Ghost Rising offers a rising card trick where a card rises from a deck that’s placed into a card box, or the card can mysteriously rise from a deck that’s held in your hand. The method, which doesn’t rely on string or threads, also allows you to raise several cards in succession. I’ve seen this method used before in a product called “Toasted” (you can read my review here) but Ishida’s method gives you total control over the motion. (In “Toasted,” the card could only quickly pop out (just as in a toaster). I prefer Ishida’s method.
Visual Link offers a variation on linking cards. You bring out two “rings” made of playing cards - playing cards with the centers cut out - and then proceed to link and unlink them. You’ll have to make a gimmick from playing cards that involves household items and shouldn’t take more than 15-minutes. The method is clever and the effect looks great. According to Ishida, you can have spectators cut the “rings” out themselves, but I’m not sure that this is very practical. In this case, you’ll have make sure that they can cut straight and be confident in your ability to switch-in your pre-made gimmick.
Angry Triumph combines three card effects: a sandwich, triumph and deck color change. In the first phase you find a card using a sandwich with jokers. In the second, you mix the deck face up and face down and find the selected card reversed in the “righted” deck (all of the other, remaining cards are facing in the same direction). In the third phase, the color of the entire deck, with the exception of the chosen card, changes colors. The color change at the end is a stunner but the triumph portion is rather weak as you can’t clearly show the mixed cards.
Shiro's ACAAN offers an intriguing effect. This one is impromptu and may be performed with a borrowed and shuffled deck. A card is selected by a spectator and then a number is chosen in a manner that appears to be fair. The cards are counted from the deck and the selected card is found at that number. I have to admit that I’m more intrigued with this effect from a magician’s standpoint than of an entertainer. That said, I’m thinking of working this one up to have at a moment’s notice.
Overall, I found a decent collection of close-up effects on Shiro Ishida’s “Project” DVD. It can be worth the look.