Marlo - The Final Cut

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The most expansive and ambitious collection of Ed Marlo’s work ever put into print. Marlo - The Final Cut is the highly-anticipated third installment in Magic Inc.’s remarkable Marlo trilogy (which also contains Revolutionary Card Technique and Cardially Yours). It is a must-read for any serious student of magic.

100s of tricks, sleights, routines, subtleties, and other musings can be found across the pages of this incredible 300+ page hardback book. It’s the perfect blend of Marlo classics and lesser-known gems compiled from more than 30 different sources from 1941 to 1974. In total, Marlo - The Final Cut contains the contents of thirteen distinct books, as well as a broad collection of Marlo’s best material from a myriad of other books and newsletters.

There is truly something for everyone here, whether you’re a close-up worker or a stage magician. There's even material for children's magic performers, including a fascinating discussion on how it is actually possible to entertain kids with playing cards.

Those who enjoy semi-automatic stunners will get just as much value from this book as those who enjoy knuckle-busting challenges. From modern masterpieces like Devilish Miracle to practical effects like Cardician Makes Good and more elemental concepts like the KM Move, there’s enough material in this book to last a lifetime.

Marlo - The Final Cut was meticulously compiled and edited by N.C. Colwell. More than 300 endnotes and notations were added to offer historical, literary, and clarifying contexts. A foreword and special tribute to Ed Marlo’s legacy is also provided by two of his most prominent students—Jon Racherbaumer and Allan Ackerman.

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Hardcover | 312 pages

Contents of Marlo - The Final Cut

  • Introduction by N. C. Colwell
  • Remembering Eddie by Allan Ackerman
  • Foreword by Jon Racherbaumer


Chapter 1 - Card Fan Productions (1941)

  • Introduction
  • The Instruction
  • Producing Multiple Fans of Cards
  • Sample Routine
  • A Bad Technique
  • Types of Cards–One
  • Types of Hands
  • Types of Cards–Two
  • The Hat Steal by Mort Abrams
  • Painted Card by Hank Nowoc
  • The Card Clip
  • A Net for Catching the Cards
  • Two Types of Fans
  • Gloved Productions
  • Hand Care

Chapter 2 - Deck Deception (1942)

  • Foreword
  • Double Vanish and Recovery
  • Casanova Card Trick by Martin Gardner and Ed Marlo
  • Marlo’s Double Vanish and Recovery
  • Torn Deck Mystery
  • A Good Number
  • Number Transpo
  • Marlo’s Running Cut
  • Marlo’s Lessinout System of Cull and Stock Shuffles
  • Lessinout Cull
  • Lessinout Stack
  • The Spy
  • Divining Hanky
  • Marlo’s Card to Card Case
  • The Magical Gambler
  • And in Conclusion…

Chapter 3 - Future Reverse (1945)

  • First Method
  • Second Method
  • Center Reverse/Future Reverse
  • Method Three
  • Method Four
  • Method Five
  • Method Six
  • The Bonus Effect

Chapter 4 - Havana Deal (1948)

  • First Method
  • Second Method
  • Third Method

Chapter 5 - A Devilish Miracle by Ed Marlo and Carmen D’Amico (1948)

  • First Method
  • Second Method

Chapter 6 - Ed Marlo’s Lecture Notes (1951)

  • Sudden Aces
  • Cutting the Aces Routine
  • Ace Opener
  • Cardician Makes Good
  • Follow the Leader
  • Mr. Black Comes Back

Chapter 7 - The Future Classic by Ed Marlo and Carmen D’Amico (1953)

  • A Future Classic
  • Card Addition by Fred Braue
  • Turnover Change
  • Hit Method
  • Left Hand Palm/Dealing Position Palm/Future Classic Palm
  • Summary
  • Streamlined Classic
  • Comedy Classic
  • Final Observations
  • Alternate Set-Up
  • Alternate Count One
  • Alternate Count Two
  • Glide Double Handling

Chapter 8 - The Magic Seven (1954)

  • Magical Seven
  • Phase One
  • Phase Two
  • The Glide
  • Phase Three
  • Phase Four
  • Phase Five
  • Summary
  • Opening Phase
  • Alternate Methods
  • The Climax Phase
  • Alternate Methods

Chapter 9 - Classical Foursome by Ed Marlo and Carmen D’Amico (1956)

  • Foreword
  • A Classical Quickie
  • First Method
  • Second Method
  • Third Method
  • Fourth Method
  • Fifth Method
  • Sixth Method
  • Seventh Method
  • The Open Reverse
  • Eighth Method
  • Ninth Method
  • Tenth Method
  • The D’Amico Spread
  • Doubly Ambitious
  • Chameleon Queens
  • Marlo-Curry Change
  • Double Transpositions
  • The Repeat
  • Straight Presentation
  • Combination
  • Marlo Pivot Spread
  • Basic Principle
  • First
  • Second
  • Third
  • Fourth
  • Fifth
  • Sixth
  • Note on Sixth Method
  • Triple Pivot Spread

