"How the hell doesn't that happen Chris? What are you, Satan's Spawn? Fooled!"
- Jack Carpenter
A trick 914 years in the making...
The story of King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone has been passed down, translated, and presented in thousands of ways for almost a thousand years. A story of power, destiny, and magic that has withheld the test of time. The story is simple, but the implications are grand. Christopher Wiehl has taken inspiration from this timeless story and has created one of his strongest effects yet.
Have a card selected by a spectator, while the rest of the deck is placed into the box. The chosen card is then replaced, only half way into the deck, much like King Arthur's sword in the stone. Like the tale, the card is now held by the deck, which is now as solid as a rock.
The spectator holds the card, and as the story goes, tries to pull the card from the grips of the deck, only to find out that the entire deck is now solid, and simply hanging in mid-air by the one chosen card. With a gentle wave, the sorcerer releases the bonds of the solid deck, and the card releases along with every other card that has now become, fully restored and freely spreadable as if nothing ever happened.
It's a beautiful, timeless and inspiring as the story of "The Sword in the Stone", now cleverly infused into a fantastic piece of magic that you can easily perform anywhere, anytime.
"Chris showed me this effect and I instantly loved it. The deck was solid hanging from my fingers, then melted like butter in Chris' hands. I wanted it immediately!"
- Justin Flom
I believe the most powerful tricks in magic are those that create a memorable moment in the spectator’s mind. Tricks with simple plots, but that also have a visual element in the effect.
Christopher Wiehl’s Arthur is such a trick. A card is selected from a deck of cards, then replaced, but only half way back into the deck. The cards are returned to the card case. The spectator holds onto the protruding selected card, and it appears as if the deck is suspended, from his card. The card case is removed, and the cards remain suspended in mid-air.
This is a difficult effect to describe on paper, and even video doesn't give you the full impact this has on an audience. Professional magicians often talk about magic that can be done in a spectator’s hands, and the strength of such effects, Sponge balls are often given as an example. Arthur is another one of these type of tricks. The sensation of the suspended cards is one an audience will long remember.
Not only is the effect new and different, the method is very clever. You will be able to perform this after only a couple of tries, and will quickly be fooling your friends and spectators with this highly unusual trick.
Highly recommended. - Jon Jensen