Haunted Key

Review area devoted to tricks and effects where props are involved.

Moderators: Mandrake, bananafish, Lady of Mystery, support, nickj

MagicWorld Magic Shop for Magic Tricks Playing Cards for Magicians Visit Magicbox for all the latest and best effects! A web site set up to sell my book, THE STRIPPER DECK, and future magical/mentalism titles. Manufacturer of modern & unique magic apparatus! Best prices around!

Haunted Key

Postby Lady of Mystery » Dec 29th, '06, 08:53



Got this for xmas and thought I'd give you a review

The Effect
An old key visibly turns over in your hand.

Cost
around £8

Difficulty
(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)

1

Review

A very visual effect where by an old key is seen to turn over in your hand. This trick is very easy to perform, took me no longer than 5 minutes to get it looking good. The reset is instant and the key can be fully examined by the spectator.

This is one of those effect that can either be performed brilliantly or very poorly. When done well and with good patter I think it could be quite a stunner. But for maximum effect it would need to be incorporated into the right sort of routine.

I was disapointed that the version I have includes no tips for patter or routine which would have been very useful.

Overall

7-10 A nice, simple effect but does need to be performed well.

Foodie chat and recipes at https://therosekitchen.wordpress.com/
User avatar
Lady of Mystery
Senior Moderator
 
Posts: 8860
Joined: Nov 30th, '06, 17:30
Location: On a pink and fluffy cloud (31:AH)

Re: Haunted Key

Postby moonbeam » Dec 29th, '06, 11:49

Lady of Mystery wrote:the key can be fully examined by the spectator.


The trick is to try not to place too much emphasis on the key itself, but on what the key is actually doing (if you catch my drift :? ). When I first got this I let people play around with the key waaaaaay too much and as a result I got rumbled once or twice, so I've gotta disagree and say that the key is not 100% examinable.
Agreed, you can hand it out for examination and it will stand up to quite rigorous testing - just be careful though :shock:

QUESTION:
If we can sue McDonalds for making us fat and cigarette companies for giving us cancer; why can't we sue Smirnoff for all the ugly gits we've sh*gged ??
User avatar
moonbeam
Elite Member
 
Posts: 2457
Joined: Oct 22nd, '05, 10:59
Location: Burnley (53:AH)

Postby Tomo » Dec 29th, '06, 12:16

This is a lovely little effect that's always on my keyring.

I do my HK routine without any patter at all, and as a PK effect. I tap it on a table, hand it briefly to someone, take it back and place it on my palm. The focus is then placed on the middle finger of my other hand, which produces the 'fluence. At "the top", I pause, rub the tip of this finger with my thumb and continue. Then I give the key out again. It creates a lovely false cause and effect chain. People will actually go through the motions to see if they can replicate it. :lol:

Image
User avatar
Tomo
Veteran Member
 
Posts: 9866
Joined: May 4th, '05, 23:46
Location: Darkest Cheshire (forty-bloody-six going on six)

Postby seige » Dec 29th, '06, 12:44

AS discussed elsewhere, 'aging' the key slightly also makes it look a little less like a gimmick, and gives more credibility to ghostly stories it seems!

For tips and routining:

http://www.nothingupmysleeve.co.uk/mark ... oklet.html

User avatar
seige
.
 
Posts: 6829
Joined: Apr 22nd, '03, 10:01
Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Postby dat8962 » Dec 29th, '06, 14:56

A nice review there Lady and as suggested by Siege, check out the other threads on the HK. They're well worth it.

I have two versions of this, one silver and one gold. The silver version came with a decent set of instructions (in a black box) that contained a suggested routine.

Member of the Magic Circle & The 2009 British Isles Close-Up Magician of the Year
It's not really an optical illusion - it just looks like one!
User avatar
dat8962
Veteran Member
 
Posts: 9265
Joined: Jan 29th, '04, 19:19
Location: Leamington Spa (50:Semi-Pro)

Postby Markdini » Dec 29th, '06, 17:37

I got my Key from Seige and the little book of routines. Very nice effect, I do think if you use the key it should be aged.

In my job I get to use a huge bunch of keys. And the master key on the ring is the same length but not weight has the key you get (I think I am right in saying the secret is more important then the actual key here) Any how one of the cleaners she belives in well err Joojoo wich is an African form of black magic. Anyhoot i poped the master of the bunch and showed her my joojoo key. She run out the room.

Great little effect, I find no lead up sells the trick better then again most of you probley wont be able to get there hands on a bunch of keys like I can. But play around with diffrent keys not just the one you get in the set.

I am master of misdirection, look over there.

We are not falling out young Welshy, we are debating, I think farlsy is an idiot he thinks I am one. We are just talking about who is the bigger idiot.

Vincere Aut Mort
Markdini
Elite Member
 
Posts: 2705
Joined: Jan 13th, '06, 01:25
Location: London 24 (SH)

Postby russellmagic » Dec 29th, '06, 20:17

i love this. i did this on the folks at christmas and told a story how the key belonged to scrooge. the key belonged to one of his safes where he stored all his money and every christmas eve the key takes on strange unnatural powers. ncould it be the key, or scrooge himself coming back from the dead trying to reclaim his key :shock: !!!

all those that believe in telekinesis raise my right hand!!!
User avatar
russellmagic
Senior Member
 
Posts: 559
Joined: May 17th, '06, 15:23
Location: croydon, south london,uk, 32: AH

Postby Farlsborough » Dec 30th, '06, 21:09

There are some great routines for this, one of the ones in the book that I like is simply "I've got a new job - training keys to turn in locks"!

