Before we tell you about Cincinnati magician Christopher Oberle (as part of our unofficial “stunt week”), we’d like to tell you about the golden orb weaver spider. One of the larger members of the class arachnida, the golden orb spider is more known for the strength of its silk. Perhaps you’ve seen this picture of a bird falling prey to one of its webs.
With that mental picture in mind, think of a magician in a coffin with about 160 of those suckers. That’s exactly the picture that Oberle is trying not to dwell on.
“To tell you the truth, I hate spiders,” he told us via e-mail. “But, I think that I need to face my fears.”
Oberle, 24, will attempt to break the world record for the most spiders on his body for 30 seconds. The current record is 153, held by Shane Crawford, of Australia. The stunt is set for sometime in December at a location to be announced.
His goal is to raise funds for the Cincinnati Childrens Hospital, where Oberle regularly performs for sick, disabled and terminally ill kids. The money will be used to buy a Vecta Distraction Station, a very high-tech piece of equipment that is used to engage children with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders.
“I know what I’ll be going through in that coffin is much easier than what the kids go through,” Oberle said. “Some of those kids don’t have families and live in fear.”
Oberle has been a magician for seven years and performed for colleges, corporate events and casinos around Ohio and Indiana, including a gig for Big Black from MTV’s Rob and Big.