Marlo Technique For The Top And Bottom Slip


Deck face down on table lengthwise in front of performer.

Both hands come over to deck for the cut but just before the cut you make the following adjustment.

With right thumb pull upwards, on about half the deck, at back side of course, forming a break.

Left forefinger presses down on top card as right fingers move out the portion below the top card and up to the break, for only a fraction of an inch, after which everything is released but both hands still are around the deck.

After step 4 the deck is in the condition shown in figure 1 but of course the hands hide this situation.

The thumbs of each hand come at extreme ends of deck, i.e. where the single card is, on the left, and where the jogged packet is, on the right. From above the position of the fingers and thumbs is shown in figure 2. jogged portion covered by right hand from above.

You will find it a simple matter to cut out the jogged portion on the right, with right fingers, and thumb, while retaining top card in position with left fingers and thumb.

The above cut simulates taking the under portion and placing it to the top as you complete the cut.

Sometimes it is necessary to apparently cut the cards by taking off the top half, carrying it to the right, then following it with the under half which of course is placed onto the previously cut off top portion, In this case you use the same Pre-setting idea except that the left thumb lifts up at back, while right fingers take the under portion and carry it slightly to the right, plus the right forefinger also takes along the top card. In this case, after this pre-set the deck will be as shown in figure 3 with the jogged portion of cards on the left while top card is jogged over to the right in line with the lower portion. In other words, in reverse to fig.1.

The position of both hands is exactly as shown in figure 2, but now the right fingers take top card and lower portion to carry it to the right. Have the right forefinger tip near the front edge of cards as per figure 4. This is so the top card will quickly mesh onto the lower portion so that there is no obvious separation as the cut is made.

The right hand now comes back, takes the remainder and places it on top of the other portion to complete what simulates a forward table cut.

I think there are three distinctions in describing a Slip Cut; one is in the hands, the other on the table but remaining in front of the performer as in the Erdnase Cut and the other is when the cutting as you at the same time move the deck in position for the dealer to deal. The Slip Cuts in the hand are strictly for magic but those on the table can be used in both magic and otherwise.


The Bottom Slip Cut has been devised by us to keep a card, or a number of cards, at the bottom of the pack after seemingly giving the pack a single cut. The cut is made to simulate a regular table cut. Its advantages are (1) that it being easier to control a bottom stock than a top stock, (2) the cut looks like a cut because the slipping of the card or cards is on the bottom and thus concealed.

Card or cards on bottom kept there during shuffle.

Square deck on ends, jogging bottom card to right.

This is accomplished by using first knuckle of left forefinger. If more cards are to be jogged, use nail of left forefinger.

Square deck at ends card jogged to right

When deck is put down it is like this:

Pull over top portion to right, thus:

Right hand cuts to table upper portion plus lower card or cards:

Complete Cut.

Cards back at bottom after cut.

Note: First knuckle of left forefinger can be used to jog a number of cards; however the very tip of it is used to do this.

Tip of left knuckle pushes down a group of cards. Action is natural as forefinger normally is bent under or below deck. Action ofjog is simultaneous with bringing a deck down to table.

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