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Marlo's Chameleon Aces
by Jon Racherbaumer


(1 review, 1 customer rating) ★★★★★

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Marlo's Chameleon Aces by Jon Racherbaumer

The basic plot of the "Chamele Aces" was developed in the late 40s by Edward Marlo, who shared ideas about this motif with Neal Elias in 1949. Elias wrote notes regarding the methods they explored, which he and Marlo then filed away. Neither published the "work;" however, Marlo performed an impromptu version at a Pittsburgh magic convention in 1955. Earlier the same year, Roy Walton published his version of "Chamele Aces" in The Gen (February-1955: Volume 10 - Number 10).

The basic Chamele Aces plot is four red-back and four blue-back Aces transpose one at a time.

1st edition 2008; 80 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. A World About Problemists
  3. Encore Chamele Aces (Jon Racherbaumer)
  4. Chamele Aces Transformed (Gene Castillon)


  5. Chamele Aces (Roy Walton)
  6. A Beautiful Illusion (Edward Marlo)
  7. Impromptu Chamele Aces (Edward Marlo)
  8. Notes on Chamele Aces (Edward Marlo)

    Ancestral Links

  9. Underground Transposition (Brother John Hamman)
  10. Royal Turnabout Transposition (Edward Marlo)


  11. Super Interchange (Derek Dingle)
  12. Changing the Interchange (Edward Marlo)

word count: 23488 which is equivalent to 93 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Howard Port (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 14 March, 2024

Well-written review of the history and variations of Marlo's Chameleon Aces routine in which four red-back aces interchange with four blue-back aces one at a time. I would have given this a four but about 2/3 of the photos are missing from the pdf.