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Hello, I'd appreciate if someone is capable to make me a review of Free Formation by Christopher Kenworthy .


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Free Formation is a torn and restored one piece at a time effect. I think it is very good. It is very similar to Hollingworth's Reformation. Actually, if you see a performance of it it looks exactly like Reformation. Very magical. The handling is a bit different, probably a little easier. Unlike Reformation though, the spectator can NAME any card they want. No forces are involved. The restoration is done face outwards, with yours and the spectator's signature always visible. However, in order for the selection to be completely free, you need two decks. I cannot tell you why you need two decks, but the thinking is very clever.

I recommend this if you want to learn a T&R with the face of card always showing. Just as good as Reformation, but a little easier to learn.
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I think lots of laymen aren't too impressed by T&R effects anymore. Haha, but they do impress magicians... anybody does Ripped and Restored? It's pretty cool, too, and there's no cover for the joining back of this 'piece by piece' restoration except for the last card.
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I beg to differ. T&R Card is one of the most dramatic effects you can perform, no matter which version you choose. It is all up to the performer.
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Can anyone else comment on Gosman's query? I am also interested in finding out a little more. How does Christopher's effect compare with Dave Lovick's Reparation?
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I may be in the minority, but I never cared much for Kenworthy's version. The tearing sequence looks really fishy to me. I like Reparation better, although I like Ripped & Restored better than either of them.

Every problem contains the seeds of its own solution. Unfortunately every problem also contains the seeds of an infinite number of non-solutions, so that first part really isn't super helpful.
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I said it in another column too, Free Formation might as well be titled, "A Few Afterthoughts on Handling the Reformation." The fact that Christopher calls this his own trick is a little questionable. I would strongly urge you to learn the Reformation, and then view this variation afterwards. I like the way he turns over the card after the 3rd piece is restored. That is the only move I incorporated, otherwise I still do Reformation verbatim.

Lovick's Reparation is probably slightly easier to perform, but the third piece is restored very questionably and the fourth piece is not all that clean either. Reformation is not as hard as everyone says. Just buy Drawing Room Deceptions and study it.

On 2002-10-13 19:19, cardguy wrote:
Not necessarily. The biggest difference between those two versions is the selection process and how you get into the tearing phase. Kenworthy's version allows the spectator to name any card they want, while Hollingworth's requires a force. Because of this, the initial approach to the two are totally different. However, once the tearing begins the two versions are very similar, but not totally identical.
I'm not saying one is better than the other. It all depends on how you want to approach the effect.

Okay, yes you can name any card, but to me, the meat of the trick is the tearing and restoring, and that's where it is so similar. As for selecting any card, I think this hurts the trick because the pictures won't line up as well as they do with a court card. The image on the court card is very important to the visual asthetic and proper execution of the trick.
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