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Sam the Bellhop & 654 Club Deck by Bill Malone (Deck & Routine)

A brand new, limited edition pack of 654 club playing cards custom made for Bill Malone's signature routine, Sam the Bellhop. Full tutorial by Bill Malone included!
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In the book "The Final Word on Cards" by Rufus Steele there was an entry titled "Sam & Moe" (author unknown). This was a stunt in which the magician tells a story while turning over cards from the deck, the cards matching the words in the narrative. It was not really a trick but an amusing interlude such as "Troublewit" or "Rocky the Raccoon" In other words, it was not supposed to fool anybody and it was not a new idea. In fact, other story routines such as "Jack goes to Town", as published in "Scarne on Card Tricks", were already in the literature.

Bill learned the Sam the Bellhop story and stack as shown to him by Mike Pappas of Chicago and he immediately added expert blind shuffles and cuts to it, thereby making magic out of an amusing vignette. That was a new idea! Over the years, he refined it and it became his signature piece.

This deck of playing cards is preset for you to perform Bill's routine and branded as Sam's 654 Club.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 31st, 2022
Sam the bellhop is a great routine using nothing but a normal deck or cards. Bill Malone teaches you all the steps in order to perform this great miracle. He goes into great detail, especially since he is left handed, though he explains it as a right handed person. not only will you learn the routine, but you will also learn a bonus card trick that is easy to learn too! It comes with a special edition deck of cards, but they are so nice that I'm just keeping them in the box for my collection. You do not need to use the supplied deck in order to perform the trick. Bill, I tip my hat for you. Thank you.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 24th, 2022
I've always loved Sam the Bellhop. I first say in performed in 1990 in the museum of The Magic Castle by a magician named Mike Barger. I immediately fell in love with the story and the trick. I figured I could never learn it, but I looked for it in print but never found it.

Finally, I found this. Bill Malone does a great job teaching this trick, but just his lessons in flash shuffles and cuts are worth the price of the video!

I'm very happy with this purchase. I know for a fact I will be able to perform Sam the Bellhop.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 21st, 2022
Outstanding presentation by Bill Malone and this is an amazing trick. It is well worth the time you need to spend practicing this trick, because of the complete wonderful presentation it affords. It is a hard one to learn, but well worth it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 29th, 2022
A classy, old school deck from a classy, old school magician. Glad I'm the first one to be able to review this. The deck handles great, and has a nice retro vibe. The video is a no-nonsense explanation of the moves. I'm not a card guy, but after watching the video the routine doesn't seem as intimidating. The hard part seems like it would be learning the patter and getting the rhythm down as Bill mentions. But as he states this routine has taken him places. Love the humor he interjects during the routine, and you can see he's put a lot of tlc into it. Definitely an iconic piece of magic, and just having the deck brings back the WOW memories of the first time I saw Bill perform it. Thanks so much, Bill!
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Wow what a great trick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 26th, 2022
If you want to spend many many days practicing this trick. It is one of the most entertaining.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 13th, 2022
This is so good but you need to brush up on your patter (acting skill) to properly present this as it as it deserves.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 11th, 2022
Great trick, great presentation and tutorial, telling you about the false cuts and shuffles. The cards are high quality, as you would expect from Penguin Magic and have the 654 on the backs. I'm still getting used to the slights, practicing with a new order deck, so to keep my 654 deck in pristine condition as long as possible, although the trick can be done with a normal deck.
Once you've learnt the handling, which is no mean feat for me, you need to learn the story to support the stacked deck, not a five minute task! To restack the deck, go through the story, reciting and placing the cards face up in a pile, then when you turn them over they're in the right sequence for the performance. It was worth the money for the tutorial on the cuts and shuffles alone, they look so real, even when you know what's happening. I'm really looking forward to performing this one for friends! Love the patter and comedy remarks on the presentation! Would recommend, great trick, story and tutorial, complemented by a quick delivery!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 26th, 2022
I consider myself privileged to have learned Sam the Bellhop from Frank Everhart, Jr. His father, Frank Everhart, is usually credited with creating Sam the Bellhop, but he always said he learned it from a guy at a bar in exchange for a drink, and he was selling it 14 years before Bill Malone picked up his first magic trick.

This is not in any way a knock on Malone. He brought Sam the Bellhop to a new generation, and has helped keep it alive through the years, and he has also added a whole new level of flash to it. So if you want to entertain people, and are a good storyteller, I can think of few tricks better to purchase than this one. Thank you, Bill.
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Great handiwork; dated and sexist routine Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 24th, 2022
This seems like a very entertaining routine, but a plea to anyone who decides to perform it once you've got the fake cuts down, please do your audience a favor and update the storyline entirely so it's not about a guy providing escorts to a bunch of dudes, and skip the sprinkling of jokes that involve leering at the woman next to you and claiming she grabbed your butt.
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