This is a miniature, bloodless version of cutting your assistant in two. A small metal ring is
placed inside an equally small crystal box with a hinged lid. This box is placed upon a small
plastic platform and covered with a tiny purple plastic cover. A miniscule metal sword is then
passed through an opening in the purple cover and pressed downward. A noise is heard as the sword
apparently cuts through the crystal box and the ring inside. After a few magic words, the magician
removes the purple cover and shows that the sword has magically penetrated both the crystal box and
the ring, without damaging either. The spectator is free to inspect all the props and will never
find anything suspicious.
I cannot imagine carrying Crystal Cleaver with me for restaurant
performances or walk-around gigs. It simply looks too artificial and childish. Its hard, shiny
plastic reminds me of a magic kit I was given when I was 9 years old.
Just the same,
the trick has genuine charm. I keep it on my desk at work, and when people ask about it I give a
little performance. It's about two-thirds magic and one-third puzzle. A couple of my spectators
have come close to figuring out how it works -- but their most diligent poking and prodding have
revealed nothing. The trick's secret is very well concealed.
Overall, Crystal Cleaver is a
nifty little effect and relatively inexpensive. It's angle-proof and requires little if any manual
dexterity. Presented at the right moment and with a light touch, it will intrigue both children
and adults and make them smile.