Romany R. commented 06/23/2014
i just had to write (even from the middle of the dvd... i'm on the marking the newspaper bit) that i'm SOOOO EXCITED about this dvd and SOOOOO impressed by how much detail and work you've put in, it's such a pleasure to watch and i've only done 15 mins! (this is the opposite of a dvd on a card spinning thing i stupidly bought last week in which an admittedly good looking -but super boring- frenchman, told me about this technique for spinning a card which involves some invisible thread spread from wall to wall (totally impossible to set up!) and i didn't even finish watching! so a big HURRAH to you, and if you excuse me, i'm very busy watching an EXCELLENT newsflash dvd so please don't disturb me again!
Jan V. commented 12/16/2013
Es ist einfach perfekt! Ein besseres und visuelleres Zeitungszerreißen völlig ohne Gefummel und absolut überzeugend gibt es nicht.
Und ich habe mir einige Versionen angeschaut, bis ich mich für Deine Version entschieden habe. Es ist jeden Cent wert.
Beste Grüße aus Leipzig
Voice of a C. commented 05/27/2013
Hab heute dein Zeitungszerreißen zum x-ten mal vorgeführt.
Danke für die geniale Technik!
Martin K. commented 08/10/2012
Schade, dass man nur 5 Punkte vergeben kann! Ich würde gerne das doppelte geben! newsflash 2.0 ist von Anfang bis Ende zu 100% durchdacht und funktioniert auch bei "Zauberlehrlingen" wie mich ;-) sehr einfach und vor allen Dingen IMMER!
Bereits die DVD ist der Hammer! Herr Hecklau erklärt alles bis ins kleinste. Ich hatte die ganze Zeit ein Lächeln auf den Lippen beim schauen! Sehr schön! Ich vergleiche das einfach mit den DVDs die sonst so auf dem Zaubermarkt erhältlich sind! Im Vergleich zu den meisten anderen DVD ist die zu "newsflash 2.0" sensationell profesionell gemacht! Das macht Spass bereits beim zuschauen.
Die Vorbereitung der Zeitungen und die Herstellung des Gimmicks sind leicht verständlich und wenn man das ebenso sorgfälltig macht wie Herr Hecklau das erklärt, kann bei der Restauration vor Publikum gar nix mehr schief gehen!
Ich hab´s gestern abend zum ersten Mal bei meinen liebsten Kritikern - meiner Familie - vorgeführt! Wow, meine Frau und meine Töchter haben den Mund nicht mehr zu bekommen! :-)
D A N K E Hr. Hecklau! Ich bin begeistert!
Martin "Too Saxy" Kuske
Voice of a C. commented 04/07/2012
Dear Mr- Axel Hecklau!
Thank You so much för your Newsflash 2.0 which arrive in april 3. Your service are very, very quick. I have been used Gene Andersons´s "Torn and restored newspaper" for many years. I am not a fulltime pro in magic and now I am old (68 years old) but I still love magic so I think your Newsflash 2.0 would be my new favoritetrick.The trick in your version are now the best newspapertrick I know.
I come back later.
Piers C. commented 10/17/2011
So easy to setup, do and repeat.
But... the key to your success is practise.
The Tabloid Version is brilliant!
I love this, and it's worth every penny.
John L. commented 08/12/2011
Review published in Magic Magazine
Axel Hecklaus great T&R Newspaper just got better. A lot better.
Reviewed by John Lovick
The oldest recorded trick known we know of is a destruction and restoration effect. It involved decapitating a bird then reattaching the severed head. You might think that in comparison to severing a gooses head, ripping up a newspaper would uber-lame. And I suppose, in theory, it is, but man
there is something about the Torn and Restored Newspaper that magicians (and audiences) love. Ive been fascinated with the plot ever since I saw Doug Henning perform Gene Andersons Newspaper Tear on one of his TV specials back in the 1970s.
For the last 40 years or so, Andersons Newspaper Tear has been the king, but German magician Axel Hecklaus Newsflash 2.0 Universal, may eventually dethrone it. His original Newsflash was terrific, but had a couple drawbacks. It was complicated, and the preparation was difficult and time consuming. Well, Hecklau, who understands that there is always room for improvement, never stopped experimenting and has greatly simplified the preparation and set-up, while retaining the exact look of the original Newslfash.
For those unfamiliar with either version of Newsflash, here is what is impressive about it. The flash restoration is as visual and magical as Andersons, and actually surpasses it in a several details. First, there is no folding of wire clips around the bundle of torn pieces. Second, there is no need to swing your index fingers around to the back of the packet in an unnatural grip to clip the corners of the restoration packet. Third, the restoration happens at chest height you dont need to drop your hands down below your waist. Finally, with a little extra preparation, you can do it completely surrounded even people behind you will not see the packet of torn pieces.
Not only is Hecklaus new handling better than his original, the instructional DVD and accompanying materials have also improved. Hecklau now acknowledges that American newspapers, European newspapers, and tabloids all require different preparation and folding. He teaches the details for all three formats. There are presentational variations explained, including an intriguing mismade or Blendo version with two dissimilar newspapers, a restoration effect with a poster, and several nice variations with tabloid-sized papers.
