Haunted Key Deluxe

$14.95
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Haunted Key Deluxe

14.95 usd

Trick (pre-order - ships Oct 15) by Murphy's Magic Supplies Inc. ($14.95)

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The Haunted Key is a classic of magic. There are many versions on the market but this is the best one available.

Here is the effect: You introduce a gothic-looking key and place it on the palm of your hand. Slowly... eerily... they key begins to move, under your control at all times. It's as if the key is possessed. The key can be examined at any time. There are no strings, threads, wires, magnets, electronics, or anything for that matter. It is impossible for the spectator to find a gimmick.

Here are some of the advantages to this version of the Haunted Key:

  • Comprehensive video instruction included (featuring some really cool bonus routines)
  • A beautifully made gimmick, that looks the part thanks to the aged patina.
  • Can be carried in your pocket and performed at a moments notice.
  • The gimmick will last forever.
  • Can be performed in any environment.

The bonus routines taught require an extra gimmick (not included—but you will almost certainly have it in your magic drawer). These routines include how to use the key to locate a freely selected playing card.

 

Community questions about Haunted Key Deluxe

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  • 1.

    Wayne asks: Can this be done in the spectator’s hand?

    • 1. John answers: While not entirely impossible, it is not probable. At least not with the traditional method. You could do it with an ITR
    • 2. Gaston answers: Yes at least when I performed it with the original haunted key I would let the spectator examine before the effect and after the effect. I have even done the effect in there hand with my manipulation of course.
    • 3. Scott answers: I haven't played with this version yet, but in my experience yes, it can be done in a spectators hand. It takes a lot of practice and doesn't have a one hundred percent success rate though, so have an explanation on hand as to why it didn't turn in their uh.. hand! Still, when it works, it's mind blowing!
    • 4. Michael answers: ok is this key made of metal or plastic or ?
    • 5. Lonnie answers: Rumor has it that the ring was forged from the same material that was used to forge the 20 rings at Mount Doom by Sauron's Minions. They are super durable and will last a lifetime. They are all quality checked by Schmiegel in an air tight cave. I hope this answer helps.
    • 6. Robert answers: If you understand how a pendulum works - how, with the proper audience management and psychology/suggestion, the pendulum will swing in the desired direction, even when held by a spectator; then yes, you can achieve the basic movement within the spectator's hand. May not be 100%, but the percentage is pretty high if you know how to pick the right spectator and know some basic audience management psychology. There's nothing to get 'caught' doing, though; which is a bonus. They can examine the key all they want and this one is made VERY well. As a man with a collection of antique skeleton keys, I can tell you this one looks and feels quite authentic. There's no harm in trying it in a spectator's hand. They'll swear they aren't moving, but the key will likely move anyhow. With some creative scripting and presentation, if it doesn't work in their hand, it won't be a big deal. It will always work in your hand. As for some of the other things you see in the trailer...those will have to be tightly controlled by the magician. Only the basic turning over move will work with spectators.
    • 7. Steve answers: Check the Bruce Bernstein method in Eugene Burger's Spirit Theater.
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  • 2.

    Gary asks: Is this something that can be learned and done by a beginning magician or does it require years of experience in manipulation and dexterity?

    • 1. Alexander answers: Assuming the method is the same as the original Haunted Key, it’s perfect for beginners!
    • 2. Robert answers: When I first got into magic, The Haunted Key was one of the first things I learned. Super easy to do and easy to carry and practice almost anywhere. I think this is a great 'beginner' trick. And years later, once you've advanced to more complex things, you'll probably still find yourself coming back to this on occasion.
    • 3. David answers: Absolutely a great effect for the beginning magician! The prop is beautiful and the instructional video is well done, from the basics to giving more advanced ideas. This version absolutely blows away any previous key of this type in appearance and quality! It's a steal! Get it before they're all gone!
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  • 3.

    Carl asks: Does it make a sound?

    • 1. James answers: Nope!
    • 2. Robert answers: No sound. You don't need to worry about covering any sound. You can do this in complete silence or in a noisy bar. Nothing to hear or be heard. Well...unless you drop it on a glass coffee table or tile floor. It'll probably make a very audible sound in that instance. LOL
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  • 4.

    Carl asks: does the card selection where it rotates on the table require any other gimmick?

