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Edward Marlo

Edward Marlo

(Chicago, Illinois, October 10, 1913 - November 7, 1991)

Born Edward Malkowski. He was one of the most notable names in card magic with groundbreaking publications and a staggering amount of new moves and innovations. To underscore his prolific output and creativity another legend of card magic, the Spaniard Arthuro Ascanio coined the phrase: "When in doubt then for Marlo" - meaning if you don't know who invented a certain concept or move the creator was most likely Marlo.

Marlo himself coined the term cardician, a term which has since been used for magicians who only perform card magic. His first publication in 1938, Pasteboard Presto, was an unheralded thunderbolt which merely hinted at the bulk of work which was to follow.

The many sleights he created have changed the face of card magic. One notable example is his Snap change, used in David Blaine's Street Magic special. Marlo essentially created his own school of magic with many now famous disciples who learned under Marlo: Jon Racherbaumer, Jimmy Nuzzo, Steve Draun, Dave Solomon, Simon Aronson, Bill Malone, Allan Ackerman, Amando Gutierrez, Don May, Randy Wakeman

Marlo wrote over sixty books and manuscripts, and contributed over 2000 tricks in the field of card magic many contributed to various magazines. He did not limit himself to cards as he also authored works on coin magic and dice magic. His most famous works are The Cardician and Revolutionary Card Technique.

He also wrote a series of private manuscripts that were circulated only among the top card magicians of the era. Titles included Riffle Shuffle Systems, Patented False Shuffle, Faro Controlled Miracles and others. They are extremely rare and highly sought after.

Coauthors: Jon Racherbaumer, Norm Osborn, Steve Reynolds, Laurie Ireland, Wesley James

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Edward Marlo & Wesley James
MINT 1964 Annotated by Edward Marlo & Wesley James

Thanks to Wesley James, M.I.N.T III, IV, V, VI, and M.I.N.T. 1963 Annotated are already available. The move toward the availability of the entire run of Marlo In New Tops material with Wesley's extensive annotations and supplemental Bonus material is well underway. The material in this volume is extraordinary. This volume includes 13 articles - something for almost everyone - with themes: Seven months are focused on technique. Two of the techniques were truly ground breaking. Both ATFUS and FUFU were revolutionary. Marlo also extends his exploration of the powerful and intriguing Incomplete Faro. One technique that...

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Edward Marlo & Wesley James
MINT 1963 Annotated by Edward Marlo & Wesley James

After releasing M.I.N.T III, IV, V, and VI, Wesley has set about to complete the full run of Marlo In New Tops material with extensive annotations and supplemental bonus material. This is the first installment of the years from 1963 through 1979. 1964 - 68 are already well underway. Beyond the eight major articles in this, the first year of Marlo’s material in New Tops, there are innovative and ground-breaking plots, sleights, and subtleties, that have been largely unavailable since the run of the New Tops ended, notwithstanding the flat text of L & L’s MINT I and MINT II. If those books had been...

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Edward Marlo
Card Fan Productions by Edward Marlo

A complete treatise on the continuous production of fans of cards from the fingertips. Illustrated with many sketches, front and back views. One of the greatest applause-getters in the business, and you can easily learn how to do it from this ebook. Includes work with gloves, descriptions of performances, ...

Illustrated by Eugene Gloye.

  • Introduction
  • The Instruction
  • The Hat Steal
  • The Card Clip
  • A Net For Catching The Cards
  • Two Types Of Fans
  • Gloved Productions
  • By The Same Author

1st edition 1941; PDF 20 pages.

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Edward Marlo & Wesley James
MINT VI Unauthorized by Edward Marlo & Wesley James

More than the fourteen major Marlo items Ed contributed to New Tops Magazine between 1984-1985 - not to mention new sleights, finesses, and subtleties - these items have been largely unavailable since their publication, almost 40 years ago. Wesley James has added these final two years of material, completing the full run of Marlo's New Tops articles, fulfilling Ed's expressed wishes, keeping his material available "for the guys."

As with Wesley's previous releases, M.I.N.T. III - M.I.N.T. V, these long-unavailable Marlo articles could have been all Wesley compiled. Such a volume would have been an important...

