Abracadabra! Your phone can float (kind of)

Impress your friends with this neat smartphone charger, invented by a magician, which makes your phone appear to eerily float in midair.

Magic Phone Stand
For my next trick, I will juice up this phone while it's levitating! Video screenshot by Rusty Blazenhoff/CNET

Illusionist John Stessel of New Jersey's Martinka, a magic shop that is considered America's oldest and was formerly owned by Harry Houdini, developed the Magic Phone Stand as a fun way to make it look like a phone was magically charging high up on a thin cord.

"Growing up as a magician, my goal has always been to add magic into every aspect of my life. I've always been fascinated with the concept of levitation. Something about an object just floating in midair has always appealed to my creative side," he writes.

"Introducing magic into our everyday lives has become a personal challenge for me. I wanted to develop a stand that would allow my phone to float above my desk in a useful way while attracting some amused attention. After experimenting with various levitation methods borrowed from actual magic tricks, I finally came to what I thought was the perfect solution. Thus the Magic Phone Stand was born!"

Like it? You can preorder the Magic Phone Stand on Kickstarter.

About the author

Rusty Blazenhoff has been deeply involved in cyberculture for more than 20 years, and immersed in pop culture since getting her first copy of Dynamite magazine. She loves kitsch, quirky artifacts of Americana, and enjoying island life in Alameda, Calif., with her daughter. She makes a mean Fluffernutter.


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