The Royal Scam is a packet trick and a damn good one. If you are a packet nut - this should be in
your collection. The trick comes with a DVD as well as the cards required for the trick.
Degree of Difficulty
Intermediate to Advanced. I had this down in one night and
performed it the next day to the amazement of my normally skeptical family. So why would I rate the
difficulty intermediate to advanced? Because, I am a false count freak so these counts were fairly
easy to learn. If you're Elmsley Count is weak you may have some difficulty. Bannon does teach the
Elmsley Count in the "More" section of the DVD. Lastly, the routine is fairly involved although once
you get the repetitions figured out, it's not too bad.
The instructional material is top
notch. John Bannon is a very good teacher. He runs through the Elmsley Count fast but it is covered
in great detail in the "More" section. In fact, he does a great job teaching the Elmsley and the
covers some sublety that students of false counts will appreciate. Bannon credits liberally along
the way and there is even a "Credits" section on the DVD that provides the creator, the move, the
year and the source or publisher.
Provided on the DVD is an e-Book (PDF file) that
provides even more detail into the credits, the packet set-up is deatiled and the complete patter is
Quantity of Effects
Well, you're buying a packet trick so you get a
packet trick. But wait, there's more! Bannon throws in a nifty trick called Living Is Easy. So
here's what you'll learn:
The Royal Scam
Elmsley Count (aka Ghost
OPEC (Out of Position Elmsley Count)
Glide (as an alternative to the
Living Is Easy
Marlo Switch as a control (very cool!)
The Royal Scam is an immediate addition to your repertoire. It is easy to
perform (assuming your counts are good) and has an astounding ending. It is one of those trick like
the Color Monte where the spectator just doesn't see it coming. The climaxes are going to fry
I'm sure Bannon has been called a genius with packet tricks. He may be,
but what I see is a lot of hard work and experimentation to perfect this little masterpiece. I can't
imagine not using this as much as Twisted Sisters. The quality of the e-Book is top notch. It is
well written, the pictures are clear and the patter is excellent. The quality of the card stock is
standard Bicycle stock and the odd-backed cards are beautiful and colorful.
complaint...the music is insufferable! The DVD constantly loops this depressing, morose theme. My
daughter walked in as I watch and asked "why does that guy look so unhappy?" I don't think Bannon
was unhappy! The music sounded like someone just died. And why play it so loud during the
instructional material? Why play any music during the instructional material?
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Don't get me wrong. The presentation of this trick is phenomenal, and kills IF you are "in the
know." Unfortunately, Bannon's explanation of how to do it is truly awful. At one stage, he
literally has you pull the bottom card off the deck and show it as a face down card in his hand.
Problem? If you've followed him to the T up until then, the bottom card is a face up ace. I reversed
the video and went through it in extreme slo-mo at least a dozen times to see what I was missing.
Clearly Mr. Bannon has a bit of a warped sense of humor in that he's pulling one over on the people
who paid money to learn this trick.
I had three friends who were all better than me take a
look at this, and they all came to the same conclusion. What he asks you to do in the instructions
just does not add up to the performance as shown. He needs to get several magicians who don't know
this trick to watch the video first, then come back with questions so that he realizes what he
didn't explain well enough. I don't think he actually showed the instructions to anybody before
releasing it for sale. A potentially great trick is now a bunch of useless card unless I can just
figure it out on my own. $15 for a small packet of cards seems a bit steep.
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In a previous review, I had indicated my displeasure at the poor presentation. I did eventually
figure it out, and the trick definitely is great. It does appear though that Mr. Bannon assumes we
know certain things. For many (probably most) magicians, this may work fine. For some of us in the
earlier stages, we need a little more clarity at certain points. For example, instead of just saying
"at this point perform "move X" to get the card from the bottom to the top," say "you'll need to
perform "move X" here. If you're not familiar with this move, please see the bonus section of the
dvd for a step by step instruction."
I gave it a 5 to balance out the lower rating I gave
it in my previous review. This trick definitely kills. It needs a bit of practice, but you'll love
it when you get the hang of it.
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This is a great trick if you like ''gambling" or "packet" card tricks. There is a lot of magic
going on in this routine rigth to the end of it. The only concern I have is the instruction that
are to fast to capture everything. I had to replay the dvd many times to catch up. In the end
when you do the routine, this is great and frankly impossible to figure out by the audience because
there is to much surprises. I give 5 stars for the effect but 3 stars for the instructions..
Overall 4 stars. I will put this routine in my repertoire.
Anything that Bannon puts out is good. Royal Scam is one of the best packet tricks there is
---period. A series of AS are shown and displayed on the table. One by one they are picked up and
placed on a packet in your hand. The packet in your hand follows an ace placed on top and turns
over face up or down to match. At the end, nine cards are on the table, four face up and 5 face
down. The four face up aces are turned over to reveal different color backs and the face down cards
are turned over to reveal a straight royal flush. All the cards could be examined!!
have been performing magic for over 50 years and have most of the packet tricks that have been
produced, probably over 50, so I can speak from some experience.