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Edward Marlo & Wesley James
MINT V Unauthorized by Edward Marlo & Wesley James

More than the twenty major Marlo items Ed contributed to New Tops Magazine in 1982-1983 - not to mention new sleights, finesses, and subtleties - these items have been largely unavailable since their publication, almost 40 years ago. Wesley James has added another two years of material toward fulfilling Ed Marlo's expressed wishes, keeping his material available "for the guys."

As with Wesley's two previous releases, M.I.N.T. III and M.I.N.T. IV, these long-unavailable Marlo items could have been all Wesley compiled. Such a volume would have been a huge contribution to the literature of card magic. As a tribute...

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Edward Marlo & Wesley James
MINT IV Unauthorized by Edward Marlo & Wesley James

More than the thirteen major Marlo items Ed contributed to New Tops Magazine in 1981 - not to mention new sleights, finesses, and subtleties - all these items have been largely unavailable since their publication. Wesley James has added another year of material toward fulfilling Ed Marlo's expressed wishes, keeping his material available "for the guys."

As with Wesley's previous release of M.I.N.T. III, these long-unavailable Marlo items could have been all Wesley compiled. Still, this volume would have been an important contribution to the literature of card magic. As tribute to Ed, Wesley wanted this volume to offer more....

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Edward Marlo
Action Palm: Revolutionary Card Technique No. 2 by Edward Marlo

Palming cards while the cards are in action of being shuffled.

  • The Action Palms
  • The Shuffle Palm
  • Delayed Action Palm
  • The Count Cop
  • Count Cop For A Number Of Cards
  • Count Cop For Small Packets
  • Count Cop And Transfer
  • Count Cop Exchange
  • Count Cop For Left Hand
  • Action Palm - One Hand
  • The Clip Steal
  • Turn Down Palm
  • Misdirection Palm
  • The Cull Palm
  • Cull Palm Replacement
  • Pressure Fan Palm
  • One Hand Palm As Action Palm
  • Take Techniques For Action Palm
  • Square Up Drop Palm
  • Drop Cut Palm
  • Double Action Palms
  • The Table Edge Palm
  • Pivot Bottom Steal
  • Brush Palm
  • Bits Of Misdirection
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Edward Marlo & Wesley James
MINT III Unauthorized by Edward Marlo & Wesley James

Beyond the Eight major pieces of material, not to mention sleights and subtleties, that have remained unavailable since the 20-year run of the New Tops ended, Wesley James has completed the task of fulfilling Ed Marlo's expressed wishes, keeping his material available "for the guys."

If the long-unavailable Marlo items were all Wesley compiled, this would be an important contribution to the literature of card magic. As tribute to Ed, Wesley wanted this volume to offer more. So, he added clarifications and corrections - both logical and grammatic - plus his own personal Notes. Some of those Notes...

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Edward Marlo
Early Marlo by Edward Marlo

Contains all the early Marlo material for your convenience. Formerly put out in a dozen or more pamphlets - now with improved art work in digital form for easy study.

  • Early Eddie
  • Learning To Fool The People
  • Pasteboard Presto
    • Two Pets
    • A. First Pet
    • B. Second Pet
    • Marlo's Rosini
    • The First Miracle
    • Another Rosini
    • Everywhere And Nowhere
    • Four Aces Again
    • The Ambitious Card
    • General Ace Trick
  • Amazing, Isn't It?
    • Foreword
    • Card Counted To
    • Marlo's Think A Card
    • Simplex Ten To One
    • No Palm Aces To Pocket
    • Do As I Do - U Can't Unless I Want U 2
    • Streamlined Discernment
    • Surprising Transposition ...
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Edward Marlo
The Faro Shuffle: Revolutionary Card Technique No. 6 by Edward Marlo

This ebook describes Marlo's techniques for the Faro Shuffle. It contains methods for executing a faro, such as The First Technique, Faro Riffle Shuffle, and The Butt Shuffle, as well as Faro Aids, such as the Fourth Finger Table and the Rock and Reweave. It also contains more complex variations, like the Off Center Faro, Above Crimp Faro, and 26th Card Faro Check.

