So begins The Ghost of Sherlock Holmes, a full length novella of approximately 200 pages. On
New Year's Eve, 1922, a dozen eminent members of London society gather at the home of avid
Sherlock Holmes collector Paul Voodini. Their intention is to welcome the arrival of the new year
with good food and fine wine, and to witness an exhibition of Voodini's priceless Holmesian
The guests have been promised the following demonstrations and distractions:
Dr Bell's Party Piece: Arthur Conan Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, Dr Joseph Bell, was a
master of deduction, observation, and memory. But how exactly was he able to memorise a freely
shuffled deck of cards in mere seconds?
Jack the Ripper's Picture Book: a deck of cards, reputedly having once belonged to the infamous
serial killer, display a chilling characteristic.
Seance for a Clock-Maker: a brutally murdered London clock-maker crosses over from the spirit
realm to communicate with the dinner party guests.
The Curious Case of the Cottingley Fairy Rings: two silver rings, allegedly given by the Cottingley
Fairies to the girls Elsie and Francis, demonstrate a strange quality.
The Sherlock Holmes Personality Profile: using a deck of cards, the host not only manages to
accurately describe the personality of one guest, but is then able to use this information to correctly
predict a card that the guest secretly chose.
However as the evening progresses, it becomes apparent that Mr. Paul Voodini may not be all that
he claims to be. What is the ancient curse that he would rid himself of, which guest will unwittingly
help him in this nefarious task, and is his strange collection of artefacts all that he claims it to be?
While the guests at the dinner party may have placed themselves in mortal danger by attending this
soiree, for you, dear reader, there is yet more excitement and wonder to be discovered.......
For, you see,
Mr. Voodini has taken a liking to you, and throughout the book he will explain to you (and only
you) exactly how he faked the amazing deeds that have so impressed his guests.
That is correct,
Voodini is a charlatan who has beguiled his guests with simple magical techniques. And in the
pages of this book he will explain to you exactly how you too can demonstrate the same wonderful
skills so that your friends and family will believe that you have the abilities and attributes of the
All magical techniques explained in this book are simple to achieve, are thoroughly explained in
plain language, and require no prior magical training or skill.
The Ghost of Sherlock Holmes – a novella for followers of Holmes, for magicians, for gas-lamp
mystery enthusiasts, and for those who would inject a little mischievous wonder into the lives of