I'm not gonna be all fluffy and say it's great, nor be a troll and say it's horrible, I'm merely
stating a detailed review of the product itself
My background is that of a regular performer at
the magic castle for 7 years so I am no novice when I am writing.
Getting to the point...
Very pleased, and is made to last. Simple and not much practice is needed
to get used to it. Very ingenious, and I still fool myself with it
Video: Covered many nice
ideas and subtleties to perform with your key. My fav. being to perform the trick with your key
still hooked to your keychain for a more organic "feel". Love it.
You WILL get caught eventually. I have performed for people who have seen magic before and get
caught right away. Your restoration is NOT enough misdirection to cover "it". This works with people
who have never seen a magic trick before, because they have no idea what to look for. *I will
mention a solution at the end to fix the clean up problem that the DVD did NOT cover.
Does not cover clean up!!! With money effects changing a to 0 bill, you CAN get
away with it, yet when you perform this, there is a "Hm, there is something fishy and get caught.
I feel a trick, no matter how good the principle, nor how clever, nor how good it looks, is
useless if a spectator catches on, catches you, or suspects you of "something". That being said:
My solution: (If penguin lets me post this) Firstly, this routine is NOT meant to be an
opener as firstly you have to demonstrate yourself as a magician. Opening with "may I borrow your
money...?" doesn't seem very logical. Closing with it is a HUGE mistake. It is to be place in the
MIDDLE of your act. The Clean-up: after performing this trick, since spectators are occupied with
your props and can't take back the objects to clean up (which means your dead meat in most cases), I
would ditch "it" while casually taking out another prop ( a pack of cards) and say "I'd like to
finish with one last thing..." leaving you clean.
I sincerely hopes this helps all magicians
who consider buying this effect. Though this trick will never go in the bottom drawer for me. It's
too useful. haha :p
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Tricks that you see performed in videos are often misleading, or shadow the truth as to (1)
difficulty of the trick (2) what the audience can see relating to angles (3) forget to mention that
the gimmicks are a little less than what you might expect in quality. I never write reviews, however
this one is worth the effort and I'm like most of you and hate to waste my hard earned money on a
bad trick. Please be one of the first to buy this trick. I watched the video from beginning to end,
practiced for 5 minutes and did this trick for some friends. They thought I had super powers and
could not stop talking about how great this performance was. I consider this to be the perfect
trick, relatively easy , no bad angles, great quality, and I was not paid to write this review! The
price might be a little high, but totally worth it for a valuable trick.
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This is one of the very best magic purchases Ive ever made. Its a bit pricy, but well worth the
investment if you are a serious magician and want to elicit a gasping response. This is my
rationale: easy to perform, but packs a huge punch and hits them right between the eyes. Also, I
prefer the more organic forms of magic, i.e. using everyday, ordinary objects. I agree with Chris,
you dont want to appear as just coming from a magic shop and saying, Hey, watch what I can do with
this. Keys, like money, are something that we carry on us every day, so theres no suspicion that
we are using a gimmicked device with some hidden trap door. You can pull this off on the fly,
anytime, anywhere. Thats a huge plus to any magician!
It is super easy to perform. It
doesnt require the typical sleight of hand techniques that some tricks require, and with a minimal
amount of practice, you can do the impossible.
The key is very well made as well as the
gimmick. There has been some debate as to whether or not this particular style of key looks like a
real ignition key since it doesnt have the remote door lock/unlock buttons. If someone should ever
question me, Im simply going to tell them that its a key to my riding tractor mower, which 99% of
people cannot dispute.
The carabiner quick-disconnect item that comes with Ignition is easy
to manipulate to remove the key from my keychain. At first, I had some doubts and it was difficult
to remove. But once I learned how to work the device, its real simple.
stage is very simple and easy to do. There are no unusual moves or moves required that would arouse
suspicion (another big selling feature for me).
The DVD is rather short, but justifiably
so. There is no reason to belabor the trick as its easy to perform. Chris explains in detail what
you need to know. Its easy to perform, and his teaching is straightforward. The quality of the
DVD is 9 out of 10 with no boring background music.
The cleanup is good too. Ive always
been a big fan of magic tricks that can be closely examined. Your spectator(s) will NEVER figure
this one out, including a lot of magicians who already understand the pen-through-dollar concept.
This is something I will always have on me should I have to perform on a moments notice.
Chris did an outstanding job, and I am going to rate this as a 6, well a 5 star purchase.
Just a shoutout for Penguin too. Theyve always shipped extremely fast, have the best prices,
and you cant go wrong with their products and services.
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This is a beautiful piece of magic. It always gets great reactions and is very practical. The
gimmick is ingenious and very durable. One of the most commercial effects to come on the market in
By the way, Chris's DVD is nicely produced. Excellent instructions, with lost of
different handling options and presentation ideas.
I highly recommend this trick.
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If you're hesitating because you wonder if it's worth it.....IT IS As far as I'm concerned it
totally replaces the pen thru bill, once you have this you'll never use the pen again
4 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
I bought this immediately after watching the demo. Easily one of my best purchasing decisions. It is
everything promised and/or implied & more. Fantastic precision and quality that has translated into
great reactions. If I could do this with real magic it would look exactly the same.
Congrats MagicSmith and thank you for allowing me to receive proportionately far more credit and
applause than I deserve.
My highest recommendation.
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Well, I was very surprised and extremely pleased.
The video was very informative with
I practiced it for a few days and then was at the 99 in
performing table hopping magic.
Every now and then I'd bring out Ignition along with my
They would examine the card and quickly give it back.
I could almost
hear them say "yeah Magic-chick, don't want
your card just show me a trick".
using the same card I performed Ignition.
After the illusion they immediately grabbed for the
key and the card.
Not once did they return my business card.
(I did get the key back
every time but at times it was a struggle LOL)
A fantastically simple yet powerful trick.
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Throw away those crappy pens guys. This is a quality product and they will never know what hit them
or where to even look. There is nothing to find about this trick. This is as clean as it gets in
magic. you hand out the key and dollar before the trick, then you do the trick and hand out the key
and dollar again. They are simply blown away. One of the best magic tricks out there on the market.
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Let me start off by saying that the gimmick is very well made. It
should last a lifetime. Furthermore it is a real magician fooler because most magicians know about
the classic pen thru bill but they don't expect this version so its deceptive for lay people as
well. My favorite thing about this thing is that it is self contained which means you wear it on
your key chain and you don't need to carry extra parts in your pockets. Also you can use anything
like bill, a paper,...
You have to ditch something but this is rarely a problem.
I performed this trick 100+ times and it gets very good reactions. The only problem I have
is that sometimes people want to see my hand with the gimmick. So I would recommend this to people
who can a decent audience managment.
I hope you get something out of this review and let me
tell you: Although the price is high, the gimmick is worth 120$.
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I never seemed to be able do the pen through dollar well but this effect is easy to do and
eliminates all the extra handling the pen required. It get's a great reaction from the audience, is
totally baffling to them, and the fact you can hand out the key and bill right away makes this a
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