The Great Marlo Testimonials

Dear Gary
I forgot to tell you your book Adventures of the Great Marlo and the Blue Pearl is the best book I’ve ever read.
I moved back to Czech how you predicted. bless you and deep thanks for all you have done for me. It is my big pleasure that I have met you in my life, you gave me so much valuable knowledge. Bless you and Denize.. please let me know about the new book.
love Sari

Mesmerising

5 stars

Posted on 06/12/2014 on Easons Bookstore

by Anonymous User

Just finished reading ‘Adventures of The Great Marlo and The Blue Pearl’, the second book by Gary Markwick and I have to say that I loved every minute of it. I read Gary’s first book – ‘Now It Begins’, which is a self-help book, so I was expecting that this book would be similar, but it’s a real departure from his former work. This is a book about the author’s grandfather who started life in the mean streets of Edinburgh, Scotland and ended up as a famous Magician. The book is peppered with information about faraway places and wonderful stories of adventure and discovery. The people that our hero meets as he grows up, cast a magical spell over the young David Galloway Lindsay, filling his head with wonder and enthusiasm which eventually leads David to a career in the field of entertainment as a magician of great ability and power. There are many larger than life famous people who make an appearance in the book – Harry Houdini, The Great Lafayette, and Buddha to name a few. As we go further into the story, we begin to feel the draw of ‘The Blue Pearl’ and without giving too much away, it is safe to say that the line between illusion and reality becomes extremely blurred. I love reading about ‘eccentric and unusual people’ and their life stories, and I found this book satisfying on a number of levels. So, if you want a really good read, I would say suspend reality for a while and settle down to the ‘Adventures of The Great Marlo and The Blue Pearl’.

This book was truly a joy to read! In the description of this book, it states it is a docu-fantasy. This may have been the first docu-fantasy book I have ever read – and if this book is a sample of this genre, I want to read more! The “docu” part refers to the real life story of the author’s grandfather who lived quite an adventurous life. He joined the circus at a young age, and eventually traveled from Scotland, to Canada, to the US; he became a well-known illusionist. I especially loved his drive to get to New York City to visit Houdini at his home. But, interwoven with this factual account, complete with photos, are the mystical adventures of the Great Marko and the magic of the Blue Pearl, and other characters along the way. The spiritual knowledge given to David (the grandfather) has messages for all of us. There is a story within the story, within the story, within the story – very intriguing. I highly recommend this book; bet you have never read anything else like it

Angel Morgan rated it 5 of 5 stars

I was delighted to read Gary Markwick’s latest book, which most definitely captures the imagination! It made for an easy read, yet one that was captivating nonetheless. The story chronicles the life of Gary’s grandfather as he journeys across the globe and includes wonderful photos and illustrations, including both history, as well as fantasy. Definitely a book for those who enjoy being taken away on a journey, of mysticism, wonderment and magic. Highly Recommend!
 
Inga “Inga” rated it 5 of 5 stars
I read a lot of books. A few leave me cold, but I can usually derive some degree of pleasure from most of them. Occasionally though I will read a book so good that for days afterwards it will still be on my mind, the plot constantly being replayed and the nuances of the characters remembered. Adventures of the Great Marlo & The Blue Pearl is one of them; Adventures of the Great Marlo & The Blue Pearl is absolutely wonderful.
 I was delighted to read Gary Markwick’s latest book, 8 May 2015
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I was delighted to read Gary Markwick’s latest book, which most definitely captures the imagination! It made for an easy read, yet one that was captivating nonetheless. The story chronicles the life of Gary’s grandfather as he journeys across the globe and includes wonderful photos and illustrations, including both history, as well as fantasy. Definitely a book for those who enjoy being taken away on a journey, of mysticism, wonderment and magic. Highly Recommend!

