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Alternatives to the T & R Newspaper

If you think the torn and restore newspaper involves too much preparation consider Richard Osterlind’s Torn and Restored Post-It note or the Torn and Restored Cigarette paper. There are many sources for the latter, but the work done by Martin Lewis is the best in my opinion.

Are we afraid to work?

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Sweating I recently was involved in a discussion about the various versions of the torn and restored newspaper. I would imagine that most everyone reading this blog has a favorite. Personally, I prefer Gene Anderson’s classic method for normal situations and Osterlind’s Signed Torn and Restored for those very special occasions – if the venue is conducive. I have a friend that swears by the Elmsley version and, I must admit, it looks great.

We also discussed the various no tear versions and quick reset versions like the Bauer and Baxt variants. From my perspective, these are just poor imitations and you are better off not doing a newspaper tear than using these. I know, I know they reset so quickly and the Anderson tear is so much work. Yeah it takes some time in preparation and more practice than most realize, but don’t you want to give your audience your best?

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AND…. My pants have disappeared

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It’s certainly no surprise that Jim Coles at the Unexpected Wonders blog has written another insightful and intelligent post called Avoiding Confusion. NoPants Jim has hit on one of my favorite themes and one so frequently overlooked by magicians. You know the tricks I’m talking about – your card is the Jack of clubs – which now has a blue back AND now I’m wearing no pants! Huh?!?!

Think of the magicians that made it – especially among layman. Those that became popular because of their magic, generally did so because they practiced effect clarity. Never a doubt about what they did. As an example, take Michael Ammar. He made his reputation on the floating dollar bill, coins through silk, card on ceiling etc. Every effect easily described in a brief sentence or two.

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Bore me once – shame on you

Many years ago, there was a Dean Martin (or Friar’s Club)  roast of Johnny Carson. The details escape me, but I vividly recall one of Carson’s come backs at the end of the roast. One of the Presenters was the great Don Rickles and he had killed Carson – he was at his best. Carson’s comeback …

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