As for examinability, I have to agree that you can't let people play too much. The trick is to major on handing it out beforehand; tap it on the table, guide people towards attempting to slide one part or unscrew another - after all, they've no idea what you're going to do! After the effect, a cursory examination is more acceptable, just to prove no threads etc. were used (although if I were going to use IT for this, I'd know how to get round that :twisted: )

Farlsborough
 

Postby Lord Freddie » Dec 30th, '06, 21:30

I have used this for a while and with the right build up and atmosphere it's really effective.
I usually start my patter by asking whether people believe in ghosts and then go on to say that they are memories that buildings preserve and objects can do the same, replaying an action. I then tell one of two stories, gruesome and one that's just spooky (depending on the spectator) and do the turning.
It's good to follow this one up with Andrew Mayne's Ghost Vision whilst you are on the subject of spirits. These two combined are very powerful!

User avatar
Lord Freddie
Elite Member
 
Posts: 3657
Joined: Oct 8th, '06, 15:23
Location: Berkshire

Postby Tomo » Dec 30th, '06, 21:51

It is fully inspectable, you know... If you hand it out before you go into your patter, the spec can handle it safely. Just prime them to see what you want them to see by instructing them to make sure it's a real key, without telling them why. They'll naturally think about the metal, its rigidity, the pattern of the teeth, the length, and so on, but not about what it's about to do. Hand it out afterwards and they'll only ever be able to make it flop over because that's what normal keys do, but they'll never be able to make it do what it just did in your hand. Anyone can make it flop over, as you can demonstrate too. :wink:

Image
User avatar
Tomo
Veteran Member
 
Posts: 9866
Joined: May 4th, '05, 23:46
Location: Darkest Cheshire (forty-bloody-six going on six)

Postby Farlsborough » Jan 1st, '07, 18:55

Er, yes - that's the detail I should have gone into! :D

Any tips on aging the key folks? I've got the booklet but it's in Leeds at the moment, and surely how to make a key look old doesn't class as magical exposure...! Not even sure it's in the booklet.

Farlsborough
 

Postby Sir_Digby_Chicken_Ceaser » Jan 1st, '07, 22:12

Farlsborough wrote:Er, yes - that's the detail I should have gone into! :D

Any tips on aging the key folks? I've got the booklet but it's in Leeds at the moment, and surely how to make a key look old doesn't class as magical exposure...! Not even sure it's in the booklet.


Put it in a box with a few stone's and bash it about for a bit :? Bath it with used teabags too :)

User avatar
Sir_Digby_Chicken_Ceaser
Senior Member
 
Posts: 775
Joined: Nov 16th, '06, 21:27
Location: Durham 17:AH

Postby moonbeam » Jan 1st, '07, 22:19

Sir_Digby_Chicken_Ceaser wrote:
Farlsborough wrote:Er, yes - that's the detail I should have gone into! :D

Any tips on aging the key folks? I've got the booklet but it's in Leeds at the moment, and surely how to make a key look old doesn't class as magical exposure...! Not even sure it's in the booklet.


Put it in a box with a few stone's and bash it about for a bit :? Bath it with used teabags too :)


Or you could just put it in a box and leave it for a 1000 years or so - that should do the trick :shock: (Sorry - I just couldn't resist :twisted: )

QUESTION:
If we can sue McDonalds for making us fat and cigarette companies for giving us cancer; why can't we sue Smirnoff for all the ugly gits we've sh*gged ??
User avatar
moonbeam
Elite Member
 
Posts: 2457
Joined: Oct 22nd, '05, 10:59
Location: Burnley (53:AH)

Postby Flash » Jan 1st, '07, 23:07

Sir_Digby_Chicken_Ceaser wrote:Put it in a box with a few stone's and bash it about for a bit :? Bath it with used teabags too :)


:shock:

Please don't do it!!! The key may lose some of it's 'special' properties if you smash it about, I don't think teabags will do much either. There is a VERY comprehensive thread on this subject that I started a while back (with pictures), just here:

http://www.talkmagic.co.uk/ftopic10200. ... key+ageing

:D

User avatar
Flash
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 1628
Joined: Mar 2nd, '06, 01:21
Location: settling down in Edmonton, Canada...

Postby Sir_Digby_Chicken_Ceaser » Jan 1st, '07, 23:36

Flash wrote:
Sir_Digby_Chicken_Ceaser wrote:Put it in a box with a few stone's and bash it about for a bit :? Bath it with used teabags too :)


:shock:

Please don't do it!!! The key may lose some of it's 'special' properties if you smash it about, I don't think teabags will do much either. There is a VERY comprehensive thread on this subject that I started a while back (with pictures), just here:

http://www.talkmagic.co.uk/ftopic10200. ... key+ageing

:D


Maybe, how about just rubbing it with a rock or maybe even a pan scubber :) although that might just make it nice and shiny

User avatar
Sir_Digby_Chicken_Ceaser
Senior Member
 
Posts: 775
Joined: Nov 16th, '06, 21:27
Location: Durham 17:AH

Next

Return to Reviews - Tricks 'n Props

UK's Online Magic Tricks and Jokes Shop offers kids and beginner magic tricks and jokes. Dude That's Cool Magic Best prices around! Aeternum Servare Secreta Sorcery Shop - Home of the ITR Web Design for Magicians World-Of-Magic, Suppliers of quality Magic Worldwide

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron