Marlo The Final Cut – Third Volume Of The Marlo Card Series – Book


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Hardcover, 312 pages. ISBN 978-0-9729263-9-3

MARLO The Final Cut is the broadest and most ambitious compilation of Ed Marlo's work ever published. Spanning more than thirty different published sources released from 1941-1974, it covers hundreds of tricks, moves, routines, subtleties, musings, and thought problems. Not only does this volume compile thirteen distinct books, but it also reprints his contributions from a myriad of other publications - magazines to books to newsletters.

In this book, you'll discover material of all kinds-from close-up to stage, from semi-automatic to knuckle-busting, from complex routines to simple tricks. Learn modernist masterpieces like Devilish Miracle, practical worker's material like Cardician Makes Good, ornate dances like New Elevator, and elemental concepts like the KM Move.

Compiled and edited by N. C. Colwell with more than 300 endnotes and notations providing historical, literary, and clarifying context and foreword and remembrance by two of Ed Marlo's most prominent students - Jon Racherbaumer and Allan Ackerman.


Introduction by N. C. Colwell

Remembering Eddie by Allan Ackerman

Foreword by Jon Racherbaumer

PART ONE: BOOKSChapter 1 - Card Fan Productions (1941)

The Instruction

  • Producing Multiple Fans of Cards
  • Sample Routine

A Bad Technique
Types of Cards-One
Types of Hands
Types of Cards-Two
The Hat Steal by Mort Abrams
Painted Card by Hank Nowoc
The Card Clip
A Net for Catching the Cards
Two Types of Fans
Gloved Productions
Hand Care

Chapter 2 - Deck Deception (1942)

Double Vanish and Recovery

  • Casanova Card Trick by Martin Gardner and Ed Marlo
  • Marlo's Double Vanish and Recovery

Torn Deck Mystery
A Good Number
Number Transpo
Marlo's Running Cut
Marlo's Lessinout System of Cull and Stock Shuffles

  • Lessinout Cull
  • Lessinout Stack

The Spy
Divining Hanky
Marlo's Card to Card Case
The Magical Gambler
And in Conclusion...

Chapter 3 - Future Reverse (1945)

First Method
Second Method

  • Center Reverse/Future Reverse

Method Three
Method Four
Method Five
Method Six
The Bonus Effect

Chapter 4 - Havana Deal (1948)

First Method
Second Method
Third Method

Chapter 5 - A Devilish Miracle by Ed Marlo and Carmen D'Amico (1948)

First Method
Second Method

Chapter 6 - Ed Marlo's Lecture Notes (1951)

Sudden Aces
Cutting the Aces Routine
Ace Opener
Cardician Makes Good
Follow the Leader
Mr. Black Comes Back

Chapter 7 - The Future Classic by Ed Marlo and Carmen D'Amico (1953)

A Future Classic

  • Card Addition by Fred Braue
  • Turnover Change
  • Hit Method
  • Left Hand Palm/Dealing Position Palm/Future Classic Palm
  • Summary

Streamlined Classic
Comedy Classic
Final Observations

  • Alternate Set-Up
  • Alternate Count One
  • Alternate Count Two
  • Glide Double Handling

Chapter 8 - The Magic Seven (1954)Magical Seven

  • Phase One
  • Phase Two
    The Glide
  • Phase Three
  • Phase Four
  • Phase Five
  • Summary

Opening Phase

  • Alternate Methods

The Climax Phase

  • Alternate Methods

Chapter 9 - Classical Foursome by Ed Marlo and Carmen D'Amico (1956)Foreword
A Classical Quickie

  • First Method
  • Second Method
  • Third Method
  • Fourth Method
  • Fifth Method
  • Sixth Method
  • Seventh Method
    The Open Reverse
  • Eighth Method
  • Ninth Method
  • Tenth Method

The D'Amico Spread
Doubly Ambitious
Chameleon Queens
Marlo-Curry Change
Double Transpositions

  • The Repeat
  • Straight Presentation

Marlo Pivot Spread

  • Basic Principle
  • First
  • Second
  • Third
  • Fourth
  • Fifth
  • Sixth
  • Note on Sixth Method
  • Triple Pivot Spread

Chapter 10 - Marlo Meets His Match (1959)Foreword

  • Matcho Methods I-VI

Matcho Notes

  • Variation of the Method II
  • Possible Stage Presentation
  • Matcho II-Single Deck Version

Marlo-Curry Change Variation
Double Thought-Single Deck

  • Stooge Version
  • The Exchange Version
  • The Key Card Version-First Version
  • The Key Card Version-Second Version
  • Memory Version

Red and Blue-Spectator Coincidence
Double Coincidence
More Matchos

  • Matcho Methods VII-IX

Double Thought and Two Billets
Gaffed Matcho

  • First Method
  • Second Method

Marked Matcho
Unmarked Matcho
Memory Matcho
The Fake Change

Chapter 11 - The K. M. Move by Ed Marlo with Tony Kardyro (1962)

The K. M. Move-Forward Fingering Action
Two Closing Actions
Reverse Fingering Action
Reversal Effect
Card Face-Up, Deck Face-Down
Righting a Reversed Card
Multiple Cards, Forward Fingering Action
Foreshadowing Later Ideas
Multiple Cards, Reverse Fingering Action
Multiple Out/Multiple Turnover Cleanup
Off the Face Changes
Ambitious Routine
Further Applications of the Reverse Fingering Action with K. M. Move

  • All Alike Count
  • The Transposition

Use of the K. M. Move in Devilish Miracle
K.M. Move Follow Up Aces
Another Exchange Procedure
The Four Ace and Four King Transposition
K.M. Move with the Peek
K.M. Move as a Passer

  • First Idea
  • Second Idea
  • Packet Handling

Second Handling of K. M. Move

  • Multiple Card Steal

The K. M. Move Force
Ace Producer
The K. M. Move Brush Change
Appearing and Disappearing Selections
Technical Variations of the K. M. Move

  • First Variation
  • Second Variation
  • The Fan Method

Conclusions and Recollections

Chapter 12 - Tilt! (1962)

More Bluff Shifts

  • For One Card (Added Ideas)
  • Bluff Shift to the Top or at Any Number from the Top
  • Bluff Shift to the Bottom or Any Number from the Bottom
  • Bluff Shift and Palm Off
  • Flexible Bluff Shift
  • D'Amico's Idea by Carmen D'Amico
  • Front End Tilt

Mental Elimination

  • Mental Elimination

Effects with Figure Three

  • First Effect-Rising Thought
  • Second Effect-Quick Acembly
  • Third Effect-4 and 4 Transposition
  • Fourth Effect-Trapped
  • Fifth Effect-The Pincers
    Tilt Subtlety by Charles Aste, Jr.
  • Sixth Effect-Gathering of the Clan
  • Seventh Effect-Surprise
  • Ambitious Card Sequence

Add to Effects with Figure Three

  • Eighth Effect-Another Classical Quickie
  • Ninth Effect-Aces to Pocket
  • Tenth Effect-The Prediction (Open or Closed)
  • Eleventh Effect-Do as I Do

More Effects with Figure Three

  • Twelfth Effect-The Tilted Transposition
  • Thirteenth Effect-The Criss Cross Transposition
  • Fourteenth Effect-The Tilt Stab
  • Fifteenth Effect-The Tilt Sandwich
    Alternative Handlings for The Tilt Sandwich

New Effects

  • Sixteenth Effect-Tilt Doubly Ambitious
  • Seventeenth Effect-Tilted Aces
  • Eighteenth Effect-Tilt Addition
  • Nineteenth Effect-Numbered Tilt
  • Twentieth Effect-Tilted Dunbury
  • Twenty-First Effect-Tilted Classical Quickie
  • Twenty-Second Effect-Visible Tilt
  • Roger Klause Fake Center Deal by Roger Klause
  • Neal Elias Tilt Contribution by Neal Elias

Chapter 13 - Marlo's Objectives (1973)

First Objective
Second Objective
Third Objective-Re-positioning Spread
Fourth Objective-Four Card Location
Fifth Objective-In- and Out-Jogging Cull
Sixth Objective
Seventh Objective
Loose Ends
Alternated Red&Black Shuffles
For Faro Shuffler Only


Chapter 14 - STEELE&LEECH

52 Amazing Card Tricks by W. F. (Rufus) Steele (1949)
Double Thought
For Card Men Only by Al Leech (1949)
Aces Up by Ed Marlo and Al Leech
Manipulating with Leech by Al Leech (1952)
Ace-King a la Marlo


The Ireland Yearbook for 1950 (1950)
Card Telepathy de Luxe by James Auer with Ed Marlo
Ireland's Yearbook for 1954 (1954)
The Royal Assembly by Del Ray and Ed Marlo
Ireland's Yearbook for 1955 (1955)
Bluff Ace Assembly
Ireland's Yearbook 1959 (1959)
Tabled Bottom Placement

  • Four Suggested Uses

Ireland's Yearbook for 1961 (1962)
The Master Position

  • The Master Position
  • Control to the Bottom--Five Methods

Transferring the Cards
The Pivot Palm

  • Palm Pivot Transfer

Pivot Palm Replacements--Three Methods
Reversing the Cards--Three Methods
The Spread Pass
To Place the Card During the Spread Pass
Multiple Spread Pass
Nine Notes

Ireland's Yearbook for 1962 (1962)
Technicolor Prediction
Impromptu Technicolor Prediction--Four Methods
Alternative Presentation for Technicolor Prediction--Six Versions

Chapter 16 - THE NEW PHOENIX

The New Phoenix #329 - The Ed Marlo Issue (August 20, 1955)
Interview with Ed Marlo by Jay Marshall with Ed Marlo
Card Miracles from 1949

  • Throw In Location
  • Card Stab-Two Methods
  • Automatic Placement
    Six Applications

The New Phoenix #334 (December 12, 1955)
Challenge to You from Edward Marlo by Jay Marshall
The New Phoenix #338 -Ed Marlo Tells All! (1956)
Real Gone Aces
Additional Notes on Real Gone Aces

  • Swindle Aces Ideas

Note on the Handling of Initial Count Off of Nine Cards
For Use in Real Gone Aces (Ace Layout)
The Separating Aces--Three Methods
Notes on the Mislide
The New Elevator--Four Methods
Vanishing Aces Theory
The New Phoenix #339 (1956)
Case Card Again
The New Phoenix #346 (July 20, 1957)
Six Card Repeat Climax
The New Phoenix #374 (November 1962)
Marlo's False Cut on Table
Marlo's Lengthwise Spread
The New Phoenix #375 (December 1962)
The Open Travelers

  • Add a Subtlety (for Open Travelers)


1956 Card Annual (1956)
The Switchless Switch

  • First Effect
  • Second Effect
  • Third Effect
  • Additional Technique for the Switchless Switch

1957 Card Annual (1958)
Marlo's Hofzinser

  • For the Purists
  • Additional Climax to Marlo's Hofzinser

The Buckle Break
Marlo Bottom Count


Ireland's Trick Talk Vol. 1 No. 1 (May-June 1957)
Marlo's Card Quiz: Spur of the Moment
Ireland's Trick Talk Vol. 1 No. 2 (July-August 1957)
Marlo's Card Quiz: Out of Your Hands

Chapter 19 - KID STUFF

Kid Stuff 5 (1974)Entertaining Kids with Cards
Afterword by N. C. Colwell




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