By BC on 11 Jun. 2015 rated 5 of 5 stars Format: Kindle Edition

I have just finished reading this book and couldn’t wait to share the pleasure that I had in doing so. Although I am definitely not a prolific reader, this is the gripping story of an immensely interesting round the world traveler, combined with a true life biography of the author, Gary Markwick. The clever combination of fact and fantasy draws you right in to the plot and once you’re there, you never want to leave! The interaction with the Great Houdini is absolutely fascinating and truly believable. A great read that you won’t want to put down…
Jul 12, 2015 Karen Runge rated it 4 of 5 stars
Gary Markwick, besides being a fascinating man in his own right, has the kind of pedigree fantasy novels are made of. He grew up in a family of performers (a mix of mentalists, escapologists, illusionists, magicians and general pick-a-card pranksters), and has gone on to explore (and teach) New Age Spiritualism along with ensuring his own prowess as a world-renowned palmist. Unusual, no? So this book of his is rare: it details the life and adventures of his maternal grandfather, David AKA Duncan AKA The Great Marlo. The book spans David’s (Duncan’s? Marlo’s?) early escape to join the circus as a young boy, his adventures as a stowaway, his escapades in pre and post-war America, and his eventual success performing as The Great Marlo (alongside his daughter Georgina—Gary’s mother). And because circus life, slipping out of straitjackets, and using card tricks to disarm Italian hoodlums isn’t enough, a large section of the book details the Buddhist lessons David (Duncan? Marlo?) learned at the circus as a young boy, as taught by his first mentor, The Great Marko.
 
Wounderfull adventure in spriritual path, it was greate read again from Gary.
Must read book veryone.Thanks a lot author.
 
Awesomeness
What a great tribute to Gary Markwick’s grandfather. Would make any grandparent proud.
Delightful journey through time. Great photos and graphics. Well done!
Looking forward to reading his other books. A joy to read.
 

What a wonderful read!!! I so enjoyed every moment and I also found it hard to put the book down! It was such a fascinating read with much insight to what was going on at the time. I also felt privileged to be told of this great man’s life and how it all unfolded from a very early age. I would like to thank Gary for taking so much time in compiling this book.

In the write-up on the back cover, it says it is part documentary and part fantasy, however, I did recognise many of ‘magic’ used and so to me, it is more than just fantasy.

I wish Gary all the very best for his future and I can’t wait for another book!!!

 
This book was truly a joy to read! In the description of this book, it states it is a docu-fantasy. This may have been the first docu-fantasy book I have ever read – and if this book is a sample of this genre, I want to read more! The “docu” part refers to the real life story of the author’s grandfather who lived quite an adventurous life. He joined the circus at a young age, and eventually traveled from Scotland, to Canada, to the US; he became a well-known illusionist. I especially loved his drive to get to New York City to visit Houdini at his home. But, interwoven with this factual account, complete with photos, are the mystical adventures of the Great Marko and the magic of the Blue Pearl, and other characters along the way. The spiritual knowledge given to David (the grandfather) has messages for all of us. There is a story within the story, within the story, within the story – very intriguing. I highly recommend this book; bet you have never read anything else like it.
 

Jan 12, 2015 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars

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Just finished reading ‘Adventures of The Great Marlo and The Blue Pearl’, the second book by Gary Markwick and I have to say that I loved every minute of it. I read Gary’s first book – ‘Now It Begins’, which is a self-help book, so I was expecting that this book would be similar, but it’s a real departure from his former work.
This is a book about the author’s grandfather who started life in the mean streets of Edinburgh, Scotland and ended up as a famous Magician.
The book is peppered with information about faraway places and wonderful stories of adventure and discovery. The people that our hero meets as he grows up, cast a magical spell over the young David Galloway Lindsay, filling his head with wonder and enthusiasm which eventually leads David to a career in the field of entertainment as a magician of great ability and power.
There are many larger than life famous people who make an appearance in the book – Harry Houdini, The Great Lafayette, and Buddha to name a few. As we go further into the story, we begin to feel the draw of ‘The Blue Pearl’ and without giving too much away, it is safe to say that the line between illusion and reality becomes extremely blurred.
I love reading about ‘eccentric and unusual people’ and their life stories, and I found this book satisfying on a number of levels. So, if you want a really good read, I would say suspend reality for a while and settle down to the ‘Adventures of The Great Marlo and The Blue Pearl’.
 
What a fascinating book! I love the mixture of
fact and fiction, combined with parts of Gary’s personal autobiographical story and his philisophical/spiritual beliefs. Everyone will have their personal favourite parts and for me this book has left me wanting to read more about Gary’s own life, so please Gary, do write your own full autobiography soon.