We recently introduced the Kontrol Key Padlock, in two sizes, a medium 45 mm. size, and a small 20 mm. size. The small 20 mm size is exactly what is used in our Zip Locked wallet above, and is available as a separate item, if you do not wish to use it with the Zipper Wallet.
In case you missed the original ad, this is what it is ..
The original routine that inspired this prop was originally published by Theodore Annemann, in 1931 in his Book Without A Name as “Seven Keys to Baldpate”. Some variations followed in his Jinx Magazine, with different methods, and modified routines. (Check the September 1935 and July 1937 issues of the Jinx for some comments and methods).
The original effect, in Annemann’s own words, was as follows – ” It made use of a Yale or Corbin padlock and seven keys, only one of which would fit. The keys were to be mixed and each of seven people would pick one out and hold it in their closed fist. The performer would now pass from one to another and finally stop in front of one whose key would be tried and found to open the lock.”
The effect has since become very popular with magicians. From simply divining which key would open the lock the effect has evolved over the years to one where the performer now has total control over which key will work. The original routines involved the use of ordinary padlocks and keys, and a switch of the useable key with a dummy. Gimmicked locks followed, allowing you to handle the props in a much cleaner manner, with more scope for the presentation routine. The lock we give you is one of the best.
The original Annemann effect would be easy to perform with this prop – just pick any spectator ! It is also a great prop for a “Jackpot” type effect, which can be adapted for virtually any type of audience, from kids to adults.
This is a regular Padlock, but gimmicked in a most ingenious manner, along with several keys. Any of these keys can be “controlled” by the performer to open or not open the lock. It does not matter whether the performer or a spectator tries to open the lock, it will open or not open when handled as described.
Please specify size and price of lock when ordering.