Using a macbook pro as a second display for an imac using a thunderbolt to thunderbolt cable

I know I can use TDM to use an imac as a second display for a MBP with a thunderbolt to thunderbolt cable.  Is there any work around to use a MBP as a second display for an imac with a thunderbolt to thunderbolt cable?
15" MBP w/retina running maverick 10.9.4
21" imac running maverick 10.9.4

No; the MacBook Pro doesn't support video in. If desired, use a product such as ScreenRecycler over a network.

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