How do you do the quarter trick? – How To Do Cool Magic Tricks Easy

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In a typical hand shake, the hands begin to make a circle about a quarter of the way up the table and move to the opposite quarters. A good hand shake will not only have the hands make the circle, but will end up with the palms facing the other quarter-length hand.

If you have a “poker hand” or similar hand formation, it is good practice to try to start a full circle, and then slowly move your hands to the opposite quarter. That way the hand formation will be more obvious to onlookers and you’ll avoid the awkwardness of having just the thumbs facing the corners of each hand.

Image copyright AP Image caption Russian president Vladimir Putin (left) was at the heart of the storm of anti-government protests that have swept the country

A judge has jailed four activists accused of being part of a group that broke into St Petersburg’s main Kremlin theatre during a political demonstration.

The prosecution alleges members of a Moscow-based “ultras”, including Alexei Navalny, spent 10 days at the St Petersburg opera house in August.

The judge has ordered them held in custody for 10 days.

It follows a major street protest in June that saw more than two million people take to the streets.

“They could be placed in solitary confinement for a month,” Alexander Bastrykin, a lawyer for the activists, told Reuters news agency.

Police had previously tried to detain the activists, however, because of a lack of evidence.

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The charges against the four men – including Navalny, a longtime critic of President Vladimir Putin – were “obtaining information”, “abuse of authority and violating public order”, according to local media reports citing Justice Ministry spokeswoman Olga Skorobogatova.

The St Petersburg court said they would be held for one month before being transferred to a centre to be controlled by the Federal Guard Service (FSB), Reuters reported.

It was not immediately clear whether any action, if any, would be taken against the authorities to prevent the accused from being placed in solitary confinement.

The protests followed the arrest of Navalny, who is barred from running for office in Russia, over the detention of another activist, Yulia Tymoshenko.

She recently won a $14.5 (£6.5) million (£8.2m) settlement from the Russian government after spending seven years in prison without a trial.

More protests are predicted on Saturday –

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