There is twice as much instruction in 2.0 Universal (necessitating a second disc), and the package also includes printed illustrations of the folding patterns, material you need to construct the necessary gimmick, and a handy bonus in the form of large fold finders which allow you to see where to place the folds for literally dozens of different newspaper sizes virtually any newspaper in the world.
I had a minor quibble about Hecklaus original version. I noted that the newspaper is only torn three times, and you cannot tear the pieces as small as you might like. However, after seeing Hecklau perform it live recently, this no longer seems like a problem. In fact, you could argue that it is an advantage, in that it makes the routine faster and shorter. Furthermore, with a few adjustments, you actually can tear the paper more than three times if you desire. Hecklau does not talk about this (except for the tabloid version), but if you experiment, youll see that it can be done.
As in the original version, the production values are all top notch, and you have a choice of listening to the explanations in German or English Hecklaus English explanations are clear and thorough. I cant vouch for his German instruction, so dont ask.
This is an extremely well-produced package. It is more expensive than some tricks on the market, but you really are getting a lot of value for your dollar. This is a great example of what a magic product should be made of: an innovative method, deep thinking, clear explanations, gimmicks included, interesting variations, and attractive packaging. Highly recommended.
Voice of a C. commented 07/11/2011
The reactions I get from this effect are amazing. I have been performing magic my entire life waiting for just one effect the would leave an audience speechless. All other methods of this effect could never compare..I have used them all. This is truly the best T&R Newspaper ever invented.
Thank you Mr. Hecklau.
Andreas S. commented 06/25/2011
Gratuliere! Die Methode ist genial, das Konzept sehr durchdacht. Respekt vor dem ungeheuren Enthusiasmus, den Du in die Entwicklung von Newsflash 2.0 gesteckt hast! Die DVD ist bemerkenswert professionell und mit Liebe zum Detail produziert. Wie Du weißt, ist das leider nicht die Regel auf dem hiesigen Zaubermarkt. Vor allem wenn man sich die Flut der effekthascherischen Trailer ansieht, die z.Zt. den Markt überschwemmen. Da wird so viel versprochen und im DVD-Player kommt nicht mehr als heiße Luft raus.
Es macht sehr viel Spaß, sich mit Deiner Methode zu beschäftigen. Der Augenblick, wenn die Zeitung beim ersten Versuch wiederhergestellt wird, ist wie das erste Mal schwimmen ohne Schwimmflügel. Großartig!
Voice of a C. commented 06/08/2011
I recently saw Newsflash 2.0. Congratulations! You took an incredible trick and made it even more incredible. You have made the setup easier and more exact. Putting the xxx xxx is so much smoother with your new method. There are a few other tweaks that I am excited about. I am definitely going to make up the tabloid version. It is a perfect closeup trick for a table.
Matthew Furman, New York
Jerry F. commented 06/07/2011
Flash 2.0 arrived and yesterday I went step by step. Then I tried it for the first time and did it in the mirror. Not many times that I blow myself away. It worked perfectly the first time. I love it and just wanted to say thanks for putting out a fantastic 21st century newspaper restoration. Thanks Jerry Foster
Simi Valley, California
Markus P. commented 05/30/2011
Gestern erreichte mich das langersehnte Paket mit Newsflash 2.0 und ich habe gestern nacht bis 3.00 Uhr die DVDs angesehen, gebastelt und probiert. Ich bin total begeistert!!! Bei den vielen Varianten weiß ich im Moment gar nicht, welche ich zuerst ausprobieren soll. Obwohl das Jahr noch nicht mal zur Hälfte rum ist, denke ich, dass Newsflash 2.0 sicherlich mein bester Kauf 2011 war. Ach, was sage ich, sicher der letzten Jahre!!! Vielen Dank für ein großartiges Kunststück!!!
Adrian S. commented 05/11/2011
I just received and watched Newsflash 2.0
Packaging and presentation is first class - everything is professionally printed, designed and packaged, this is quality stuff!
The DVD is unbelievable..the amount of work Axel must have gone to in experimenting with all the different newspaper sizes, grain variations, alternative handling etc is wonderful. This is a VERY in depth DVD, as there is a lot of construction to be done. None of it is difficult, you just have to do it.
The Express Newsflash is a nice alternative especially if you find yourself without ANY materials (i.e. this requires no glue, sticky tape, scissors etc, as long as you have the pre-prepared gimmicks ready - which is a one time set up) you can carry this in your pocket and be ready to go anywhere in the world with a tabloid sized newspaper.
The poster version was of particular interest to me as there are so many possibilities to customise this for corporate work, trade shows etc.
The fold finders are also great in making the folds quickly without having to measure everything out with a ruler.
The attention to detail is amazing and you can really tell Axel has used this in the real world and has ironed out all the creases (bad pun intended) with regards to what issues you may come up against and how to solve them.
As a big fan of Newsflash 1.0, this has taken it to the next level.
Highly recommended, this is the real deal as far as torn and restored newspapers go and still believe the restoration is the most natural and most magical of the ones I have seen.