After releasing M.I.N.T III through VI, and Annotated M.I.N.T 1963, 64, 65, 66, 67, and 68, the articles of this volume depart. It includes the years 1969-1972 - there were no articles in 1971. As Wesley moves toward completing the full run of Marlo In New Tops material, plus his extensive annotations, observations and Bonus material, he wanted to be fair to Marlo fans, and to his readers. This is the first installment in the Annotated M.I.N.T series that includes a four year span of articles. These seven major articles provide multiple innovative and ground-breaking sleights, plots, 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 II. If those books had been sufficient, Ed's material would be better understood and in far wider use. Wesley James has already completed the task of fulfilling Ed Marlo's expressed wishes with M.I.N.T III through VI, keeping Eddie's material available "for the guys." Now, he brings his insights to Ed Marlo's earlier New Tops articles. If you truly want to understand, benefit from, and incorporate Ed Marlo's material as only those who knew him well can, these are books you will want to own and will treasure for years to come.
The late 60s and early 70s was a sporadic period for Ed's contributions to New Tops. There were few articles in 1969 and 70, and no articles in 1971. As a result, Wesley has combined Ed's New Tops material from the years, 1969, 1970, and 1972, in one volume. Doing so, packs these pages with some of Ed's most useful material. 1969 featured three excellent techniques. His "Somersaulting A-2-3" (applying Ed's "Fake Pick Up"), his "Moveable Card Pass," and the "Slip Count." Each of which could have been a booklet in itself.
1970 was a very light year, Marlo contributed only one article, but what an article, Ed's then new work on "Wrist Turn Passes." The 1972 contributions touch two plots close to Ed's heart, the "Collectors," and the "Universal Card" applying his "Diminishing Lift Switch." "Long Distance Collectors" and "Diminishing Universal" are challenging, but Wesley has made them far more workable with his Notes and Bonus handlings. Ed closes the year with an item that should provoke considerable thought, "Colorful Surprise."
This is an important volume of nearly 100 information packed pages for students of Marlo techniques and "Somersaulting A-2-3" is exceptional.
In tribute to Ed, Wesley wanted these volumes to offer much more, hence his even more extensive annotations, clarifications, and corrections - both logical and grammatic - plus his personal observations, some complimentary, some critical, but all informative.
As Wesley has often stated, "One can't perform card magic without a tip of the hat to Ed Marlo." Wesley's friend of more than 25 years, Ed Marlo inspired a wealth of material that Wesley has developed, massaged, enhanced and adapted through his performance experience. Among Wesley's creations are full routines inspired by Marlo, techniques built on Marlo foundations, and routines - many for the first time in any source.
If you're a fan of card magic, you'll want to own these volumes and study them closely. The combination of clarified Marlo material, Wesley's insightful Notes, and the original Wesley James routines create and should continue to enhance Marlo's legacy for those that absorb them, and students of Wesley James material will want to explore them in depth.
If you already own MINT III through VI, now, finally, you'll be able to complete your file of Marlo In New Tops with more than flat text. At the same time, you'll add to your collection of Wesley James' creations, and benefit from his detailed descriptions, analysis, and historical perspective. This volume offers so much to those who are serious about their card magic. Some of what you'll read is easy while some is more technically challenging, but it's all been made practical so you can add it to your repertoire.
The Table of Contents, below, will show you more of what this volume contains. Don't wait to be blown away by this mix of older Marlo material and Wesley James' insightful Notes and cutting-edge creations. It's all here for you now at just $40.
- Table of Contents
- SOMERSAULTING A-2-3, Volume 9, No 1, January 1969
- FIRST METHOD
- SECOND METHOD
- WJ on Somersaulting A-2-3
- Modified Somersaulting A-2-3
- MOVEABLE CARD PASS, Volume 9, No 3, March 1969
- THE MOVEABLE CARD
- MOVEABLE CARD EFFECTS
- MIRACLE CARD STAB LOCATION
- WJ Strip Out Substitution
- MARLOS' ULTRA MENTAL
- WJ on Moveable Card Pass
- THE "SLIP COUNT" PRINCIPLE, Volume 9, No 8, August 1969
- THE MARLO TECHNIQUE FOR THE SLIP COUNT
- THE CENTER VARIATION
- MENTAL STAB AGAIN
- UMPTEENTH METHOD
- WJ on the Slip Count
- WRIST TURN PASSES, Volume 10, No 1, January 1969
- FIRST METHOD
- SECOND METHOD
- THIRD METHOD
- WJ on Wrist Turn Passes
- LONG DISTANCE COLLECTORS, Volume 12, No 8, August 1972
- WJ on Long Distance Collectors
- DIMINISHING UNIVERSAL, Volume 12, No 12, December 1972
- ADDED SUGGESTIONS
- SECOND METHOD
- WJ on Diminishing Universal
- The Almost Quintessential Impressionists
- COLORFUL SURPRISE, Vol 12, No. 12, December 1972
- Discard #1
- Discard #2
- Discard #3
- WJ on Colorful Surprise
- Reversed Surprise
- Splay Grip
- The WJ Double Reverse Pass
- In Conclusion
- Marlo Publications (By Date)
- General Bibliography
- Marketed Tricks & Manuscripts
- Marlo Book Contributions
- Marlo Magazine Contributions
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