What Is It?
This 17 page ebook contains Pablo’s version of Theo Annemann’s classic effect, Seven Keys to Baldpate.
As many of you will know, the basic premise of Seven Keys to Baldpate is a simple one. A lock is shown to the audience along with a number of key (usually seven, hence the name), the keys are each checked in the lock and it is found that only one key is able to open the lock. The keys are mixed up and the performer is able to choose the correct key and successfully open the lock.
The Intuition Key sticks very closely to the original script with one or two notable differences.
Pablo’s presentation is put across as a test of a volunteer’s intuition. A lock is shown to the audience along with a number of keys, each key is tried in the lock and none are found to be able to open it. The only key that is able to open the lock is held by the performer. This key is mixed in with the other keys before the volunteer is placed into a light trance.
Once in the trace state, the volunteer takes a key, allowing their subconsious to make the choice. Amazingly the key fits the lock, using only their intuition, the volunteer was able to choose the correct key out of countless dummies. Pablo also add some nice symbolism to the routine, liking the lock to a problem in the volunteer’s life and the key, the solution.
What do I think?
Well I really like this effect! There are no gimmicked locks or keys to worry about and just about any lock would be suitable. The other thing that is nice about this routine, if it’s something that you’re particularly interested in (personally, I’m not) is that I think that it would be quite a magician fooler. Any magician looking for the usual methods, gimmicks or switches will be left scratching their head.
The effect is very hands off, it’s the volunteer who chooses the key with the performer never having to touch them.
Pablo’s taken a classic of mentalism, added his own touches and really approached the method from a very different angle to any other version that I’ve seen before.
A very clean, clever and totally logical method that would pass any layman and many mentalists completely by.
The ebook is very nicely produced, attractive and easy to read
Pablo’s instruction is clear, detailed and easy to understand. There wasn’t anything that made me think ‘what did he mean there?’.
At what works out at around £10 for a nice routine and well produced ebook, I’d say that this is well worth the money.
A very good effect with a good method and nice premise.
Review by Jo Marchin
'My Wife decided to buy me this for Christmas but she left the PDF and link details on her office Laptop and was not able to call back into the office until January which meant I could not have a look at the routine on Christmas day! A few emails to Pablo on Christmas day sorted this so thank you Pablo and thank you for the advice and comments you gave. I had a Small private function to work at on Boxing day and I put this in to it. Twenty Four hours is not a long time to practice and perform a new piece and it is not to be recommended but I am familiar with the Seven Keys of Baldpate and I was confident I could pull this off. I used it as the penultimate Routine just before finishing with Rick Maues 'Fate' This is a great routine based on The Seven keys to Baldpate but I think it is cleaner and a lot more Fun to do. It gave me pretty much a blank canvass to stamp my own personality on the routine which for me is Important. It can be as serious as you want it to be or you can even add a bit of Comedy in to it. I added a bit of comedy in to the first part which worked really well. Then the serious business came and it left my audience speechless.Basically, without doing the piece an injustice you have a set of Keys (I had Nine) and a Padlock. The audience assistant tries all the keys in the padlock and confirms that none of them fit. That is because you have the real key inside your pocket! You show the audience and you can then give it to your helper to confirm that it is indeed the only key that fits in the lock. It is then placed with the other keys and mixed up so nobody knows where that key is. The assistant then first time manages to pick up the key that fits the lock. You can use pseudo Hypnosis, Hypnosis or any other means to do this. I just induced a light trance but again this really is not necessary.There are extra things to buy in this such as padlock and keys but that is it. It is one of those routines that you can fit in your Jacket pocket and you could use it close up or a small stage. I am really impressed with this and I hope to be using it on a regular basis.Thank you Pablo.'
Another wonder by Pablo Amirá allows a person to perform the classic Seven Keys to Baldpate without key switches, with the participant examining everything, and with the participant handling EVERYTHING.Best of all, the working is simple.Kenton Knepper__________________________
I love "Intuition Key"!It's a fantastic method, and a delightful routine.I've already bought the necessary props, and can hardly wait to have an opportunity to present it.I like the fact that something is going on all the time.There's usually some dead time while the volunteer is trying the different keys in the lock, but you've covered that beautifully.Thanks you again. This is something I'll be using!Richard Webster___________________________
I read it and love it!Extremely easy to do and practical.Nice also the hypnotic tips in it.Good job as always Pablo!Luca Volpe