Dead Lock (Michael Murray)

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Dead Lock (Michael Murray)

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In the rarest of cases, a mindreading effect is created that so perfectly mimics the real thing that the trick doesn't just fool appears that the demonstration is real. That's the case with "Dead Lock." A complete sellout at the 2019 Blackpool Convention, this trick has been impossible to keep in stock, until now.

The premise is as simple as it is unique: you hand someone a combination lock and explain that the combination to your lock is known only to you. The spectator is invited to put in various sequences of numbers to try to unlock it. They will fail. It is genuinely locked and no number of attempts will unlock it. The performer explains that the combination is a meaningful date of the year. The spectator is invited to think of any date – her birthday, her anniversary, a random day plucked from her imagination--and when she tries this thought-of date, the lock works.

You, the performer, never touch the lock. There is NO secret magnet switch. There are NO electronics. The lock is TOTALLY EXAMINABLE at all times. The very, very subtle workings of the lock are automatic and built into the fabric of the routine. It's angle-proof and can be performed for someone within minutes of opening "Dead Lock."

This very special package comes with everything you need. For your convenience, there are two different styles to choose from: European/World or American.

The American style allows a spectator to enter a date as: Month then Day OR Year

The European/World style allows a spectator to enter a date as: Day then Month OR Year


There are also 3 Different Sizes Available:

  • Original = 20mm x 61mm (.8in x 2.4in)
  • Medium = 28mm x 77mm (1.1in x 3in)
  • Large = 38mm x 88mm (1.5in x 3.5in)

All heights include the clasp

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Customer reviews for Dead Lock (Michael Murray)



The best lock for magicians I've come across. I appreciate how it looks just like a lock you could buy at the store. The ability to customize it to your use case and the support in the online community sets this tool apart.



I remember purchasing this trick years ago when I was in Highschool and unfortunately it's one of the tricks in my collection that may never see the light of day. Mentalism wasn't ever my thing and when you have a gimmicked lock that opens based on the number configuration of certain digits you'll think it would have been much better had the just released a lock that opens on command through Bluetooth.

My two cents, for the price paid you just ended up buying an expensive lock that someone could have an easier time unlocking than a standard one.



I love this! I’m based in the UK and I have a medium world (uk) and a small US version.

Tbh, even if you’re in the UK, the US version is absolutely fine! I use the small US one as my EDC and walk around, and the medium sized UK version for parlour shows so it’s more visible.

Don’t threat if only the US version is available, laymen simply don’t care, get the date first then the month and you’re good to go.



Combine this with a great presentation and this effect is unstoppable. However if you are bad with presentation spectators may be able to catch on slightly to what is going on. Which happened to me....twice. So if you are a very involved performer this is great. If you like to hit them and move quickly onto something else, this may not be for you.



Amazing spectator as mindreader effect from the mind of Michael Murray. The gimmick is well built and the spectators won't find anything. This is really good.

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This is superb. The concept is simple but diabolical. There are two routines provided, but the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. You often see reviews comment that a trick is the “one thing I never leave home without”. This could likely become that for you — just put it on your keychain and you’re ready to perform anytime, anywhere. What’s so great about this is it is so easy to perform (there’s really nothing you even have to do with the gimmick other than hand it to the spectator) so it allows you to get as creative as you want with presentation and try out various forms of mentalism. Perfect entry tool for mentalism!


Community questions about Dead Lock (Michael Murray)

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  • Timm asks: How can October 30, 2019 be logically represented in 4 digits?

    • 1. Ed answers: Day/ date. No year
    • 2. Gary answers: If you read and look at the photos there are only FOUR digits:- The American style allows a spectator to enter a date as: Month then Day OR Year The European/World style allows a spectator to enter a date as: Day then Month OR Year
    • 3. Toyo answers: Shouldn't it be 10 30 19.
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  • Derek asks: Is this the original release size? Or MEDIUM or LARGE? - You show 'select option' but not size options are shown and there are 3 sizes that have been released. Thanks for any info!

    • 1. Christian answers: after the price, it should be large... hmm... as i ordered it already here i m very interested in an answer too!
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  • Marc asks: He begins by saying that there are 10,000 possibilities. However, it sounds like a DATE must be used, not any random numbers. Is this correct?

    • 1. Bill answers: It is true there are 10,000 possible combinations. Since each wheel has numbers 1-0 (10) each, then 10x10x10x10=10,000. So you plant the idea of 10,000 possible combinations, but limit them to a day and month.
    • 2. Gary answers: Whichever way you look at it - it's still just FOUR digits.
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  • Ronald asks: What if the random number is a date.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: That is all handled in the explanation download.
  • Matthew asks: How does this differ from Patrick Page's Patlock?

    • 1. Janine answers: Patrick Page's 'Patlock' has been made by me since 2004 - first for Patrick, then his family who still sell the original. So I suppose the answer to the question is: Dead Lock is made by someone else. Riley.
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  • Matin asks: It seemed like there are three different sizes of this product, which size is this one?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The small one.
    • 2. Joe answers: When will the larger versions be available and at what prices? I just received the small version -- the only one offered where I am -- and it is very small, especially for older eyes.
  • Steve asks: How does this differ from Jason Palter’s T.U.R.N. lock?

