All Keyed Up

What you're about to read is a "nonr-trick". The fact that there is an effect is totally overshadowed by the humorous situation and by what the magician is trying to convince the audience he has done. I perform this at informal gatherings and seriously doubt it would matter whether the key changed in the first place. (For close-up, it does change using either the Bobo Switch or "The Light And Dark Switch" from Steve Beam On Coins. ) I really think you could get away with it on stage where no one can see any of the props.

"Ladies and Gentlemen. On the way | into the show tonight, I found this car j key in the parking lot. It's obviously J been there for quite some time. You can ! tell fran the design that it belongs to a ; little Volkswagen econary car. However, if I take this key and give it a squeeze, you can see that it magically changes into a key to a Mercedes Benz. Thank you."

The magician stands there waiting for j a response which may or may not be ! forthcoming. Apparently upset at the lack of a whole hearted response, "Well, this may not seem like much to you. But there's a guy out there somewhere who used to drive a Volkswagen and who new drives a

Mercedes Benz And he thinks I'm the world's greatest magician!"

Think about it. You are implying that because the key changed, the car that went with it also changed. The fact that the spectators can't see the car change is their problem, not yours. I performed this once for a party in the back roam of a steak house which had windows viewing the parking lot. No sooner had I finished the trick when I saw a guy drive up in a Mercedes. "Well. I'll be darned. He came back to hunt for his key." I handed the key to the waitress and asked her to hand it to the guy who was on his way in. I didn't see either of them again so I assume they worked out their confusion without ny help. All I knew was that I had turned a simple switch into a miracle.

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