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mikeB
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I have the routine from an old Linking Ring magazine, from the library of my magic club, that has an article by Bill Malone going through the routine. I was wondering if it is worthwhile to get hold of the video as well?

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The tape is great. Bill does a great job teaching all of the false cuts, suffles and subtleties he uses to make this his signature effect. Watching the tape will also give you an idea of the pacing this routine requires.
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Mike:
Which Linking Ring issue is it in?
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Steve,

Maybe I should be a mentalist! I knew someone would ask and I have the magazine right here beside me.

Volume 68 Number 8 August 1988 Page 84 part of Bill Malone's Parade.

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I agree with corpmagi. The false cuts and shuffles are worth the price of the tape.
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Yes! "Sam The Bellhop" doesn't fit with my personality at all, so I'll never perform that routine. Nonetheless, I consider Bill Malone's tape one of the two best single-trick purchases I've ever made (along with Daryl's "Ambitious Card" video) just because Malone teaches all the false cuts and shuffles so well.

I think Malone's tips on the Zarrow shuffle are worth more than the whole Herb Zarrow DVD.
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I love telling stories, comes from having kids I suppose. I always think that the story teller shouldn't just tell a story but should also act it as well.

Looks like this tape is another one to go on my ever lengthening list.

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"Sam The Bellhop" is a very commercial routine. The tape is worth getting because you get to see exactly how he performs the routine (with all of the gags and one-liners).
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I first saw an "amateur" version of STB in college. Storyline was a bit different and used nothing but simple cuts...no sleights. In it, every card was called perfectly.

Then I saw Doc Eason's taped version, where the cards get out of sync and he ad libs toward the end (it's obvious the "mistake" is intentional).

My question is (finally!), is the original done straight, or does it include a screwup for entertainment value?
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I believe that magic is all about taking the spectator on a journey, and Sam the Bellhop is certainly a trick that accomplishes that. That's why it's part of my act! The video may be worth it for the slights, but I tend to use my own variations of cuts and shuffles when performing... It helps make the act feel more like my own, and I was able to perform it quicker because I could do all the hard work already. Just make sure you know the script well before you perform it!

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Although, if you want some variety, Lennart Green has an amazing array of false cuts and shuffles on his video box set.
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This is one of the few tricks that I like to watch more than I would like to do. Smile
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The "Sam the Bellhop" video.. is worth every penny you will "invest" in it.

Bill Malone is working lot's because he is selling himself. That's what we are to do. People don't really care all that much about sleights... moves... technique...
THEY HAVE COME TO SEE YOU!

The Greatest thing that is learned from the tape is communication with the audience.. People don't remember the tricks.. they remember the laughs.. Did they have a good time? Were they entertained? After all... that's what we are supposed to be, entertainers.

I have often told people.. If I could pick up this matchbook.. and talk for 1 hour and make you laugh and have enjoyment.. and be completely entertained.. with me and this match book.. would you be happy and satisfied? Well the answer will always be yes.

People love stories... Why do you think they watch soap operas everyday. As the stomach turns... John's wife's other children etc. The reason people love stories and watch these soap operas, is because theres always three things happening.
1. People are either in trouble.
2. People are getting out of trouble.
3. People are heading for trouble.
So what does this all mean?
Well... People love stories...

Remember your father and mother and the bed time stories?

Nobody really want's to take a card from a magician.. because he/she knows if he is half good.. he will find it!

This is a great opening effect!
It gives you time to "Sell Yourself" ..that you are having as much fun and are as surprized as they are. When your audience finds out that you are just a fun loving individual.. the rest of your act is a piece of cake.

The Greatest advice I have ever learned comes from the Albert Goshman tape.. where in the end he says. "The Magic is You"
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Does anybody else know of any other equally impressive STB type tricks that use a full deck stack?
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Eugene Burger uses 'Diamond Jack' and Doc Eason uses ' Kate and Edith'. I believe Kate and Edith is available from Dan Garrett. I'm not sure where Diamond Jack is from, but you can bet that Doc Eason has a source for it on his web site.
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Hi,

I love telling stories Smile so this is why I was attracted to STB in the first place. I also do Bro. John Hammonds Twins and starting to practice Guy Hollingsworth's Once-a=upon-a-time. Three Fairy tales, using a set of special cards, not gaffed, but with pictures to help tell the stories.

Many thanks for all the replies.

Mike
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