Chris Linn breaks world record at Cedar Point

Wednesday, 26 October 2005

Guinness World Records has a new entry.

Chris Linn broke the world record for the one-handed scaling of playing cards on Sunday at Cedar Point. Linn beat the record on his second attempt, scaling 114 cards a distance of 12 feet in one minute.

"I always thought that card scaling was a unique and interesting skill," Linn said. "I had been practicing it with the thought of some day adding it to my live show in some form."

Card scaling is a slight-of-hand skill where a magician holds a deck of playing cards in one hand and uses his thumb to shoot, or "scale," the top cards off the deck, spinning and flying through the air like a Frisbee.

When Linn discovered there was a record that involved card scaling, he made it a personal challenge to beat the record.

"I think it is very important as an entertainer to always be challenging yourself," Linn said.

Linn is a comedy entertainer who creates an interactive show that blends off-beat visual magic effects and stunts with clean comedy. Chris Linn's Magic Comedy, his show at Cedar Point's Palace Theatre, was a finalist for an IAAPA Big E award in 2004.

Guests can catch Chris Linn's Magic Comedy at the Palace Theatre Saturday at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Linn, who was called "the 'Jim Carrey' of magic," by the Detroit News, hopes to be back for HalloWeekends at Cedar Point in 2006.