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The New Diminishing Returns by Mike Powers Mike Powers' Diminishing Returns is one of the most amazing (and best-selling) close-up tricks ever released, and now it's back and better than ever!
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You display the fronts and backs of a deck of cards to the audience. A spectator simply names any card they like, you remove the named card and set it aside face-up. You now spread the deck on the table and somehow the entire deck visibly shrinks to half of its original size! The selected card is the biggest one in the deck. Just when the audience catches their breath, the entire deck grows back to its normal size, and now the selected card has shrunk! To finish, the selected card visibly grows back to normal size!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 23rd, 2005
The effect is good and the gaffs are well-made. The written instructions and the video are done well and easy to understand. The handling's not really that tricky. The cards I received were standard Bicycle "Rider-Back", and the bonus effect you receive with it ("Defective Deck") is very nice.
What's missing is one card that helps out quite a bit with the trick (easy to find, though), a box for the cards to go in (mine are currently in a Zip-Lock bag), the teaching video for "Defective Deck" (of course, it's covered in the printed instructions), and a prop needed for the "amBIGuous Card Trick" (a bonus included in the written instructions).
Overall, not bad, though.
The bonus is even better! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
his is a bonus routine that comes with Diminishing Returns.
Effect- In The Defective Deck, the magician fixes a variety of "defective cards" in increasingly visual ways. The trick ends with Doug Conn's incredible PIP TRIP in which pips are slid around the card to different locations.
Method- The method is just some color changes and some easy sleight of hand.
Gimmicks- This comes with four really cool gimmick cards. If you don't like the routine you can use the Pip Trip trick like E does in its Gaff Deck.
The other gimmicks you can't do much with.
Setup- You have to setup this trick after every performance. Most people will probable be able to complete the setup in less than a minute if the remember the order of the cards.
Reset- After the trick, you can end clean. All you have to do is put the Joker away inside your pocket and if people want to examine it, you can take it out again cleanly.
Normal deck of cards
Cards are examinal
Easy sleight of hand
Overall- I love this trick. I will do it all of the time after I master it. I will use it with David Regal's color changing deck which is also great.
I give it a 10/10
Hard to Handle Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 14th, 2011
This is a good trick when properly performed but the cards are hard to handle in a realistic way. if you are not careful you will get caught turning the cards.....I also had some difficulty spreading the cards evenly, even on a pro close up pad.......this is not for beginners...
amuzed audience Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 23rd, 2003
Well, if you practice it enough it will look GREAT!!!!! But if you don't do it every so often it will look like your like jumpy when doing it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 6th, 2004
I believe this trick will look awesome, if you give it the time it actually deserves of practice......I believe though that the two bonus effects that come with the Diminishing Returns are even better than the one previously mentioned....those two tricks are AmBIGuos Card & Defective Deck. I don't know if this effect suits your desires, but if you see the vid. and say, "Hmmmm, That trick looks pretty Darn Good!!!!"....then go ahead and click on ADD To Cart. Your audiences will say that too after they have witnessed it..Sincerely, JRdigitized.
This is an AWESOME trick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 17th, 2005
I dont know WHHHHHHHAAAAAAT those people above me are talking about DIMINISHING RETURNS is an INCREDIBLY EASY trick to do!!! It does take a little practice!!! I got it in like 5 minutes. IT'S INCREDIBLY easy to do. :) :D
TOO EASY TO LEARN! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 24th, 2005
This trick is great. The cards quality is top notch. The learning curve is almost non-existant. And the public reaction is just unforgettable! GET IT NOW. GET IT NOW. GET IT NOW. And, oh, my God, the bonuses! Please, please, don't miss this deck!
Another great deck Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
If you don't mind carrying around a few different decks while you are performing, then pick this one up. It is definitively a stunner. I was completely blown away the first time I saw it (as a magician) and the spectators are even more impressed. This is a good trick for beginners and like other special decks, it helps build your reputation. Think about picking this up and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
it's rather lousy... Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 16th, 2003
ok fine...the effect is rather amazing. But it's extremely difficult to pull off even with the practice and the move that it requires is rather obvious. So all in all, I'd advise you not to get it.
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