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Rising Cards

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Rising Cards (also known as Card Rise, Aerial Cards, and Obedient Cards) is a classic effect in which one or more cards (selected or called for) rise up and out of the deck. Some stop at the top of the deck, while others keep on rising and float around.


The Rising Cards effect was mentioned by Thomas Garzonus in La Piazza Universale di tutti le professioni in 1626, although no description of the method. Mr. Garzonus reported that Abraham Colorni made a mentally selected card rise out of the pack.

A method was published in Hocus Pocus Junior in 1634.

Notable Performances

Hooker Rising Cards

Dr. Samuel Hooker baffled some of the greatest magicians of his time with invitation-only showings of his Hooker's Rising Cards routine in a small theater he constructed at his own home in Brooklyn Heights, New York around 1915.

Queen of the Air

Howard Thruston's Rising Card act in which the chosen card would rise out of the deck and float through the air.

Marketed Versions