Sam the bell hop

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There are a few clips going around the web containing a variation on a well known magic trick called ‘Sam the bell hop’.  I think that the original idea comes from magician Rufus Steele, and that Bill Malone then added all of the cuts and shuffles. Either way, I thought it would be fun to post a clip of the performer most associated with the trick.  Ladies and Gentleman, I give you Bill Malone…

16 comments on “Sam the bell hop

  1. owoichoinnocent77@gmail.com says:

    Yeeeee goooood?

  2. david dredge says:

    Stunning

  3. Stevie says:

    I used to enjoy performing that myself but required it. I’ll revisit it when I can come up with my own story. Bill’s I think is about as good as it can get though.

  4. Eddie says:

    Brilliant, but he’s a bit creepy with the female members of the audience – by today’s standards anyway.

  5. Ken Haley says:

    Wonderful. The delivery is better than the trick!

  6. dayuntoday says:

    Wow. That is impressive!

  7. drdean says:

    Outstanding–love the whole schtick!

  8. One Eyed Jack says:

    The tricks are hard enough, but it’s the showmanship that makes a performance. Superbly done.

  9. jefferson says:

    Fantastic!

  10. Mervulon says:

    SO good.

  11. Mervulon says:

    But… so… Three men go to a hotel, and ask to rent a room. The desk clerk charges them $30 collectively. After they go to the room, the desk clerk realizes he has overcharged them, and asks the bell-hop (see the connection there?) to refund them $5. The bell-hop goes to the room and thinks “What the heck” and returns only $3 dollars to the men, keeping $2 for himself. So… upon getting a one dollar refund a piece, each man has paid $9 for their share of the room, equaling $27. Adding the $2 the bell-hop kept for himself, the total spent is $29. What happened to the missing dollar?
    (And Paul Currey did a nice little card routine illustrating this puzzle.
    ps. Love you Dr. Wiseman!)

  12. Jaleel Hamid says:

    Great Friday laugh! Thanks

  13. […] card trick is “Sam the Bellhop,” although Willie turns it into a story about a porter. Reportedly, the basis for the card trick was created by Rufus Steele, and then around 1994 Bill Malone built […]

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