[QUOTE]Originally posted by Andi Gladwin:
[QB] 1. Where was Ed Marlo's handling of Charlie Miller's "A Novel Sleight", the cascade control, published?
This originally appeared in The Magic Of Charles Earle Miller (1961). In Card Finesse II, Racherbaumer mentions that Miller shared it in a letter to Fawcett Ross in 1936.
Edit: Sorry... I missed the Ed Marlo's handling bit. I'm not aware that Marlo had a handling - I hear he performed Miller's handling very well though.
Andi, Are you referring to the unpublished notes transcribed by Frank Csuri when you mention "The Magic of Charles Earle Miller"? If so, that is where the reference by Jon comes from. Those notes ARE the correspondence from Charlie to Faucett. The other side of that correspondence, from Ross to Miller, also unpublished, formed the basis of the book "The Magic of Faucett Ross", by Ganson.
The "Card Finesse II" writeup is from MY handling of the slieght, which Charlie endorsed. I learned the original from Matt Corin, who learned it from Charlie. I showed it to Charlie when I spent a weekend with him and Jack McMillen, at Jack's house, in Santa Rosa. Charlie himself stated that he had trouble with the slieght, it required a "warm-up" period. My slight changes eliminate that problem and Charlie was enthusiastic about it.
I demonstrated it for Jon over a week that we spent together, both in Michigan as guests of Ron Bauer, and then in Chicago, where Ron and I were guests of both Don Alan and Ed Marlo. It was quite a week, all orchestrated by Ron Bauer, to the benefit of all involved. Jon also got the raw data for several other things of mine for inclusion in Card Finesse II. He wrote them up, but was rushed to press on the book (deadlines, etc.) and I was not satisfied with the descriptions, so asked Jon to hold them for another time. He agreed and withdrew all of my material, but included the Cascade, as he learned it from me, and published it, feeling that it was already in print, and a variation of Charlie's that never was properly described. I think I have this right, though it was years ago. Jon is here, and shpuld add to this in any way he sees fit.
Marlo hadn't published any handling of the move up to that point, as far as I know, though he did it with a "get-ready" that made it more difficult, in my estimation. Jon?
Charlie described it in print for the first, and only time, in Magicana, titled "A Novel Slieght". Most of the original group of guys doing this move learned it from me. That includes Rod the Hop, who does it in the "On the Road" video making the rounds these days. Hope that clears it up and helps you Cameron.
I have been doing the Forton Color change since 1969, when I found it in a Gen magazine from 1954, I believe. It fooled many knowledgeable magicians for many years, and is still relatively unknown, underused. I am not aware of it having appeared previous to the Gen article.