Creator: Arnel Renegado
Publisher: Magic Tao
MSRP: $ 25
Skill Level: beginner
DVD Run time: 14 minutes
Type of effect: Torn and Restored
Manufacturer's Write Up: The next evolution in torn and restored cards. A card is freely selected, the magician then cleanly rips half the card. The spectator then witnesses the tear visibly repair itself. Without any switching, the magician immediately hands the selected card out for examination. Custom made gimmick supplied.
How accurate is the ad copy? It's ok, I wouldn't call what is supplied a "gimmick" as you will need to supply all of the cards needed and there is a fraction of wok on your part. What's supplied is a "thing" or a "secret."
What's in the box? No box, barely any packaging. This is a very "streamlined" product. Tiny plastic disposable bag, with a paper advertisement containing a download code and two supplied "secret things."
Key points: A new take to the classic TnR
How are the production values: Magic Tao always makes beautiful videos. Everything is well shot.
Is it well made: Handmade "secret things" are always nice, but it's foreseeable that in the future you will need to start making your own.
Is it well taught: Taught by Chris Webb, the magic behind it is very simple. Most Magicians who have been around the block will be very familiar with all of the moves.
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked):
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" Absolutely. Your "secret thing" is very small.
Does it "play big?" It's a highly visual trick that looks like impossible magic. It'd be a good closer to your card routine - or as a "do one more trick."
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) I'd be a tiny bit concerned about angles, but that is all. But yes, this trick will work in all conditions.
How original is this idea? This trick is kind of marrying the idea of the TnR with another marketed trick (years and years ago) but with a modern spin.
Overall score: 8/10
(this is a good trick, I would have given it a 9 if Magic Tao had given me a little bit more for my money)
+ If you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas you can visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b56fxFQ5uLI