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Impossible Close-Up Rising Card by Gary Plants

(c. 2000) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Wow this is an Impossible Rising Card! I’ve always been a Devano rising card type of guy – with pins not sticky tape. However, I must say how impressed I am with Gary Plants’ Impossible Close-up Rising Card. It really is amazing and clean.

Effect: The deck appears ungimmicked and can be used before and after the rise as a normal deck of cards and can be examined. The case can also be examined if required. And yet even right up close two selected cards rise from the deck when placed inside the case. It looks amazing and quite different from any other rising card I have seen. You can show all sides of the case and there is just no explanation how the cards can be rising. What is really amazing is how close the spectators can be and they can even take the cards from the case after they have risen and are still sticking out of the top, and you can then go straight into another card effect.


About five years ago Gary Plants and I were sitting in an airport waiting for our respective planes home. Gary took out a deck of cards and nonchalantly proceeded to knock me on my rear end with an unbelievable Rising Card effect. I have lusted after this trick ever since then, and Gary is finally releasing it. This latest version is even better than what I saw at the airport. My great regret is that I have to tell all of you about it.

Here’s what happens. Two spectators each select a card by dividing a pile of cards into two smaller piles and looking at the top card of each pile. (Gary offers a non-sleight-of-hand method for this card selection process, but knowledgeable card magicians will want to substitute more sophisticated methods.) Each spectator shuffles his card into the respective small packets and the two packets are assembled into one packet. (The spectators can check to make sure that neither selection is near the top or bottom of this packet.) One of the spectators places the pile of cards into the card box. The magician holds the card box and asks which spectator should go first. Whoever decides to go first, that spectator’s card rises out of the card box. The spectator does not have to name his card before it rises out of the box. The first spectator removes his card (still in an upjogged condition) from the card box. The second spectator’s card then rises from the box. At this point the second spectator takes all the cards from the box, and the box is handed for examination. Everything can be examined.

This is a fabulous trick on every level. You have to be a bit careful of your angles (someone standing behind you is going to be very wise), but otherwise you can do this trick anywhere. The trick is expensive to keep it exclusive and because Gary has to make everything by hand. This is not a self-working trick; you will have to practice, but the results are more than worth it. I wish I were the only one who knew about this.

(Michael Close – Magic Magazine, November 2000)
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Approx. Price: $50.00 (2005) ***

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1 review for Impossible Close-Up Rising Card by Gary Plants

  1. Andy Martin

    Wow this is an Impossible Rising Card!

    I’ve always been a Devano rising card type of guy – with pins not sticky tape. However, I must say how impressed I am with Gary Plants’ Impossible Close-up Rising Card. It really is amazing and clean.

    The deck appears ungimmicked and can be used before and after the rise as a normal deck of cards and can be examined. The case can also be examined if required. And yet even right up close two selected cards rise from the deck when placed inside the case. It looks amazing and quite different from any other rising card I have seen. You can show all sides of the case and there is just no explanation how the cards can be rising.

    What is really amazing is how close the spectators can be and they can even take the cards from the case after they have risen and are still sticking out of the top, and you can then go straight into another card effect.

    Very Impossible!

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