by Chris Bacchus
This is a clever and practical version of the shrinking deck effect. A poker-sized deck of cards is removed from the card case and is spread between the hands. (This spread is tight, and is done with the backs of the hands facing the audience. It is a cozy position, but does not look too unnatural.) The deck is squeezed between the hands and immediately becomes a miniature deck. The miniature deck is real and can be used for other effects (if you ditch the gaff which remains in the deck after the shrinking). The instructions offer no suggestions on how to proceed after doing the shrinking, but if you want to incorporate this type of effect into your close-up show, you'll find that this is a practical trick which can be done in the real world.
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