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Welcome to The Magic of James P. Riser web page. Most of the magic apparatus that I produce consists of custom designed and created items. Many of the professional magicians who order custom items do not want them pictured - in order to keep exclusivity. But I do seem to continuously make several rather popular and less expensive items, though. Several of these items are shown below. My goal is to produce quality items which will hold up to the rigors of thousands of performances. All text and images/designs are copyright 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 by James P. Riser. Since this home page is open to anyone who dares to visit, I have refrained from explaining how many of the items are used - performing magicians will know.

Latest update ... 4/27/16

I just finished a small run of my card punches to fill a number of orders and have one extra available. If you are interested in it, please email me.

Yes, I am continuing to phase in to full retirement. Before making only long term retirement projects, I am finishing up a variety of projects.

I have wanted to bring back this effect for some time with a new card method. I'll probably only make 15-20 sets of The Educated Bird ...

Below is a custom job for a friend who is working on a 5 coin assembly type of effect. He wants it perfected in time for Halloween gigs and has a pentagram theme with the intended effect. I'll not describe his routine other than to mention that it involves 5 quarters and 5 pennies and is part of a close-up seance presentation. I thought others might be interested in seeing his stack. This is not for a Ramsay routine.

5 Quarter solid coin stack ... $25 postpaid in the USA (3/4"+ inside diameter)


Yes, the stack holds 5 pennies.



The quarter stack is micro-welded (coins fused together as needed).


If you do not know the advantages of a solid over a loose quarter stack or why you would want the stack to hold pennies, you do not need this item.

Several folks have emailed me about cage connectors/clips/hooks. Cages today come standard with a closed loop in the lower right rear corner. There are other options that most do not know about. Such goodies are only needed for certain individuals who require a connection during their act. My exclusive clip is only sold with a cage or one of my reels. This works with no cage modifications. A standard hardware store item also requires no cage modifications. The third most invasive item is a cage hook as shown below. The stainless steel alloy hook that I make must replace the standard cage loop. This is designed to attach to a Jon Martin style loop clip or a similar version. Notice that my design of cage hook is permanently welded onto the cage and is crimped to help secure it to the loop pull. I only supply and install such hooks on cages to those ordering one of my loop pull attachments. At this time, I am no longer making cages.

Here it is connected to the "necessary". Having these two items will not insure success with the cage - other things are required plus knowing how to use them.

There are absolutely no good instructions/literature on setting up a cage and how to actually use it. I am considering expanding upon the rather detailed instructions sent out with my cages. This info gathered from a half century cage use would not be given away as it is too valuable. The questions are 1) Is there an interest? 2) Would folks be willing to pay for it? 3) Should I merely let the experience and info become lost to time? 4) If I do decide to share it, ebook or hard copy? 5) Price?

More work in progress ... two views ...


A new see through card spider in progress - entirely stainless steel for durability and reliability.

The apparatus will feature a stainless steel web within this 14.5" diameter hollow stainless steel ring.

A new style 3" seamless stainless steel floating ball for my own use (seen floating in my backyard).

Click here to see a short video of the ball floating indoors.


One of the projects ... ... close-up stainless steel doll clothes linking hangers.


Another ... custom cages ...


For the DIY types out in magicland ... I wanted to make a few hollow stainless steel rings and gave this method a try. This is not the fastest/best method but does the job nicely.

It has been brought to my attention that the son of a former well known rip-off cup dealer (note I did not say maker as he never actually made any cups himself - but certainly claimed that he did) is planning on selling cups. Well, let us see whose cup designs he will try to rip off. Whatever he plans on selling if a rip off of my work, he is in for a big surprise! Hint - R-OM!

For those who only see the green cesspool version of things where certain folks are regularly protected, you might want to read all five pages of this from a more ethical forum. It appears that another con is in the making. Son who can not even spell welding claims he and dad have been doing under water welding on an oil rig. Dad says he has been at death's doorstep. That is a miraculous recovery! From the writing he exhibits, apparently the son could not even pass the certifications required for underwater welding. There does not seem to be much truth coming from dad and jr. Time will tell whose designs jr. is marketing.

It has been long time since my last update!

I have been busy making a number of custom items, and working on some prototypes. As I move into "full" retirement, less and less non one-of-a-kind magic will be coming out of my workshop. I will be specializing in custom items for a few pro friends. This will keep me as busy as I want to be. As things get completed, I will make a posting here on my web site.

