Big Book of Rising Cards
a beautifully produced and illustrated encyclopedic description of
different way to achieve the rising card. 160 methods are graphically
detailed. Each method is replicated as a 3D image allowing for easy
understanding of the method.
original French version, produced in the 1950s has been expanded,
updated, translated and re-illustrated in a collaboration between Clude
Klingsor and Remi Demaerel.
1954 Claude Klingsor published an encyclopedia of rising card tricks in
French under the title Les tours de cartes montantes. It was
produced in a small print run, quickly sold out, and vanished into the
private libraries of lucky magicians who picked up a copy. Even though
it was the most comprehensive encyclopedia of the rising cards ever
compiled it never was translated into English. It is quite fascinating
how such a pearl of magic literature could practically vanish. However,
if this would be all there is to it I would not have made the claim I
made before. Fast forward a couple of decades...
Delauré enters the stage. Fabrice, an innovative young creator and
producer of magic, had one magic hero - you guessed correctly - Claude
Klingsor. And one of his dreams was to update and upgrade Klingsor's
encyclopedia of rising cards. Fabrice and Claude teamed up and updated
and expanded on Claude's original work to create an even more complete
and accurate encyclopedia.
The defining difference of the new edition Fabrice published is that
every gimmick, apparatus and equipment described in the book, and there
are many, was first created in a 3D computer aided design (CAD) software
- a solid modeling tool. And then from this digital 3-dimensional
representation an illustration was created through rendering akin to the
latest graphics effects in Hollywood blockbuster movies. This allowed
for wonderful see-through and cross-cut illustrations unlike any you
have seen in a magic book. The amount of work as you can imagine was
staggering. Think about how long it takes to model even a simple box
with a lid in a 3D CAD tool. Every piece has to be drawn and properly
aligned to the other parts. Material properties have to be specified.
And then to actually create an illustration camera and lights have to be
positioned properly. And now do this literally dozens of times with
objects consisting of many individual parts. It is at least an order of
magnitude more time consuming to create a 3D object than to simply draw
a 2D representation. It is almost the difference between actually
building each piece rather than merely describing it. When I first saw
the book I could not believe my eyes. I have used 3D CAD software before
and I immediately knew that only a perfectionist and crazy fanatic of
magic would ever attempt to do anything like it. I think it is unlikely
that anybody would try something similar. It is a labor of love. The
only problem was that again this was only published in French. I knew
that I had to bring this most beautiful magic book to a larger audience.
I bought the English language rights, had it translated, and am now able
to offer it to you.
the most complete collection of information about the Rising Cards and
its variations. Definitely the most beautiful book. Thurston would have
grabbed this in a minute, and mystified more than one Herrmann. I've
spent hours with this book already, and look forward to spending hours
more. With the knowledge from this book, you'll always be able to
perform the Rising Card(s), no matter your venue, no matter your
audience." - Chet
Cox (Grandpa Chet)