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magicman1
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I want to get one, must be easy to set up, I would like to be able to tear it in front of everyone and I wantt o be able to use a full newspaper
Thanks
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Easy and best don't always go hand in hand. I will always refer to Gene Anderson's version as the classic...but it requires a bit 'o work to make. From what I have seen, Axel Hecklau's version "Newsflash" is nice...don't know about his set-up though.
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Thinking of Gene Anderson also..I had Axel's newsflash and got to frustrated trying to put it together and sold it

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Why not get a copy of torn&restored, by magic makers. it explains nine different methods. it should help you.Joe
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Of the two or three I've tried, I've always liked Anderson's the best.
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On 2012-10-20 14:18, magicman1 wrote:
I want to get one, must be easy to set up, I would like to be able to tear it in front of everyone and I want to be able to use a full newspaper
Thanks
Don


I don't know of anything past or present that fits your criteria.
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Okay, I did a little research and found one that meets your criteria, full size newspaper, easy setup and it is torn in front of the audience. Now this is not a close-up trick.

It is called "The Incessant Newspaper" by Jim Steinmeyer from his book "Conjuring Anthology". You can order the book from him on his website, it priced at $65. The book is full of tricks you will use, so it will be the best investment in magic you will have ever made.
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Anderson's trn easy to set up, tear in front of anyone and it uses a full newspaper.
def worth the $$$ invest
but you really should invest in Ben Salinas's torn & restored DVD by magic makers, there are 9 different trn choices including gene anderson's trn
plus out of the nine, there are several different versions of trn on the DVD that you could use easily.
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Pat Page's 'Ten Second Paper Tear' is exceptional.

The ten second tag was given, as that's how long it takes to prep.

Sheer genius........but that's what you'd expect I guess from a genius!
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Pat Page's 'Ten Second Paper Tear' is exceptional.

The ten second tag was given, as that's how long it takes to prep.

Sheer genius........but that's what you'd expect I guess from a genius!
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Even though it's not the typical tear, Mark Mason's tear is nice.
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On 2012-11-06 08:30, kellaroneil wrote:
Even though it's not the typical tear, Mark Mason's tear is nice.


If that is the one he sells called 'no tear newspaper' then I think there's a major negative.

With this version, you actually start with the torn pieces and restore them. Therefore, it's basically a 'restored' newspaper, rather than a 'torn & restored' newspaper.

It's quite a clever method and was actually designed by Tony Stevens to fool magicians, when he was compering at a convention.

However, as the audience don't actually see the newspaper being torn at the outset, I think the effect loses a lot of it's appeal. There's also a very angle-sensitive bulky piece at the outset (see the demo vid)!

They've taken a classic trick and instead of adding something, have actually taken a key part of the performance away. Basically, I think it's bad theatre.
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My IBM Ring (266) had a mini workshop some time back on Anderson's........and I'm telling you man, it's awesome. Fast. Visual. It's just "magic"!! Yep, it takes a little set up time, but it isn't hard, once you get the knack.
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I like my newspaper tear out of the box easy. JB magic No tear newspaper. Complete with bad jokes. Quick and visual.
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Anderson's was good enough for Doug Henning, it's good enough for you.
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Absolutely, as Pete says Anderson's is definetly the best torn and restored newspaper routine around.
Slydini's newapaper torn and restored, is up there with Anderson's ,and is well worth learning,also it uses a smaller format newspaper.
If you would like to perform something closer to anderson's with less preparation I used to use Jimmy ray's torn and restored newspaper.
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Although Gene Anderson's newspaper tear (a direct descendant of the Al Koran Newspaper tear) is the most startling and visual, Neil Foster's "Center Tear" has its strong points. It's simpler, quicker, and easier to set up. If you can restore a torn corner from a newspaper, you can restore a dozen torn pieces as well.

http://abbottmagic.com/Center-Tear-ABBcn......oryId=-1

U.F. Grant had a totally impromptu torn and restored newspaper called "Foolzum"that I have used on occasion and which in the eyes of the lay audience is probably just as effective and impressive as more elaborate methods. Keep in mind what Henry Hay wrote about lay audience's perception and memory of a trick: "Suppose you vanish four or five small oranges, and then catch them from empty air—a modest little trick that you can do before you are halfway through the section on hand magic. If you are any showman at all, ten to one that people will quite honestly remember that you caught half a bushel of grapefruit, and piled them up on the stage."

(I do think Mussey employed a touch of hyperbole, though.)

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The most important thing about any t&r newspaper is the presentation.

But what do I know? I only did the Anderson Tear for 25 years. Most of my audiences numbered in the high hundreds.

I can perform the Anderson tear nearly completely surrounded. It took me 10 years of practice to figure that out.
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Entertainment wise I really like Paul Potassi's. practical wise Alex Elmsly's has a bit of a setup involved but the clean up is so simple and once you have the setup it involves very little wor to reset and repeat.
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I've always liked Gene's.
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