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I have done my research and narrowed methods/routines I am interested in performing down to these two: Newsflash 2.0 and Baxt Better Newspaper Tear. I would like to hear from those who actually perform either one or both effects, hopefully both for a comparison. Both routines cost right at about $100.00 to acquire; I need good information to make a purchasing decision.

Prep time for me is not a factor. I'd like opinions as to which is the most commercial, workable, stunning, easy to perform, etc. I have seen videos of both and they are both very impressive.

I do not need information about other newspaper tears. PLEASE limit the discussion of this thread to either Newsflash 2.0, or Baxt Better Newspaper Tear. I have a mountain of information about other methods and originators and performers etc. etc. I have narrowed my decision down to these two and am seeking informed comment only about these two.

Thanks in advance,
John Green
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I don't have either, but will pass on what I have noted on the Café.

When Baxter's was out years ago, it did not get very good reviews, in the magazines. Did not hear of anyone saying they purchased it and liked it.

On the other hand, many Café members have purchased, stated they like it, and use Newsflash. Search the Café and the web and you should get the information you need. I am speaking about reviews and comments, not video demos.

Purchase the one you like the best.
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Thank you, Bill; I did notice quite a few comments about Newsflash that were positive but very little about Baxt's version. I like to go with what works. I am really looking for anyone who might have had first hand experience with both, if there is such a person.

Appreciate your comments, thanks for responding!
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I love Newsflash 2.0.

If you want to save the time in setup and do a pre-torn version, there is no reason you could not do that with NewsFlash.

It will work with many different sizes of papers and has some different performance options as well.

-Mary Mowder
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I've seen Mary perform NewsFlash several times and can vouch for how effective it is in her hands...she gets a tremendous audience response! Take Mary Mowder's advice, John, use NewsFlash!
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Thank you Dave (and Axel).

-Mary
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Newsflash 2.0. I have Baxter's, and the gimmick is so heavy it sometimes tears the paper. I finally taped the paper in all the weak places, but it was still a problem. I'm familiar with Newsflash (although I don't own it), and would def. go this way.

Jim
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Thank you Mary, Dave, and Jim for the helpful responses! I think I had read a similar comment on another forum, Jim, but thanks for confirmation. I do like Baxt's patter with presenting the trick on his website, and of using the tear as a motivational object lesson that works for kids or adults.

Wish I could get both, but budget prohibits at the moment.

Please continue to provide comments especially if you have experience with both versions, Baxt and Newsflash.
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I used to do Gene ANDERSON'S. I have, but not used as am retired, ANDREW MAYNE'S torn/restored ungimmicked tear. You DO NO PREP. Check it out. Paul Daniels was using it.
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I love Newsflash 2.0. I know you said that setup time was not an issue for you but when you have to make up a few hundred of these for your initial practice sessions you may change your mind Smile

I use the Tabloid Express version of Newsflash because tabloid size newspapers are free and it's quick and easy to set up.

Here is my performance video:

https://youtu.be/RCv-vn9FrFc
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On Jun 9, 2016, MikeDes wrote:
I love Newsflash 2.0. I know you said that setup time was not an issue for you but when you have to make up a few hundred of these for your initial practice sessions you may change your mind Smile

I use the Tabloid Express version of Newsflash because tabloid size newspapers are free and it's quick and easy to set up.

Here is my performance video:

https://youtu.be/RCv-vn9FrFc


Very nice! I like your stage setup also: Victory Cubes and a Losander table...what kind of backdrop is that in the background? I love the twinkling lights. Thanks for your response. This looks just brilliant, very clean. I had ignored the idea of newspaper tears until I recently was featured in a local free paper; I realized how many free tabloid style papers are just sitting on racks locally and when I read a bit about Newsflash with its versatile adaptability, it occurred to me I could start doing the trick without having to "buy" newspapers all the time as I had originally thought.
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I'm old and lazy, I now do Mark Mason's "no tear" newspaper restoration. Absolutely love it! My assistant folds it up and I'm ready for the next gig. it's not as impressive to the audience (in my opinion), but it works for me.

Jim
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For many years, I used the Anderson tear with great results. When I decided to try new ones, I purchased both the Baxt better tear and the Newsflash 2.0. I agree with Jim. The gimmick for the baxt tear was so heavy, it made the paper hang and handle funny. Newsflash is in my opinion, far superior. It even beats the Anderson tear.
I also like Andrew Maynes version for certain situations. But for flash restoration, Newsflash is the way to go.
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Mixman, thank you for taking time to reply, it was your specific kind of experience I was hoping for. You're the second person who has mentioned A. Mayne's. I will check it out. Thanks!
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I'm a fan of the Baxt version. The set up is much quicker than newsflash. The gimmick is heavy but I have never had it tear the paper.
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I have both and love them. I set up faster with the Baxt method, but you can also do it fast with Newsflash express tabloid version.

I aslo tried using the Baxt gimmick but using the Newsflash newspaper fold, with good results.

When I'm doing multiple shows a day, I set them both and use them.

I llove newspaper tears and use many methods, for variety and just to please myself Smile
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I also have Newsflash 2.0 and I perform it all the time... never looked anywhere else.. no need to as it's so thouroughly explained and researched.
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This is interesting. Apparently a different handling of the Baxt newspaper tear... by Penn and Teller!
Watch...

https://vimeo.com/182820317
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As my "Baxt's Better Newspaper Tear" is what Penn and Teller do on TV and in their live show, I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions! Smile And while P & T purchased the trick from me, all credit for the handling where they pass it back and forth must go to the genius that is Johnny Thompson.
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And John Green I can give you one big advantage to mine: English is my native language and I live in Los Angeles. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always easily contact me direct and I can talk you through it! Smile
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