Horizontal Card Rise: This is a lovely effect which is as baffling as it is entertaining. The original idea comes from Karl Germain (1878-1959) using a large goblet to hold the cards. Eric Lewis also created a version called Comedy Come-back Card c. 1947 which is still available from his son Martin Lewis. The original CW version was created by Nick Ruggiero and is effectively a mechanical version of the Germain idea. It is one of the most popular and enduring Collectors’ Workshop effects.
George Robinson, the owner of Collectors’ Workshop for almost 20 years, has taken Nick’s version and made it 100% hands free by adding a small matchbook size remote and a sophisticated base. The base now looks clean from all angles and to make the magic happen you simple push a button. The mechanism is quiet (from a few feet you can’t hear a thing as the video demonstrates), very reliable, and is easy to turn on and off. It is a delight to watch and operate.
The performer has two cards selected and replaced in the deck – there is no question the cards are placed in the center of the deck and well and truly lost. The deck is placed in a custom houlette which is then placed on a small wooden base and covered with a glass dome. The cards are shown with the faces toward the audience, completely isolated and impossible to touch. The whole affair is now covered with a silk hank.
The performer explains that, with proper concentration, the selected card can be made to travel horizontally through the deck and appear at its face. The first spectator is asked to concentrate on his card. The silk is snapped away from the dome: The selected card has moved horizontally to the front of the deck!
Now, the performer raises the stakes dramatically. Removing the cards from the houlette, he encircles the entire deck with an elastic band. The cards are set in the houlette and again the dome replaced and covered by the handkerchief. The second spectator concentrates: instantly, the silk is removed to show that the second chosen card has journeyed to the front of the deck even under these seemingly impossible conditions.
NOTE: No strings, wires, magnets; no difficult sleights; simply press a button. Comes complete with dome, base, custom houlette and regulation Poker Bicycle Cards. Detailed instructions.
Notice: Use your own handkerchief.
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