    • 1. Blazej answers: T.U.R.N. Can be opened by ANY number, but it is not 100% hands off, and the padlock is not common in Europe. However I still personally use it because I need to have any number to open it.
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  • Timothy asks: Is this trick 100 percent reliable? I saw another commenter mention the possibility of a spectator picking a random number that is a date. Would this interfere with the mechanics of the trick?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The explanation has you covered there. It's not a concern.
  • Charles asks: Follow-up question to one asked previously about how Deadlock differs from Patrick Page's Patlock. Regardless of who makes it, does it work in a different way -- i.e., does the mechanism of the lock itself -- the way it works --differ from the Patlock. Or is it virtually identical, functionally, differing only in the presentation.

    • 1. Michael answers: The original Dead Lock Euro version is gimmicked in a different way to the Patlock meaning that you couldn't perform the Patlock routine with Dead Lock and visa versa. Also the presentation and handling for the two locks is completely different too, the Patlock uses a year where as the Dead Lock uses a day and a month.
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  • John asks: Is there a method to cover the US position in terms of date? I know I'm being cryptic but you will know what I mean if I say the UK version. seems much more likely to not obtain a "lucky" guess.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There are 2 versions, the US and rest of the world, you have an option to choose when you order.
    • 2. Joe answers: I did not receive a pdf.
    • 3. Joe answers: I did not receive a pdf.
    • 4. Michael answers: The bonus pdf available to owners details ways in which multiple dates can be tested before the lock opens.
    • 5. John answers: Yes I am aware of that. However, with the US version any date will likely release the lock. I was looking for a stronger answer than just my options.
  • Jeffrey asks: Can this effect be started with the lock unlocked?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes.
  • Brian asks: Does it have to be a date or can it just be 4 random digits?

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    • Michael asks: what happens if someone's random digits that they try is an actual date?

      • 1. Michael answers: oops, sorry didn't see the other questions about that. but lets say they try random numbers after they think of their date and then they guess a random number again as the video shows and it is a date?
      • 2. Michael answers: This will never be an issue and is all covered within the bonus pdf available to owners of the lock.
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    • Conway asks: Two questions, please: (1) John says 'with the US version any date will likely release the lock' - as distinct from a four digit number that could not be a date. Is that correct? (2) The lock offered is the small size. Is that the size used in the video? If not sure, what are the dimensions? Thanks!

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      • Ron asks: In the trailer, the subject says the 7th of December. The response is "That is exactly the date I used....0-7-0-7" For me, that is not a good sign, if they don't quality check the trailer. My question goes to the size of the lock? What are the actual dimensions? Does it look like a sturdy combination lock or does it look like a little toy lock that could be pulled apart with a pair of pliers?

        • 1. Brian P. answers: A little toy lock that can be pulled apart with pliers.
        • 2. Michael answers: Ron is incorrect, the participant in the clip DOES say "The seventh of the seventh" and so the performance WAS CORRECT! (Listen again at 4:05). Also the lock used is NOT a Toy Lock that could easily be pulled apart with pliers, this is a very sturdy lock that could be used for the likes of a gym locker.
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      • David asks: THe Dead lock by Michael Murray that you are selling for $50.00 which size is it? Small, Med, or large? David

        • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Small.
      • Larry asks: Dead lock or locked for life??? Advantages/ Disadvantages with either, seem very similar

        • 1. SGKYDUYEN answers: Please email to for this kind of question.
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      • Barry asks: How easy is it to perform Deadlock. Is it suitable for Mentalism brginners?

        • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Very easy, in my opinion.
      • Joachim asks: Hi, what´s the size? Need a UK Dead Lock in Small. Or how can I choose the right size?

        • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: No small available at the moment I'm afraid. But when you press to buy, you get the option to choose which you'd like.
        • 2. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: This is the original one (small).
        • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: No small available at the moment I'm afraid. But when you press to buy, you get the option to choose which you'd like.
      • Mark asks: Does the US version change the position of the "key" gimmick compared to the UK version?

        • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes, the US version has a different position to the UK for opening the lock.
      • Brendan asks: How sturdy is the lock? Can it take a beating if I put it on something that gets a lot of traffic? I think this would look a million times better and more convincing after it gets some use and has some wear and tear on it.

        • 1. Paul answers: Pretty sturdy in my opinion. The brass body should take a lot of wear and tear.
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      • Gary asks: What size are the different options?

        • 1. Jim answers: They are available in original, medium and large. Original = 20mm x 61mm (height includes clasp); Medium = 28mm x 77mm (height includes clasp); Large = 38mm x 88mm (height includes clasp).
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      • Gary asks: To Vanishing inc: Is there any reason you couldn't use a credit card pin number instead of a birthday?

        • 1. SGKYDUYEN answers: As the lock design to open by a birthday number
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      • Marcus asks: Is the ORIGINAL WORLD the small version? And is it ok for U.K.?

        • 1. Jim answers: Not sure on the first, but yes for the UK.
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