Originally posted by Pete Biro:
Nemo is a great method... but it is light-hearted and filled with gags... it is not a "classy" classic...
As Pete describes, the routine offered in the instructions for the Nemo Card Rise
is comical, using props and engaging the volunteer in the fun.
However, neither these props nor the the comedy are required by the mechanics of the trick. You are free to present the thing as a dry, somber or even bizarre peice of magic. Beyond asking the volunteer to hold the ungaffed clear plexiglass houlette you are free to present the trick as you see fit. It is not necessary for a volunteer to hold the houlette. It just works out better for an audience to see someone so close to the action being amazed as this trick happens.
For presentational affect, you can invoke dark spirits, make the freely chosen cards 'light in the loafers', suggest that the chosen cards are somehow redeemed of sin and free to rise on their own... anything you can imagine. The card in the envelope that rises, then opens the envelope and rises out of the envolope can be framed as anything from a clue in a murder mystery to the guilty consience in a tell-tale heart presentation.
You are free to frame the trick as you see fit. And this is true for any trick you find. I just happen to like this version of the trick.