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Torn and Restored

Tearing a card is something quite unusual, because normally you wouldn't do that. It destroys the deck and makes it unusable for pretty much any card game you might want to play. That is why T&R card effects are so strong. They tap into this unwritten rule among lay people - never tear or fold a card.

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Mario Tarasini
Stretch by Mario Tarasini

The magician shows a card with a hole in it. He grabs the hole and stretches it. After a moment the hole morphs back to its original shape. But that is not all. The magician slowly peels the hole from the card - the hole becomes a sticker and the card is solid, restored to its normal state.

Both sides of the card can be shown (from some distance). The hole just disappears. Additional supplies may be needed in order to perform the effect. Requires arts and crafts to prepare the gimmick.

1st edition 2020, length 25 min.

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John Blunt & Lewis Ganson
Transcornered by John Blunt & Lewis Ganson

The reputation-making card routine with which John Blunt won the Premier Award of the London Society of Magicians for the best magical effect. Reviewing the effect, Claude Chandler wrote: "An original version of the Torn & Restored Card plus transposition etc. It is so original as to almost entirely conceal this fact. It gives us a series of new, interesting and baffling surprises, beautifully-routined. The cleverly worked-out methods make for clean presentation. Not the least of its merits and one that is valuable for close-up performance, is the fact that all evidence is disposed of and the...

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Mario Tarasini
Card Warp Change by Mario Tarasini

Effect: Magician folds the card and it slowly changes to another. After the change you can give the card to a spectator as a souvenir.

  • You will make the gimmick in under a minute
  • Very easy to perform
  • Magician's fooler

length 4min 45s.

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Thanh Leeto & Sam Hoang
Card: penetration effect by Thanh Leeto & Sam Hoang

Please note that this video is in Vietnamese. However, the instructions to make the gimmick and how to perform it are all clearly presented visually.

A card, knife or other flat object penetrates another card.

1st edition 2018, length 8 min

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Lewis Ganson
The Crabtree Connection by Lewis Ganson

Torn playing cards link together. It is a variation of Cardboard Connection by Paul Harris utilizing an alternate gaff. Photos and detailed description by Lewis Ganson. It also includes Jim Cozzens instructions for preparing the linked cards set.

1st edition 1981, 16 pages; PDF 17 pages.

★★★★★ $7
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Tom Phoenix
Rebirth by Tom Phoenix

Rebirth is a fast, fiery Torn and Restored effect, which leaves them with an impossible souvenir, and a cool story to tell their friends. It also looks great on video. The gimmick is very easy to make, and there is no ditching involved.

1st edition 2017, length 18 min

★★★★★ $10
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Cameron Francis
Vivid by Cameron Francis
"Brilliant T&R! One of the best I've seen!" - Tony Chris

"Vivid is the strangest T&R card routine I've ever seen!" - Stephen Tucker

Introducing a wild test of a spectator's imagination...

A card is selected - say, the King of Hearts - and placed inside the card box. A second card - say, the Five of Spades - is then selected and lost in the deck (really, it's completely lost!). You ask your spectator to imagine that she's tearing off a corner of the King of Hearts. You then ask her to imagine taping that corner to the back of the Five of Spades. The magician removes the King from the box...only...

★★★★★ $10
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Paul A. Lelekis
A Topological Trio by Paul A. Lelekis


1) There have been many, many ways to perform the Torn & Restored Card over the years, but Paul Lelekis has created a brilliant, brand new version!

Imagine removing a single card from the deck, with empty hands and then, VERY OPENLY, tearing it in half (without ANY cover at all) and then restore it into a single playing card. You then sign the card and hand it out as a souvenir - with absolutely NO clues.

There are NO extra pieces of card to add, NO duplicate cards (except for the construction of the gimmick), NO additions, NO awkward moves,...

★★★★ $10
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Quarks and Quirks by (Benny) Ben Harris
"Some of the most clever takes on the Torn and Restored Card in years, Ben Harris' Quarks & Quirks is an invigorating journey of topological twists and tears." - Richard Kaufman
A journey beyond the tear, inspired by the weird world of Quantum Physics. In this superbly produced book, filled with photographs Ben Harris shares seven routines. Includes:


A method for apparently tearing a card cleanly in half, while in reality, only tearing one quarter from the card. This sets you up as either a "quarter ahead" or a "quarter behind" depending upon the intended application....

