sharing.

kind regards
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Dec 26, 2010 03:17PM)
Steve, your stories are great and you definitely have a story teller talent. These story however are only illustrated by the magic and not about magic. It seems to me that our art would be served better by your obvious gift if you would make magic the main character of your stories.
Message: Posted by: Filip Struzka (Jul 9, 2016 01:50PM)
Really great idea, I like it!
Message: Posted by: Scott Horn (Jul 11, 2016 10:55AM)
THANK YOU. I have struggled with performing this exactly for the reason Stephen noted. I think this "band" plot is provides a "logic" and opens itself to other "group" structures
Message: Posted by: Aus (Sep 20, 2016 06:39PM)
I know this thread is old but here is an alternative presentation.

Have you heard the expression seeing is believing?

You might hear it every now and then but when it comes to magicians, we don't get the benefit of the doubt. In fact among many expressions such as the hand is quicker then the eye and it's up his sleeve we are also often accused of trick photography. This usually rears it head on TV shows where a magicians performances are so unbelievable the spectator can only think that there has to be a conspiritus arrangement to what their seeing.

Well for today's performance we are going to show everyone some trick photography using this photo.

Now to be honest magicians have only got onto trick Photography over the last few years, where industry's such as the fashion industry and Woman's Magazines have be photoshoping and paint brushing images of people for even longer.

What they do is they dissect the image (start tearing the photo into quarters) and scrutinise every part (look at each turn part)then in some vain attempt to make things better then modify it.

When the image is put back together (restore the pieces) it resembles nothing as it originally was.


Message: Posted by: friend2cptsolo (Oct 14, 2016 09:19AM)
"it resembles nothing as it originally was. "

This theme keeps coming up in regards to this effect. I think the same can be truthful about our own selves... That sometimes we might go through a rough time or a difficult situation and although we have healed .... we resemble now an alternative version of our former selves ....

Signing the face of the photo the spectator becomes that photo and you may ask " Can you think of a time when you felt like you were torn?"
Message: Posted by: JassTan (Nov 10, 2016 08:47PM)
Wow, such an emotional piece, I love it, it also it very relatable. Thank you for sharing it with us.
I also like Aus alternative presentation, especially the line "it resembles nothing as it originally was. "
It can work with topics like relationship, memories, ethics.
Message: Posted by: imgic (Feb 26, 2017 09:04PM)
I just picked up this effect...these are some great ideas...thanks for sharing
Message: Posted by: gjmagic (Aug 12, 2018 04:10AM)
I use a photo of myself and I have it pre initialed at the top right-hand corner. I introduce the photo and point out my initials, I ask them to initial the lower left corner (I fold the photo into quarters and hand them the photo for them to initial).

I now say, I am now going to move my initials down the photo and right next to yours....I then tear up the photo and mix up the "four" pieces, I open up the photo so the picture is facing down and I mention that the torn corners are are the outside...And the only way I could get my initials next to theirs was to change the position of every piece :-)

It works, it's sort of logical, it's funny ish, and they buy into it....

Another presentation I use is how I have combined my love of magic with my love of art, and that my favourite artist was Picasso....Of course the final image is sort of Picasso..ish :-)

Have fun!

Gary Jones.
Message: Posted by: Magic Eros (Sep 23, 2018 10:48AM)
I've been thinking about this effect and I get a commercial idea:
the photo is shown but in disorder, not in order. so I take a photo of the place that I'm working, as I work in restaurant I show the logo of the restaurant and talk about the restaurant. Then the photo is restored but in the logo of the restaurant