Edward Marlo

Effect: A red Ace is placed face down between two face-up red Kings. A black Ace is also placed between black Kings in the same manner. The Red-sandwich is cut into the deck and the Black-sandwich remains tabled. After a magic pass, the red and black Aces transpose.

Method: Remove the four Kings, AC, and AD. Place the red Kings to your right and the black Kings to your left. Hold the Aces face down with the AC on top. Spread the Aces face up in your right hand as though performing a D'Amico Spread and say, "I have the Ace of Diamonds and the Ace of Clubs."

Turn the Aces face down and deal the top Ace (AC) face down onto the red Kings, then drop the remaining Ace (AD) face down onto the black Kings as you finish the patter line, "...A red Ace and a black Ace. The red Ace goes onto the red Kings and the black Ace goes onto the black Kings!" (This is an application of Marlo's "Buffalo'd" swindle.)

Pick up the Red sandwich cards and insert the supposed AD face down between the face-up Kings. Place the cards on top of the deck and Double-Cut the top face-up King to the bottom as you apparently lose the sandwich.

Obtain a left pinky break under the top card (AC). Pick up the Black-sandwich with you right hand. (The AD is face down on top.) Hold the cards from above and by the ends in a slightly spread condition. Move them onto the deck as your left thumb peels off the supposed AC face down into a side-jogged position to the right. Move your right hand to the left to seemingly square the packet and duck the side-jogged card underneath. Once the right-hand cards are flush against your left thumb, two simultaneous action occur: (1) Move your right hand away and upwards, stealing the top card of the deck underneath its packet. Tilt the right-hand cards back to flash the full face of the stolen AC, which the spectator will assume is the card peeled. (2) Tilt the deck back with your left hand in the conventional neck-tie maneuver. This "kills" the face-up King on top. To excuse this action, point at the bottom card of the right- hand cards with your left forefinger. If performed properly, the whole sequence looks copacetic.

After showing the face card of the right-hand cards, lower these cards onto the left-hand deck. Correctly time this action so that you will unload the AC onto the face-up King as your left fingers slide out the bottom card of the right-hand packet. (Fig. 1)

Peel off the top face-up King and place it underneath the other two cards. (Fig. 2) You have now formed a sandwich and can table the cards. Once the supposed Black-sandwich is tabled, lift the top half of the deck with your right hand and use these cards to point to the tabled sandwich. Say, "The black sandwich is on the table!"

Replace the right-hand cards under the left-hand cards, thus completing a ruse-cut. This also centralizes the Red-sandwich. Ribbon-spread the deck face down, then invite the spectator to look at the trapped cards of each sandwich.


This uses Roy Walton's subtlety as popularly applied to Larry Jenning's "Visitor" routine.

Perform the initial three steps of "Selling A Sandwich." Obtain a left pinky break under the top two cards of the deck (KD-AC). Insert the face-down card (supposedly the AC) between the black Kings with your right hand, then pick up all three cards and place them onto the deck. Keep the Black-sandwich slightly spread and say, "Remember, the Ace of Clubs is between the black Kings!"

Perform a five-card turnover, flipping all the cards above the break. The spread sandwich will coalesce and all the cards fall flush. Immediately spread the uppermost two cards to apparently show the underside or other side of the three-card sandwich. The spectator will see the face-up AC between two face-down cards. You can do some further proving at this stage, but it is not necessary and may undermine the Walton subtlety. Repeat the five-card turnover, then place the Black-sandwich on the table. Repeat the last steps of the First Sell.

February 8, 1976

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