The Rising Card Escape

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Rising card tricks have been very popular in Magic. There are many methods of producing the effect, but most of them are mechanical arrangements. The method I give you is impromptu, so that you can perform it with an ordinary deck

of cards at any time and in any place. In this method you use some sleight of hand and the very simple mechanical arrangement of closing the card case.


Spectator draws a card from deck of playing cards and shows it to audience. He replaces it in deck and shuffles it in. Performer then places deck in cardboard case and closes the flap down. Then he requests spectator to tie case onto empty right hand with a handkerchief. Upon magician's command the selected card rises from the deck, apparently through the case.


1--A deck of playing cards.

In card Magic you will find the best cards to use are Bicycle or Bee Cards. Some magicians like Steamboat cards. The favorite Steamboat pack is the one with the red and black lined backs, which gives a brown effect. Blue back cards are best, however, because the blue color is least detectable in sleights. A new deck is preferable to an old one. When you borrow a deck, however, you must use what you get.

2--A borrowed handkerchief. SECRET AND PATTER:

To Perform: Remove cards from case and give to spectator to shuffle.

"Please, sir, take out any card you choose and give me the rest of the deck."

Take cards from spectator.

"Remember the card you have selected, and if you care to, you may show it to a neighbor or two. Now return your card to the middle of the deck."

Cut deck into two equal portions. To do this, hold deck in left hand, backs of cards up. Place thumb of right hand at bottom edge of cards and first, second, and third fingers at top of deck. It is then easy to lift up the top half of deck. See Figure 1.

Have spectator place his card on the lower half of deck.


Place top half of deck which is in right hand on lower half which is in left hand. As you do so insert little finger of left hand between the two halves of deck, as in Figure 2.

The front part of deck is allowed to come together in an ordinary manner, but the back part is divided by the little finger. Audience thinks two halves have been brought together and selected card lost in center of deck.

Practice this much carefully before the mirror until you can do this naturally and insert your little finger so that no one can notice it.

Figure 3 shows the position of your left hand now. Your thumb is at the left of the pack, your first finger is at the front end, your second and third fingers are at the right, and your little finger is at the back between the two sections of the deck.

Turn left hand toward right bringing thumb end up.

Using little finger as a lever, push top half of deck out a little and grasp it with right hand. See Figure 4.

Your object is to get the selected card to the top of the deck. This card is now the top card on the lower section of the deck which you have divided by little finger of left hand. To accomplish this you perform THE SIMPLIFIED PASS in this manner:

With right hand place top half in front of lower half of deck and shuffle cards toward front of deck, faces of cards toward audience. See Figure 5. This must be all done with one movement. Do not put the top pile of cards down in front of the others and then start shuffling. Do your shuffling right from the movement of the Pass.

This is called a FALSE SHUFFLE to keep selected card at top of deck — explanation of this follows:


In this type of false shuffling the point is to actually shuffle the cards but not to place any cards over the top card. See Figure 6. Shuffle toward the front of the deck.

If you do a riffle shuffle, riffle two halves of deck into each other but BE SURE THAT YOU LET TOP CARD FALL ON TOP WHEN THROUGH.

You must learn to do this shuffle naturally.

Audience now believes that card was returned to middle of deck and its position lost by shuffling. To prove card is lost in deck another ruse is used.


Chosen card is at top of deck, but you are going to prove that it is not there.

Hold deck in left hand, backs of cards up. With right thumb lift up lower left corner of "two" top cards, as illustrated in Figure 7.

Pick up the two top cards and show them as one. See Figure 8. To the audience it looks like you are holding only one card. And that card is not the selected card.

"By the way, the top card did not happen to be your card, did it? No? Then it has! been lost somewhere in the pack in the shuffle."

After showing card, return the two to the top of the deck.

Pick up card case and show it empty. You may give it to spectator for examination.

Place deck in case with face of cards toward flap of box, as illustrated in Figure 9.

Push down the two small side flaps of case, then bring large flap over cards, and insert it apparently enclosing whole deck in the case. This is what you really do. Place the tip of left index finger on top of selected card and pull it back about an eighth of an inch from rest of pack. See Figure 10. This allows enough space into which to force the flap of card case. Push flap down.

You now have chosen card between back of box and the flap. See Figure 11. As box and card are same color the box can be thrown about rather carelessly and can be shown hurriedly without fear of detection. The audience will not suspect that you have not enclosed all of the cards in the case.

You may show case at close range by holding thumb of left hand over part where card shows. See Figure 12. Show case freely to prove that cards are really enclosed in it.

"I should now like to borrow a handkerchief."

Ask spectator who lends handkerchief to roll it up rope fashion.

"Please roll the handkerchief rope fashion. Now will you please tie the deck of cards onto the palm of my right hand?"

Show right hand freely, both sides, spreading fingers wide apart. Also show both sides of case. Then place case on right palm with part showing selected card against the hand and toward tips of fingers, as in Figure 13.

"Tie it rather tight so that it will not slip."

Spectator ties handkerchief around case and hand, knotting it at the back, as illustrated in Figure 14.

"Let me convince you again that there are no cards in my hand or outside of the case."

With left hand lift up edge of case, covering selected card with first two fingers, to show audience that there is nothing between case and hand. Lift up lower end of case also.

"Now, sir, will you please tell me what card you selected? The Jack of Spades? Thank you. (We will assume here that the selected card was the Jack of Spades, but any other card would do just as well.) Well, the Jack of Spades is somewhere in this card jail. You know he is a slippery fellow. Would you mind calling him? Say, 'Here. Jack, here, Jack. Come here, Jack'"

When spectator calls, you place second finger of right hand against card in case and push card slowly out of case.

Push card out about three-quarters of an inch, then release it and return finger to top of case and push card up again a little way. Then repeat this motion. If it is done properly, card will appear to rise slowly out of box. Keep the motion smooth, not jerky and your effect will be good. See Figure 15.

"Prison walls do not a prison make -- and out comes the Jack."

When the Jack has risen almost entirely out of the box, as in Figure 16, take it out with left hand and give it to spectator or lay it on the table.

"This is your card, is it not? And the rest are still in the deck and snugly tucked into the box."

Slip case from hand and remove handkerchief. Show case on both sides. Open flap, remove deck, and fan deck (spread it out fanwise) to show cards freely. Return borrowed handkerchief.

"The moral of which is -- it is a wise card that does not sleep fifty-two in a bed."

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