    • 1. Advaith answers: Yes, it does.
    • 2. Jonathan answers: What else do I need to buy to do the card selection trick - and can I get it from VI. Thanks
    • 3. Robert answers: For that specific routine, yes, you'll need an additional gimmick. I won't expose it here, but it's something many magicians already have, it's inexpensive and it's available here on Vanishing, Inc. ;-)
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  • 5.

    Michael asks: When it says bonus ‘routines’ presumably that’s more than just a card location? Just wondered excluding the original effect how many extra routines are included?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There is a forefinger attraction routine (that doesn't use the key). The key rotating on the palm is explained in great detail. A "hot spot" presentation shown and explained. Using a common extra gimmick, you can make the key rotate on the edge of the table and spin on a table pointing to a selected card. Finally, the key can rotate on a single finger. Placement tips are also discussed. A fair amount, taught in a 38 minute video.
    • 2. Bob answers: As an aside, there are a number of mentalism and spiritualism and just plain magic effects that use some form of pendulum. This key, with the addition of a piece of string or chain (attached to the key using YFM or maybe just a knot) will do very nicely.
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  • 6.

    mariano asks: Hi, is there going to be a digital download? Thank you!

    • 1. James answers: When you purchase the key, it comes with a 38 minute video download.
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  • 7.

    Matthew asks: If you can answer, is the key able to be affected by a magnet for more routines?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The key itself is not magnetic, however it is attracted to a magnet.
    • 2. Lonnie answers: its obvious that there aren't any magnets being used here. This is black magic and witchery at it's finest!! Harry Potter would be super proud.
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  • 8.

    Bob asks: Are you selling the same key, size and finish, that it pictures in the video?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes, it is the same as the key in the video.
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  • 9.

    Richard asks: Richard Busch asks: The key is shown to revolve both ways on the finger. Is this part of it performed with just the basic key and not any IT work?

    • 1. Lonnie answers: Since we are just mentioning methods, I'll be the first to say that the key trick can only be performed when Mercury is in retrograde....
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  • 10.

    Michael asks: is the key made in metal or plastic ??????????????????? Thank you

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: It's a solid metal key.
    • 2. Eric answers: am i unaware of plastic keys laying all around town somewhere or what’s up with this consistent thoughtless question
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  • 11.

    Sean asks: I have the Haunted Key - original, what is the difference? This one is gimmicked i assume?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There are extra handlings taught and the quality of the key is superior.
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Customer reviews for Haunted Key Deluxe

Reviewer

Josh

From the second I unboxed this I knew...this is a quality item. Looks spooky, has a good weight to it making it not feel like a prop,well priced, and it's perfectly weighted to do the illusion.

The instructions teach good subtleties for the main trick, and some other tricks that I think are what is throwing people off. Yes, you'll need something else to do the larger movement tricks. Overall, top tier key. Going straight into my act.

 
Reviewer

Anthony

As the previous reviewer said this is a perfectly weighted key that looks the part and turns easily. Lots of people on magic cafe were asking if the key is made of metal. Well it most definitely is and it looks old and could easily be from a haunted house or an old church etc. Well worth the money I paid. Also top marks for delivery time. Came within a couple of days. ??????????

 
Reviewer

Jeff

This a great key and effect. The metal key looks and feels as if it came From the Victorian ear or earlier. Beautifully distressed and plenty of weight. Very easy to get the hang of the method. The more you work with it the creepier the effect looks! I can’t put it down!

 
Reviewer

Robert

First of all, to answer the question that keeps getting asked all over the place: It is solid METAL. No plastic. It's not light and it's not cheaply made. I actually have a collection of skeleton keys more than 100 years old, (of varying styles and sizes), and I can tell you that this manufactured product looks and feels quite authentic. It is similar in size, weight, feel, design and look to half of the authentic antique keys I have. There are even some 'imperfections' that give the key the look of having been used decades and decades ago. There is some 'rusting' color in just the right places that also look every bit authentic.

In case you're unfamiliar with the effect or are wondering...This is a good item/trick for both beginners, (because it's easy to do), and seasoned performers, (because it lends itself to good scripting).

I think the weight of this key makes the necessary 'moves' easier and less likely to be telegraphed.

