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Postby Guest » 02/20/02 10:03 PM

Does anyone know of, or know where i can get, the effect where you have a bill locked in between two pieces of plexi-glass, and one key fits? Its something to do with simply shifting the apparatus from one side to the other, and it trips the lock. Sorry if this is confusing. I'd like to get one.

Postby Jeff Haas » 02/21/02 01:11 AM


You're looking for a Spirit Lock and some kind of holder for the money. You can either get one of the versions available from dealers (there's a British version with a plastic holder and a Japanese version with a wooden holder.)

A Spirit Lock works like you described: tip it one way, it opens with any key; tip it the other way, no key opens it. The advantage of using a holder is that the lock is on the other end, and you don't touch the lock and apparently have no control over it. (Heh heh heh.)

The locks supplied with the versions I mentioned are small and somewhat lightweight, and not too visible for a larger group.

Or you can do what I did: buy a Spirit Lock and then go to Tap Plastics and get the holder made to your specs. Take a look at "Three Key Monte" (available at your local dealer) to see a Spirit Lock made out of a Master padlock. It's well-made and very convincing.

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Postby Guest » 02/21/02 08:41 AM

Ed Fowler sells a nicely made one in the US, Repro magic in britain sells a really nicely made brass one ( www.repromagic.co.uk/ ) and it is called PentaLock (It is the one I currently use when working in comedy clubs).

It has some advantages over Key-rect but Key-rect also has some advantages over a gravity lock like this one. The cheif one being that you can fail with it if you are not careful and the only way to avoid failure is to hold the lock in the correct position yourself while the participant trys the key. With Key-rect, you do not have to hold the lock while the participant opens the lock.

PSIncerely Yours,
Paul Alberstat

Postby Guest » 02/21/02 11:22 AM

Thank you, Jeff. Thank you, Paul. Magicians are nice people!

Postby Guest » 02/21/02 07:07 PM

This effect also sounds like the old "Treasury Transpo" - where a bill is secured between two pieces of plexiglass and locked together. The spectator signs the bill in the plexiglass holder, the magician signs a similar bill and keeps it. Performer gives the holder to the spectator who sees that his signed bill is gone and has been replaced by the magician's signed bill. The spectator's bill is found with the magician! It's a nice trick and uses the "Out to Lunch " principle. No trick lock, tho...

Postby Pete Biro » 02/21/02 07:44 PM

I have just produced "The Bogus Belt" a comedy 7-Keys type effect with a replica of an ancient Chastity Belt. This was a Ken Brooke iterm, and Joe Stevens is the authorized dealer.

It features 2-or-3 ways to unlock a lock whilst the spectator's cannot... and the lock is ungaffed. Just a medium amount of sleight of hand skill is needed, and the misdirection covers it all.

For the Bill Trick mentioned, just put your thinnking cap on to come up with a modus operandi.

Think about a group of keys that do not wor, with 2 that do... use a handkerchief to "mix" the keys, or my favorite, a glass tumbler... using the miser's dream principle to switch...

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Postby Guest » 02/21/02 10:06 PM

Bank Nite Baffler in Larry Becker's "Stunners" is along those lines Pete and as usual, damn clever and practical.
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Paul Alberstat

Postby Paul Green » 02/22/02 07:07 PM

Danny Archer also has a very clever and inexpensive version of the "lock and keys." I am sure it appears in his lecture notes. Worthy of your looking into.

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Postby Guest » 02/27/02 12:19 AM

Thanks for your help everyone!

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