The fact is that my name is actually Arthur, makes me totally biased when it comes to this one. I
couldn't resist purchasing this when I first saw the pre-order option. I'm glad I did. I contacted
Chris and let him know how much I love this.
The fact is that I don't generally use "story
telling" effects with cards unless it just makes sense, and this effect is just so natural for me to
talk about, considering the fact that I've been talking to people about the legend of King Arthur my
entire life. Just by completely utter coincidence, I just got a "Sword in the Stone" Tattoo covering
my right forearm 2 days before this trick came out for pre-order. This is the perfect type of card
trick for me, it's quick, commercial, and the story makes sense with the given effect. They're easy
to switch in and out for me during performance. (This may not be true for everyone)
this and yes because of the name and presentation choices I have the freedom to make this is a
perfect effect for me and is an immediate part of my repertoire. I can not see a day moving forward
where I'll get bored of ever performing this effect, it's something I will always use from this
point on. And gives me a great illustrative story with magical moments to do whenever someone
mentions my ink, which has happened several times already and I just got it in the mail 2 days ago.
It's a keeper.
It's NOT for EVERYONE! But,.. It's definitely for me!
I will add
that I changed the gimmick from the red "Bikes" it came in, which I normally prefer, but I changed
it to the Black Kings Deck from Peter McKinnon and Daniel Madison. I don't have a card selected, I
take one of the Jokers that comes with the "Kings" deck, which just happens to be an all white card
with nothing but a Sword on it. (The other Joker in that deck is an Ax if you haven't seen it)
However this just adds to it a little something where the card is just a sword in the deck(stone)
This is just a little something, but for me it adds value to the story-line and just a
little bit better in my opinion. I believe I'll try making it seem more impromptu by having the
"Sword Joker" actually forced on the spectator, then go into the routine as if it was something
special just in that moment that someone "happens" to pick that card, it may add a little more
interest, or intrigue. Not sure, just thought of that, will see how that goes. :)
all, this is great, the presentation makes perfect sense with the effect. The gimmick if taken care
of proper will last indefinitely and I'm pretty sure it can be reconstructed fairly easy when it
becomes worn out without having to buy another. It's the perfect story for me to tell people and one
I know very well so I can focus on presentation. It's not something everyone would like, but it can
be used with other effects without too much trouble. It's not difficult to do. The method is simple,
The timing of it's release was something completely uncanny, and it almost
seemed like it was fate and my own personal destiny to get my hands on this "when I did".
I love it!
(Arthur) ~SkypeX "The Stealth"
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I tried the Arthur gimmick with a well broken in deck and it worked perfectly. Incredible audience
response. However, the edges of the deck I used were somewhat soiled and the edges of the Arthur
gimmick were pristine so the contrast was noticeable. I broke out a new deck and the gimmick didn't
work because the surface of the new cards was too slippery and the selected card just pulled out of
the deck. The fix? It's easy but not really explained by Wiehl. Just use a Roughing Stick
(available from Penguin) lightly on ONE side of each card in a new deck. You can still spread the
deck between your hands but the roughing provides just enough invisible 'tack' to allow the Arthur
gimmick to work reliably.
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Without saying too much (not to tip the method) this is a very high maintenance gimmicked deck.
Also, while I understand trying to save money on their end, I felt the packaging and initial
instruction out of the box could've been a bit better - I was worried (and rightfully so) that I
might break it before knowing how to handle it. I recommend checking out the video download -
you'll find the download instructions under the lid of the box - before removing the gimmicks
themselves. All that being said, the effect plays very big and is a nice change of pace from any
other card routine. It's worth checking out if you like the effect, don't mind the price tag, and
have the extra space for it.
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Hello! I am Dedsek, a card magician.
Arthur is an OUTSTANDING trick, and it is very
different from other card tricks. It works right out of the box, but be sure to watch the video
before handling the gimmick.
I got amazing reactions, and even got a tip. Arthur is
amazing, and learned it in 20 minutes after OPENING THE BOX.
Get this. The bonus effects
are amazing, but for the main effect is a steal. For anyone wondering, Arthur's Ghost V1 is a
"haunted pack" way to find 2 selections. Arthur's Ghost V2 is a regular haunted pack with NO threads
Should I buy it:
YES. Buy this NOW if you have to spend.
3 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
Just got mine today and it worked right outside of the box you have to be carefull with yours though
watch the video first!!! ... other than that method is totally invisible your spectators wont notice
a thing.... great great!!!
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Hey guys, I have bought a lot of stuff on penguin probably almost 1000 dollars worth of stuff and I
am only 14 so I probably have a problem, but anyways out of all the things I have bought this is one
of the best by far. It is practical, easy and baffling. I use it everyday and if you buy this you
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I like the idea, but not the quality: the gimmick is too visibile from the back of che cards, this
because the cards are deformed by gimmick.