Rated 4.50 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

Hemingway Lock by Collectors’ Workshop

(c. 1985)

The Seven Keys theme was created by Joseph Kolar in 1927, see here for more details.

Five different colored keys are placed in a strikingly beautiful antique, hand-crafted, gold inlaid brandy snifter and passed through the audience. Four members freely select a key, leaving one for the performer. Keys may be exchanged among spectators and performer. Finally, one key remains in the goblet, this key going to the performer.

The spectator’s each try their key to no avail, the performer’s key is now inserted and it OPENS the lock!

It’s a reputation-maker. To be sure, some marvelous versions of this effect exist on the market today. Some rely on batteries and radio transmission. Others have incorporated locks that were well-gimmicked, but were small and insubstantial, as compared to the spectacular effect. This lock is a world-beater. No electronics, no switches of any kind. It is one hefty piece of work weighing almost two pounds. It is a heavy, polished chrome padlock of imposing construction. And, when it opens, at the peak moment of dramatic tension, it literally ‘springs’ open with a resounding snap!

Approx. Price: $89.50 (02/2005) ***

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2 reviews for Hemingway Lock by Collectors’ Workshop

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    George Guerra

    One very heavy lock trick

    The American Lock Co. lock used in this effect is quite impressive in itself. It’s big and heavy for a padlock. I have an original and that was a Series 700 lock, which I assume is still used for the effect. The one drawback to this version is that the method requires the performer to open the lock at the end. This is in contrast to Key-R-Rect, where the spectator is allowed to do the unlocking. Now the presentation included with the effect takes this into account, but still it is rather awkward and suspicion may be aroused that the lock is gimmicked.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing Corbin

    Great padlock. Quality and amazing effect

    I love this lock and have performed it in every banquet show I’ve performed since I received it. This is a well made, heavy padlock that looks and feels great. The keys come with color collars for whatever presentation you like, however the colors can come off if you want to. With this lock the performer must open the lock, instead of the spectator. However the lock opens with a loud click and it’s large enough that everyone in an average sized audience can hear and see the lock opening.

    Strongly recommended

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