December 3q

It may seem rather difficult to»believe, but there IS a really new variation of the ageless Rising Cards. Several years ago I thought how truly fair it would look if there were no houlette, no glass, or no holder at all for the deck« With just a rubber band around its waist the deck would stand on end by itself for the ascension of the cards. If the reader will visualise such a deck and try his best to figure the direction a pull could take and how it could be applied he'll immedi ately see what I was up against I turned the idea over to the newly formed "Thirteen of Hagic" and the following is what happeded. Ed.)

The usual number of cards are selected from the usual deck and reniaced. Around the pack is put a heavy rubber band. A thin board about 8 in. square is shown and the deck stood on end at its center. Upon command the chosen cards are seen to rise from the top of the _

banded deck. As each card is with- [ drawn and tossed out, the insecurity of the deck's position may be seen for it invariably falls over at the slightest touch and needs resetting for the next pastboard. As the last card rises the board and deck aire given out for examination.

The trick may be performed in the home by setting the banded deck onto a table present. It is either a one man effect, or can make use of an assistant. We shall describe the one man version which will make the other variations clear.

A thread is used, as of old, but the treatment is new and positively puzzling to any magician who has used a thread for xhis purpose.

The flat board upon which the deck stands should bear a design with black dots that are symmetrical with two small holes. Into these holes are put fine wire brads, or pegs, which fit loosely and do not project more than l/8th of an inch. If the board were to be turned over the brads or pegs would fall to the floor. It is advisable to use the standard size decks which are inches wide, and in this case the brads should be spaced 1 3/4 inches apart.

The illustration on the next page shows the thread up of the cards that are to rise. This is the prosaic over and under method PUT it will be seen that after the last (first to rise) card has been put in place and the thread carried up and over another card, the thread then GOES DO'.VIT and under a packet of three or four more cards. (In the illustration there

_ have been added sheets of glass in

I front of and behind the deck. Some may

-1 like to add these to the deck so that no one will think a back card is rising, but personally, we are trying to keep away frcm anything but the deck and band. So just eliminate the front glass and for the back glass substitute three or four more cards. Ed.)

Also note that when the threading starts the first three or four inches are merely coiled up between cards and HOT knotted or tied in any way.

This prepared and threaded packet of cards, when finished, should consist of 13 cards in all. The thread coming from the last of the threaded cards should be about 5 feet long. (continued on page 489)

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