  • The Faro Shuffle
  • - The First Technique
  • Faro Aids
  • - 26th Card Faro Check
  • - The 4th Finger Table
  • Faro Riffle Shuffle
  • - Variations In Technique On The Faro Riffle Shuffle
  • - In The Hands
  • The Butt Faro
  • Partial Faro Check ...
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Edward Marlo
Coining Magic by Edward Marlo

Marlo's coin magic has a wonderful imaginative quality. He does things with props you've had around for years and you wonder why you didn't think of it.

  • Note
  • Paper And Coin
  • The Dealer's Pitch
  • For Enthusiasts
  • The Spider Vanish
  • Further Ideas
  • The Spectator Wraps It Up
  • Shrinkage
  • Copper-Silver Paper
  • Solid-Soft-Solid-Gone
  • Hand Penetration
  • A New Method Of Handling The Flip Move
  • Sans Duplicate
  • Flutterless
  • Unprepared
  • Ed Marlo's Personal Routine
  • S.O.C.
  • Technique For Visible Coin Change
  • The 1050 Transposition
  • Impromptu S.O.C. Routine
  • Marlo One Hand Turnover
  • Coin Box Turnover
  • Concluding...
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Edward Marlo
Estimation: Revolutionary Card Technique - Chapter 13 by Edward Marlo

Revolutionary Card Technique No. 13. An ebook on an intriguing aspect of card magic. Both mechanical and natural estimation.

  • Estimation
  • Mechanical Estimation
    • First Method: The Comparison Method
    • Second Method: The Automatic Gauge Method
    • Third Method: The Nail Gauge
    • Fourth Method: Marlo's Favorite
    • Fifth Method: The Faro Check
  • Mechanical Estimation Effects
    • The Magic Card
    • "Think I'll Stop Here"
    • "Chosen Card Count Down"
    • The Tipoff
    • Reversed Card Out
  • Natural Estimation
    • Side Riffle Estimation
    • Pull Down Estimation
    • Back End Riffle Estimation
    • The Cut Estimate
    • Visual Retention...
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Edward Marlo
Card Switches: Revolutionary Card Technique No. 12 by Edward Marlo

Original methods for switching a card or cards.

  • Rear Flat Palm
  • Rear Angle Palm
  • Thumb Clip Palm
  • Latest Thumb Clip Palm
  • Changing Palm Positions
  • Flat Card Pickup
  • Getting into the Palm Positions
  • Methods of Unloading the X Card after the Switch: The Flexible Unload
  • The Card Switch Transfer
  • An Impressive Sequence
  • A Simpler Sequence
  • A Third Sequence
  • First Switch
  • Variations of the First Switch
  • Marlo's Card Switch
  • Additional Method for Getting into Basic Position of Rear Flat Palm required for the Marlo Card Swtich
  • Methods of Disclosure
    • The Delayed Disclosure
    • The Indirect Disclosure ...
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Edward Marlo
Ed Marlo: Thirty-Five Years Later Lecture by Edward Marlo

An important historical video, the only live lecture video of the Cardician himself, Edward Marlo, ever released. It was shot March 1986 in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • Not All Psychological
  • Are We Kidding Ourselves?
  • Not So Obvious
  • Female
  • Stories from the Treasure Chest
  • For the Devilsh Miracle
  • On the Interlaced Transposition
  • The Money Sandwich
  • The Card in Case
  • Challenge oil and water (or, try this with a glide)

1st edition 2001, length 59 minutes

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Edward Marlo
Seconds, Centers and Bottoms by Edward Marlo

Watch the master as he goes through advanced dealing and pass techniques, as only Eddie could. Exclusive, historical footage is now available in a digital format for the first time for serious card workers everywhere. A great line from Marlo is: "The center deal is a glorified bottom deal - that is all it is."

  • Take versus Strike Seconds
  • One Hand and Extended Push-Off Seconds
  • Easy and No Touch Theory Seconds
  • Natural Second
  • On the Inward Take
  • Multiple Minus Bottom
  • Marlo on the Center Deal
  • Inner Corner Take Bottom
  • On the Bottom Deal Count
  • Havana Deals
  • Inward and Outward Deals
  • Straddle...
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Edward Marlo
Private Studies Video by Edward Marlo

Ed Marlo performs and teaches some of his greatest secrets, gleaned from private footage.

