How many hands does a book pass through in its lifetime? How many pairs of eyes have gazed upon its text within? Books have the ability to stir emotions, they can make you laugh or cry, they can fill you with anger or fear and they can even change the way you think forever.
Some say that certain objects act as a psychic sponge and draw in energy created by the emotions we feel. This concept is not new as houses and other inanimate objects that pass from owner to owner over many years are also said to harbour past memories, emotions and happenings recording them almost like a video tape. We have all heard of haunted houses and screaming skulls so a book containing some form of paranormal energy is not hard to comprehend, right?
Rising card effects always look eerie and they get great reactions from an audience but how can an age old routine like this be modified to make it even more eerie and even more unbelievable?
I had been reading Tarbell and came across a chapter on rising card routines; one of these was a rising card from book effect. The original trick was great but the mechanics were clumsy and restricted the performer to a stage. Inspired by the concept of this effect I set myself two challenges;
1. To devise a rising mechanism self contained within the book so that the illusion could be performed impromptu.
2. To leave the book fully examinable to the extent that it could even be read and taken away,
As you will soon discover, I was successful…
Two volunteers each select a card.
Each volunteer then selects any page in The Book of Revelations, the page numbers are noted. Remember, any page can be selected!
The Book of Revelations is closed.
As a volunteer thinks of their card it begins to rise from the pages either horizontally or vertically!
The Book of Revelations is then opened at the selected pages to confirm that the cards are no longer there!
The Book of Revelations can be inspected before and after the illusion!
The cards are standard ungimmicked playing cards allowing The Book of Revelations to be also used for rising billets or even photographs. There are no external wires, threads or elastic, the mechanism is self contained within the book and is virtually invisible and can be fully inspected. This has to be one of the cleanest rise effects on the market!
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