Card Fountains

This makes a beautiful effect with cards and adds display to your program with little effort.


Three cards are selected and shuffled back into deck. Deck is placed in a glass tumbler, which is placed on the seat of a chair. At command, the cards start flying out of the glass, way up into the air. They continue to fly out until only the selected cards remain in the glass. These are then removed from tumbler and shown.

This Method is the one used by DeKolta, one of the finest magicians of days gone by.

To Prepare:

Take a spool of fine black silk thread and start unwinding it. Wrap the end of the thread twice around a card.

Figure 62.

In front of this wrapped card, place three cards. When you perform the experiment you FORCE duplicates of these three cards as selected cards. Remember these three cards for forcing later.

Figure 63.

Now you proceed to thread rest of deck. Thread is wrapped around starting card. Now bring it back of card and down. Place another card BACK of starting card and bring thread up around this card, across top edges of the other cards you have placed together, and then down in front of selected cards. Place a card in front of selected cards and bring thread up around this card. Now carry thread over tops of cards again and down in back. Place card behind rest of cards again and bring thread up around it, over tops of cards

Down Over Around

and down in front of bunch of cards again. Place another card in front and bring thread up around it again. Proceed in this manner to thread the whole deck.

Figure 64.

When deck is completely threaded, bring thread down around whole deck and up in back.

Figure 65 shows the threaded deck as it looks when finished.

Place threaded deck on seat of a chair and run thread up over back of chair and out backstage, where it is secured on a nail in the wall. Assistant can thus get end of thread when time comes for him to pull on it.

Place a silk or pocket handkerchief in front of deck on chair to conceal it.

Have a glass tumbler on chair also.


Figure 66.

Pick up another deck, unprepared. Come down to audience and FORCE duplicates of the three cards already placed in center of prepared deck, unthreaded. Have these selected cards well shuffled into deck.

Come back to stage and place this deck next to threaded one behind handkerchief. Pick up glass tumbler and show it, then replace on seat of chair again. Pick up threaded deck as if it were an ordinary one and place it in glass.

Figure 66.

At command, assistant pulls thread fast. All the cards fly out of the glass high into the air, except the three unthreaded ones.

Figure 67.

The three selected cards are picked up and shown separately. Call out the name of each.

A little practice will be necessary to get the hang of throwing cards high into the air, but when you have it mastered, you will be well repaid in having a beautiful effect.


In this method it is necessary for the thread to be pulled vertically. That is the reason the thread is run over the top of the chair.

Another ruse which may be used in this one: Screw a small eyelet near end of your wand. Run end of thread from deck of cards through eyelet and out backstage to assistant.

Figure 68.

Glass, deck, and wand may be resting on a table with handkerchief screening threaded deck as before. When threaded deck is placed in glass, you have but to raise your wand above deck. Assistant pulls thread and cards fly out. Your wand keeps thread vertical above deck.

Figure 69.

This method is popular. It requires no vertical pull. A strong pull is required, however, and for that reason it is necessary to clamp glass down on table and table must be heavy enough not to tip easily.


Take each card of deck and cut a quarter of an inch slit in middle of top edge.

Figure 70.

Make knot in end of black silk thread and run thread through slit from front to back of first card.

Turn card upside down and back of it place another card with slit end up. Bring thread up behind card. Push it through slit and back again, leaving a half-inch loop on front of card.

Figure 71.

Now bring thread down again. Place another card back of it and bring thread up around it and loop through top slit as before. Continue this until you have the whole deck threaded except for 3 cards. The first card is the only one with the slit end down. The rest are all up with the thread looped through.

Figure 72.

Place three selected cards, duplicates of which you are going to force, on back of deck. Place deck on table with handkerchief screening it. Run thread back over table, through a screw eye at the edge, and out to assistant backstage.

Figure 7 4.

To secure glass to table, use a clamp of wood or metal. The clamp is of two sections. Have them screwed to table the width of the glass stem apart. Have screws at front end and arranged so that the two sections can be swung out. At the back end have a strong hook and eye arrangement for securing two sections of the clamp.

Figure 7 4.

Figure 75 shows glass held in clamp on table. Glass is put between sections and clamp is fastened together.


Take regular deck and force three cards, duplicates of three unthreaded cards in prepared deck. Have cards returned and shuffled into deck. Place it on table behind handkerchief. Show glass and clamp it to table. Pick up threaded deck and place in glass. Upon command cards fly from glass, leaving the three selected ones.

This Card Fountain makes a fine finish to a card act.


A very novel lesson, teaching you most interesting effects in Oriental Magic. Something new and different for you.

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