Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi – January 2 – Presentation and Handling for Six Guests in Five Rooms

I wonder how many magicians are actually going to try this.

It’s an old puzzle, which hasn’t been redressed or updated so much as it’s been blocked and choreographed in a manner so as to make it accessible for most audiences.

Normally, you’d have to rely on verbal clarity to put across the details necessary for the proper understanding of the mystery.  Careful consideration to tonality, inflection, and pacing were important.

In this evolution, your hands provide visual representation, and unless you try it out in front of a mirror (or better yet, a video camera) or an audience, you might not realize the impact it can have.

A few years ago, I also updated this mystery for inclusion in my Learning is M.A.G.I.C. programs, allowing students the opportunity to develop presentation skills and boost self esteem while illustrating something most people can’t explain.  To help with clarity, I had students kinesthetically create the “rooms” onstage in front of an audience, complete with imaginary doors to open and invisible guests to usher into the rooms.  (Of course, in my incarnation, the “guests” were all members of the same family in town for a family reunion.  No need to go down the path of having to explain why adults are congregating in various hotel rooms.)

It played big, and well, and I thought I was on to something…

But Mr. Giobbi has done something much more elegant here, while still allowing for it to be performed in front of a large group.

Because it’s only the second entry in the book, I imagine most readers will gloss over it, silently admire it, and never try it.

Their loss…