Ian Adair's – Melta-way Key

Columnist:
Ian Adair

Two Yale keys are displayed, one brass and one silver in colour. A spectator is asked to name one. The performer states that, like Uri Geller, he can mysteriously bend keys and distort them beyond recognition. He does this, but the key in question has been rubbed so much that it evaporates, leaving the other key!

APPARATUS REQUIRED:
Two keys, one brass coloured, the other silver. One of the keys should be attached to a length of elastic cord via the hole in the top section. The opposite end of the elastic should be threaded onto a safety pin. The length of the elastic cord depends on the length of your arm, since it acts as a ‘pull.’ Before placing your jacket on, attach the safety pin to the top of the shoulder area of your shirt, allowing the length to hang down without exposing the key below your sleeve. The key should always be concealed within the cuff of your jacket.

Place the loose key inside your left jacket pocket.

WORKING AND PRESENTATION:
From your left pocket ‘remove’ the keys – in truth you grab the loose key and, at the same time, curl your fingers into the cuff to bring down the attached key. This means that it appears you are displaying two keys between your fingers, one brass and the other silver.

Ask a spectator to name one. Whichever is mentioned this is what you do: Let us say the brass one is mentioned, and you have the brass one attached to the ‘pull.’ Say: “Thanks, let’s get rid of the silver.” Put the silver one aside. Show the brass one and start rubbing it, stating that rather like Uri Geller you have power over keys and hope to bend and distort it. Close the fist and allow the key to shoot up your sleeve. A quick and sudden jerk does the ‘trick.’ Keep the fingers on the move, rubbing away. Open your hand and show the key has vanished. State: “Sorry, my powers are much greater than I thought. I seem to have rubbed it away!”

If the silver key is mentioned, this is discarded by you as you say, “That leaves the brass one, so I’ll use that one.” It’s the Vanishing Key effect using a Geller theme. The added loose key assists in making the experiment a much more baffling one.

Have fun!
Ian Adair