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A Sherlock Holmes-inspired novella with a difference. Enjoy the story but also learn how to fake it as a Great Detective.
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Mr. Paul Voodini cordially requests that you attend a New Year's Eve dinner party on Sunday, 31st December, 1922 at his London residence, whereby a four course meal will be served and amusement provided by a demonstration of Mr. Voodini's collection of Sherlock Holmes artefacts and antiques.

Paul Voodini
Paul Voodini
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 collection. 

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. ...and more!

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 Great Detective! 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 their acquaintances.

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Paul has to complete some magical elements - but we've seen his act and have absolute confidence that he will deliver, on time.

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    Same benefits as the £45 reward - plus your name (or a name provided by you) will be included as a major character within the book. Be immortalised as a character within the Ghost of Sherlock Holmes.

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    A copy of the book plus one-to-one instruction on the Sherlock Holmes-themed magic tricks and ideas contained within. Paul will demonstrate the tricks and give performance advice on how to get the most from them. This will take place either face-to-face or via Skype in the UK, or via Skype for USA and rest of the world. Sessions last typically 2 hours.

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    A copy of the book plus Paul will attend a party or event organised by you, and will demonstrate the Sherlock Holmes-themed magic tricks contained within the book.

    Paul will do this in the guise of an avid Sherlock Holmes collector, and will dress his performance in a suitably Holmesian fashion.

    Performace duration approx. 1 hour. No travel expenses if in the UK, however travel expenses will need to be added if located in USA or rest of world (negotiate this personally with Paul once the campaign has ended).

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