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Shinkansen Review

December 14th, 2002 6:50pm
Reviewed by Paul
This effect, which used to appear in Phil's lecture notes and is included in his book Focus will perhaps now get the attention it deserves. I always liked this trick and used to use it myself so was glad a specially printed gaff was available for it again and with the advertising talking about a 16 page booklet was anticipating the inclusion perhaps of additional handlings or presentations.

The booklet was the big disappointment. Whilst not false advertising (you do get a 16 page booklet) it perhaps leads you to believe you will get more than you do. The booklet is not much bigger than a hip pocket wallet, and the 16 pages include back and front cover. Some of those 16 pages are blank. In fact, the instructions could have been covered on about two and a half full size pages.

All that have been added to the original instructions are some more illustrations. If you didn't know the trick then this IS helpful. 16 page booklet aside, this is an excellent approach to a thought of card travelling from one packet to another. Recommended.

Product info for Shinkansen

Author: Phil Goldstein
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $15.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Four red-backed cards are displayed; they're counted and held by a spectator.
Another set of blue-backed cards is shown, and a second spectator simply thinks of any one. The packets are held by the spectators, who stand far apart from each other.

With the utmost fairness, the mentally chosen card vanishes from the blue packet and appears in the red!

Includes detailed, 16-page booklet written by Phil Goldstein and fully-illustrated by Tony Dunn and the seven specially-printed cards on Bicycle stock that make this effect possible.

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