★★★★★ $20
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(Benny) Ben Harris & J. J. Zappatta
Deep Fry 2 by (Benny) Ben Harris & J. J. Zappatta

All items are described in J.J.'s brief and point by point style. If you're not prepared to THINK, J.J's not interested in ya. Period. Illustrated with Mr. Zappatta's crude but informative sketches.

A super-quick torn and restored card or dollar note. Looks absolutely perfect and is examinable.

Put the ubiquitous cell phone to clever use as a "glim device".

Revealed, the underground secret for cutting perfectly bur-less holes in playing cards. Idea for users of the Eidetic-type changes. (If you have to ask, then this is not...

★★★★★ $9.95
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Gregg Webb
SOSOHA: Society of Sleight of Hand Artists by Gregg Webb

January 2002 - December 2003, 144 pages.

  1. Table of Contents

  1. SOSOHA - Society of Sleight of Hand Artists - Issue 1 - 7 pages
  2. Death and Rebirth - A Torn & Restored Card, Method 1
  3. A Torn & Restored Card, Method 2
  4. A Torn & Restored Card, Method 3
  5. The Library - An Introduction
  6. Dark Frickin' Humor
  7. Theoretical Theories - Thoughts on Restoration Themes

  1. SOSOHA - Society of Sleight of Hand Artists - Issue 2 - 5 pages
  2. David Roth Click Pass False Count and Production Combo
  3. Dark Frickin' Humor
  4. Theoretical Theories - About Sleeves

  1. SOSOHA - Society of Sleight of Hand Artists...
★★★★★ $12
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Ralph W. Hull & Paul Gordon
The Complete Eye-Openers by Ralph W. Hull & Paul Gordon

Comprising Eye-Openers and More Eye-Openers plus R. W. Hull's Supreme Mental Discernment.

Paul Fleming wrote about More Eye-Openers:

The late Ralph W. Hull was a tireless originator in the field of magic, and was particularly active in devising amazing mysteries with playing cards. The Tuned Deck, which he described as "my most cherished trick," was accorded nineteen pages in the monumental work, Greater Magic. Other Ralph W. Hull specialties have appeared in the form of pamphlets, one of which is the subject of this review.

John Northern Hilliard wrote a foreword to More Eye Openers, in which he...

★★★★★ $10
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Dani DaOrtiz
Card Cemetery by Dani DaOrtiz

This is the first monographic study by Dani DaOrtiz. Dedicated to the torn and restored cards. Eleven fascinating routines, for all levels; as well as a theoretic study on the torn cards, which deepens the necessity of using signatures. Duplicate cards without duplicates, signed cards secretly, or duplicate signatures in front of the spectators.

In addition, you can find the following tricks

  • Flash pocket restoration
  • Flash card box restoration
  • Matrix restored
  • Not another torn and restored
  • Back in time
  • "Plas!"
  • The one
  • Gag, the strongest magician!
  • Restored in the shoe
  • Instant restoration ...
★★★★★ $12
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Dave Forrest
Star: torn and restored card by Dave Forrest

The Torn and Restored card that breaks the mould. Dave has kept it a secret for more than eight years.

Effect: Fold a selected and signed card into quarters and then fairly rip it up. Now, slowly and visually you start to fuse the pieces back together again. And when we say 'fuse' we mean that the pieces really fuse together before your eyes. The entire card is eventually restored and everything can be examined.

A new breakthrough method for the T&R card effect. You'll love the method - it's so devious yet so visual and it really won't take that long to get the hang of it.

All the phases...

★★★★ $17
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Tommy Wonder
Torn and Restored Card by Tommy Wonder

This is Tommy Wonder's improved version of a Paul Harris 'Torn and Restored' card effect. You truly only use one card. There is no additional card or piece of card that is used as gimmick. You take one card tear it into four pieces and restore it. Of course, there are many little tips and bits of business Tommy Wonder addresses - all of which are lessons you can apply to many other effects.

Tommy Wonder also teaches a very important lesson on putting things into your pockets which will make this action much more natural.

runtime 13min

★★★★★ $5
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Dave Forrest
Reform: a self-working torn and restored card by Dave Forrest

This may well be the easiest Torn and Restored card ever created. With absolutely no sleight of hand what so ever you cause a torn card to reform inside your spectators very own hand! After watching this 17 minute download, describing everything in great detail, from the deviously simple gimmick to the 'self contained' set up, you will be carrying this pocket sized miracle with you everywhere. Get Reform today. By tonight, you'll be blowing people away - it's honestly that easy!

runtime 17 minutes

★★★★ $7
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David Britland
Tearing a Lady in Two by David Britland

If you like the classic Card Warp effect you will love this related but nevertheless quite different effect. And you might have seen Charlie Fry's version of this trick - Ripped & Fryed - featured on the Paul Harris True Astonishment DVDs. Now you can learn the original and get all the tips, subtleties and pointers from the creator.

