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bugjack
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Purchased "Torn" this weekend and have been practicing it. I have a ways to go before I'll be smooth enough to actually perform this, but the thing that is worrying me is something that another poster brought up here previously but which wasn't 100% answered. I'm referring (and I'm phrasing this so as to not reveal anything too specific) to the "density" of the various card quarters as the trick is performed and the potential for the effect to be blown by a spectator noticing this detail. In the intro, Garcia says you should try to get the folds as precise as possible but that they don't have to be perfect. Just in practicing, I can tell that the trick is helped immensely if they are, in fact, perfect. And even if they are perfect, the act of quartering a card creates bulges and overlaps on the edges that are still potentially revealing.

I guess my question is: do people who perform this trick a) worry about the folds and try to make the beginning creases as precise as possible? b) go for a "less open" presentation than Garcia does on the video and use their fingers to cover the edges as the trick progresses?; c) not worry about it or d) (which is kind of what I think I might have to do) keep the effect moving fast enough and use gestures and misdirection continually away from the dirty pieces?
Matt Malinas
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I thought about that for a while as well before I started performing this.
I definetly try to make the creases as precise as possible. the thing is , don't stand to close to you audience. it close up of course but you don't have to do this trick with the card touching the tip pf their nose.just keep a little distance. try not to give the impression that you are trying to cover something. just act natural.
and , most importantly , don't rush this effect. it's an awesome effect and doing it fast is something that I do not agree to.
I hope this helps you a bit.
good luck !

-Matt
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lylaster
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Make it as precise as possible, get the angles right, and don't do it so close.
bugjack
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Thanks, both of you -- I think a bit of distance is probably the key.
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If you keep it moving, the specs will be so blown away by the restorations they won't stop to think twice about how dense it is, unless it is obvious which it shouldn't be. Take this and the other suggestions and you'll be fine.

Cody
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I agree with the other posters. Try for as much accuracy as you can on the folds. Fold the card both frontways and backwards to make the seams pliable. This makes the tear much easier. If the spectators are more than three feet away, I don't see any difficulties with what you think they will notice.
bugjack
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Thanks, everyone.

I've tried the trick out a few times and even though I think my performance isn't 100% yet, it's really impressed every time. The worry about viewers spotting something turns out to have been pretty misplaced. In fact, when I went back and looked closely at the original Garcia video demo, one can see what I was worried about. From a small distance, it really is, as Gandolf says, not noticeable.
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