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churken
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I have always liked Bill Malone's version of Sam the Bellhop, but didn't want to set up the entire stack for that one trick. Since I use the Aronson stack extensively I wrote a Sam the Bellhop type story called Southside Johnny to go with it. I have been performing the story for about 5 years and it always gets a strong reaction. It also retains the stack. I will share this with the first 10 people who pm me in exchange for your critique on the story. Thanks.

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Looks great, and I use Aronson stack too! but since I don't speak english primarily I bet I can't use it when performing. hope you get good feedback!
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I do speak English when performing and can attest to the fact that this is a wonderful routine. Story effects which reset themselves are marvelous, but this one has the advantage that you do it with the Aronson stack. Afterwards, you can do any of your other memdeck effects... although it may be hard to follow!
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Ummm... Nobody's mentioned that the entire story rhymes as well. Wow. This story is great, I can't wait to start working on this.
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Thank you all for your kind comments both here and those who have sent me pm's and emails. I am pleased that this story is getting such a good response.

Paul
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Thanks, Paul, for sharing this with people. It IS a wonderful routine. The only other 'story deck' I know is Lovell's 'Who Killed Lilly Longlegs' (from book Simon Says and DVD The Methods Behind the Madness), which is meant to presented as completely impromptu and improvised. As opposed to your routine, which is carefully scripted. Two very different approaches.

I really liked how you use the Aronson stack (why hadn't I thought of that?), and how it ends (spoiler alert!) with Aronson's Routine Maintenance -- inspired! I thought about memorizing the script, but I soon realized that story decks are pretty personal things. So I decided to work on my OWN story deck. It took me less than a half hour once I got the idea! It begins with the illusion that it's impromptu but also ends with Routine Maintenance.

So I should thank you for inspiring me to work out my own ideas. Magic, of course, shouldn't be about copying other people's routines, but we need to know other people's routines to know what not to copy! Or something like that. Maybe I should have stopped at thank you . . .
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I second mrehula. Thank you for sharing this. It is a great routine. It could be a reputation maker.

Mrehula, I hate to disagree with you.....my motto "If you can't improve on it copy it...just make sure you do it right and give proper credit."
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I want to thank everyone for the interest in The Legend of Southside Johnny. I have ended up sending out more than the ten scripts that I originally offered. Still, there are few enough out there that I don't think anyone who wants to use it will have to worry about "exclusivity" in their areas. After today I will no longer release this story for free. At some point in the near future I will be writing up some of my original effects as a download.

Paul
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To mrehula,
The two "classic" story effects are Sam the Bellhop and The Adventures of Diamond Jack. Bill Malone is associated with Sam the Bellhop today, but it goes back long before that. I saw Frank Everhart do it years ago at his bar in the Ivanhoe Hotel in Chicago. Eugene Burger does the Diamond Jack Story with a Jumbo Deck on one of his Videos, but again, the story is old and goes back a long way. You can find it in the Encyclopedia of Card Tricks by Hugard and Braue.

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Thanks, Dennis. I found Sam the Bellhop on YouTube (http://youtube.com/watch?v=C96Hc1m7pRU). It's a great routine! I didn't even notice the Diamond Jack story in the Encyclopedia of Card Tricks. I must admit that when I see a trick needs a set up, especially setting up a full deck, I tend to automatically turn the page.
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