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1. The Cardician:
The VHS video begins with a short documentary hosted by Dan Korem about Edward Marlo and the famed Schulien's where Marlo used to hold court. The documentary features Charlie Schulien, David Solomon, Danny Korem, and Jack Pyle. This program was originally released in 1982 and was the first video footage of Marlo to be made available. It was shot using broadcast quality equipment and is still considered the finest quality footage of the master in action. This video offers a rare glimpse at one of the most important figures in 20th century card magic, captured while still in his prime.
Routines and techniques performed and explained:
Crossed Cases: Two decks of cards are impossibly removed from a criss-crossed box that can only hold one deck.
Direct Transposition: The top cards of two packets of cards change places.
Large Face Small Back: A method of showing a card to have a full sized face and a miniature sized back.
Snap Change: One card visually changes into another.
Aces To The Top: A three-phase routine where the four aces keep rising to the top of the deck after continuously being lost in the middle. The final phase is a triumph effect where the aces are the only ones face down and are in every fourth position for a poker deal.
D'Amico One-Hand Second Deal: A method of dealing the second card from the top with one hand.
Cigar Bottom Deal: A technique for doing bottom deals without turning your wrist.
Table Edge Pass: A method for nullifying a cut while sitting at a table.
Tap End Pass: An in the hands method of nullifying a cut.
Dribble Pass: A method of nullifying a cut while dribbling the cards between the hands.
Combination Pass: A method for doing the classic pass slowly.
Turn Down Palm: A method of palming the top card of the deck as it is being turned face down.
Future Classic Palm: A method for palming the top card as the deck is turned over or tabled.
The Punch Deal: A method of dealing a winning poker hand from a freely shuffled and cut deck.
No Touch Theory Second Deal: Details on how to do Marlo's technique for the second deal.
One hour of magic and technique performed and explained by Edward Marlo. Hosted by Dan Korem. Also includes interview segments about his friends and his magic. Produced by Meir Yedid Magic (from the A-1 Magicalmedia collection). Original release date: VHS: 1982. Running time: Approximately 60 minutes.
2. The Legend:
Taped at the same time as The Cardician but released eleven years later this broadcast quality video once again allows you to experience Edward Marlo in his prime. You will learn many of Marlo's favorite routines and techniques as only he could demonstrate them. It is full of card magic that Marlo students have always yearned to see.
Routines and techniques performed and explained:
The Leaper: A shuffled deck is cut in half and a selected card jumps from the top of the spectator's packet to the magician's packet.
Ace Shuffle Sequence: You shuffle to, and cut to, the four aces from a previously shuffled deck.
Multiple Minus Bottom: A spectator decides the order of the four aces and at what positions they will be dealt from the deck.
Mock Center: A center dealing demonstration where the four aces are placed face down in the center of a face up deck and are dealt during a poker deal.
Mock Faro: The red and the black cards are interweaved so they alternate but upon displaying the cards they are separated into reds and blacks.
The Six Card Trick: A quick and direct version of the six-card repeat which has a kicker ending and uses a regular deck.
The Ten Card Trick: A version of the Edward Victor routine where a spectator hands you ten cards but each time you count them you have too many or too few cards. (performance only).
Side-Step Center Deal: A technique for dealing cards from the center of the deck.
Oh, I Forgot!: A card is peeked at from the center of the deck and appears on the face of the deck.
Marlo Deck Switch: An easy method of switching decks while seated.
Spectator Cuts To The Aces: A spectator cuts the deck into four piles and the top card of each pile is shown to be an ace.
Dribble Control: A method of controlling peeked at cards to the top of the deck while dribbling them.
Dribble Control Sandwich: The two aces are placed face-up on the deck. A card is peeked at from the center of the deck and it ends up between the aces.
The Spade Shuffle: A false shuffle that simulate a tabled riffle shuffle and cut.
One-Handed Center Deal: A one-handed method of dealing cards from the center of the deck.
Fingertip Pass: A method of nullifying a cut while the cards are at your fingertips.
Tabled Faro Demonstration: Edward Marlo demonstrates and discusses his method of doing a tabled faro shuffle. He then performs eight of them in a row to bring the deck back to its original order.
The Ace of Spades Trick: A spectator thinks of a number from one to ten and the ace of spades ends up at that position. (performance only).
Your chance to see a legend of card magic in his prime. Within the routines you will find some rarely seen techniques. Produced by Meir Yedid Magic (from the A-1 Magicalmedia collection). Original release date: VHS: 1993. Running time: Approximately 70 minutes.
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