Hoffman’s Jumping Card
This prop has been described by Professor Hoffmann on page 130 of his Modern Magic, making it over a dozen decades old. But the title of the book is not a misnomer, and the item is as effective today as it was over a century ago. It has an element of surprise and audience participation that is bound to get a reaction, even from people bored with card tricks.
Effect : Three cards are selected from a deck of cards. The cards are returned to the deck. The deck is shuffled and placed in an attractive wood houlette. You pick up the houlette and walk into the audience. Within inches of the audience, you ask someone to blow on the box, apparently to make the selected cards rise. But it seems they blew too hard ! Instantly the three chosen cards fly out of the box and flutter to the stage. No threads, no hook up. No motors, no sand. This is an intriguing and entertaining prop for your act. (If you have the book, you can check it out) We have produced this ancient effect as a quality prop, in wood, with inlay trimmings, and durably polished. A prop the “Professor” would have approved of. It comes complete with instructions – you use your own deck of cards.