In addition, will be several more epublications - one on making a Lindhorst style cage. I am also working several nonmagic projects.

Until then, here is a little freebee for financially challenged DIY magicians:


My Used Magic Page Has Been Updated.

A New Reel is Coming

Sometime this year ... my special reel for use with a vanishing birdcage. This reel is designed to allow the performer to remove the jacket after a cage vanish. It is not a take-up reel nor is it worn where a take-up reel is. It will work with any make and commonly found size of vanishing cage. The reel will come with my special cage clip and all necessary parts. Production will be limited to only 10 units. Price will be given when the items become available.

Please visit my new Used Magic Web Page ... new items added now and then.

Prototype work has also begun of a Rising Card mechanism to duplicate the Martin Poker Size Deck. Perhaps 6 of these will be made.

A new method for Aerial Fishing is in the works, as well as, a different ball and tube version. In addition, another version of the rising cards is under development.

I will switch from one project to the next as the mood strikes. I am in no particular hurry.

No cup sets are availlable...nor are any planned for the future.

For those seeking a reference to several cups sets that I designed and made, click here. No one else has been authorized to make these!

Please visit my new Used Magic Web Page ... new items added now and then.

For the Do-It-Yourself Magicians!

As promised, I am beginning to release a series of "how to" e-publications. All are in pdf so that they may be read on most smart phones, tablets, readers, and computers. All are payable by PayPal to jriser@jamesriser.com

When you make payment, be certain to indicate which e-publication you desire. After payment has been received, you will be emailed a link for downloading the file(s).

I shall begin with a quick and easy inexpensive project requiring only a precision screw driver set and a Dremel tool.

1. Making a cell phone ring flight .....$5

The second e-publication is much more involved. A lathe, precision measuring tools, and skill to use them will be required.

2. Machining a Scotch and Soda Set .....$5

The third e-publication explains how to make and use a dice switching clip for jacket or holdout. Tin snips, jewelers saw, a drill, and fine files are all that are needed for this project.

3. Making and Using a Dice Switch Clip ....$5

The fourth e-publication is a rather advanced project for making a large locking reel suitable for a vanishing lampshade or birdcage. You will require a lathe, milling machine, soldering equipment, etc. This reel design may be scaled down for making smaller locking reels if desired.

4. Making a large locking reel .... $5

This project is very suitable for even a small lathe like a Taig or Sherline.

5. Making a Coin Cup .... $5

This is a nice project for the woodturner.

6. Making a Morrison Pillbox .... $5

This e-publication is for those wanting to make special thin metal ball shells for unique apparatus. Shown are how to make metal billiard ball shells and the difficult to find golf ball shells.

7. Making Metal Ball Shells .... $5

8. Epublication .. "How to Make an Inexpensive Floating Skull"

This is the instruction set for converting a new readily available skull into a full stage floating skull.

You are getting conversion instructions only. Routines and hook-ups are in many books, CD's, and DVD's.

$5 payable by PayPal to jriser@jamesriser.com

More to come soon.

Upcoming e-publications will include making a take-up reel, making a new style of Vanishing Bird Cage, a new type of ball vase, rising cards, a new type of billiard ball stand, new work on the ball and tube, a drawer box, a razor blade stand, a coin shooter, a new type of Kuma Tube, a center control Cube A Libre, a timer for creating a few seconds delay, a simplex card punch, making a Kepplinger holdout, a gravity holdout, making dye tubes, etc. Lots of fun if there is enough interest to make it worthwhile.

Here is a new freebee ... RiserEconoStix

Here is a freebee .... Making an Inexpensive Card Trimmer

Here is a freebee .... Making Typewriter style Key Inlays

Here is a freebee .... A way to soften coins

Here is a freebee .... Making a Coin Stack

Here is a freebee .... Making a Folding Coin

Here is a freebee ....Things to do with a rubber walnut

Here is a freebee .... Making an Inexpensive Leather Cylinder

Wand Production Paused while I work on other projects ...

A reminder ... I have halted all cup production until further notice. I am too busy with other projects. No one is authorized to make my cup designs!

Here is some cup eye candy (Ed Keener's Cups) for you to enjoy.

To see several of my items which have been discontinued, please click here.

A1 has begun! Click here for progress.

Limited wand production might resume sometime this year.

The matching ebony/nickel silver wands below were custom made for an upcoming movie. Comsider them eye candy.