This 60 minute video offers the richest, most complete teaching tape ever released of the world's greatest cardician, Edward Marlo, with over twenty-five quality ideas, moves and routines jam-packed into one video. Watch as Ed demonstrates and explains: Spectator Cuts the Aces, The Fifth Peel, Vanishing Aces, Shake the Spots Off . . . and much, much more. Ed Marlo lectures on Shank and Zarrow shuffle sequences and applications, gives advanced tips on card handling, and adds performances of items from...

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Edward Marlo
The Shank Shuffle by Edward Marlo

Here is a deceptive, all purpose false shuffle that every card man will be able to do. Marlo's detailed steps of instruction brings this revolutionary technique into sharp focus and also gives you some very magical effects using it. Students of card magic will find this provocative, controversial treatise an important addition to Riffle Shuffle arcana. Newcomers will be introduced to the skills and workings of front-rank card magic.

  • Foreword
  • Commentary
  • The Shank Shuffle
  • Marlo's Variations Of The Shank Shuffle
  • The Work
  • To Keep An Alternated Red-Black Set-Up
  • The Shank Shuffle With Block...
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Edward Marlo
Ed Marlo Confidential by Edward Marlo

A wonderful look at the life and times of Ed Marlo, with vintage, rare, underground footage. Called "one of the most important tapes of the Millennium" by Matt Field, this tape lets you get to know the real Ed Marlo.

1st edition 2000, length 1h

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Laurie Ireland & Edward Marlo
Bull's-Eye Coin Tricks by Laurie Ireland & Edward Marlo

Includes the Human Slot Machine and other guaranteed laugh jackpots, a modern line of patter for the Miser's Dream, a complete routine with a single coin, and tricks with coins of all sizes. Photographically illustrated.

Paul Fleming wrote:

This 28-page booklet is printed by the offset method from neatly typed manuscript; it is illustrated with 43 photographic reproductions (some of which are less clear than could be desired, and are not always in complete agreement with the text; and is bound in soft boards. It contains nine items by Edward Marlo, eleven by L. L. Ireland, and one by Paul Studham. ...

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Edward Marlo
Fingertip Control: Revolutionary Card Technique - Chapter 3 by Edward Marlo

The system of the Marlo Definite Fingertip Control explained in all its ramifications and ideas.

1st edition 1956, 1st digital edition 2013, 24 pages.

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Edward Marlo
Faro Notes: Revolutionary Card Technique - Chapter 7 by Edward Marlo

Over 30 effects and ideas using Faro Shuffle. It contains Marlo's analysis of the Faro Shuffle, the In Shuffle, the Out Shuffle, and other faro techniques. He details a lot about what happens to the deck in the various shuffles, and adds card effects that you can do with these shuffles.

  • Less Than 52
  • With Two Cards
  • For 2 Cards At Undetermined Positions
  • The Faro Calculator
  • The Chain Calculator
  • The Left Over Faro Shuffle
  • Shuffling The Aces
  • Placement Shuffle
  • Control Of The Aces
  • An Out Shuffle Effect
  • Progressive Miracle
  • New Deck P.M.
  • 76-76-67-67
  • The Memorized Stack
  • Fingertip Miracle ...
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Edward Marlo
Miracle Card Changes: Revolutionary Card Technique - Chapter 1 by Edward Marlo

Revolutionary card technique, chapter one:

Table of Contents

  1. Miracle Change No. 1
  2. - Method No. 1
  3. - Method No. 2
  4. - Method No. 3
  5. - Method No. 4
  6. - A Variation With Effect
  7. Miracle Change No. 2
  8. Miracle Change No. 3
  9. A Multiple Effect
  10. Follow The Ace
  11. Climax Sleeving

1st edition 1954, 24 pages; PDF 26 pages.

