Malone took the original story and routine that dates back to the 1930s and added a system of shuffles and cuts to create a truly entertaining piece. He teaches everything that you need to know on this DVD, which was converted from a VHS tape that was released a decade ago.
There's not much to the secret. You stack the deck and then continually shuffle and cut the deck as you tell the story and deal the cards. The rest is personality and performance.
False Shuffles and Cuts
In my performance of Malone's routine, I applied false shuffles and cuts that I had already mastered. While this allowed me to perform the routine sooner - I didn't have to master new sleights - it also allowed me to use moves that don't require a close-up pad, which I don't carry around in my sets. Most of my routines and moves are "in-hand" and don't require a table.
Great Trick, Adequate Video
The teaching segments could be less confusing. I know that this is VHS video that's been adapted to DVD, but more behind the shoulder, from Malone's perspective, would help in understanding and learning the moves. As it stands, Malone is constantly explaining his moves from the viewer's perspective, transplanting "right" and "left," which is confusing.
Malone also teaches a flashy four-ace production. I thoroughly like this one.
Despite the problems with the video and DVD, Sam The Bellhop is fantastic magic. This DVD will teach you the moves and the routine.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $25
Dealers can purchase from Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.