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Leon Herrmann's Sword and Playing Cards

Origin

Leon Herrmann

Type

Rapier and Cards

Effects

Stops time when scattered until Ace of Spades is pierced.

Downsides

None

Activation

Throwing cards

Collected by

Agent Jolene Littman

Section

Houdin-39G

Aisle

673847-2904

Shelf

348219-6482-488

Date of Collection

June 25, 1967

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OriginEdit

Leon Herrmann was a noted magician in the late nineteenth century who is credited with inventing, or at least popularizing, the famous magic trick of card stabbing. The trick involves the performer tossing a deck of playing cards into the air after declaring a card (or having an audience emeber select one), then while they fall piercing the target card with a thin sword.

This artifact can be briefly spotted on a monitor in the Warehouse 13 episode "The Sky's the Limit".

EffectsEdit

When the deck of cards is thrown into the air, time in the area is slowed and eventually frozen in a radius effect. The thrower can move freely, though at a distance movement from others is reported as feeling like moving through molasses. Closer to the cards time slows to a complete stop.

The only way to neutralize the effect is to pierce the Ace of Spades with the sword used by Herrmann, making the sword and cards a set. Until the sword is used, the area is considered a temporal dead-zone.

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