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Mat has been a good friend of mine for many years. If anyone deserves this it's him! Can't wait to see what he has in store for is next time.
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Bravo! Great job!!!
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Solid and personal.
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His script was right on. Writing the script like that was the real magic.
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That was a terrific performance by Mat Franco. It would seem like that trick took tons of practice and very good memorization skills
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Well you couldn't watch that without smiling..Great stuff.
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On Jun 18, 2014, innermind wrote:
Last night's episode featured a very good audition from magician Mat Franco. He did a card story routine, so if you enjoy Bill Malone's Sam the Bellhop routine, you should like Mat Franco's audition.






Nicely done!


He certainly took Sam the Bellhop to a different level.I guess it's never a bad thing to take a great routine , and make it even better by adding new moves to it
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Another example of great scripting combined with a great performance personality. Strong audition.
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Nice story line, I love the storytelling deck routines.
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Great job Smooth! Continued success on the road and on the show Devil Dog!

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Guys it is television. It is what it is. Audiences are told what to do, have been for decades. Get over it. They take NO CHANCES on anything. Too much money involved. Don't forget the editing.

Now that says NOTHING about any of the acts. Not a single word. They can nail it, and the above STILL BE TRUE.
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Guys it is television. It is what it is. Audiences are told what to do, have been for decades. Get over it. They take NO CHANCES on anything. Too much money involved. Don't forget the editing.

Now that says NOTHING about any of the acts. Not a single word. They can nail it, and the above STILL BE TRUE.


So true, years ago I was in Hollywood for the television series "In Concert". It was at an old theater in Hollywood called the Aquarius. It was absolutly free for us locals to get in, and you got to see the great acts of the day. The downside was you had to sit and wait an eternity between acts. You also had to endure these sesions where they filmed the crowd going crazy. This wasn't in response to any act. The producers would come out, and say " OK folks when I throw up my hands in the air, I want you to go crazy like you are out of your mind. Yell, scream, whistle, clap, just go crazy. They would use those segments on the show. Does anybody remember "In Concert"? It was on the ABC network in the 70's.
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Hi everyone,

I genuinely appreciate your kind words! Thank you for being awesome and recognizing an honest effort that was put forth for this performance. As most of you know, this routine would not have been possible without studying Bill Malone, who popularized the Sam the Bellhop plot on a global scale in 1994 on the first World's Greatest Magic special on NBC. After years of studying card story routines, Malone's presentation has always remained my favorite, and it's super flattering to hear people even putting his version and mine in the same sentence. Reading your thoughtful comments is significantly more pleasant than reading YouTube comments; that's something I'll need to learn to avoid. haha!

Really, thank you very much!

- Mat Franco
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Also I find it amusing that there isn't thread after thread of "how did he do that". Sadly this is what people should try and emulate. I guess it's easier to chase the grail though. Good luck with that. Smile


Why would there be thread after thread about how he did it. We don't give away method here. Besides to most magi those are well known tricks
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On Jun 26, 2014, mfranco77 wrote:
Hi everyone,

I genuinely appreciate your kind words! Thank you for being awesome and recognizing an honest effort that was put forth for this performance. As most of you know, this routine would not have been possible without studying Bill Malone, who popularized the Sam the Bellhop plot on a global scale in 1994 on the first World's Greatest Magic special on NBC. After years of studying card story routines, Malone's presentation has always remained my favorite, and it's super flattering to hear people even putting his version and mine in the same sentence. Reading your thoughtful comments is significantly more pleasant than reading YouTube comments; that's something I'll need to learn to avoid. haha!

Really, thank you very much!


- Mat Franco


Mat excellent performance, you blew everybody away! It's true here we try to encourage one and other, while you tube has a bunch of idots that will say anything just to be ******. One thing I would like to know is, Did the show help you with the card sized pictures of the judges, or did you do that on your own?
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On Jun 12, 2014, hypblake wrote:
Also I find it amusing that there isn't thread after thread of "how did he do that". Sadly this is what people should try and emulate. I guess it's easier to chase the grail though. Good luck with that. Smile


Why would there be thread after thread about how he did it. We don't give away method here. Besides to most magi those are well known tricks


What was new here was his presentation. I once remember Doc Eason's deck really getting messed up during a performance of Sam the Bellhop. His adlibing was one of the funniest routines I have ever seen. The ability to carry on as if nothing happened was priceless. Matt did an awesome job and I'm guessing he got the pictures off the Internet.
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On Jun 12, 2014, hypblake wrote:
Also I find it amusing that there isn't thread after thread of "how did he do that". Sadly this is what people should try and emulate. I guess it's easier to chase the grail though. Good luck with that. Smile


Why would there be thread after thread about how he did it. We don't give away method here. Besides to most magi those are well known tricks


What was new here was his presentation. I once remember Doc Eason's deck really getting messed up during a performance of Sam the Bellhop. His adlibing was one of the funniest routines I have ever seen. The ability to carry on as if nothing happened was priceless. Matt did an awesome job and I'm guessing he got the pictures off the Internet.


I hear what your saying about the internet Steven. My thinking was a big network show like that has people that are there just to help with stuff like that. I figured all Mat would have had to do was tell a producer, I need a picture of all four judges the exact size of a playing card SmileThis makes even more sense when you think about the fact that the pictures used, would probably need to be approved by the talent. Especially Howard, who is very picky about what pictures of him are used. This is because certain light,or angles , make him look like a buzzard Smile
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Yeah, I agree.
"The New York Papers," Mark Twain once said,"have long known that no large question is ever really settled until I have been consulted; it is the way they feel about it, and they show it by always sending to me when they get uneasy. "
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Thanks again y'all. I had to create the card pictures myself. I used Internet photos for my initial version that I pitched for the show. Once we knew it would be shot for TV, I was provided with 'approved' images via email to use, so I had to print those and recreate the card photos.
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On Jun 28, 2014, mfranco77 wrote:
Thanks again y'all. I had to create the card pictures myself. I used Internet photos for my initial version that I pitched for the show. Once we knew it would be shot for TV, I was provided with 'approved' images via email to use, so I had to print those and recreate the card photos.


Thanks for the insight Mat. You were terrific, and absolutely cool, calm, and in control in a situation where one slip up could have been a disaster. We are waiting for your next performance with baited breath. Knock them dead Brother!!!
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