If you ever get one of those times when you just don’t feel into cards – read Marlo. “Estimations” has brought me back from a brief period of zero card magic. I remember magicians I’ve met in the past saying that there were times when they felt they needed a break from magic – at the time I never thought I’d feel that way but recently I’ve had one of those breaks. Well the break is over and Estimations has inspired me again. There really is some awesome material in those pages and I find it exciting working with something that has an element of risk. Marlo rules.


Perfect centers and the little toy car

Had a great time at the Magick Lounge in Sheffield this weekend and had some brilliant card sessions with the regulars there. After hours we headed to easily the best pub in Sheffield for some post lounge card discussion. Joining us was underground Marlo fan Steve Brownley who was doing some incredible stuff for the laymen in the pub. Steve consistently fools me badly and I’m amazed he’s not that well-known in the magic world. He can do the stuff you read about and don’t think possible – perfectly hitting “think a card” consistently – card placed face down on the table, spectator is asked to say what they think the card is – it’s turned over….and it is the card they named. He can repeat this with the same spectator. That clean. He also performed the best center deal I’ve ever seen – four cards face up in the centre – cleanly shown, cards dribbled into the hand immediately dealt and the 4th card in the deal came from the centre face up. He then cleanly showed the 3 face up in the centre and repeated until the four cards were in his hand – flawless.

I also managed to pick up an “El Cochecito” from the Magick Lounge only this one is made from clear perspex.

It’s a great effect, offbeat and very entertaining. Needless to say Steve managed to flaw the pub using the very car I’d just bought – he even fooled the magicians with the location of the card. Brilliant. If you ever get a chance to be in Sheffield on a Saturday don’t miss a trip to the Lounge where you’ll be greeted by a dozen or so friendly magicians and a shop which stocks some hidden gems.

J.K Hartman

I first got After Craft and Trickey Treats from the Sheffield Magick Lounge a few years ago. Before buying these books (I did so on the recommendation of a friend) I’d never heard of J.K Hartman before. His name is not one which I regular hear discussed amongst cardmen yet he has some superb materiel and these two books contains a wealth of information. The man himself seems something of an engima – a search online will yield no real information or photographs (there was an interview I came across once but can’t seem to find again). I’ve decided to go through After Craft and comment on any items I particularly like and will do so in a series of posts over the next few weeks. J.K’s first book “Card Craft” is long out of print and I’d love to get a copy – anyone out there sick of their copy and want to sell it?