"Traveling Card" – Ed Marlo

Was recently flicking through The Cardician and stumbled upon a brilliant Marlo trick called “Traveling Card”. For those of you that do Marlos method for the 21 card trick (made once again popular by Bill Malone’s Marlo DVD set) this would make a perfect closing effect. The magician shuffles a packet of 21 cards and asks the spectator to select on which is returned and the packet given another mix. The 21 card packet is counted faceup into three packets of seven cards and the speccy is asked to remember which of the three piles their card is in – the pile on the far left. This packet is counted to show seven cards and waved mysteriously over the centre packet. When counted again it is seen to contain only 6 cards – the centre pile is counted and now has eight! Once again the packet is waved over the pile on the far right and when counted again now only has 7 cards. The last packet is now counted to show eight cards. The spectator names their card and this is show on top of the last pile – the card has travelled across one packet at a time.

Brilliant effect, simple and direct method – the best part is Marlo’s false count which is incredibly deceptive – look it up. The Cardician page 93.

The end of EMC and the mystery of session 7

The final day of EMC was one of surprises both good and bad. The first session of the day, session 7 was due to start at 15:00 – there I was all geared up to watch David Berglas’s talk on “Miracles With Cards”- the countdown to the session start began and I started to get excited – 3…2….1 – CRASH! No live feed! Technical problems at EMC headquarters prevented the live feed from reaching the majority if not everyone watching – garbled sound, skipping images and the non intentional but still annoying comments from Eric Mead about how he was watching Berglas performing amazing improvised Jazz magic with thought of cards made it incredibly frustrating.

I was annoyed to say the least but at least the footage would be available later on demand, or so I thought. As yet the session has not been uploaded and I’m beginning to think it may have been lost for good – not only Berglas’s talk but also Rene Levands! Does anyone have any news on this? On the plus side Berglas did do an extra 20 minute card session at the end of session 8 to make up for the problems.

The other two sessions worked fine and I really enjoyed them – Dani DaOrtiz performed a mind blowing supposedly self working effect, Gaeton Bloom gave a great performance as did Marco Tempest and Paul Daniels. David Copperfields live tour of his magic museum was phenomenal. It wasn’t all great – the Buck twins died giving a very short talk on how to open a deck of cards and how to look after your hands – not what I think their fans were expecting and Rudy Coby’s performance was terrible – there was no magic.

All in all I really enjoyed the event but really do hope that the missing session is found.

EMC 2011 – the story so far…

Thouroughly enjoying the EMC conference. I didn’t join last year but after viewing the DVD set of last years event I knew I couldn’t miss this one. Highlights so far – Dani DaOrtiz presenting a masterful lesson on using attitude in card magic – valuable information for any cardman, Chris Power and JJ talking about Opus magazine, David Britlands’ talk on Chan Canasta and Paul Daniels talk on grasping opportunities which I thought I’d dislike but found it very fascinating.

I was looking forward most to the Opus talk and it was great to hear Chris and JJ discussing the magazine and telling some funny stories of conventions past. Although the talk seemed less polished than some of the others (JJ relied heavily on reading from notes) it was still very informative and will have hopefully inspired magicians to track down the magazine. Listening to their talk whilst also at the moment reading the magazine made me appreciate is more than someone who has not read an issue before. Opus magazine is by far the best magic magazine I’ve ever read – hands down. More on Opus soon…