As for the 'tutorial' video: You get a link and a password. It teaches the basic move to start with, but it's more comprehensive than I would've expected, covering placement of the key, as well as arm and body placement to achieve the best results with the least amount of telegraphed movement. it even gives a suggestion about how to pick up the key and get it into position with one, swift, one-handed move. Not a big deal...but it makes for a nice subtlety. Sometimes it's the little things that can make all the difference. I didn't think I could learn anything about the basic handling of a trick I've done for nearly two decades, but I actually did.
That being said, I wasn't all that impressed with the rest of the tutorial. It's all fine...but there's nothing beyond the subtleties in the basic explanation that I'll ever bother doing. As you may expect, you'll need another item to pull it off. Not a big deal...just not my thing. But if you're into that, then it's an item that a lot of magicians either use or have in a drawer somewhere. If you don't have it, it's easily and cheaply acquired here at Vanishing, Inc., as well as practically every other magic retailers you can think of. One thought: if used with tarot or oracle cards, (they didn't do that in the video - it was just an idea that I had when watching it), instead of playing cards - such as during some kind of seance routine or something - there's one of the routines taught that would probably send people scrambling for the light switch. ...If done correctly with the proper acting/scripting.

Overall, it's the best Haunted Key I've ever owned or used. I've bought a few variations over the years, (this is either my third or fourth - I think it's the fourth in nearly 20 years), and this one tops them all. And I think the price is right. Can't charge less...it's made too well. Can't charge much more because, let's face it...it's just a key. LOL

Well made, authentic looking and feeling in every way I can think to mention. This is a long overdue upgrade to a classic trick/prop in magic. It has finally grown up and become useable instead of looking and feeling like something no one could take seriously. THIS Haunted Key will be taken seriously. Like with any other magic prop, this is limited only to your imagination. I recommend it. ...Even if you're just going to throw it in a drawer until you get that Halloween gig two years from now; because when that happens, you'll wish you had it handy.

 
Reviewer

Michael

This tool is the best I have ever seen. I spent days going through old keys at an antique shop once looking for the right balance and size key to do this effect with. Never found one as nice as this.
The look 5 stars.
The weight 5 stars
the ability to control the movement undoubtedly the best ever.
For $14.95 you can't beat it. Love it. Great job folks. 5 stars.

 
Reviewer

Russel

A fantastic haunted key that reminds me of the keys Lebanon Circle put out a while a go; only these are much cheaper, which is why I bought one.

I work a lot of outdoor events and festivals as a medieval jester or other period character and the haunted key has always been a great walk about bit. Until now the cheap keys have all looked, well, cheap and I was always terrified of losing my expensive Lebanon Circle key. So this is a perfect alternative.

This key works perfectly and really looks the part. I highly recommend them.

I'll definitely be buying more.

 
Reviewer

Bob

So many keys bought, so much money and time wasted.

I've been doing this trick for a long time. Heck, I've been around since this type of key wasn't all that uncommon. Anyway, I've got these keys from magic shops (another throw back to a bygone era), flea markets, and in one case a magician friend who had them made for their use and to share with a luck few.

NONE OF THEM worked as well as this key. None of them looked as "authentic" as this key. It is perfectly balanced. It looks old. It is big enough to stand out without looking absurd.

 
Reviewer

Geoff

Beautifully made. I absolutely love practising with this prop, making the movement ever more subtle.
Highly recommend it. It has so many possibilities.

 
Reviewer

David

Absolutely a steal! The key is beautifully crafted and "forged" and weighted perfectly! I can't say much more than others have already said...

My suggestion; get this while the getting is good!

 
Reviewer

John

The accompanying online training and/routines and the quality of the prop make this very good value and worthy of the approbation of other reviewers. For me, some aspects of the presentation lacked polish and editing, but at the price it's a bargain.

 
Reviewer

Steven

Ok first the good, it is a very nice looking key and is of good quality. But I have two problems with it, first the gentleman explaining the "work" is performing it incorrectly which lots of people do. It is completely obvious that he is moving his arm to tip it over. So anyone learning from this will be doing it incorrectly. You do not have to intentionally move your arm (or even your hand) at all to make it work. At first the teaching video was the only problem I had, the key appeared to be well balanced. But as I worked with it more it's not. It is OVER balanced which at first seems great. It is very easy to make it turnover which should be a good think but it's not. The key will only move comfortably in one direction. With the keys I use, I can make them stop and move backwards with this you can't (easily). As I was looking close trying to figure out why the balance is so off, I found that the key has a slight bend in it. I don't know if this was intentional or not. The problem with it moving too easy is that a spectator can set it on their hand and it will roll right over.