I posted this in the Close Up Magic pages, but thought that those here may be interested as well. I mentioned a unique and very deceptive Rising Cards that I had made, and several people wrote asking if I would make some more. I've decided to make a limited run of 20 sets in Oak and 5 special sets in polished dark Mahogany.
My late mentor ran a magic shop for several decades. One of the items that he sold in the shop was a very clever version of The Rising Cards. Over the years he devised a number of refinements to this version of The Rising Cards and began crafting his own version out of wood for a few discriminating performers. Those Rising Cards are now collectors items, highly prized by the few that own them.
Before he died, he showed me the secrets to making his version of The Rising Cards.
Heres what happens:
An un-gimmicked, beautifully finished wooden houlette is handed out for examination. Next two small glass panes (equally un-gimmicked) are handed out for examination. Finally a pack of ordinary playing cards (this can be a borrowed deck) is handed out for examination and for shuffling.
The Performer shows his hands to be empty, then takes back the cards and spreads them face down for one, two, three or more participants to freely select cards no force involved. The participants note their cards and can sign their names on the cards and then the cards are returned to the middle of the pack. (They really are left in the middle of the pack no sleights.)
The Performer drops the cards into the wooden houlette and shows it on all sides. One pane of glass is slid into the front of the houlette, the other pane into the back, isolating the cards inside of the wooden houlette. Again this is shown front and back.
The houlette is placed upon the Performers palm. The first participant names his card, and the signed card slowly rises out of the middle of the pack for of its length. The participant can remove his card.
The second participant names his card and his signed card rises from the middle of the pack just as the first card did. With this card still protruding from the pack the Performer grasps the cards and the panes of glass together and slides them out of the houlette, showing all sides, and allowing the participants to wave their hands between and around the cards and houlette to prove the absence of threads, etc.
The Performer then slides the cards and panes of glass back into the houlette and allows the participant to remove his signed card.
The final participant names his card and immediately his signed card rises from the center of the pack. It continues rising, farther than the other cards, and the Performer reaches up and grasps the card just as it is about to leave the pack. He places it back into the houlette on an angle, and IMMEDIATELY hands the entire houlette/cards/panes of glass assembly to the participants for examination. No hint of a method can be found.
POINTS TO CONSIDER - NO motors, threads, elastic, loops, springs, plungers, electronics, gears, wires, extra cards, weights or pinky moves. Borrowed cards can be used. Could be done completely naked. The rate of rise of the cards is under the Performers control at all times, as is the time between the risings of the cards.
Included for advanced performers is my work on Think-of-a-Card, and specifically how it relates to this effect. By incorporating my methods the Performer can have an audience member merely THINK of a card in a spread deck and their un-named THOUGHT-OF card rises from the middle of the isolated pack. This out-of-print ebook previously sold on its own for $35.00.
Each Rising Card set will come in a carrying case and include a DVD that explains the history of the effect and teaches the handling of the routine, plus the bonus Think-of-a-Card version.
Price: $95.00 (U.S.) plus shipping for the Oak version, and $125.00 (U.S.) plus shipping for the Mahogany version. The Mahogany version will be limited to FIVE units.
Pre-orders will be accepted via paypal.com to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
on a first-come, first-serve basis. Delivery by February 20th, 2010.
103 Garden Drive
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Phone: (905) 842-2242