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Animate and Restore (DVD and Gimmick) Review

Official Review

July 26th, 2022 5:22am
Rating:
Reviewed by Doc Johnson
WHAT YOU GET

You get a prepared gimmick along with the envelopes and other props you need to do the effect. You also get a video link explanation.

WHAT IS COOL

This is a tough one to review because it is REALLY cool. I has it’s problems, but let’s start with the good stuff. It looks amazing! It is fidgety, but it does work.

The product quality is good. The mechanism does work in a cool way, the pieces not only restore, but they turn in unusual ways and then turn a different way to restore.

The video explanation is good, but this is a complicated product. You may need to pause the video several times and check out the product carefully to understand what is going on.

The method is mixed. It is good in that it works by simply pulling the gimmick and the threads do the rest, very clever.

The ad copy is very accurate.

WHAT ARE THE DOWNSIDES

This is not a simple, pull it out of the box and go present it sort of effect. You will need to take some time to learn it and practice in different environments. In the wrong environment you will see the thread that controls it.

It is hard to say if this is angle proof or not. It depends on the setting. I think this is best suited to perform in darker environments. Perhaps at a dinner party would be best.

AT A GLANCE

Skill level required: 4 of 5.
Audience management skill required: 4 of 5.
Performance angles: It depends upon the lighting. I think this is best performed in an evening setting.
Reset time required: You can reset in front of your audience.
DIY time involved in advance: None.

VERDICT

I really like this, but in purchasing this, you must realize that this is a complicated piece of magic and you will need to put in some time to learn how and where to perform it, as well as how it works.

Suggestions from the Reviewer

Don’t perform this unless you have the right conditions. I think it would be best performed in the evening in less than bright lighting. You will need to practice a lot to get all the conditions right to perform this. If you are willing to put in the work, this could be a very cool effect.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Animate and Restore (DVD and Gimmick)

Author: Feinberg, Jesse; Harris, Paul
Publisher: Paul Harris
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $39.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

THE TORN AND RESTORED CARD JUST CAME TO LIFE!

You received a weird, rare, possibly illegal "Card Puzzle" in the mail. You open the envelope and pour out four torn card pieces onto your normal deck.

And now for the STRANGEST THING you've ever seen...

Slowly, gradually, hauntingly, the pile of TORN PIECES COME TO LIFE!
Each piece starts to CREEP and TWIST and TURN on top of the deck... as they gradually ASSEMBLE THEMSELVES into the shape of a COMPLETE CARD!

And yes...THE CARD IS RESTORED, EXAMINABLE AND CAN BE GIVEN AWAY.
  • A & R Gimmick is completely self-contained on the envelope.
  • Nothing attached to the body or deck
  • Perform any time your feel like it.
  • Normal deck is clean and completely unprepared.
  • Re-sets in seconds
  • Easy to do. No palming
Make your own gimmick to Animate and Restore pieces of business cards, game cards, tarot cards or photos.

MAKE YOUR T&R COME TO LIFE WITH A & R

Complete with long lasting tyvec envelope, gimmick and DVD.


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