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Edward Marlo
Acrobatic Cards by Edward Marlo

The "Acrobatic Cards" captured Marlo's imagination - a brand new concept in a mechanical changing card. Now with this big ebook by Ed Marlo, the card trick is changed into a miracle...or a whole series of miracles! Plus an innovation called Marlo's secret Gimmick, which carries you even farther into the world of Acrobatic Cards. Contents include: six methods for handling the gaffed card, three methods for placing the selection, fifteen effects with Acrobatic Cards, Secret Gimmick, with ten effects, and a dozen inspired tricks including some by Jon Racherbaumer. Fully illustrated by Nelson Hahne. You will need...

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Edward Marlo
Shoot The Works by Edward Marlo

The greatest ebook on dice work ever written for the magician. A complete manual of dice manipulation from the magic angle. Reputation making tricks. A wealth of content, including the Great Dice Stack in which four dice on the table are covered with a dice cup. Performer slides cup in a swinging motion, with its mouth against the table, then lifts it, and the dice are piled in a perfect upright stack! Featured by the famous John Paul, John Platt and many other close up men.

Also includes dice transposition, a dice and hat routine, holdout, They're Loaded, 3 dice and a coin, etc. Complete...

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Edward Marlo
The Cardician by Edward Marlo

Edward Marlo needs no introduction. He was one of the most prolific and influential creators of card magic. This is one of his most ambitious undertakings - a big book that runs the gamut of Marlo card magic. Unusual sleights, miraculous tricks, incomparable routines, material for the student, gems for the expert. Plus an interesting chapter showing how card tricks evolve and giving full credit to all inspirational sources for the entire book.

1st edition 1953, 199 pages; 1st digital edition 2012, 184 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. A Few Words............

    Chapter One

  2. Sense Of Touch ...
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Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer & Steve Reynolds
Burn: Surviving Riffle Forces by Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer & Steve Reynolds

The five techniques explained in this treatise are directly or tangentially inspired by Ed Marlo’s An Updated Force (1987).

Techniques taught are:

  • An Updated Force (Ed Marlo)
  • Piffle Force (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Balm-Applied Riffle Force (Steve Reynolds)
  • Drop-Block Riffle Force (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Slip-Less Clip Force (Jon Racherbaumer)

1st edition 2009; 20 pages photo illustrated

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Norm Osborn & Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer
Unlimited 3.0 by Norm Osborn & Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer

This manuscript explores in detail the possibilities of the 'Double Count'. As the title implies, the possibilities seem unlimited. After reading this PDF you will surely come up with your own variations and takes on the effects presented. The Double Count in its basic form is to show five cards absolutely cleanly as six. One of the five cards is a double facer.

1st edition 1953, 2nd edition 1983, 3rd edition 2002, 48 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. The Card Goes Home (Norm Osborn)
  2. Improved Double Count (Edward Marlo)
  3. Effect One
  4. Effect Two
  5. Effect Three
  6. Effect Four
  7. Effect Five
  8. Effect...
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Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer
Back To The Future Classic by Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer

Edward Marlo and Jon Racherbaumer study three similar effects:

  • Everywhere and Nowhere
  • The General Card
  • The Universal Card

2nd edition 2002, 50 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Afterword
  2. A Future Classic
  3. Streamlined Classic
  4. Comedy Classic
  5. Quick Three-Way
  6. In Lieu of the Hindoo Shuffle
  7. Mini-Classic I
  8. Mini-Classic II
  9. A Sixy Effect
  10. Early Marlo: Everywhere and Nowhere
  11. No Deck: Everywhere and Nowhere
  12. Spade Book: Everywhere and Nowhere
  13. Marlo's Hofzinser
  14. Additional Climax
  15. Future Classic Double-Cross
  16. Four Eightses Classic
  17. 'Tis Rough On Hofzinser
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Edward Marlo
6 Hallucinations by Edward Marlo

Three playing cards vanish and then reappear in your pocket.

Here is a treat for serious card lovers. A gimmicked version of the amazing 'hallucination' plot along with 5 further non-gimmicked handlings. Ed was always thorough, and here it shows in style.

In effect, three spectators each look at the top card of the deck, one at a time. The performer comments about how people often have problems recalling details, and how various descriptions of the same event can vary dramatically. He offers to prove his point.

  • Climax 1: The spectators each name their cards and they are ALL DIFFERENT! ...
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