I am not so much into the methods of each of them, more so about the spectators' experiences, and for that I still don't see a single reason to get and perform 'Regeneration' at $50 for 15 performances rather than 'Bitme' at $1 for "unlimited" performances, and the latter one being cleaner than the first too. Also, if you'd like to, you could sign both sides of the cards at both of these effects as well. The only (and really the only) thing 'Regeneration' adds is the spectator ripping up the card themselves. Is that the part of the effect they are going to remember? If you really believe so, then get it. If not, then why would one actually want to spend $49+ more on the effect?
I wouldn't compare either of them with 'Fuze' though, because although, yes, this effect a corner restoration as well, 'Fuze' is totally based on showing the card has been truly torn, being able to show both sides of both the torn card and restored card. This is by the way something I would expect from an effect with the statement "The corner is truly TORN" too, and I figured a simple adjustment could do the same for 'Regeneration'.. but unfortunately it doesn't. If it would, I'd think the price would be a lot more fair and honestly the effect might have been living up to the statement that it's the best TNR of the last decade, but for now I don't see how it could possibly be.
Just my two cents and honest opinion.
I think that if we point out the sound and feel of it ripping then this trick is worth a hundred dollars.
There are some GREAT TnR's, but none quite as direct, clean, or impossible.---
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It's for those kind of spectators I usually carry around a "D" in the deck, so I start ripping up the card, they ask if they may tear it too, they tear it themselves, I hand them all pieces and it doesn't matter whether they would now heckle or not as all pieces merged together magically.. in their own hands and with themselves tearing it apart in any possible way they desire. Hmmm...
Of course, to each their own, but I just hope people remember what magic is all about before deciding to purchase anything, especially this costly. I'm glad it works for the two of you. For me, it honestly wouldn't.
Objectively speaking as someone who knows how both effects work, REGENERATION is cleaner, has other possibilities of presentation included on the DVD, and is more engaging for the spectators in the ability to have THEM hold the card while doing the entire effect (definitely a fun way to present it but not necessary). They can also examine the card (which can be in your deck the entire time before you want to use it) without suspecting anything. In addition, it's bulletproof and almost self working.
Also something to take into account, each card takes a process of 24 hours to make from start to finish. Each is handmade with tedious attention to detail. I could be wrong but by my personal experiences, you can't buy 15 of ANYTHING specially handmade for the price that REGENERATION is offered at.
Those are not qualities you may value and that's totally fine and respectable but until you've handled both effects, played around with and performed them for people, I don't think it's fair to be forming any assumptions as you're clearly more than stating a simple opinion at this point. Thanks!// andrei jikh
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Hey guys! Just wanted to reiterate what Andrei has already said. I never intended for Regeneration to be something that you did to every person you meet. I always have it in my deck for those moments when you are performing and you KNOW that you have to nail a performance or you want to impress the socks off someone or impress the CEO.
I think this effect is very different from the others out there because of being able to sign it front and back, your ability to freely handle the card before and after the effect, and the gimmick does all the work for you. But the main thing that sets this a part for me is that the card is held onto by the spectator the ENTIRE time.
This might not sound like much at face value but once you do this to any average laymen and even your most intelligent friends, you will see why the effect leaves them with absolutely zero explanation. Until you do this and give someone that feeling of zero explanation, I don't think you will realize how much fun this thing is to perform. Thanks a lot for all your guys' support and comments and I really hope you guys try this out and fry some brains with it. Thanks!
-Blake"We all know Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand." -Pablo Picasso
Thanks a lot for clearing this up guys! I guess the trailer kind of threw me and some others off as it seemed to be just another trick to perform wherever you go with it being performed in the streets.
Anyhow, thanks again. Appreciate it.