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Dead Lock (US Version) Original by Michael Murray - Trick Review

Official Review

July 11th, 2022 11:34am
Reviewed by Stephan Sloan
What is it about locks that attracts so many mentalists? Locks have been used in mentalism routines from the early 1900's. However, it was not until Theodore Annemann published his Seven Keys to Baldpate routine did the obsession with locks truly begin. Since then, there has been dozens of lock variations of all sorts used in mentalism routines both gimmicked and un-gimmicked. After 100 years one would think that every methodology was created. Not so, it seems there is always room for one more. Another entry into the seemingly unlimited array of trick locks comes Dead Lock by Michael Murray of Mindfx.

Dead Lock bears similarities to other gimmicked locks of this type but has one major difference. What sets this lock apart from the others is that when circumstances dictate you can change the moment when the lock opens. Although it seems like a minor change, this modification allows for different performance opportunities. It can allow either the mind reader to have the power or the spectator to have the power. In other words, the mentalist can intuit the spectators birthday and have the lock open, or the spectator can intuit the "special" date the mentalist coded the lock with.

As with all MindFx products, the lock is well made and there is a lot of support behind the effect. With the lock you will receive a code for the video instructions. In addition to the video there is available at no charge an E-book with several additional routines. As if that's not enough, Mr. Murray set up a Facebook page which you can join for additional ideas and support. Leaving no stone unturned there are six locks to choose from, three European styles and three American styles. The difference between the European style and the American style is how the date is put in. In the United States we put the month first and then the day, but in Europe it is reversed, they use the day first and then the month. Obviously if you were ordering a lock, make sure you order the US variant. There are also three sizes offered as well. A small portable "gym locker" size, a medium and a large. The quality of the lock is superb. The wheels rotate easily and the numbers are clearly marked.

If you wanted to give a "lock routine" a try and didn't know which one to go with, I highly recommend Dead Lock by Mindfx. You can't go wrong.

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Product info for Dead Lock (US Version) Original by Michael Murray - Trick

Publisher: Michael Murray
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Retail Price: $52.40
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Manufacturer's Description:

*It is recommended that those living in the United States order the US variant (see below for further information).

What is Dead Lock?

Dead Lock was initially launched at the 2019 Blackpool convention and sold out immediately. Since then, demand for this product has been so high that each subsequent delivery has sold out before it has even hit the shelves thus making it the singular most successful MindFX release ever!

Using the custom manufactured Dead Lock gimmick you will be able to give your participant the ability to intuit the specific four digit combination that opens the padlock (supplied). Alternatively, you can use this lock to correctly intuit your participants exact date of birth, having them open the lock by entering this date as a four digit combination.

Pushing things further, an exclusive Facebook group has been created for owners of this product which houses bonus routines and additional handling suggestions that are bound to delight those who purchase this item.

Note: Access to a 35 page e-book is included with purchase.

The Three Sizes:
To satisfy demand, three lock sizes have been produced (see the secondary image on this product page for a size comparison). The specific dimensions for each size are detailed below -Original = 20mm x 61mm (height includes clasp)Medium = 28mm x 77mm (height includes clasp)Large = 38mm x 88mm (height includes clasp) What is the US Variant?
When it comes to dates, we recognise that those in the US may prefer to have the participant enter the month before the day (i.e. month/day, rather than day/month format).

Due to the methodology behind this effect, we are very pleased to provide our US customers a month/day variant that facilitates this preference.

Note: Those living outside of the US should order the standard locks.

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