## Edward Marlo

This is one of those disarming tip-bits that a cardman can add to his repertoire of incidental information. Since the Elmsley Count is being "counted on" for too many effects these days, this

Marlo throw-off may serve some devious purposes. As you will see, its purpose is one of interlude and variation. It can be used solo or in conjunction with the Elmsley Count.

Method: Suppose you have the usual four cards with a reversed card third from the top and in position for the Elmsley Count. Perform the standard Elmsley Count, showing four-as-four, only replacing the last card counted to the bottom. Now the cards are in the original order if the E. C. needs to be repeated.

Now hold the cards in the position shown in Fig. l (performer's view). The faces of the cards are toward the spectator. This is the major visual factor that throws magicians. The first, impulsive thought is: "How can he make an Elmsley Count with the cards facing me?" Later: "...and without displacing any cards?"

Each card is counted one at a time during the actual count. No cards are pushed off "double" or are re-stolen. During the count only two card's faces are seen; however, the speed, smoothness, and efficiency of the count gives an illusion that all four cards are seen. More important, the reversed card is not seen because it would normally stick out like a sore thumb. The count is accomplished as follows:

From the grip shown in the first drawing (with both your right and left first and second fingers and thumb pinching their respective longitudinal sides near the edge), your right thumb pulls, peels, and dislodges the top or rear card, sliding it off and away from the others. (Fig. 2)

The peeled card is actually brushed against the back of the other cards. When it is pulled free and clear, it makes a slight "whisking" or "snapping" sound.

Now your right hand (still holding its card) moves back to its original position, but the card that it is holding comes back in front of the other three. (Fig. 3) Your right fingers do not budge from their pinching grip. As your hands come together, the left-hand cards are delicately jammed between your right thumb and the card or cards it holds. Once the left-hand cards are jammed between, your left thumb is instantly ready to repeat the peeling action.

This combined action-sequence is repeated three more times or until all the left-hand cards are in the right hand. During the count or flurried action, the spectator only sees the faces of the original bottom and top cards. The middle two cards are completely covered during the action. The whole sequence is over before anyone realizes fully what happened. A discerning cardman may assume something is amiss, but he cannot be sure exactly what it is. Lay persons will subliminally or consciously realizes they have seen four cards faced the same way. Naturally, this count works with varying numbers of cards, but four or five cards are an ideal number.

October, 1969

In all the drawings, the hands are tilted forwards slightly. In actual practice they will be tilted backwards slightly.