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Video: From shopping to decorating a Christmas tree, you have enough to deal with this time of year without having to send friends and family a card reminding them of all their holiday responsibilities. So why not dig out your LEGO bin and build this Mindstorms assistant that can churn out all your Christmas cards for you?

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Video: Eliot Slevin, his flexible fingers and his mastery of cardistry can turn a normal deck of cards into a beautifully choreographed dance that seems to tweak gravity (and can probably even cause hypnosis if you stare too long). The movement of the cards is incredible; they just fly into his palms and flow so seamlessly that you're not even sure what you're seeing is real.

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If you've been stung by a gross payment method surcharge on concert tickets or flights, today brings good news. A new ban on large businesses charging consumers excessive payment surcharges for using EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa and American Express cards issued by Australian banks is now in place.

But you can still get stung for those ridiculous "service" and "booking" fees.

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Maths is basically magic. So it's no surprise that a clever use of the Fibonacci numbers — a series of numbers (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc.) where each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers — and a super-slick shuffling method can combine for a card trick that makes it impossibly easy to guess the number and suit of the two cards you're holding.

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Video: Magician Patrick Kun isn't breaking the wheel when it comes to these magic tricks, but the way he packages them — short, sweet and right in front of the camera with little to no explanation — makes watching magic so much more fun. There's no long build up, there's no need to weave a senseless story, there's no psychological ploy. It's just slick visual trickery, right in front of you.

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Video: The young wizard of cardistry, Zach Mueller, is back at it again showing off his gravity defying, finger destroying, physics bending card tricks and they're always a joy to see because though everyone is familiar with a deck of cards, most of us have not seen a deck of cards move through space and time quite like this. Think your little bridge shuffle is impressive? Ha!