Robert Harbin’s Card in Bottle is a terrific trick. I love Eric and Martin Lewis’ brilliant adaptation/method for doing it. The only wee drawback is that it demands the use of a black-art table to get rid of the empty bottle. For a long time, I have been thinking how to omit the black-art table. Here is the hack.
Use tiny liquor bottles. These must be slim enough to fit under a deck shell. Maybe you will have to construct a special card box, which is a little higher than the usual ones, so the small bottle fits in. If you use Card-Shark’s larger Parlour Deck, this modification is easy.
The rest of the set-up is the same as the Lewis set-up: two small cigar boxes, the smaller one having no bottom.
The deck is in the deck shell. You remove it and force the card. I place the deck and the box behind the cigar box on the table. The routine follows the Lewis routine, with one exception: when you place the little bottle into the nested cigar boxes, you place it behind the cigar box and slide the deck shell over it. Thus, it is hidden when you lift the cigar box.
No need for the well in the table any more.