3 -- A glass tumbler with base, large enough to hold deck of cards easily.
4 -- A Wrist Reel. We supply you with a Reel for a reasonable price.
diameter and 3/8 in. thick. At one side is a flesh-colored ring attached to a button, about 3/8 in. in diameter. A piece of elastic with snaps on the ends is attached to the reel. This is to go around performer's forearm, Figure 44.
Inside of the box is a wheel in which a spring is coiled and attached to a pivot. Around the wheel is wound about 30 inches of fine black silk thread. One end is attached to the wheel inside, and the other free end comes through a small hole in the side of the box. This end of thread goes through eyelet of a small flesh-colored ring and is finally tied to a small flat button. When reel is not in use, the force of the spring keeps ring and button up against the box. A piece of conjurer's wax is placed on button, Figure 45.
Fasten the Reel around your right forearm by snapping the elastic tape into place. Reel should be placed up high enough on forearm so that Ring and Box do not show. Coat sleeve is, of course, pulled down to cover Reel. It is important to be able to reach up with left hand and take hold of ring easily. You will have to experiment in adjusting apparatus. Figures 46 and 47.
As the silk thread will wear out, you must watch it closely. TEST APPARATUS BEFORE EVERY PERFORMANCE. It is easy to change thread. To do so, lift off top of box, loosen the spring at center pivot, take out wheel, and put new thread on. Then replace wheel in box, tighten spring, and replace top of box.
Just before starting your experiment, secretly get the ring on second joint of second finger of right hand. Help adjust it with left hand. Have button toward inside of hand. If ring is too large or too small, have a jeweler adjust it, Figure 48.
Have assistant offstage at the table with cards.
Come forward with second deck of cards. The Reel is adjusted to your forearm with ring on second finger.
As cards are called, assistant picks up each card called for from first deck on table offstage. He places these four cards together faces up, on tray with glass tumbler. First card called goes on bottom, then second, third and fourth.
Assistant comes on to stage with tray, holding it tilted back so that audience cannot see the cards on it.
As spectators have called cards, you have named each selected card after them. Now give deck a good shuffle to give assistant time to get out on stage with tray.
Place shuffled deck, cards facing up, on top of the four cards already on tray. Pick up the glass. Assistant places tray with cards on a table on stage and exits.
"This glass was once the property of an old East Indian conjurer. It is clear and has a good ring. He used to tell his audience that he used a glass tumbler in his trick so that his spectators could see through it -- that is, the tumbler, not the trick."
Replace tumbler on tray and pick up deck of cards. The four selected cards are on "Top" of the deck and ready for use. Hold deck in right hand with fingers above and thumb at bottom edge. Cards face audience. Bring left hand up to deck, Figure 49.
Grasp deck in left hand with fingers in front and thumb behind. Straighten second finger of right hand so that waxed button comes near cards. With tip of left thumb push button against top card about half an inch from top edge and midway between sides, Figure 50.
Hold button secure against card with left thumb. Then put right thumb against button and hold deck in right hand over the top edge of cards. Release left hand. Place deck in glass -- cards face audience, Figure 51.
Place left thumb on button again and release right hand, raising it j /
about 18 inches above the deck. Left thumb holds button on card securely to prevent card from rising prematurely. As right hand is raised, thread is c—
pulled out of Reel. When right hand is in position, hold thread between thumb and forefinger to prevent its winding back into Reel until you are ready, Figure 52.
Release hold on button with left thumb and bring left hand away from cards. Say to person calling out first card:
"Pardon me, what was your card, sir? The Four of Diamonds. Four of Diamonds, rise!"
Release hold on thread with right thumb and forefinger and allow card to rise up into hand. The thread winds back on to wheel in Reel and causes the card to come up to right hand. The speed with which card is to rise must be experimented with. It must be neither too slow nor too fast. Card should come up gracefully and speedily enough to keep it from turning around, Figure 53.
When card reaches hand, grip it at upper edge -- Figure 54 shows view away from audience.
With right thumb loosen button from card and allow it to fly back against ring on second finger.
Remove deck from glass with left hand, using some suitable "Patter." Place selected card which has risen in front of deck and attach waxed button to rear card again.
Replace deck in glass, following same routine until all four selected cards have been caused to rise.
If desired, this experiment may be performed without an assistant. Have four spectators select cards from the deck and return them to middle of deck. Get selected cards to "Top" of deck. As you go back to stage, you can get ring from under right coat sleeve and place it on second finger. Then proceed as above.
BE CAREFUL THAT THREAD IS NOT HELD IN FRONT OF WHITE SHIRT OR SOME LIGHT-COLORED OBJECT. It is best to have glass at the right so that your right hand is extended to the right and the thread is invisible against the background of the stage.
This is the Rising Card Method which Paul Fuchs and I use. We call it our Emergency Method. It has many possibilities and does not require mechanical apparatus.
Even though we may be doing the Rising Cards with a Reel or some other method, we have a glass tumbler prepared for this Emergency Method so that it can be used if necessary. It is a good idea to be ready this way in stage work, though it is not absolutely necessary. If your thread breaks or the trick fails for some reason, you may produce the selected cards in some other way.
However, here is the Emergency Method:
Four cards are freely selected from pack, remembered, and returned to deck, which is then shuffled. Deck is placed in glass tumbler. Magician holds his hand high above the glass and the selected cards rise, one by one, up to his hand.
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