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ne day I was jogging down the street per-C/ forming the "Bizarre Vanish" from Close-Up Fantasies Finale for anyone who would care to watch, when I slammed smack dab into Doug Bennett who'd been jogging down the street from the opposite direction performing his shrinking-card effect for anyone who would care to watch. The impact caused both our cards to mush together. I said, "Hey, Bennett— you've got your crummy shrinking card all over my brilliant Bizarre Vanish." Doug said, "Hey, Harris, you've got your highly over rated Bizarre Vanish all over my stunning Shrinking Card." We then both looked down at our mushed-together cards, thought for a moment, then looked up at each other and said, "Hey -you're quite a guy."


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Paul Harris announces that he will show the audience "a little surprise" and brings a few cards held together by a rubber band out of his pocket. He displays both sides of the packet to show two Jokers, back to back. He removes the rubber band and places it aside. He then slides the Four of Hearts out from between the Jokers and repositions it so it sticks out from between the two Jokers. Paul asks the spectator to hold onto the projecting end of the Four of Hearts so she can get her "little surprise." Suddenly, Paul pulls the Jokers in opposite directions, leaving the Four of Hearts in the spectator's fingers, where it's SHRUNK TO HALF OF ITS ORIGINAL SIZE, thus delivering the promised "little surprise" in a big way.

YOU NLLP - A rubber band that comfortably fits around the width of a card, a mini-Four of Hearts, a normal Joker with a back that sort of matches the mini and a normal size double face card that's a Joker on one side and a Four of Hearts on the other side (Paul says heprefers double-facers with blue backs).

6E.TUP - Place the double-faced card on the table (the card showing face up should match your miniature card), narrow ends to the right and left. On top of it, aligned with the left end, place the face-up miniature. Place the regular card face up on top of all. Finally, slide a rubber band around the packet so it wraps the cards at the right side of the miniature card (FIG. 1). You may want to place a pencil dot on the face of the normal card so you know which side is which when you bring the packet out of your pocket. Paul has an irrational fear of pencil dots. But that's his problem.


.5TE-P ¿?l\lE- - Bring the packet into view and casually flash both sides. It can even be dropped on the table for a few moments before the trick begins. Pick it up and turn it so the end with the miniature card is to the left and the pencil-dotted side is upward. Your right hand grasps the packet from above, thumb at inner side, fingers at outer side, at the left end (FIG. 2). Your left hand reaches under the packet and grasps the rubber band, pulling it to the right, and off the right end of the packet. It is placed aside.

5TE-P J\JO - Your right hand turns palm up for a moment to flash the matching card on the underside of the packet, then turns palm down again. Your left hand returns to the left end of the packet and pretends to shove the bottom card a bit to the right. This is immediately followed by pulling the SAME bottom card, "the double-facer" to the left to display an odd "third card," which is in fact the other side of the double-faced card (FIG. 3). Pull the double-facer completely out and drop it to the table, odd-card side up.

5TELP TJJE-LL - Your right thumb and fingers hold the miniature card in place beneath the regular card. Apparently, you've displayed a three-card packet consisting of two matching face-up cards (one on each side of the packet facing out). You then pretended to slide out an odd "third card" from the center. While in fact you revealed the other side of the double-facer. The audience thinks you have two regular matching cards in your right hand... you actually have one normal card and one mini card.

6TE.P fOUR. - Your left hand returns to the left end of the packet and reaches beneath it. Slide the miniature card a tiny bit to the left, just enough to expose its left-long side. This appears to be the end of the other supposed matching card. Your right hand once again grips everything tightly.

5TE.P FlVE. - Your left hand returns to the table and picks up the odd-side-up double-facer. Insert its outer-right corner between the regular card and exposed side of the miniature card (FIG. 4).

It appears as if the odd card is being slipped between the pair of matching cards. Shove the odd card (actually the double-facer) forward until its outer end butts into your right second finger. While your right hand continues to hold everything firmly, your left hand lets go and re-grips. It grasps the left end of the whole business, thumb above and fingers beneath (FIG. 5).

5TE.P 5IX - Once your left hand has a firm grip on everything, your right hand releases its grip... and grasps the odd card from above as in FIG. 6, pulling it to the right.

As this happens, your left fingers keep the miniature card beneath the odd card. While your left hand holds all the cards, your right hand lets go and reaches around the outer end of the odd card, fingertips curling beneath. In this position you can adjust the miniature card, pulling it forward until its outer end is a hair inward of the outer end of the odd card (FIG. 7).

6TE-P 5E.VE.Nl - Your right hand shifts position again, moving to the right end of "the pair" (actually the single regular card) and grasping it in a position identical to your left hand. Ask the spectator to extend her first finger and thumb and lightly grasp the end of the odd card. In reality she gasps both the double-facer and secret mini card. The spectator will only feel one "normal" card.

• Spectator lightly pinches the outer end of odd sandwiched card (the double-facer) along with the hidden mini.

• Palm-up left fingers hold the left side of the sandwich, thumb on top of regular card, fingers pressing up against double-facer.

• Palm up right fingers hold the right side of the sandwich in a position similar to the left-hand grip. Both thumbs rest on the inner corners of the top card.

In a moment, you will apparently jerk the top and bottom "matching cards" away -leaving the spectator holding the middle card. In fact, your right hand will pull away the top card while your left hand secretly snaps the double-facer out of the spectator's grip, turning it over in the process, leaving her holding the mini card. All right here we go...

Two things happen at the same time: your right hand takes the regular card and moves about six inches directly to the right, while your left fingers take the double-facer (the card held by the spectator) and turns palm down as it moves six inches to the left (FIG. 8).

The effect on the spectator is that the full-size odd card, which was held in her own fingers, instantly and visibly shrinks into a miniature card! Apparently, you've simply pulled your two matching sandwich cards away in a sharp dramatic action.

JO E.E.5E.T - Gently pry the mini loose from your shocked spectator's fingers and sandwich it face up between the other two cards as in FIG. 1. Snap the rubber band around the packet and drop the bundle in your pocket...leaving you ready to surprise and shrink at the slightest whim.

• Fine tuning: Your left thumb slides from the top card onto the lower left corner of the double-facer as it pulls the double-facer away. Pull this card with a sharp, quick action to insure that it pulls free from the spectators grip-

Description reprinted with permission of Richard Kaufman. (Is this one great guy or what?)

Editorial liberties taken by myself.

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• When pulling the two cards away pull the cards DOWN and to the sides. If you pull up on the cards you may cause your spectator to drop the mini. This is a bizarre moment but not what you're shooting for.

• A quick trip to the print shop and you could make this up with your own business cards so you can hand out a mini-business card to your full-size clients. Print on a heavy card stock with a slick finish (like a playing card). You need two normal business cards that are blank on one side and a bunch of mini-business cards that are small on both sides.

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