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Justin Lewis, thanks so much for your post. It really made me think once again about how important and critical is the presentation of illusions and how key it is to draw on people's emotions to get them engaged with the presentation and performer. Then, when the effect occurs, it makes the entire presentation that much more special and the connection meaningful. I discovered this is what many spectators end up remembering. By reading your comments, it made me think of a routine with that caused me to buy "The Examiner." I recently read a magician's comment that made me think more on this. "I normally think of a particular patter/routine for an illusion, once advertised, before I buy it. Based on that, then, I can decide whether or not to buy such an illusion. That keeps me from buying many props or illusions that get shelved."

I appreciate all the comments here.
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Thanks for your comments, Justin. Much appreciated, but still waiting for a detailed review re: ease of use, practicality for close-up, angles, etc.
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Thanks for your comments, Justin. Much appreciated, but still waiting for a detailed review re: ease of use, practicality for close-up, angles, etc.


No problem bud. Ill have a full review of all of the above in a few days Smile work has been hectic
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No problem bud. Ill have a full review of all of the above in a few days Smile work has been hectic


Thanks, Justin. Champing at the bit to pull the trigger on this one, but really want some encouragement Smile
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No problem bud. Ill have a full review of all of the above in a few days Smile work has been hectic


Thanks, Justin. Champing at the bit to pull the trigger on this one, but really want some encouragement Smile


Hey there. Hopefully I can push you off that fence with this... Watched everything I needed with the teachings and other handlings with examiner. Practiced about an hour which you really do not need to do to get this down. It's easy, and I like that. Sometimes concentrating 100 percent of your energy to what you are saying and how you are saying it makes an effect even better! It is "plug and play" from my view. Not hard at all! The gimmick is very well made. You can't make this! You wouldn't want to spend the time making this even if you could. Angles are great. A performer can get very creative with his story/narrative with an effect like this That is one thing I always liked about newspaper tear effects is the how creative we can be. What kind of message we can deliver and How we deliver that message makes this effect a killer one.

Resets in 30 seconds. Nothing to break. No glue, tape, magnets and wires.... Which many past effects are based on and also are very good. But in my honest opinion, for many this is a huge step forward with newspaper Tear effects. ! I will use this and use it often.
Hope this helps bud! Any questions send me a PM, or better yet call Cole at hocus-Pocus and talk with him about any concerns you may have before buying this!
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GREAT review, Justin. Thanks a million! Any thoughts on using this close up?
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I received this last week and was very impressed by the video production, instructional detail and quality of the props included. Although I have not put in the time to practice and perform this just yet, I must say that I absolutely love everything about this and found it to be money well spent and worth every penny. The setup is instantaneous and ready for action anywhere and anytime. Especially if you perform the Dry Routine which is my personal preference and the rendition I will be adding to my show. This was evidently well thought out by a professional real world performer on the go and is everything the demo video claims it to be. There are multiple routines taught on the DVD depending on your personal preference and how much extra work you are willing to put in to achieve your desired results. An absolute winner as far as I am concerned and will be a real pleasure to perform as soon as I acquire some tabloid sized newspapers from my local grocery store.
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Thanks for the review, rmendez. Much appreciated. Could you 'chime in' on my question re: how close up you would feel comfortable performing this?
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I would feel comfortable performing this in front of my spectator's faces the way I perform a classic bill switch. All of the movements taught on the DVD are motivated and will appear very natural to your spectators if performed properly no matter how close they are watching.
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I would feel comfortable performing this in front of my spectator's faces the way I perform a classic bill switch. All of the movements taught on the DVD are motivated and will appear very natural to your spectators if performed properly no matter how close they are watching.


Terrific! Based on your and Justin's reviews I just ordered it (from Joshua Jay's site). Really looking forward to this one. I love Osterlind's tear, but the apparent ease of setup on this one is a real plus. Thanks again.
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Thanks for the review, rmendez. Much appreciated. Could you 'chime in' on my question re: how close up you would feel comfortable performing this?

Hi bud! I don't think I'll have any problems close up at all Smile pm me if you have queuestions.
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Did this for a party and it killed. Just killed. Love it.
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Firstly, thanks to the few people, nine pages in, who posted real experiences.

For me, the strength of this effect isn't that the paper can be handed out... why do that? It's that it can be handled *very* freely. That's a bit more difficult with other methods.

Signing the paper is a bit silly and also apparently required for this effect to work. If I were doing it, I would take the approach of having the audience suggest things to make the sheet "even more memorable from a distance."

On first watching, I was a bit bothered not by the size of the marker. As others have mentioned, it's not *that* uncommon. It does look a bit awkward holding it but holding it is motivated once you start tearing because holding the paper prevents you from putting it away.

However, I was bothered by having it uncapped for the entire time it was in play. I'm pretty sure many people who use whiteboards might also be bothered by that. Does anybody, perhaps people who have used The Examiner, know if it's possible to recap the pen after writing on the paper?
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However, I was bothered by having it uncapped for the entire time it was in play. I'm pretty sure many people who use whiteboards might also be bothered by that. Does anybody, perhaps people who have used The Examiner, know if it's possible to recap the pen after writing on the paper?

I think you ask a very good question there mgshn,after all it is possible that the performer may get his hands covered in ink while doing the moves?.Most people I would say if they had a large marker in there hand and were doing other thing's with there hands and had to hold the pen,surly they would at least put the lid on?.
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The lid does need to stay off 'til the restoration is complete
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The lid does need to stay off 'til the restoration is complete


Plus, with the lid on then there really is no apparent reason to keep holding it unless you could find motivation such as using it as a pointer or something.
But without the lid at least it appears that you are going to use it again. I realize you can use it again after the restoration but I think I would explore some way of using it during the tearing as well. Perhaps marking a circle around something to highlight it or even writing an A on one torn piece and a B on another and then claiming that you are going to attach part A to part B. I don't know just thinking out loud, but I would think whatever marks you make could be easily duplicated on the restored paper.
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Thanks F.S., I try...

Thanks Rob, for answering my question.

I've been partial to Tony Clark's NPT for some time. It's quick to set up, doesn't involve wire, magnets, depleated uranium, or anything besides paper and, spoiler alert, a bit of glue.

(Let me appologize in advance if it's not original with him. He's the guy I bought it from so that's what I call it.)

Now, for $15, I may just have to download the WGM NPT anthology somebody mentioned a few pages back, just to learn even more ways to perform the same effect. It would make for an interesting, OK challanging, show, a series of NPT's using a different method each time.
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...Now, for $15, I may just have to download the WGM NPT anthology somebody mentioned a few pages back, just to learn even more ways to perform the same effect. It would make for an interesting, OK challanging, show, a series of NPT's using a different method each time.


Got it (from Joshua Jay) based on that earlier post, and it's terrific. Great buy, particularly at the price. Multiple handlings and, of course Osterlind's wonderful tear. They each have their 'place', and I will be using at least two of them, depending upon the venue. Nevertheless, I purchased The Examiner, as its ease of setup is such a big plus.
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Mghsn, Tony's tear is his version of the classic Slydini tear. In my opinion, it's not an improvement. The original Slydini handling is better.
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Murphy's is back in stock and Examiners are shipping once again Smile Very happy people are enjoying John Graham's awesome feature effect! As a side note and food for thought, I overheard a discussion with the team and a mentalist friend about some potential amazing mentalism routines utilizing the same gimmick Smile
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