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Grand Hotel

by Jon Racherbaumer
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Grand Hotel by Jon Racherbaumer

An exploration of the Hotel Trick, aka "A Night on the Town". A trick with a good plot is half the battle. This one has an interesting plot that can be styled and modified to fit your needs. Sleight-less and sleight-of-hand versions are being taught.

Jon was introduced to this trick by Persi Diaconis in the 1970s. In this ebook he has traced it back to its roots, and forward to modern variations and spin-offs.

The core effect:

Two Queens and four Kings are shown. The Queens are tabled face down next to each other. Two Kings are added onto each Queen to form two three-card packets. After a magical pass, the Queens and Kings separate and coalesce into respective packets. These actions are accompanied by a simple tale about four gentlemen (Kings) who were out on the town. Two ladies (Queens) of the evening meet them and each lady retires to a hotel room with two male admirers. A hotel detective (Ace of Spades), suspecting an illegal tryst, intercedes by checking each room. To his surprise, he finds four gentlemen in one room and the two ladies in the other room.

  • ONCE UPON A TIME
  • THE BASIC ACTION PROCEDURE
  • TELL ME A STORY
  • A BIT OF HISTORY
  • ACES AND KINGS / Henry Christ
  • THE HOTEL MYSTERY / Edward Marlo
  • AND THEN…
  • THE KING CAN DO NO WRONG / Gerald L. Kaufman
  • THE DIAMOND ROBBERY / Peter Kane
  • ROSENTHAL ON THE HOTEL TRICK
  • A NIGHT ON THE TOWN / Edward Marlo
  • SPIN OFFS
  • SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
1st edition 2020, PDF 68 pages.
word count: 21105 which is equivalent to 84 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by angularjs reactjs (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Saturday 29 May, 2021

I have seen the "hotel" plot from Allan Ackerman and was wondering if there is any streamlined or easier/shorter version out there. This one is really good. It shows you how you can do the same effect with different methods and choose the one you like. There is one big trick inside that I can't quite understand how it works and there is no illustration to help me through. The rest are great tricks and easy to understand.
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