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The Incredible Shrinking Finger by Dan Hauss (Additional handling by Paul Harris) "SHRINK YOUR VERY OWN PINKIE INTO A WEIRD STUMPY THING"
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Your naked pinkie finger is displayed in all its natural pinkie-ness. You gently grasp the tender pinkie with the thumb and forefinger of your other hand..and visibly compress your little finger into an incredibly teeny tiny pinkie...so it's about half the size of the original!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 16th, 2006
As the manufacturer of this effect and one who has already performed it hundreds of times I can tell you that it has never failed to elicit a jaw dropping reaction from every single lay person who has seen it. I have been in magic for over 50 years and I have come to realize that, with years of experience in performing, my insights into the psyches of my lay audiences are quite different from those of magicians who have only been doing this for a relatively short time. Many times I take it for granted that all magicians understand the nature of discrepancies...how to see an effect through laymen's eyes, and how to use that insight to fashion a routine that will deliver the desired audience reaction. A video demo of street performances will be posted very soon so that everyone can see just how powerful this effect is on lay people. In the mean time here are some clarifications on the psychology of this effect from a layman's perspective. This effect should not be presented as, "Hey, look at the new trick I just learned!" Rather, you should give your audiences a logical reason why you can physically do something that they can not. I tell my audiences that I jammed my little finger playing football in high school and now I can do this. The gimmick is not the critical feature of this effect. It is the final convincer that you really shrunk your little finger to half its size! The visual shrinking of the finger is the part of this effect that leads your audiences down the garden path. For this reason when I turn my hand over to show the back side of my hand, displaying the shrunken little finger with "everything" in place, I only maintain this display for about five seconds before I "stretch" my pinky back to its original size. Five seconds (or less) is all that is needed to convince your audience that your pinky has really been shrunken. During this brief display no one will ever notice any slight discrepency between the shrunken pinky and your other fingers. They're too busy gasping at the weirdness of your little shrunken finger. The position of your other hand holding your shrunken pinky will be quite logical if you say something like, "If I don't hold it in place it will pop right back out, and that hurts like Hades!" Finally a bit of acting on your part as you shrink your pinky goes a long way to sell this effect. Grimace as you shrink the finger and let out a sigh of relief as you stretch the finger back to its normal size, thus letting your audience know that this is a physically demanding action for you. Remember you are displaying a rather bizarre personal physical anomaly, not doing a magic trick! If you do this effect as described in the written instructions and add a bit of your own personality you will be thrilled with the results. I know I am! "Try it! You'll like it!"
Some quotes from the net:
"I've been killing with it."
"I've done this 100+ times now and as skeptical as I was in the beginning - I soon learned that laymen lap it up!"
"I love the effect..."
"I must say it looks sick!"
"This really gives people the creeps!"
"It really elicits people's GUT reactions."
"I had people screaming with this."
"I think this is great & the instructions are excellent."
"I have gotten people screaming and running out of the room with this little thing."
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 8th, 2009
the video looks good but i got no instruction and i just dont like it. some people may but not for me. still love penguin not their fault
what a piece of $**t Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 1st, 2010
this is hard to put together and after your work is done the gimmick looks horrible
NOT A GOOD EFFECT TO BUY Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 13th, 2010
THIS EFFECT IS NOT GOOD SO DONT WASTE UR MONEY ON THIS EFFECT THERE'S MORE BETTER STRANGE CLOSEUP EFFECTS OUT THERE SO DON'T BUY IT THIS EFFECT ...............
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 11th, 2006
The Incredible Shrinking Finger
I thought that this was a little to much money becouse you can buy the magic parts at local stores. I was sad after doing this. It is easy to figure out. I am mad I spent .00 on this. :(
Gets that second star becouse this could be for some and maybe I will use this.
I TRIED TO RATE IT A ZERO BUT IT WOULDN'T LET ME. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 6th, 2006
If there was one trick in the world that nobody should get, it would be this. Words can not express what a bad trick this is. It is not practical at all. It is pure junk. The gimmick is the worst! The gimmick is cheep, not durable and very poor quality. My gimmick broke the same day I made it, simply from having it in my pocket. WHAT TYPE OF A GIMMICK BREAKS IN YOUR POCKET? (especially for the price)
Well, if you learn anything today, it is DO NOT BUY THIS TRICK. I don’t care if you have bought everything else on the penguin site, do not buy this trick. If you do you are simply throwing away $$.
This trick might have had potential, but if failed miserably.
not worth it. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 3rd, 2007
This trick could be used and i am glad i have the trick, but i am not happy that i spent so much money on it. This trick would cost you a few dollars to make, therefore it should cost less. If the were less and i bought it, I would be very happy with it, because it is a good effect.
THIS TRICK SUCKS Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 13th, 2006
THIS TRICK IS PURE JUNK. DO NOT GET IT. THE GIMMICK IS PURE JUNK AND WILL NOT LAST A WEEK. I AM WARNING YOU, DO NOT GET THIS. IF YOU DO YOU WILL BE DISAPOINTED. THIS IS THE WORST TRICK I HAVE BOUGHT FROM PENGUIN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE, AND I HAVE BOUGHT ABOUT 40 THINGS FROM THEM.
DO NOT GET THIS.
THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 12th, 2007
THIS TRICK IS TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
ADDDDDDDDDDD TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CART NOW NOW NOW!!!!!!!! (TRUST ME)
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
When I got this in the mail I was pumped. The method is really great and Dan Hauss creates some visual street magic. The visual aspect of this trick outweighs the method. People will dislike the method but this effect isn't for people to stare at. It's like a routine you have to get out of it somehow. I performed this at a restaurant and it is off the wall. You are morphing a part of your body and it's surreal.
You do get printed instructions but everything is easy to follow
The material you get isn't the best of quality but work with it! It's well worth it. Give it a try. You will have a bizarre effect with you.
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