Ghost Glass/Spirit Glass by Viking Mfg.

(c. 1976,1995) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Ghost Glass/Spirit Glass was the result of East German spy technology during WWII. This secret message system was used by the Nazi’s, leaving messages in ‘plain sight’ on glass and mirror surfaces. Later, it became known to mediums who used it to cause spirit writings on glass surfaces. It finds its origin in the late 1800’s though.

An East German magician c. 1976 named Dr. Peter Kersten (who many thought was a German spy himself) brought the secret to the attention of the Magic community by offering the first Ghost Glass effect. Many years later Bruce Martin, magician and inventor re-discovered the secret formula and began producing the Ghost Glass we now use as a Magic effect. I purchased the manufacturing rights from Bruce and his successor and we have been producing this top quality spirit effect ever since. Sadly, others have discovered the method and have copied our product, but we feel we produce the finest version, using top quality materials and a process that lasts a very long time.

Effect: A playing card is selected (let’s assume the 6 of Hearts) and is lost in the deck. The magician now introduces a round crystal glass which is kept in a special pouch. The glass is cleaned with a soft cloth and then set upon the deck of cards for a moment. The performer then places the glass in front of his mouth and exhales a long breath on it. As if by Magic a miniature image of the selected card mysteriously appears on the glass for a moment and then disappears.

If desired the effect can be repeated again with a different card.
Exhaling on the ghost glass or putting it over a cup of hot water will bring same effect.

Our Spirit Glass will produce 2 images and is supplied with detailed instructions and soft carrying pouch. We ship the image combination on hand.

Versions Available:

  • Double Sided Glass Disk: This disk has a hidden image on both sides.
  • Single Sided: This disk has a hidden image on one side only. The other side is blank.
  • Reversed Image: This disk is primarily used in the palm of the hand, with the vapor method, that will allow the image to appear facing the correct way without turning the glass over. These are produced with a image on both sides.

Custom images available. There is a $35.00 set up and camera charge for custom images. Inquire.

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Approx. Price: $15.95 (2000) ***

Notice: I am not a dealer and this item is not for sale on this site. It maybe available in the links below or at our sister site:, but not from here so please do not ask.
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