Whilst you can use this effect with playing cards it works equally well with business cards. In performance you introduce the subject of the big illusions that are being performed on TV. Although you haven't brought along all your apparatus with you perhaps some young lady...

★★★★ $6
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Hoodwink by (Benny) Ben Harris
"I highly recommend this to all of you who are interested in learning a devilishly clever approach to TORN & RESTORED CARD" - Danny Orleans (Genii Magazine)
Hoodwink is based on the author's own effect, "Prime Hole Card" from 1983. It became a best-seller when re-released in 1999. Everyone was concentrating so hard on complex quarter-at-a-time restorations, that Hoodwink, with it's stunning flash restoration, seemed like a breath of fresh air.

Hoodwink is not designed to replace, or to in any way compete with, the fine crop of "quarter by quarter" restorations that are making the rounds. Instead,...

★★★★ $10.95
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Kenton Knepper
EZ Torn & Restored Card by Kenton Knepper

Using only one card, this is probably the easiest and most deceptive Torn & Restored Card ever created. The ingenious creator of this is Ben Harris and he calls it Hoodwink. One could call this self-working, because all you do is fold, tear and open an ungimmicked card. It can't get any simpler and the effect is amazing.

Kenton adds his clever suggestive words that let the spectator dig his own hole of astonishment.

Recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 1998.

runtime: 6min 48s

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Ray Hengeveld
Instantly Healed: Torn & Restored Card by Ray Hengeveld

Tear off a corner of a signed card and restore it instantly. This is a very visual torn and restored card effect. There is no unnecessary folding of the card or other funny business.

Ray teaches you in detail how the gimmick has to be constructed. You probably do not have all the materials lying around on your table, but all components are readily available.

You will learn five ways to perform this restoration effect. Can be adopted to business cards.

1st edition 2009; 18 pages.

★★★★★ $10
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David Fulde
Impromptorn: A Card Restoration Miracle by David Fulde

"Impromptorn looks great! And the creases... DAMN." - Sean Fields (Creator of Fusion, Saw, Sick)

A signed card is cleanly torn into 4 pieces and restored in the cleanest manner piece-by-piece.

But that's not all, the card's creases are then slowly and visually ironed out with surgical precision leaving the card back to it's original state!

Taught in the ebook are:

  • The Original Impromptorn Handling
  • Alternate Ending
  • Crease Restoration V1 (without change)
  • Crease Restoration V2 (with change)
  • Extra Handling Tips & Credits

1st edition 2009; 24 pages.

★★★★★ $12
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Daniel Madison
Collateral by Daniel Madison

Collateral contains 12 new effects of magic and sleight of hand from leading underground magician Daniel Madison. Including a powerful transposing Torn & Restored card, two brand new Color Changes, and what is being deemed in the industry as "the best card blister effect ever."

Trip Signed - Torn - Transpo - Restored
A card is taken from the deck and folded in half. Half of the card is signed by the spectator. The other half is signed by the performer. The card is torn in half and the spectators half is placed in the spectators hand. The other half - signed by the performer - is waved above...

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Stephen Tucker
Complete Torn and Restored Card Ebook by Stephen Tucker

Way back in 1984 Stephen published a strange looking booklet on the 'Torn and Restored Card' effect called The Torn and Restored Card Book. Three routines formed the content, but the most striking thing about the publication was that the booklet was actually torn in half!

It was still a complete piece of work, but the appearance was that of half a book. It soon sold out, probably due to its novelty value. It was updated and re-printed in 1986 with additional material.

Around that time Stephen's good friend David Britland published a solution to a card-problem of his in his Tearing A Lady in Two manuscript. However, it did...

★★★★ $17
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James Watkins
Phoenix Rising by James Watkins

This is a very well thought out and carefully described torn-and-restored card effect. Seven alternate handlings are explained, plus you get a strong bonus effect.

A card is freely selected; the spectator signs their name on the face of the card, and the magician signs his/her name on the back. An envelope is introduced, and the spectator is asked to open it up, and remove one of the pieces of paper it contains, and to examine it if they wish. After the paper is selected, the freely chosen card is visually ripped into four pieces and wrapped up inside of the chosen piece of paper,...

★★★★★ $6
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