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 Post subject: A Kolossal Killer Review
PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:47 pm 
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Hey all,

I was just thinking about how much I love this effect, and thought I would tell you all. So here is a quick review:

http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=1404

The Effect: "Kolossal Killer is an easy effect that you can carry around with you. After having them name their card, you can easily prove that you have correctly read their mind when you pull out a single card from your (ungaffed) wallet."

Quotes from Kolossal Killer: "I should warn you that this approach can cause some severe situations, albeit pleasant ones. I have been stoppes in the grocery store, when I was out eating somewhere, on a showroom floor, out walking, etc. when out of the blue, I hear someone yell out a card...But when I CAN produce the card they name...people go around telling everyone else about how amazing I am - always! Such things can reach mythical proportions I have discovered."

"The effect is far more than card prediction. It's a prediction of events."

"After a while, YOU feel like the one mystified by people's amazement."

PROS:

+ Can be done as an effect by itself
+ Can be incorporated into other routines
+ A full routine is included
+ Can be used as the perfect "out" for other card tricks
+ Gets huge reactions and lots of laughs (if you want it to)
+ Great price here on PM
+ People can ask you any time to produce a card and you will have the card they name
+ NO sleight of hand at all. Perfect for new magicians who want something powerful to add to their repitoir
+ Instant reset (Just put the card back into your wallet!)
+ Works with anybody at any time

Cons:
- Like most illusions, this shouldn't be repeated to the same person right away
- You need to be old enough to carry a wallet
- You need to have a wallet
- Wallet needs to be sort of specific (most leather styles should work fine)


If you don't carry a wallet, then this isn't the right effect for you. If you do, then this effect is perfect for both pro's and beginners. No sleight of hand means that the practice required to do this effect is minimal. You just need to work on presentation, and you need to be able to pull the card oout of your wallet (I suppose if you can't do that, then this trick isn't for you either). Great price. Killer effect (No pun intended). Devastating.

Enjoy this brilliant effect.

Justin


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 2:00 pm 
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How long is the setup and reset?


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is it a completely free selection because it sounds like a pretty easy to work out effect for most magicians if it's not, and also can it be signed?

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akaaka987 wrote:
is it a completely free selection because it sounds like a pretty easy to work out effect for most magicians if it's not, and also can it be signed?

-Chris


Obviously its a free selection and can what be signed?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:00 pm 
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yes the selection is completely free. In response to your second question akaaka987, no it can't be signed as there is no card physically selected by the spectator. It is merely a thought of card. Pulling the card out of the wallet at the end is more a prediction than a production.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:12 am 
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akirafist wrote:
How long is the setup and reset?
Presentation + Psychology = Wham!

Of course we’re talking about The Original Kolossal Killer manuscript, not the marketed version which includes a special wallet.

The time and effort involved with the set-up and reset of this effect are completely negligible. The initial set-up will require some planning and style adjustment, but still not an issue, at all. Unless you give away the selected card, the reset is practically nothing – a few seconds in plain sight.

There are no flashy methods or gimmicks to be found here. The beauty and strength is purely the … effect … on the spectators. This trick is wide open to different presentations and styles. It makes a good full-time carry along.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 11:13 am 
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Well said.
Like I said before, the reset is literally just putting the card back into your wallet. That drives people nuts!

Justin


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:59 pm 
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You can use your own wallet, right? I have just a regular leather wallet, will that work?


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It should. There is a chance that it may not, but any leather wallet I have ever bought would have worked fine. Worst case scenario, you buy a new wallet, or wait until yours bites the dust, then buy one that will work. I would wager that yours will be fine though.

Justin


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 10:20 pm 
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i love kolossal killer


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Isn't it true that you sometimes end up "one off"?

And if so, do you think this plays less strong than when you hit it right on?

Thanks,

Matt


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tunafish2 wrote:
Isn't it true that you sometimes end up "one off"?

And if so, do you think this plays less strong than when you hit it right on?

Thanks,

Matt


Actually Matt the answer to your questions is no it isn't less strong than when you hit it right on.

The look on the spectators face in either situation is great. This is one effect that is a must have in your wallet. I use the patter from Carl Andrews "Dejavu". I get twice the dropping of the jaw then the original patter that comes with this effect.


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Where can I find the Carl Andrews version?

DVD, Book?

Thanks,

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http://www.carlandrews.com/products.htm

tunafish2 wrote:
Where can I find the Carl Andrews version?

DVD, Book?

Thanks,

Matt


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:28 pm 
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gman03 wrote:
tunafish2 wrote:
Isn't it true that you sometimes end up "one off"?

And if so, do you think this plays less strong than when you hit it right on?

Thanks,

Matt


Actually Matt the answer to your questions is no it isn't less strong than when you hit it right on.

The look on the spectators face in either situation is great. This is one effect that is a must have in your wallet. I use the patter from Carl Andrews "Dejavu". I get twice the dropping of the jaw then the original patter that comes with this effect.


Thanks for the tip. I will check that out.

Actually, I feel it plays stronger when your one off. Sort of a double climax idea. It's that whole idea that people love to see a magician "mess up" a trick. When you're one off, it's like you were sooo close. (Which is amazing really...same suit, but one off.) Then, after you get all your sympathy smiles, you show them that you actually knew exactly what card they were going to pick all along.. WHAM!
Lots of performance potential.

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