Chapter 10 - Marlo Meets His Match (1959)

  • Foreword
  • Matcho
  • Matcho Methods I-VI
  • Matcho Notes
  • Variation of the Method II
  • Possible Stage Presentation
  • Matcho II—Single Deck Version
  • Marlo-Curry Change Variation
  • Double Thought—Single Deck
  • Stooge Version
  • The Exchange Version
  • The Key Card Version–First Version
  • The Key Card Version–Second Version
  • Memory Version
  • Red and Blue—Spectator Coincidence
  • Double Coincidence
  • More Matchos
  • Matcho Methods VII-IX
  • Double Thought and Two Billets
  • Gaffed Matcho
  • First Method
  • Second Method
  • Marked Matcho
  • Unmarked Matcho
  • Memory Matcho
  • The Fake Change

Chapter 11 - The K. M. Move by Ed Marlo with Tony Kardyro (1962)

  • Introduction
  • The K. M. Move—Forward Fingering Action
  • Two Closing Actions
  • Reverse Fingering Action
  • Reversal Effect
  • Card Face-Up, Deck Face-Down
  • Righting a Reversed Card
  • Multiple Cards, Forward Fingering Action
  • Foreshadowing Later Ideas
  • Multiple Cards, Reverse Fingering Action
  • Multiple Out/Multiple Turnover Cleanup
  • Off the Face Changes
  • Ambitious Routine
  • Further Applications of the Reverse Fingering Action with K. M. Move
  • All Alike Count
  • The Transposition
  • Use of the K. M. Move in Devilish Miracle
  • K.M. Move Follow Up Aces
  • Another Exchange Procedure
  • The Four Ace and Four King Transposition
  • K.M. Move with the Peek
  • K.M. Move as a Passer
  • First Idea
  • Second Idea
  • Packet Handling
  • Second Handling of K. M. Move
  • Multiple Card Steal
  • The K. M. Move Force
  • Ace Producer
  • The K. M. Move Brush Change
  • Appearing and Disappearing Selections
  • Technical Variations of the K. M. Move
  • First Variation
  • Second Variation
  • The Fan Method
  • Conclusions and Recollections

Chapter 12 - Tilt! (1962)

  • Foreword
  • More Bluff Shifts
  • For One Card (Added Ideas)
  • Bluff Shift to the Top or at Any Number from the Top
  • Bluff Shift to the Bottom or Any Number from the Bottom
  • Bluff Shift and Palm Off
  • Flexible Bluff Shift
  • D’Amico’s Idea by Carmen D’Amico
  • Front End Tilt
  • Mental Elimination
  • Mental Elimination
  • Effects with Figure Three
  • First Effect—Rising Thought
  • Second Effect—Quick Acembly
  • Third Effect—4 and 4 Transposition
  • Fourth Effect—Trapped
  • Fifth Effect—The Pincers
  • Tilt Subtlety by Charles Aste, Jr.
  • Sixth Effect—Gathering of the Clan
  • Seventh Effect—Surprise
  • Ambitious Card Sequence
  • Add to Effects with Figure Three
  • Eighth Effect—Another Classical Quickie
  • Ninth Effect—Aces to Pocket
  • Tenth Effect—The Prediction (Open or Closed)
  • Eleventh Effect—Do as I Do
  • More Effects with Figure Three
  • Twelfth Effect—The Tilted Transposition
  • Thirteenth Effect—The Criss Cross Transposition
  • Fourteenth Effect—The Tilt Stab
  • Fifteenth Effect—The Tilt Sandwich
  • Alternative Handlings for The Tilt Sandwich
  • New Effects
  • Sixteenth Effect—Tilt Doubly Ambitious
  • Seventeenth Effect—Tilted Aces
  • Eighteenth Effect—Tilt Addition
  • Nineteenth Effect—Numbered Tilt
  • Twentieth Effect—Tilted Dunbury
  • Twenty-First Effect—Tilted Classical Quickie
  • Twenty-Second Effect—Visible Tilt
  • Roger Klause Fake Center Deal by Roger Klause
  • Neal Elias Tilt Contribution by Neal Elias

Chapter 13 - Marlo's Objectives (1973)

  • First Objective
  • Second Objective
  • Third Objective–Re-positioning Spread
  • Fourth Objective–Four Card Location
  • Fifth Objective–In- and Out-Jogging Cull
  • Sixth Objective
  • Seventh Objective
  • Loose Ends
  • Alternated Red & Black Shuffles
  • For Faro Shuffler Only


