Thanks for including the crystal card Richard; they are neat things, and it has been fun to play with one.
Originally posted by gberard:
"I'm probably a bit paranoid but it appears to me that you can tell the card looks a little different with the gaff in place."
No, not paranoid: there is a visual difference when the crystal card is in place; they definitely cast a faint "pall" or "shadow" over the face of a card/deck...(See Pete McCabe's post, he alludes to it as well...)--Further, as Brandon noted, the pips look ever so slightly out of focus.
With no side by side visual comparison, some might not notice, but some surely would.
Which leads to a question: why did they design the cards to be "smokey" or "misty" rather than "crystal-clear"?
I suppose a clear card would be shinier and more reflective, which you wouldn't want...
Jonathan's idea of adding transfer pips brings up a question: say you strategically place 4 diamonds on your crystal card, which goes on top of an Ace of Diamonds thus looking like a 5D.
When you whip away the crystal card, the 5D instantly and visually changes to the AD.
The question is, how does using a crystal card improve a change one might do with a regular 5D and AD?
Looking forward to people cluing me in...DC