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Bob Farmer

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I'm trying to locate the write-up that I read for Billy McComb's rising cards. It could have been The Gen, Abra, Repro or some other British magazine, but I can't find it, though I can clearly remember the illustration.

Billy's method is damn clever. First, a very small hole is drilled right through a deck of cards at one end.

Next, a thin thread is fed through the hole and all the way through the deck. It is then tied so the thread forms a circle running through the deck.

When a card is selected, it is reversed end for end at its position. 

To make it rise, pull on the loop.

I had the opportunity to discuss this with Billy when he was alive and he gave me many tips on how to work it. Foolishly, I didn't write them down and I don't remember a one.

Any reference would be most appreciated.
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Blathermist

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Can't really help Bob, but I have a vague recollection that Billy did feature in Supreme's "Magigram" off and on for a few years. "At Home With McComb," I think.

Perhaps somebody here has a file lying around somewhere. Lybrary.com has them all on digital. Paul Hallas, perhaps.
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Bob Farmer

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Thank you--that's a good tip. I don't have access to any Magicgrams so maybe Paul can help out.
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Mbreggar

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Bob, you may want to check Ask Alexander. I typed in "Billy McComb Rising Cards" and 19 pages of references appeared. The pictures of the book and magazine covers may trigger a memory for you.
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Bob Farmer

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Good tip--I'm not a subscriber, but maybe this is the time to sign up.
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