Several duplicates were made for a number of performers/collectors around the world.

For those of you waiting for your wand ... the last three have shipped out. See yours here:

The wand below will be the last wand until I get in the "wand mood" again.

Here it is ...

This wand is hand turned and polished ebony and nickel silver.

The latest run of wands is sold out.

Note: I do not have time to send out tons of emails as such new items come and go. The best way to know what is happening here is to check my web site now and then. Those who do check, avoid disappointment.

Some eye candy ...

Click here to see a historical collection of card trimmers.

Here is a blast to the past for those interested:

Instructions for Odd Card

Instructions for The Solid Cup as marketed from 1973-1988 (Later copies included Sun Magic overleaf)

Magic Catalog c. 1973-1988 (dot matrix printer)

Magic Catalog c. 1973 Items - updated catalog from 1988 (new DeskJet printer - same items)

Instructions for The Perfect Bill Change


Click here to see the Vernon Cups.

Eye Candy ...

What may well be the thickest (.093") spun set of cups next the smallest cup set. Neither of these belong to the Houston fool.


This is thick copper!

These cups are busy earning their keep not wasting away on a shelf somewhere. This is why they were made and as it should be.

Some eye candy ... a one-of-a-kind ...

The Rabbit and Hat Magician


Available now ... new colors ...

Chopped Dice Pairs

This dice set was created at the request of several magicians wanting to get a way from the usual chop cup style crochet covered balls.

With the dice it is possible to throw the gimmicked die into the cup and have it "grab" or not. The die may be shaken within the cup to allow spectators to hear that it is really there and to position it for the "grab". These are large custom made 19 mm. dice (just under 3/4") and easily seen.


These are sold by the pair (one chopped and one plain die). These are the same dice provided with the Riser Combo Dice Cup.

If you want a gambling theme for your magic, these might be just what you need.

Available to USA customers only, payment by check or money order ... intro priced at $30 postpaid/pair.

Email me for my address for mailing payment.

Eye Candy

Riser Midi-Traditional Cups progression ...

Another view ...

I have received a few emails asking about my bottomless glass for the Walnut effect. It has been discontinued; but for those interested, here it is.

The new style card punch is now available ... scroll down to see it.

An evil jack getting punched out!

Note: All regular cup spinning has been suspended until further notice.

Cups possibly being made again ...

Riser Spider Cup

The Riser "D" Cell Cups

The Riser "D" Cup

A New Style Traditional Cup

All other cups are either discontinued or on hold awaiting time to make them.

I might possibly sell off my cup spinning business and spinning chucks to devote energies to more interesting projects. No decision on this yet.

As I have indicated many times, "Because something is available today, does not mean that it will be available forever".

Most of my new items may not be generally offered for sale here on my web site. More than likely I'll be offering them to select clients on a first refusal basis. I will be basing my client list on factors that might surprise many so called magicians. Since I am the designer/maker, I feel free to let my creations out to whomever I select. If this is unacceptable to you, you most likely are not on my client list as a result of being eliminated due to one or more selection considerations. Such is life...

Note: Please email me before placing an order as I may not have the time to make your item.

Discontinued but left up for reference.

The Stones of Tutankhamun

Click here to see a streaming video of "The Stones"

More eye candy...

Click here to see images of David Alexander performing the Frakson routine.

Click here to go to my Magical Woodturnings Page.

Gambling Items

Introducing the 2008 version of the Riser Card Punch ... more as time permits.

This new style card punch features aluminum, stainless steel, and brass construction.

It also features the robust point as needed by magicians - plus requires no tools to adjust.

$65 each.

The Sacagawea Shiner

This shiner is made from a circulated Sacagawea coin so that it will "age" to match other Sacagawea dollars you might be using. With this item, a magician or mentalist may glimpse cards as they are being dealt or shown. Shown here are the front and back sides of this shiner.

Note: This is sold for entertainment or lecture/demo use only. Using one in a real card game could be hazardous to your health. I repeat, these are not for use in cheating at cards. Most people using these are stage and platform magicians and mentalists.


Announcing a new version of this item. The Sacagawea coin has been hollowed into a shell and a precision convex mirror of polished pure nickel silver has been inserted into this shell. The Sacagawea Shiner comes with a small cloth drawstring bag for protection.

$50 each. Sold out for now.


Additional items will be posted here as they become available.

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