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Killer Key Review

Official Review

April 14th, 2007 3:06pm
Reviewed by Gordon Meyer
Killer Key is an updated version of the old Chinatown Half trick. In that trick, a Chinese-style coin (which has a hole in the center) changes place with a US fifty-cent piece. The hole, through which you can see the palm of the performer’s hand, makes the trick particularly puzzling to those who might suspect a mere double-sided coin is being used. In Killer Key, the hole at the top of the key serves the same purpose, albeit in a much subtler fashion due to its smaller size.

Killer Key simultaneously solves one problem with Chinatown Half, while introducing another. The problem it solves is that a key is a common place and unsuspicious object, compared to an unusual Chinese-like coin. Or, at least it would be, if Sankey had provided you with a key that was cut to fit a lock. Instead, it’s a blank, which means you can’t pass it off as a key you’d normally carry.

The problem that Killer Key introduces is one of logic. With Chinatown Half, two coins are changing places. In this trick, you use a key and a US five-cent piece. This presents a thematic challenge; perhaps one that you will enjoy solving.

Killer Key is well-made (except for that blank-key oversight) and the instructions aren’t fancy, but they’re clear enough and include handling alternatives for different skill levels and situations. It’s also a very visual trick, one that could play well, if you’re able to come up with a reason for doing it in the first place.

Product info for Killer Key

Author: Sankey, Jay
Publisher: Sankey Magic
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $18.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

A copper key is placed in your left hand and a nickel is held at your right fingertips. Both hands are slowly closed into fists and held a few feet apart, and yet a moment later when both hands are opened, the key and coin have impossibly changed places! You can even have the key and coin change places while the spectator holds onto one of the items!
The coin may be borrowed (and initialed!) and, if you want, the key may be examined beforehand. No pulls, reels, magnets, thumb tips, or shells. You don't even have to be able to palm a coin or perform a false transfer! It's that wonderfully easy to do. Within minutes of opening the package, you'll be able to perform this visually shocking miracle

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