During my youth, I attended the Magie Montreal Conventions from 1985 to 1993. I greatly enjoyed Mr. Cohens demonstrations.
He demonstrated one effect that completely mystified me and I still think about it to this day. Its funny how I cannot remember some of the tricks that I bought over the years and still vividly remember the one trick that I didnt purchase 20 years ago.
I must have been 12 or 13 at the time, and the trick was almost $100 Canadian at the time. I was trying to convince my father that I absolutely needed this trick but Mr. Cohen confided to my father and me that he did not think the price tag was justified and that I would be disappointed to have spent so much money on this item. Well, that was the first time a dealer was talking me out of purchasing something and it sealed my fate with my father. Purchasing this trick was not to be. I accepted this and respected Mr. Cohens candor.
I have asked many knowledgeable magicians from my IBM Ring about the following effect, but no one recognizes it.
As I recall it looked like this:
The magician displays a small wooden box, a square inch larger than a poker sized deck. The lid is removed and the empty box is displayed (box opens flat, i.e. not from the top like a regular box of cards, more like a shoe box would open). A poker sized deck is displayed and inserted in the box. The box is lightly shaken in order to display the cards moving freely. The lid is placed on top and covers the deck of cards. The lid is immediately removed and the deck is shown to have shrunk to a miniature sized deck which is immediately handed out for examination.
I can swear thats what I saw, but no one else seems to know this trick. A friend of mine showed me a trick he believes is what I described but it involves sliding a gimmick card box from the top into the wooden box (i.e. there is no lid).
Any thoughts on the name of this effect are greatly appreciated.
P.S. I love reading Mr. Cohens column. Keep them coming and dont hesitate to make the column longer.