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I would imagine that anyone with an interest in card magic will have had a go at one version of a Torn & Restored (TnR) card effect at some point. I know I have. Over the years there have been lots of Torn and Restored card effects, some fairly easy, some not so easy. Joined is one of the easiest methods I have seen to date and still manages to look really clean.
You need to make a gimmicked card for each performance. This will take a minute of so each to make, and works best with picture cards. The gimmick is easy to make once you’ve got the hang of it and you will probably already own the few bits needed to construct it. It’s probably a good idea to buy a one way, picture card, force deck that way you will have enough gimmicks for 52 performance. TnR effects are good for using up all your old cards though so if you have loads of old cards lying around they would be ideal for this.
Once the gimmick has been made the actual method is really simple. The gimmick makes it really look as if each piece is magically restoring itself corner by corner. There is only one sleight needed for the clean up at the end but this is very simple and is taught as part of the explanation.
Two methods are taught on the DVD, an unsigned and a signed card version. Personally I prefer the unsigned card version as it has less angle problems and is much easier in method. I don’t think it really adds that much to the effect to have the card signed, but if you do want to have it signed then a method is catered for.
The DVD is very thorough and takes you through each section bit by bit. Subtitles are used throughout in English so there are no translation issues or badly dubbed audio. The footage is paused at key stages when there is a bit to read and take in. I found it very easy to understand and had no trouble at all making my first gimmick.
At the end of the performance you are left clean so the card can be handed out for full examination and kept as a souvenir.
If you have been shying away from a Torn and Restored card routine due to the complexity of some of the other versions on the market, then I suggest you pick up a copy of Joint and give it a go. You’ll be surprised how easy this is to do and you’ll have a good solid effect to add to your repertoire.