Rising Cards From Glass Tumbler

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This is perhaps the most popular method of performing a rising card experiment. It is particularly suited to stage performance or working under conditions in which the magician is some distance from his audience. Magician must be far enough away and have such lighting conditions that a fine silk thread will not be visible to spectators.


Three spectators select a card each. These are returned to the deck and thoroughly shuffled in. The deck is placed in a glass tumbler. A hoop is passed over glass and cards to show that there is no outside connection. The magician then commands and the selected cards rise one at a time. Cards and glass are examined by spectators after performing of experiment without their discovering the secret.


2 -- A spool of very fine black silk thread -- Number AAA is best. If you cannot obtain it, use Number A.

3 -- A glass tumbler or goblet with bottom large enough to hold a deck of cards easily.

4 -- A wooden hoop, such as is used for embroidery work. It is effective to have this painted a bright color.

5 -- A table on which to set supplies.

7 -- A handkerchief. SECRET AND PATTER:

To Prepare:

Take one of the decks and remove the following cards: Queen of Hearts

Ten of Hearts

Ten of Diamonds

Seven of Spades

And Seven Indifferent Cards.

Take one of the indifferent cards, say, the King of Spades. Cut a small slit in upper edge A of the card, about one-fourth inch deep. Insert an end of silk thread into this slit, allowing about one-fourth inch to hang down on face of card. Figure 23.

Let thread come down over back of card, then place the Queen of Hearts on "Top" of it. Pull thread up over back of Queen exactly half way between the ends. On Queen and the thread place an indifferent card. Pull thread over back of this card. Now place the Ten of Hearts on "Top" and pull thread up again. Continue the threading of the cards, placing the Ten of Diamonds next, then an indifferent card, then the Seven of Spades, and finally two indifferent cards. Place the seventh indifferent card on the "Bottom" of the deck. Figure 24 shows you the set-up. All the cards must face the same way.

You can readily understand that if the thread is pulled the Seven of Spades will be pulled up as the back two cards act as a fulcrum.

Figure 25 shows the arrangement of your table. The staple is driven in at the back end. To this the free end of the thread is tied. Determine the length of your thread by holding the cards about 18 inches above the table and about a foot in front of you. With cards in this position, the thread should be taut. Place prepared cards at front of table, faces up. In front of cards place a handkerchief to screen them from audience. Arrange thread carefully on table so that it will not get tangled or caught in anything. Place glass tumbler near cards at front of table and wooden hoop on opposite side and farther back.

On the other deck of cards place the Queen of Hearts, the Ten of Hearts, and the Seven of Spades. Arrange these in reverse order with the Seven of Spades on "Top" in preparation for FORCING.

To Perform:

FORCE the Seven of Spades, the Ten of Hearts, and the Queen of Spades on three different spectators respectively. Give the pack to each spectator and ask him to return his card to it. Finally have some member of audience thoroughly shuffle the deck.

Come back to table and place cards on the threaded cards with left hand, faces of cards up. At same moment pick up handkerchief with right hand and then the glass tumbler also with right hand.

"There is an old saying that people who live in glass houses should dress in the dark. It might not hurt this glass to give it a polish and make it still more transparent."

Show glass freely and wipe it out with handkerchief.

"This glass is of pure crystal, made especially for this magical experiment so that you can see through it -- that is, the glass and not the experiment."

Drop handkerchief on table and pick up the cards. Place them in tumbler, faces toward audience. The thread hangs down behind the glass. Figure 26.

"You can see the cards in the glass, can you not? That is why I wanted the glass to be transparent. There is nothing left for you to imagine. 52 cards isolated in a glass house."

Figure 27 shows the arrangement of cards — the unprepared deck facing the audience, behind it the threaded deck with thread hanging down behind it. You see here also how you hold the glass with the cards in your left hand in front of table, with the thread stretched straight out from back of table.

"I hear one card telling another that he might be in a glass house but that he cannot see much because of the others. Ah, there he is registering his dissatisfaction and coming out."

Move glass slightly forward. This pulls the thread tighter and causes the Seven of Spades to rise because this is the last card which was threaded. Figure 28.

"The Seven of Spades. Was that your card, sir? Correct."

Pretend that you hear a murmur in audience.

"What's that? Oh, I know what you are thinking. You think that some spirit pushed the card out. Oh, my no!"

