Rising Cards & Glass Bottle Magic Trick

card tricksSeveral cards are chosen by spectators, replaced in the pack and shuffled. A glass bottle which has been cut in haft is shown and the pack is placed in the lower half. The upper haft is fitted on, a cork is pushed in and a large rubber band is placed around the bottle, holding the two parts firmly together. Thus isolated from all outside contact, the chosen cards rise at the magician's command while the bottle is held by a spectator. Fig. 1.


A pack of cards with the three cards to be forced on the top; a packet with three duplicate cards prepared in the usual way with thread or hair to make them rise; a clear glass bottle without a shoulder, which has been cut in half, Fig. 2; a cork and a large rubber band.

Prep Work :

To prepare the three duplicate cards that are to rise, first tie a knot at the end of a length of fine black silk or a hair, make a tiny notch in the end of the last card that is to rise, and engage the knot in it so that the knot is on the face of the card, then bring the thread upwards over the back of the card.trick diagram Lay three indifferent cards face down on the thread and bring it back over the top of the packet, Fig. 3.

Insert the two remaining cards that are to rise between the indifferent cards so that they take the thread down with them, Fig. 4.

Next carry the thread down the back of the packet, then upward over the face of the first card, hold the thread and packet at the top and insert it in your left upper vest pocket, face outwards. Let the thread fall to the bottom of the vest and tie a small black pin to it, adjusting its length so that when the pin is fastened under the edge of the vest the thread will be taut.

fig 3The clear glass bottle must be cut in half as shown in Fig. 2, two projections being left in the top half and corresponding cuts in the bottom half. Any glass-cutter will do this for a nominal sum. With a fine three-cornered file, file the ends of the two points quite smooth, as well as the bottoms of the two cuts they fit into, to allow for the passage of the thread without danger of its being cut.

figure 4The bottle must be one of the tapering kind, without a shoulder, and large enough for the cards to rise freely from the pack without becoming wedged in the neck. Place the bottle, cork and rubber band on your table with the pack of cards, and, with the prepared packet in your vest pocket, you are ready to do the trick.


Begin by showing the bottle and hand the two parts to different spectators for examination, then replace the parts on the table. The three cards have now to be forced. If you are sufficiently adept, use the classical force, if not, you may try the following method. Give the cards a false shuffle, square them and palm the three top cards.

Hand the deck to a spectator to shuffle and when he has done so, hold out your left hand and have him place the deck face down on it. Invite him to make a free cut and after he has done so give him the choice of taking more cards or fewer. When he is satisfied, pick up the lower part of the pack with your right hand, adding the three palmed cards, take the cut from the spectator with your left hand and place it below the other packet. With perfectly natural moves you have the three force cards on the top of the deck. Hand the top card to the spectator and the next two to two other persons.

Hand the deck to the first person and request that, when you turn away, all three cards are to be held up so that everyone can see what they are and that they are then to be pushed into the deck and the deck shuffled. Turn to your table, keep your elbows pressed to your sides as you take the prepared packet from your vest pocket and palm it in your right hand, and then pick up the cork and the rubber band, holding them in the same hand as the packet.

The three cards having been collected and the pack shuffled, turn to the spectator and take it from him with your left hand, at once dropping the cork and rubber band into his hand, asking him to examine them. Take the deck in your right hand, adding the palmed packet to the top, retrieve the cork and rubber band with your left hand and go to your table, holding the pack in full view the while.

Very openly drop the pack into the lower part of the bottle, taking care that one of the cuts is directly to the rear and that the thread lies in it. Adjust the top half of the bottle, place the cork in and finally stretch the band around from top to bottom as in Fig. 1. Carry the bottle to a spectator and place it with its bottom on his right hand and let him grasp the neck with his left.

Have the first card named, order it to rise and, with the least possible backward motion of your body, pull on the thread and the card rises inside the bottle. In exactly the same way cause the other two cards to rise. By keeping your arms outstretched, one on each side of the thread, as you make mesmeric motions with your hands, the thread will be shielded from the spectators on either Side, the bottle itself prevents the spectator who holds it from seeing the thread.

When the third card has risen take the bottle back to your table. Remove the rubber band and the top of the bottle, then take the last card of the three in your right hand and drop the other two on the table. Show the card, moving your hand about freely and being careful not to dislodge the knot of the thread. Push this card down in the middle of the deck which is still in the bottom half of the bottle. Step back, getting the thread taut and order the card to jump at the word "Three". Count "One, Two, Three," waving your wand or hand, and at the third stroke hit the thread sending the card high into the air and pulling the thread clear away.

After the excitement has died down and you have acknowledged the applause, pick up the three cards, add them to the pack, immediately palming them, shuffle the pack and place it aside. If any curious spectator then examines it he will find the three cards originally drawn still in it and there is nothing to account for their curious behavior. It should be noted, when you first place the pack in the bottom of the bottle, that none of the chosen cards is on the face of the deck. If by chance one is there, cut it to the middle.


originally published by Jean Hugard in Annual of Magic 1938

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