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canaday
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King Arthur's Toothpick
$29.95
http://www.themagicdepot.com/7245

The Hype:
Light Heavy Chest meets The Sword in the Stone!

A big, strong guy from the audience rolls an ordinary paper napkin into a ball to represent the famous stone. The magician holds the "stone" at his fingertips as the guy chooses a toothpick to represent King Arthur's Excalibur.

The magician thrusts the "sword" into the napkin.

Try as he may, try as he might, the big, strong guy is unable to remove the toothpick from the napkin. I mean, the sword from the stone!

A young girl comes on stage, and easily removes the toothpick. She renounces the crown, and puts the sword back in the stone. Once again, the man is unable to remove it.

The little girl plucks the toothpick from the stone, and keeps it as a souvenir. The man keeps the napkin for the sweat on his brow.

King Arthur's Toothpick comes with a clever little gimmick that does all the hard work, instructions, and enough toothpicks to get you started.

Borrowed & Tied FREE! King Arthur's Toothpick comes with an abridged Borrowed & Tied. Magically tie a regular toothpick in a knot, then untie it. Inspectable. Easy to do.

My Take:
In the package you receive a very nicely made brass gimmick which should last you almost forever. You also receive a small bag of toothpicks but they are a common variety which you can easily replace. Aaron suggests you find a small toothpick dispenser and keep it in your pocket along with the gimmick. He has also provided an extra effect where you take an ordinary toothpick and tie it into a knot. With a little extra work, you can give to your volunteer as a souvenir.

This is a very easy to do effect although you will want to practice it some to get the movements to feel natural. I think it has a host of ways it can be used. The directions say to have a small girl pull the toothpick out and then let a man try unsuccessfully. If you get up a couple of siblings, the smaller one can perform an act the larger one can't which, I am sure, will make for some heated conversations on the way home.

Personally, the way I would use it is with a bully theme. Bullies are now (and always have been) one of the less unpleasant things about growing up (and some bullies stay that way for the rest of their lives.) Quite frequently there is a news story involving bullying. Taylor Swift first big hit was "Mean" about her experience. It is sometimes obvious who the bully and the victim are in a small group. If not, an explanation to the teacher or librarian might get you the information that you need. You are not going to embarrass either of them but you are going to give the victim a chance to finally beat the bully at something. I could see this going from a simple pocket trick to a powerful piece used this way.

This is an ideal piece for the restaurant worker. It is small enough that it takes up almost no room in your pocket. Most restaurants use paper napkins. Some even have small packets of toothpicks on the table. If not, you have your supply with you. And this would be great with family groups. One gets to go home feeling just a bit superior and with a souvenir.

I am sure we have all been in situations where a little too much adult beverage has been consumed. This is simple enough for someone impaired to understand and it requires no real work on their part. I once saw a friend bring an individual on stage who couldn't even shuffle the deck. Fortunately he had the skill to bring it to a successful conclusion. So have fun with this aspect but don't be mean.

Conclusion: If you do school shows, birthday parties, libraries or walk around, this could be a worker for you. Plus, it is very sturdy and will last a long time.
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How quickly/easily does it reset? Any funny moves necessary to either lock or unlock the toothpick from the gimmick?
canaday
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There is no reset. Once you finish, you are ready to go again.No real move needed. The small movement needed is easily covered.
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Thanks. How have the reactions been in the real world?
Wravyn
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Sounds interesting but I would wait for the item to be back in stock at penguin magic...

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view......forum=30

Just a thought
canaday
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Aaron Smith is the owner of the Magic Depot so I am assuming that would be the best place to buy it.
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You recommend this for school shows. Is it large enough to be seen from on stage? I am interested in this. Thanks!
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The napkin could be seen but I doubt the toothpick would. Handled right with the audience's imagination, it could work.
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