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Kolossal Killer Review

December 14th, 2002 6:50pm
Reviewed by Spencer Singleton
First, a brief story...

I was visiting my favorite magic shop one Saturday and hanging out with my friend who works there; he was running through a gamut of fun and interesting effects, pushing the product as appropriate. I was apparently in a bit of an "off" mood that day, because he wasn't getting the reactions he had anticipated. Finally, in apparent frustration, he spread the cards before me face up; "Think of a card, any card you want," he states. So, I pick my card. He then attempts to tell me my card. He hit on the color and suit, but missed on the value. I was less than impressed, but he didn't seem surprised. "I should have known," he said. "I couldn't read YOUR mind, but it seems you read mine..." He then cleanly and slowly produces his wallet (not some fandangled gimimck wallet, but the one I've seen him pull out for cash, ID, whatever...). "I keep one card with me at all times, my lucky card. It tends to follow me. If I'm told to think of a card, I always think of this; if I randomly pick a card, more often than it should be, it's this card." Again, slowly and cleanly, he pulls my card from his wallet....

This kept me awake all week long: deconstructing, reconstructing, marveling, becoming more and more frustrated.

The next week, I asked him where in the world he'd found that. He told me it was called Kollasal Killer and that it was nearly impossible to find. He said he'd try to order it for me, but probably wouldn't have much luck. I waited patiently for over a month, asking him every time I saw him. No go. Finally, I was in the other magic shop in town it was. I bought it in an instant and read through it ten times in the next few days. By that time, I was using it regularly.

(As a side note, I confronted my magic buddy...he told me he kept this one to himself as much as possible. He figured if I was serious about wanting it that badly, I'd find it...keep in mind, he gave up a sale and a commission to keep this one to himself.)

That is how I stumbled across Kenton's Kollosal Killer; it's become my American Express of magic: I never leave home without it. I will warn you though...This is one of the few effects I perform that, in certain circumstances, will cause people to look at you a bit differently.

I'll list the main reasons I love this manuscript:

- completely failsafe; you simply can NOT miss.
- no props, just your wallet and the card they thought of.
- very little linguistic deception. You don't lead, guide or manipulate them into picking one, specific card. You can do it to one person and then, a few moments later, to someone else; they can pick completely different cards.
- it gives you freedom. Ever wanted to try mentalism? Give it a shot, if you miss the card they picked (like my buddy did) you've got this bad boy to save the day. It will look like you never missed in the first place!

Overall, I can't say enough good stuff about this product. Best $20 I ever spent; I would have gladly paid three times that amount.

Product info for Kolossal Killer

Author: Knepper, Kenton
Publisher: Wonder Wizards
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $20.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Spectators just NAME a playing card, and you have the correct card in your wallet. YOU ARE ALWAYS CORRECT. It is the ultimate card 'out' for Close-up work. A spectator can mess with you all they want - RELAX - you can still produce a playing card from your normal wallet, as absolute proof that you knew their card all along. Kolossal Killer has become a classic piece of mentalism as well - used by such pros as Larry Becker and Jeff McBride. It's a full-blown stage effect, with nothing but the minds of the audience and your everyday billfold.
# NO Forces
# NO Gaffed Wallet
# NO Sleight of Hand
# NO 52 Card Index (Not 26 cards either)

PLUS With this - Kenton's original version - you can do effects even the expensive gaffed wallet versions simply cannot do. AND you will receive complete routines, right out of Kenton's act. This couldn't be easier or more diabolical. Only a very select few have been privy to Kenton's original version of Killer - until now. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE. Get the complete original work with all the devious touches in this manuscript (just add your own billfold and cards). Forever more you will have a truly groundbreaking reputation maker, not 'up your sleeve', but in your own wallet.

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