Originally posted by Curtis Kam:
Ambitious Riser in spectator's hand?
Very interesting idea, Matt. I'm not sure it would have to be mechanical. Suppose the "riser" is outjogged, the spectator holds the deck...Or, the Harkey-esque approach: Set up for Tilt, Tilt the riser in second from the top, but backjogged towards you. Spectator is given the deck, but you retain enough of a grip to maintain the Tilt situation.
Allow the tilt to close, giving the visual impression of the card slowly rising up to second from the top.
All this talk of having the rise occur visually in the spectator's hands is very inspiring. You guys made me think how cool it'd be if it snowed everywhere and everyone had to wear gloves. Magicians could get away with murder! Since we'd just as soon have “photo enforcement” than snow here in Hawaii here's something worth trying in a one-on-one situation.
Take a small napkin and lay it across the open palm of the spectator. With the deck face down in right hand “Biddle” grip (or overhand grip, end-grip, whatever y'all want to call it), pick up a right thumb break below the top card. Place the deck onto the napkin and have the spectator pinch the deck by its long edges in somewhat of a high dealer's grip. The end with the thumb break is toward you so it can't be seen. What you're essentially doing here is allowing the spectator to hold the deck in Marlo's “Frontal Tilt” position all by himself without him knowing it! The long edges of the deck are conveniently hidden from his view by the napkin. Moreover, he won't be able to feel the break through the thickness of the napkin. Right about now, common decency requires that you feel pretty guilty.
Now, insert the selection face up into the break per “Frontal Tilt”. Leave it outjogged for about half its length and then begin enshrouding the main portion of the deck by wrapping any excess folds of the napkin over the top. It's worth mentioning that the deck must be positioned on the napkin so only the selection peeks out the front.
It's apple pie from here on. Just flail your arms wildly, scream “TIGLATHPILEZER!” (Be sure to pronounce this word correctly or the trick won't work), and then tell him to slowly open the napkin to reveal the outjogged selection second from top.