Killer Konceptions 2010 Review by Shane at online-visions.com
"Killer Konceptions 2010" edited by Kenton Knepper
Suggested Retail USD$25.00
Available directly from Kenton Knepper
In a Blink: 10 Out of 10
"Killer Konceptions 2010", edited by Kenton Knepper, proves one thing: you may have purchased "Kolossal Killer" but you really haven't "gotten" it until you've read this ebook.
That's about as high a compliment as I can give "Killer Konceptions 2010", and as strong a recommendation. You see, I've been a huge fan of the original "Kolossal Killer" since it first came out. I mean huge. As in, even as I type this, I'm ready to go with the thing. I've spent hours (years? Could be...) putting together my own routines and gaffs and gimmicks to make the most of Kenton Knepper's idea. I've worked and re-worked those things, of course, and find myself still going back to re-tool them because 1) they're fun to play with and 2) they are incredibly powerful pieces.
"Killer Konceptions 2010" proves in black-and-white I'm not the only one who can't stop toying with the idea behind "Kolossal Killer". Over a hundred pages, this ebook contains so many new methods, new ideas, new schemes, and new presentations that's it's almost impossible to get through this book at all: there are so many great ideas here I kept finding myself wanting to try them out before continuing on.
What kind of ideas? Well, that's hard to say because there are way too many of them to even begin to categorize or describe them except to drop short hints (and the ad copy does well enough there). Let's put it this way: there are ideas about performing without a wallet and with mutliple wallets; there are ideas about limiting the number of choices and increasing them; there are eerie presentations and groan-inducing gags; there are versions with few cards and versions with no cards, and there are versions that don't even reference playing cards at all. In other words, there's something here for just about anyone that does "Kolossal Killer".
Personally, I found three presentations to be worth the price of the book: "A Haunted Hotel Room" which uses "KK" with pictures of hotel room doors that is just plain creepy; "Hypnotic Killer" which seemingly induces a "KK"-type hallucination onto a spectator; and "Astro Killer", an idea that moves "KK" into the realm of astrological divination. I'd have been happy if any one of these routines was put up for sale; I'm moreso with these ideas being joined by so many other good ideas.
Good ideas, mind you, that have me going back to my own "KK" routine for some more re-working and re-tooling. Which, of course, makes "Killer Konceptions 2010" even more valuable. How can I not, considering the ideas of Doug Henning, Ed Solomon, and, of course, Knepper himself?
Just one caveat here: you need the original "Kolossal Killer". It's not fully explained here and you will definitely need that foundation to get anything out of "Killer Konceptions 2010".
As I said at the start, you may have "Kolossal Killer", but to truly appreciate all the beautiful things you can pull off with it, you need this compendium. This truly does take "KK" to the next level and shows just how flexible -- and how poweful -- that original idea can be.
"Killer Konceptions 2010" by Kenton Knepper
In A Blink: 10 Out of 10
A wide range of ideas and routines by as diverse a bunch of performers as you could ask for makes this a must-have collection for anyone who has the original "Kolossal Killer". Personally, I don't think you've really "gotten" KK unless you've got this ebook. It's just that good.
The writing style is perfect, the various pieces excellently covered. You'll have no problem picking up the material here.
There are few illustrations because they simply aren't needed. When they are, the illustrations are excellently done.
This is hard to nail down given the sheer volume of presentations and ideas. Still it's all about the presentations for "KK" and most of these are stellar.