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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, 2017, 2018
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 ... 2/13/18
Bullet - an all new type of card punch...
This is the latest
in my decades long line of card punches. The Bullet
is designed to be worn and quickly available when needed. It is
supplied with a reel but was also designed to be used with my
new Simplex Holdout (sold separately). To keep this
item exclusive, I will be making only 50 of them. Two of these
I will be keeping for my own use. The point is extremely fine,
easily/quickly adjustable, and readily replaced.
The first run of The
Bullet is sold out and begins shipping February 20th. I may not
do another run until April.
Production on The
Bullet will begin mid-February 2018. Price is $110 plus
$7.50 USA shipping (foreign shipping will need to be calculated)
payable by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also new for 2018
- "The Simplex Holdout"...
My new "Simplex
Holdout" is for the performer willing and able to do some
DIY work as the parts supplied must be custom fitted to the performer's
body. What I supply is a bag of custom made parts which the performer
must install (easily done) to allow creation of a simple to remove
from service gravity holdout. The "Simplex Holdout"
will duplicate the action of a locker without the expense. The
"Simplex Holdout" may be put into service or removed
from service as often as the performer desires.
The first run of the
Simplex Holdout parts is sold out and begins shipping on 2/16/18.
I may not do another run until April.
Production on "The
Simplex Holdout" will begin mid-February 2018. Price is $85
plus $7.50 USA shipping (foreign shipping will need to be calculated)
payable by PayPal to email@example.com
Well, 2017 was another
It has been a year
of more rip-offs. My offset design for the bottomless glass has
been stolen - right down to the type of glass I used (Wacko).
After almost a decade,
my 2008 model of card punch design has been stolen by a guy who
thinks a crappy 3D printed device will be a money maker (Lybrary).
He even has a huge 3D printed monstrosity to make a "blister".
My coin punches will serve the purpose much more conveniently.
I suppose that next he will make a 3D printed "coin"
(and claim orginality).
My free pdf showing
how to make an inexpensive card cutter has been ripped off and
is now being SOLD as part of a booklet (Mark Frauenfelder).
There are consequences
to such thefts. Effective immediately, I am discontinuing my freebees.
I am retiring my 2008 and 2017 card punch models.
Looking forward to
New items are in the
works but pictures of them will be limited to slow down the thieves.
New items for 2018
My new cage reel (these
are half completed and will be a run of only 12)
A completely new style
of card punch to be worn not carried - this may be limited to
An entirely new version
of the ancient ball vase
My Simplex Holdout
The New Reels Have
Machining has begun
now that prototype testing has been completed...
If you think that you want one of these unique reels,
start saving up your money as they will be $985 each.
Parts have been cut
for 12 of these new style of cage reel and the run is half completed.
All 12 should be completed by Spring of 2018. The Lindhorst style
of cage was designed and made to be vanished from the right hand.
This new reel is designed and made for a performer using the cage
correctly. But if you are using the cage with the wrong hand,
there will be two loops which can be flipped to convert the reel
The New Reel is Coming Along...
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 12 units.
Riser Hooked Coin
Back by popular demand...now
in three styles...
ppd or Gold Sacagawea Dollar...$15 ppd
Click here for some Hooked Coin info.
Riser Coin Punch ...
Folks have been quietly
asking about this item.
here for additional info.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
The second e-publication is much more involved.
A lathe, precision measuring tools, and skill to use them will
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
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
You are getting conversion instructions
only. Routines and hook-ups are in many books, CD's, and DVD's.
$5 payable by PayPal to email@example.com
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.
A1 has begun! Click
here for progress.
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
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 ...
here to see a historical collection of card trimmers.
Here is a blast to the past
for those interested:
for Odd Card
for The Solid Cup as marketed from 1973-1988 (Later copies included
Sun Magic overleaf)
Catalog c. 1973-1988 (dot matrix printer)
Catalog c. 1973 Items - updated catalog from 1988 (new DeskJet
printer - same items)
for The Perfect Bill Change
Click here to see the Vernon
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
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
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
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.
Riser Midi-Traditional Cups progression ...
Another view ...
All regular cup spinning has been suspended until further notice.
Cups possibly being made again
Riser Spider Cup
The Riser "D" Cell
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".
email me before placing an order as I may not have the time to
make your item.
Discontinued but left up for
More eye candy...
Click here to go to my Magical
Coming in 2018 - The Bullet - an extremely fine
point card punch designed to be worn.
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
$50 each. Sold out for now.
Additional items will be posted here as they become
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