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Animate and Restore (DVD and Gimmick) Review

Official Review

July 24th, 2012 9:49pm
Rating:
Reviewed by James Sanden
Jesse Feinberg’s “Animate & Restore” is an animated torn and restored card, wherein the magician brings out an envelope, dumps out 4 torn pieces of a card on top of the deck, then the pieces visually rearrange into a complete card, which is then handed to the spectator for examination. It’s a unique and memorable effect, unlike anything the spectator will have seen.

The effect is very pretty to watch and has several aspects to commend it. The use of an envelope allows the performer to introduce the effect at any point in a set, allowing him to perform several card effects prior to performing “Animate & Restore.” At the end of the effect the restored card is completely examinable, as is the deck. For an effect as gimmicked as this one is, this level of practicality and examinability is impressive.

The main problem is in the instruction and handling. Mr. Feinberg, like many young, prolific inventors of magic, is a terrible teacher, and appears woefully unprepared. He appears to not have rehearsed any of the explanation. He actually takes time on the DVD to explain affixing a stamp to the envelope, which while a good idea, doesn’t have to be demonstrated. I just wish some of these young inventors put as much time into communicating their creations as they do in coming up with them.

While the effect is beautiful, Mr. Feinberg’s handling of the envelope is awkward and cozy, making the effect looked cramped and suspicious. There is an easy and obvious solution to this, which makes me wonder how many times Mr. Feinberg has performed the effect for an actual audience.

It’s also important to note that the ad copy stating the effect resets in seconds is seriously exaggerating. And even when mastered, the reset is not something easily done casually between tables or groups, so this would be a difficult effect to perform in a walk around situation. Also, while the gimmick does all the work in the effect, making it look smooth and without guile will take a lot of thought, effort and rehearsal on the performer’s part.

If the buyer takes the time to rehearse the effect and develop a more refined, casual handling, this effect has the potential to create powerful memories for an audience. Unfortunately, the explanation on the DVD will not help in this regard. For $35 you get a complicated gimmick that can produce an amazing effect, but beware it will take a lot of work to get there. If you like the effect and are willing to take the time, it may be worth it.

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Product info for Animate and Restore (DVD and Gimmick)

Author: Feinberg, Jesse; Harris, Paul
Publisher: Paul Harris
Average Rating:  (2)
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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