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Ignition: Key Through Anything Review

January 27th, 2014 9:18pm
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
This is a great little piece of magic. The thinking behind it is genius and it will fool most magicians, even and *especially* those that are familiar with the plethora of "Pen/Pencil Through Whatever" effects.

What you get is a very good and well-made prop that looks like a car key - not the ultra-modern car keys with the buttons for locks and doors all over them, but still a car key. This seems to be a complaint from many performers about this key as far as providing motivation. First of all, there are lots of other items (vehicular and non-vehicular) that use keys that look like this one, or very close to it. If you just use your imagination, it can be a key to your bike lock or a safe deposit box. Maybe you still drive that 10 or 15 year old car with a key like this. Problem solved.

It also comes with DVD instructions and a carabiner clip.

The working is very simple but to make everything look smooth it will take some practice. In the included DVD are three different presentations given. Chris Smith (of MagicSmith) teaches two of them and a guest teaches one. I think the Key Through Bill and Sugar Packet are great ideas and the Key Through Shirt is okay - it may work for some but it is not my style.

The DVD has no issues to speak of - it is easy to navigate, the video quality is great, the lighting and sound is clear and crisp. To me, it just seems there is something missing from it - though Chris does do a very good job of teaching and leaves nothing to be desired.

The great thing about this item is that you can carry it on your keys, so you have it with you all the time. Furthermore, if you ever lose the gimmick itself, you can buy a replacement from the MagicSmith website.

Two things kept this from getting a full five stars: First I already mentioned, which was 1) As good as the DVD was, it still feels like something was missing. 2) I think the price for this is just a touch high, especially when you take into consideration the cost for a replacement gimmick if you ever lose it ($20, plus shipping). BUT.....

I will say that one of the things I appreciate most about Chris is that he absolutely 110% stands behind his products. If you ever have a problem with them, you can contact him, whether via telephone, e-mail or live at conventions, and he will take care of you. A prime example: At one of the Real Magic Road Show stops last year (2013) a guy came in with a broken MagicSmith product and Chris took 20 minutes away from pitching and selling (an already limited amount of time) to fix the item right then and there. THAT is customer service! This alone practically negates any negatives about the price but is also what makes it worth it.

If you want something that you can carry anywhere on your key ring, that you will get a lot of mileage out of and is reliable, this product will not disappoint you.

Highly recommended!

Product info for Ignition: Key Through Anything

Author: Smith, Chris
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $60.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Ignition is a key that can penetrate any borrowed object - a bill, a sugar packet, even a spectator's sleeve. Yet, when you rip the key out, there's no hole, no rip and no damage! You can pass the key and the borrowed object IMMEDIATELY for examination - there's only one key. They won't find anything because Ignition is a REAL CAR KEY that can withstand the closest inspection - even by a locksmith!

Ignition is always on you. When not in use, it travels inconspicuously on your key chain. But, when you're ready to perform, there's no fumbling - just detach it from its quick release carabiner (included) and your set to perform.

The handling is so easy, anyone can learn it in minutes. There's even a quick start method that will get you performing immediately.

Ignition can be performed anywhere - surrounded. It's good for table hoppers, magicians on-the-go, and those spur of the moment situations when someone asks to 'see something'.

Ignition comes with an instructional DVD that teaches 3 different routines:
  • Key through bill
  • Key through sugar packet
  • Key through shirt

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