Torched and Restored by Brent Braun [PENGUIN-7555]
Every week for 10 years, "Torched and Restored" was part of my ongoing one-man show. And while other effects were cycled in and out of rotation, this one was a constant, knocking out audiences reliably from Opening Night straight through to Closing. It looks like real magic: the card is cleanly and deliberately torn into quarters and even burned a little with a lighter; there's no way it will ever be the same. Yet the next moment, it's flashily restored in an instant (imagine the Gene Anderson Newspaper Tear in a convenient card-size presentation). I love it!