Chapter 14 - Steele & Leech

  • 52 Amazing Card Tricks by W. F. (Rufus) Steele (1949)
  • Double Thought
  • For Card Men Only by Al Leech (1949)
  • Aces Up by Ed Marlo and Al Leech
  • Manipulating with Leech by Al Leech (1952)
  • Ace-King à la Marlo*

Chapter 15 - Ireland's Yearbook

  • The Ireland Yearbook for 1950 (1950)
  • Card Telepathy de Luxe by James Auer with Ed Marlo
  • Ireland’s Yearbook for 1954 (1954)
  • The Royal Assembly by Del Ray and Ed Marlo
  • Ireland’s Yearbook for 1955 (1955)
  • Bluff Ace Assembly
  • Ireland’s Yearbook 1959 (1959)
  • Tabled Bottom Placement
  • Four Suggested Uses
  • Ireland’s Yearbook for 1961 (1962)
  • The Master Position
  • The Master Position
  • Control to the Bottom--Five Methods
  • Transferring the Cards
  • The Pivot Palm
  • Palm Pivot Transfer
  • Pivot Palm Replacements--Three Methods
  • Reversing the Cards--Three Methods
  • The Spread Pass
  • To Place the Card During the Spread Pass
  • Multiple Spread Pass
  • Nine Notes
  • Ireland’s Yearbook for 1962 (1962)
  • Technicolor Prediction
  • Impromptu Technicolor Prediction--Four Methods
  • Alternative Presentation for Technicolor Prediction--Six Versions

Chapter 16 - The New Phoenix

  • The New Phoenix #329 – The Ed Marlo Issue (August 20, 1955)
  • Interview with Ed Marlo by Jay Marshall with Ed Marlo
  • Card Miracles from 1949
  • Throw In Location
  • Card Stab—Two Methods
  • Automatic Placement
  • Six Applications
  • The New Phoenix #334 (December 12, 1955)
  • Challenge to You from Edward Marlo by Jay Marshall
  • The New Phoenix #338 —Ed Marlo Tells All! (1956)
  • Real Gone Aces
  • Additional Notes on Real Gone Aces
  • Swindle Aces Ideas
  • Note on the Handling of Initial Count Off of Nine Cards
  • For Use in Real Gone Aces (Ace Layout)
  • The Separating Aces--Three Methods
  • Notes on the Mislide
  • The New Elevator--Four Methods
  • Vanishing Aces Theory
  • Aces & Deuces
  • The New Phoenix #339 (1956)
  • Case Card Again
  • The New Phoenix #346 (July 20, 1957)
  • Six Card Repeat Climax
  • The New Phoenix #374 (November 1962)
  • Marlo’s False Cut on Table
  • Marlo’s Lengthwise Spread
  • The New Phoenix #375 (December 1962)
  • The Open Travelers
  • Add a Subtlety (for Open Travelers)

Chapter 17 - Ireland's Card Annual

  • 1956 Card Annual (1956)
  • The Switchless Switch
  • First Effect
  • Second Effect
  • Third Effect
  • Additional Technique for the Switchless Switch
  • 1957 Card Annual (1958)
  • Marlo’s Hofzinser
  • For the Purists
  • Additional Climax to Marlo’s Hofzinser
  • The Buckle Break
  • Marlo Bottom Count

Chapter 18 - Ireland's Trick Talk

  • Ireland’s Trick Talk Vol. 1 No. 1 (May-June 1957)
  • Marlo’s Card Quiz: Spur of the Moment
  • Ireland’s Trick Talk Vol. 1 No. 2 (July-August 1957)
  • Marlo’s Card Quiz: Out of Your Hands*

Chapter 19 - Kid Stuff

  • Kid Stuff 5 (1974)
  • Entertaining Kids with Cards

  • Afterword by N. C. Colwell
  • Appendix
  • Index

Customer reviews for Marlo - The Final Cut



This volume completes Magic Inc's trilogy of much of Marlo's material, so I would say it is a must for Marlo completists. However, this book alone will give magicians a life time of study. In here you can find Marlo's work on fundamental slights like Tilt, along with more obscure items waiting to be discovered. This book would be of benefit every card magician, I highly recommend it.



This is my first Marlo book as I have always been curious about his magic and always thought his tricks are hard. I was right this is pretty hard stuff. Well most of it. That said I love this style of magic books, I much prefer drawings than photos. Just love reading this book. There are some killer effects in the book, if you are serious about card magic this is a great book. Not for beginners I would say. The description of the sleights can sometimes be a bit hard to follow. All that said I think this is stunning book. Might get some more marlo books.


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  • Ged asks: From the title this book appears to be mostly card tricks. What is the percentage?

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