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Sam The Bellhop by Bill Malone - DVD

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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.

Eventually he was asked to perform it on the November '94 TV show, "World Greatest Magic." His electrifying performance on this show was destined to open golden doors of opportunity, and Bill shuffled off to the bank!

After seeing Bill's performance, other magicians have attempted to teach this trick, but they missed the essential ingredients. This tape uncovers Malone's original dynamics that make the effect flow. If you apply yourself, you can learn the most entertaining four minutes you will ever do!

Running Time Approximately 48min

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2010
Bill Malone is one of the funniest and best card magicians on the planet. I had to have this DVD to learn Sam the Bell Hop but learned so much more. You will really like the routine although it takes some work the reaction is fantastic and ongoing through the routine. Malone is a serious move monkey and some of the moves may not come easy to you but stick with it and you will have a great trick at your disposal. Any DVD with Malone's name on it I have found very good.
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I don't normally purchase DVDs that feature just one trick, but in the case of Bill Malone's "Sam the Bellhop" DVD it was a really great purchase.

Malone first provides a performance in front of a lay audience of his version of "Sam the Bellhop". Then he explains the history of this kind of story-telling card trick in which each card has a meaning in the story as it is dealt off the top of the deck. This kind of trick has special meaning for me personally because when I was in grade school, a school chum showed me a very similar trick and I have never forgotten how entertaining it was. (This was in the 1950's!)

Then, and this is probably the best part of the DVD, Malone gives instructions for quite a few sleights and flourishes that make "Sam the Bellhop" not only entertaining, but extremely baffling. These include fundamental card sleights such as the Zarrow Shuffle, the Erndase Running Cut and many, many more. All of these sleights are essential to the basic skill set of card magic sleight of hand. These sleights are not easy to do at first and they will need lots of practice. But that practice will pay off!

Malone says very clearly that it is necessary to practice these moves hundreds of times. In fact, I would recommend that they be practiced a thousand times before doing them in front of an audience. The obvious reason for this is that a card magician's handling of the deck must be done mostly by feel while interacting with the audience. This kind of total nonchalance, ease and grace is what makes for the very highest sort of card magic. Just watching five to ten youtube videos of Bill Malone performing card magic will demonstrate what mastery of this caliber of card magic really means.

In the near future I plan to invest in the other Bill Malone instructional DVDs - "On the Loose" and "Malone Meets Marlo".
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