Pick up the hoop from table with right hand and pass it over cards and glass. Practice how to do this so that you can do it very naturally. Place hoop above glass in a horizontal position. Figure 29.

Bring hoop down over glass and onto left arm. Figure 30.

Shift left hand upward a little on glass. Now bring hoop to vertical position still on left side of glass. Figure 31.

Pull B side of hoop over glass and down to a horizontal position again. Hoop is now clear of thread and can be pulled down over bottom of glass and removed. Figure 32.

Figures 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, and 38 show the routine of passing a hoop over a threaded object. Learn this thoroughly. It is exceedingly useful in convincing your audience that certain things have no outside connection, although they really have. Never mention anything about threads or wires. Do not even suggest the fact that magicians ever use such things.

Follow each step shown in the diagram and you will have no difficulty in learning how to perform this. Learn each stage of the move and then perform it quickly as one continuous movement.

"No 'spookses'. That card came out because of pure curiosity."

To spectator who selected second card, "And what card did you select? The Ten of Hearts? Ten of Hearts, arise!"

By this time you have stepped forward a little to take up slack in thread. You now push glass forward a little again, causing the next threaded card to arise, which is the Ten of Diamonds.

"I said the Ten of Hearts, not the Ten of Diamonds. Your card was the Ten of Hearts, wasn't it, sir? The Ten of Diamonds is so anxious to break into society that it breaks in wherever there is the slightest chance."

Push card down into glass again. This leaves it threaded as before. Move glass back a little to give thread enough slack to enable you to push card down easily.

"We'll try again. Up, Ten of Hearts!"

Up comes the Ten of Diamonds again.

"What? Coming up again? You are a naughty, naughty card."

Place glass on table and remove the Ten of Diamonds from deck in glass. Place it in the palm of your left hand, back up. Spank card about four times with right hand.

"Papa will have to spank. Now you go back with the rest of the little 'cardses' and stay there."

Return card to front portion of deck so that it will not interfere with remaining threaded portion of prepared deck. Pick up glass from table again and hold in left hand as before.

"Perhaps you would have more influence with your card, sir. Will you just say, 'Ten of Hearts, arise'?"

When spectator says this, permit the Ten of Hearts to arise. This is the next threaded card and it will come up readily if your thread is taut.

"I think the Ten of Hearts likes you better than it does me."

Remove Ten of Hearts and place on front of deck.

"Now, for the third and last card. Up - up - up."

No card comes up. Look at the deck a moment, perplexed.

"Did you see any card come up? If any did, I can't see it. (To spectator who selected third card.) What was the name of your card, may I ask? The Queen of Hearts? Oh, no wonder. We cannot expect a Queen to rise under ordinary circumstances."

Make a low graceful bow, and as you do so, say,

"Could we have the delightful pleasure of having your gracious majesty arise so that we might gaze on your gorgeous beauty?"

Let the Queen arise.

"All hail the Queen!"

Stand up straight again. Remove the Queen and place it on the front of the deck.

Push glass forward a little. This causes the thread to pull out of the slit in the King card which you started your threading from. This frees the glass and deck entirely.

Take deck from glass and fan it wide with right hand. Also show glass freely.

Replace deck and glass on table.


There are numerous ways of applying this principle in the working of the rising cards. One method is to arrange your table as shown in Figure 39. Everything is set in the same way as described in preceding effect, except that thread is not tied to staple at back of table, but is pulled through it and tied to an iron washer or nut or small weight. Enough thread is allowed to enable the performer to stand several feet away from the table with weight in his left trouser's pocket. The glass with the cards is not held in the hand but remains at the front of the table.

Have table set as in Figure 39. FORCE cards you desire selected as above. Have them returned to pack. Place pack on the prepared cards already on table.

Pick up handkerchief and glass with right hand, and at same time pick up iron weight with left hand and place it in your left trouser's pocket. This move will not be noticed for the leaning of the body makes such a movement appear natural. Also you are using MISDIRECTION—directing the attention of the audience to the handkerchief and glass. Figure 40.

Proceed to wipe glass as before and place it on table. Pick up the deck and place it in glass, faces of cards toward audience.

Now stand far enough away from table to make thread taut. Move your body slightly and the pull on the string will cause the first threaded card to rise. You may make a movement of your hands toward cards to cover your body movement, or gesture with right hand and push left hand against thread. Figure 41.

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