Written by John Teo

If you want to perform an easy version (sleight- free) of torn and restored playing card using a larger sized playing card, “Big Restore Card” meets your requirements.

The performer displays a large version of a playing card. He folds it in half width-wise. He tears out the 2 outer folded corners in a triangular shape, but leaves the last bit of each piece untorn. The entire card looks like a crab.

The performer completes the severence of the 2 triangular pieces, and inserts the pointed portions of both pieces into the torn edges. At this stage, the card looks like a samurai hat.

The performer pushes the 2 pieces completely into the torn edges. The playing card is flip opened and it is found to be completely restored, with creased lines that indicate where the card was torn earlier. The restored card can be shown both front and back.

You receive the specially made-up large playing card. The size of the card is approximately 3.75

inches X 5.5 inches, which is a little more than twice the size of a poker-sized playing card. Included in the package are 10 additional large playing cards. It takes 2 cards to prepare one large card for this effect. You use up one such card in each performance. Therefore, you are supplied with enough cards to make up 5 gimmicked cards. The additional cards come complete with the sticky tapes placed at the right places. You do not need anything else such as glue or scissors to prepare the replacement cards.

You are given a link to a video tutorial which is downloadable. The creator Nojima performs, explains the method and teaches you how to prepare your own gimmicked card. The method seems to be a reminiscent of an old diamond shape torn and restored newspaper. If you can obtain a larger size playing card, the effect will be even more visual.

In the video, Nojima teaches another effect possible with Big Restore Card. When the card is folded in half, you can take a pencil and pierce it through the card, and the pencil tip is seen to penetrate the card at the folded edge. When the card is flipped open, it is retored and there is no pierce hole in the card. However, the torn and restored card is the stronger effect.

Big Restore Card is visual, easy to do, and has a little comical element in it. If you had always wanted to perform the torn and restored playing card but do not want to spend too much time mastering the various moves needed for the trick, Big Restore Card may be what you are looking for.


(Rated 4/5 stars)