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GlenD
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After attending I.B.M. ring 96 meeting this past Saturday and hearing Robert Baxt lecture I purchased his newspaper tear effect by the above mentioned name.
All I can say is it is great! After having worked with it a little Saturday evening and a lot more today, I feel as if I am totally ready to perform this at my next performance (whenever that is).
BUT, I did perform it for some family today (it's my birthday today, so I had company) and it went over fantastic!!!
The set-up is so easy, simple and mess free and even more cool is the restoration display... it happens instantly in a flash as opposed to unfolding. Has anyone else purchased this effect? If so, let me know your thoughts or performance experiences please.
Also it is'nt cheap but it allows for a terrific and very clean handling. If you do a torn and restored newspaper effect or if you are thinking about adding this effect to your arsenal, check out Robert Baxts "Better Newspaper Tear".
Besides Robert is a great guy too and is quick to assist with any problems or answer any questions.

GlenD
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DaveS
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Glen,
The effect sounds great! But for $100, this item probably requires a demo to sell it.

There's been a lot of interest lately in Richard Osterlind's "Signed Torn and Restored Newspaper" on his Mind Mysteries DVD (Vol 4)... effect described below. The DVD costs $35 and includes 6 other tricks. Osterlind's performance and explanation are outstanding!

"Any page is selected from a newspaper and signed by a spectator. The paper is torn in half five times and then restored. The signed paper is then returned to the spectator to keep as a souvenir. What's more, the performer is totally clean at the effect's conclusion. This effect has been fooling the best minds in magic for over 15 years and is finally being released!"


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DaveS
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mdspark
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GlenD,

It is just a quicker and less messy way to set up the standared T & R Newspaper by Gene Anderson.
Bill Hegbli
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Glen,

That is why you paid the high price, to be exclusive. Enjoy it while it lasts. If you are happy with it, what else counts.

I do not own or a desire to own this version, I have 10 other versions to pick from in my magic collection.

Bill
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I also have about 10 different ways to perform the "torn and restored" effect, and this is the simplest to set up. I bought mine used, so I didn't pay full price. If you do the Gene Anderson version, you know how to do this...it just makes set-up much easier to prep. I recommend it!

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I too think Baxt's version is wonderful. I use it all the time.

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GlenD
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I am very happy with it and looking forward to incorporating this into my routine. I know there are other much cheaper ways of doing newspaper effects and torn and restored stuff. To each their own, but I really love how quick and easy this is to set up.

I was a little surprised to see how quickly this post originally got buried without any replies. I noticed at Hocus Pocus they currently have a bunch of newspaper stuff right now.
Anyways thanks for the repsonses everyone.

GlenD
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I currently use the Slydini T&R newspaper. It requires minimal set-up. You rip the paper to shreads and in the blink of an eye it is totally restored.
I see no reason to use any other.
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Bill Hegbli
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On 2004-01-31 00:20, davidpaul$ wrote:
I currently use the Slydini T&R newspaper. It requires minimal set-up. You rip the paper to shreads and in the blink of an eye it is totally restored.
I see no reason to use any other.


Slydini tear is not minimal set-up. Pat Page's 10 Second tear is the fastest one to prepare. Slydini still has a lot of prep work. I remember the effect as being discribed in the book as a gradual visual/slow restoration, not a fast restore.

Bill
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Quote:
On 2004-01-31 00:20, davidpaul$ wrote:
I currently use the Slydini T&R newspaper. It requires minimal set-up. You rip the paper to shreads and in the blink of an eye it is totally restored.
I see no reason to use any other.


Who sells the Slydini version? Anything by Slydini gets my attention!
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Not sure of the name of the version I use, ilke most, I have several versions on file, but use is from the book," practical sorcery" it takes about 10 minutes (if you are slow like me0)to make the gimmick, then reuse it 10-to 20 times, flash opening is part of the routine, I love it and use no other, at the local ring meeting, 15 guys offered to buy the manuscript, after I presented it at a meeting.final note, I got the book af a magic flea market for a buck,,,,,
davidpaul$
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Wmhegbli/ Bill I have to disagree with you Bill. I've been performing this effect for years and it is minimal set up time and restores in a flash....
Rocco explains the effect taught to him by Slydini on
the VHS tape International Magician's Society's " The Best of the Best #10 by Rocco.
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Steve Hoffman
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For those familiar with both the Baxt method using his gimmick and the more traditional (so to speak) method taught by Gene Anderson, can anyone answer this:

Assuming one is willing to spend the $100 for the Baxt gimmick, is there any disadvantage to it over the Gene Anderson method? And when I say disadvantage, I mean from the SPECTATOR's point of view? I love the way the restoration looks (i.e., to the audience) with the Anderson method. I also love the way you can page through the newspaper after the restoration and show the audience that it's the same paper.

How does Baxt compare in these regards?

Steve Hoffman
Bill Hegbli
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On 2004-02-01 00:02, davidpaul$ wrote:
Wmhegbli/ Bill I have to disagree with you Bill. I've been performing this effect for years and it is minimal set up time and restores in a flash....
Rocco explains the effect taught to him by Slydini on
the VHS tape International Magician's Society's " The Best of the Best #10 by Rocco.


Excuse me, "Slydini Torn and Restored Newspaper" is published in "The Magic of Slydini", chapter 14, page 201. Written by Lewis Ganson. Your original post did not mention Rocco, I am sure he has added his features to Slydini's. I consider glueing and folding and advance preparation more then minimal setup.

We can agree to disagree.

Bill
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Thanks for everyone here, I learnt a lot.
If the restoration looks good, I don't care to do more preparation. May be this is just me.

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This whole thing obviously depends on your working situations , if your are the big show worker I would say stick to the gene anderson , I do the gene anderson version and I'm happy messing around with glue cutting papers , waiting for glue to dry out ect ect ,

but on the other hand , if you are a hopping around or working on a stand in the streets and you havent got the time to mess around with your portable glue stick and handy scissors then this thing is a must for you
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magicduro
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Anyone have "No Tear" I was thinking of getting it. PM me and let me know.
Nelson Hoofard
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I have the "No Tear" and it's just the same as Baxt's version. I went to his lecture about a month ago and I really saw no difference in his version vs. the "No Tear" one.
Pete Biro
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Pat Page's 10-second paper tear (and Alan Shaxon's, which is an improved version) are great for LESS SETUP TIME.

Seabrooke swears by the Slydini version.
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Michael Bilkis
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I have only performed the Gene Anderson Newspaper tear. It is a great routine with moderate preparation. It has been my closer for 15 years.
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