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Room 17 by Chang Shao - Trick
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Taking a key on a string from around your neck, you explain that it is a relic from the d'Hubert Hotel, the most haunted hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Picking up an envelope from the table, you open it and dump out a handful of antique room number plaques. You also show that the envelope contains a faded newspaper clipping--and nothing else.

After turning all the number plaques face down, you give the key to a spectator and ask her to swing it over each plaque until they feel "compelled" to choose one (no force). Once she does, the spectator is asked to turn ALL the other plaques face up and call out the numbers, after which they are dropped into a wine glass (also from the d'Hubert).

You state: "It just so happens that the key you are holding is from the d'Hubert Hotel... Room No. 17." To prove the person helping with this experiment is not a confederate, you turn to another spectator (any spectator!), you hand him/her the envelope and room number plaque. You then ask that spectator to turn the plaque over. She discovers that she has chosen the plaque for Room No. 17.

She then removes the clipping (of which there is ONLY ONE) from the envelope she has been holding and reads the detailed article aloud about the ghastly goings-on at the d'Hubert Hotel.

The Article was written in regard to one particular room...

Room 17.

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Great little effect for the right audience Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 30th, 2013
This effect requires you to be a good storyteller. There are no difficult moves involved (only one move involved, actually--and it's not hard) so the entire presentation relies on your performance and ability to hold an audience. The lack of difficult sleight of hand gives you a lot of freedom to embellish the story presented in the instructions, and that's probably what you'll want to do. The newspaper clipping looks old, but isn't overly graphic so you could do this for a teen audience if you had to. You will need to find your own old-looking wine glass to help with misdirection during the one move involved. It's not required, but it does help add to the atmosphere of the story.

The props are supposed to be antique, but they don't look old at all. The basic design is old, but only the newspaper clipping would really pass a very casual inspection. The only way this could be considered a miracle will be only in your presentation. If you don't get into the spirit of the story (pun intended) you won't sell this as anything more than a trick. If you're willing to get with it, you can have a fun little spooky effect on your hands.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 23rd, 2013
Props are subpar and not realistic. Trick itself is generic in principle. Story line is quite good, but even the news clipping included looks glossy and not real. Price too high for what you get. Included number plates can be found at local craft store for 3.99!
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