Edward Marlo

This idea was inspired by Ross Bertram's loading technique as used in his card-to-wallet effect called "The Pay Off" and published in The Gen: Volume 21, Number 7 (November - 1965). Marlo's adaptations and handlings are applied to several things. In this instance, we refer the reader to the theme of a signed card to card case. The loading of a card or cards into a closed card case has many uses, but for the moment consider only the following:

The pack is removed from a card case. The card case is closed and placed on the table in front and slightly to the right of the performer. Also, the performer should slightly shift his body to his left, with his right shoulder moving toward the spectator(s). This shifting is done as the performer removes a felt-tipped pen front his inside, left coat pocket.

The pen is tabled and the pack is likewise tabled and riffle shuffled or is handed out for the spectator to thoroughly shuffle. Ask the spectator to remove any two cards and sign both of them on the face. Take the two signed selections face down in your right hand and insert them into the front end of the pack.

These selections will be maneuvered into the Marlo Palm Position described in The Side Steal, under Sixth Method, pp. 34-36. It is easiest to insert both cards together and subsequently steal them as a block. Others may wish to place each selection into a different spot in the pack. In either case, the steal into the palm position is essentially the same. (Note: For those not having The Side Steal or the inclination to borrow or buy a copy, we suggest that they maneuver the two selections into a Tenkai Palm by their favorite method. Bertram used a Tenkai Palm. Card students know the difference between the Tenkai Palm Position and the Marlo Position for the Rear Palm.)

Figure 1 shows a stop-action of the two selections in a position to be stolen. They are already angled, having been kicked out by your left pinky and dragged down by your right thumb and third fingertip. Notice that your right hand has re-positioned itself and moved the pack forwards to your left fingertips in preparation for the eventual steal.

Watch your angles. Your right hand (with its palmed cards) tables the pack. The pack is placed in front and slightly to the left of the card case. There must be enough space between the tabled deck and the card case to allow your right hand to go between them with about three-quarters of an inch to spare.

The card case should be flap-side up so that the half-moon slot is uppermost. As soon as the pack is tabled, your right hand relaxes and moves backwards just enough for the palmed cards inner left corner to enter the case's slot. Almost immediately, the backs of your right fingers nudge the inner end of the tabled pack. Say, "Please shuffle these cards!" (Fig. 2)

The next combined step is a simultaneous action that is difficult to describe. The timing is very important. After the tabled pack is nudged and the patter is delivered, your right hand moves backwards. Your left hand simultaneously comes behind the card case, your thumb going to the end near the inner left corner. Your first and second fingers go to the side near the inner left corner. These fingers more or less steady the case as your right hand, moving backwards, further inserts its palmed cards.

Once the palmed cards have been straightened and have moved half-way into the case, both of your hands, holding their respective ends, maneuvers the case on its side. (Fig. 3) This pushes the palmed cards flush and completely inside the case.

Each selection is now shown to have traveled to the case. Do not show that both selection have arrived simultaneously. Remove one selection by pulling it out halfway and bending it down. (Fig. 4) This will hide the presence of the other card. Pull the first selection out and close the case. Make another magical gesture and have the other selection apparently travel to the case.

November 4, 1969

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