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Steve Martin
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Which, in your opinion, is the best electrical/mechanical rising card effect?

I am looking for one for close-up performance.
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Steve,
You can't go wrong with the old standby "Devano Deck." The price is right and they very seldom fail. In some the gimmick is only several cards thick, and can be fairly mixed (or the deck could be switched for another deck). I use a clear glass to put the deck in, and you can also put it back in the pack (less a few cards) and swing the pack by the flap and the card will rise. Himber (and others) sold a "solid gold gimmick" that would use unprepared cards, but you had to watch the angles. These are motorized, so there was always the possibility of a breakdown, but was very effective. Good luck! Don
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How many cards do you want to rise per performance?
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51

Just kidding...

Max of 3, I guess.
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It's easy to make it look like 51 cards have risen...just drop 1 card. Smile

If you want 3 cards to rise, the Devano deck is a good option.

If you only want 1 card to rise, Henry Evans' "Automatic Kings" is the way to go in my opinion. Some prefer Jeff McBride's "Kundalini Rising" to accomplish a 1 card rise, but in my view it's inferior to Evans' version (unless you want to be able to borrow any deck).

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Harry Stanley's wonder rise. Use any deck and make 6 or 7 cards rise whilst you stand well away. Hard to find but makeable if you are handy with tools.
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Thanks, Philippe. Welcome to the Magic Café Smile

I have not tracked this down. Where could I find out more?
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Here are some ideas. I am not suggesting that you buy anything - there are many versions that you can make, or that are sleight of hand versions. This is a copy of a post I made previously in another forum, on another thread.

Try Biro's Card Rise from Tarbell 7 - no real gimmick to find, and it looks hands off and impromptu - McMillen Plunger Card Rise, Witchcraft Card Rise, Voodoo Card Rise are all regular deck, sleight of hand card rises, Ted Biet had one of the best gimmicks for a card rise ever - gaff was three cards thick, and could be loaded into any regular deck and the rise worked, then gaff palmed off. Original Devano Deck is great in most circumstances.

If you really want to fool the magic boys - Alan Alan gimmick is excellent! Then there is the original Thayer Rising Card Tray, Baker Rise (Al Baker), Neyhart Houlette, Himber Solid Gold Gimmick, and on and on....

I'll bet I have handled at least 150 different card rises - I can't even remember the names of all of them - there was a slat tray with a wire gimmick that looked great, Cardini made a mouth reel for the rising cards, look in Greater Magic and Tarbell for multiple methods. Martin Rising Card Deck is a mechanical marvel, then there is the mythic Hooker Rising Cards, there have been various electronic versions (Anverdi for one), J.G. Thompson had a great, sealed under glass, card rise...

I'll think of more, I'm sure, that was just what came to mind immediately!

Best, PSC

The reason I posted so many options in the previous post was because I did not want to name one as the best - it really depends on the situation. Impromptu with no gaff I most often do the plunger rising cards by Jack McMillen, impromptu with a regular deck and a gaff I prefer either the Biet gimmick or the Alan Alan gimmick. For a set performance, with multiple selections, the Devano Deck. Those are my working for an audience, absolutely dependable, preferences.

Best, PSC
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Hi Larry,

Just a follow up question on the automatic kings by Henry Evans here:

Can this be done on a borrowed deck (I am guessing it cannot, based on what you wrote, but I just need to confirm it)?

Also, can the deck be inspected after the rising effect is completed? That is, do you end clean or is the clean up easy?

I have been considering getting this for a while..
Thanks...
Have a nice day.
eric Smile
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Eric,

The version that Henry Evans sells cannot be done with a borrowed deck "cleanly" unless it has the same back as the gimmick (which, by the way, is only one card thick!). If the backs match, you'd need to secretly add it to the deck, for example by palming the gimmick and adding it to the deck, by placing the gimmick in your pocket and having a reason to place the borrowed deck in your pocket as well (feel for a selected card which you've secretly controlled to the top or bottom), etc.

The deck can be inspected after the rising effect is completed even with the gimmick still in the deck! I've seen Henry Evans hand the gimmicked card to magicians and they've been unable to figure out how it was gimmicked even when they've inspected it pretty closely.

The biggest problem is that you need a decoder ring to figure out how to do the effect based on the instructions. Well-written instructions are not, shall we say, Evans' forte.

Larry
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Pchosse,

So where can one FIND the Biet gimmick or the Alan Alan gimmick?

For rising cards, I have never found better than the one from Jerry Somerdin, entitled "Ultimate Rising Card." You can use any deck, it can be fully inspected before and after the effect! You end clean. Easy to do. Very little practice needed. Here it is on Tannen's web site:
http://www.tannens.com/cart/cat47.html
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The Alan Alan gimmick is decribed in Tarbell (I think) and definitely in Lewis Ganson's Art of Close-up Magic Volumes 1&2 (can't remember which one...). The gimmick is easy to make up and will cost you less that 50 cents.

My Biet gimmick is over 25 years old and has seen hundreds of uses. It is still perfect! I'm not sure where you can buy one now, mine came from Ted directly, via an ad in Linking Ring all those years ago. Some one has re-released it recently but I don't recall who - maybe someone else can help?

Best, PSC
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Pchosse,

You didn't comment on my suggestion regarding the Somerdin device. Have you tried it and if so, how do you rank it with all the others you mentioned? Obviously you have researched this subject quite thoroughly, whereas I have only tried Somerdin's and the Devano which I never liked because of its limitations compared with Somerdin's.
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Old topic but this one is rather sneaky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu34Xd89EAY And works somewhat different from common methods.

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It's not mechanical or electrical, but I've been playing with Uprising by Richard Sanders lately, and enjoying the results.
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