Review: Paul Harris Presents Examiner by John Graham

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This is a Paul Harris Presents product and it is basically a torn and restored newsletter effect.  Newsletter or tabloid because a full newspaper seems too big and awkward for this particular method.  The difference in this method is that with careful handling, the paper can be examined before and after the effect.  The magician can also sign on the paper.

This is a parlour effect.  The whole process is a step by step deliberate one, rather than a flash restoration.  The skill level needed is similar to that of a bill switch.   The props included are well made and should last for some time with careful use.

One question you should ask yourself is whether examing the paper is necessary for you.   If examination is not necessary, then many flash restoration methods are arguable more impactful, e.g. those by Axel Hecklau and Gene Anderson.  One should also explore methods by Alan Shaxon, Slydini and Alex Elmsley.  I feel that each method has its own strengths and weaknesses with the most important question being where you perform.  This alone will quickly guide you to the most appropriate method.

The Examiner is an intriguing method and does not need a jacket.  Preparation time is reasonable.  The method involves a bit of handling but is a worthy contribution to the cannon of torn and restored newspaper methods.  Personally, I will not be using this as it does not suit my performing situation.  However, I am glad I reviewed this item as it is another chapter in the constantly evolving methodology of this venerable effect.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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