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Jon Racherbaumer

#2 Cards author

(22nd January 1940 - )

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, under the sign of Aquarius. His early years were spent in Elmhurst, Illinois (Harlan Tarbell's hometown), a western suburb of Chicago. His interest in magic was sparked by seeing Dr. Tarbell perform in 1950. Soon thereafter, he received his first magic book, Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 1, on his eleventh birthday. After discovering that Dr. Tarbell had donated his entire course to the local library, Jon spent many hours diligently studying each volume along with other magic books in the library.

Jon joined the Mazda Mystics Club (Juniors) in 1953, a club started by Russell Shaw and his wife in Oak Park, Illinois. Meetings were held in the basement of the Mazda Magic Shop. He maintained his interest throughout his schooling and thereafter when he moved to New Orleans in 1963. The Big Easy, home of the Mardi Gras, jazz music, and voodoo, is often called the Dream State, an ideal place for all things magical to ferment. From 1957 to 1965, Jon attended four universities and worked at various jobs: radio programmer, disk-jockey, promotion man, salesman, restaurant manager, male model, tree-trimmer, blackjack dealer, construction worker, warehouseman, program consultant (voluntary health agency), institutional house-father, social worker, gym instructor, bartender, ambulance driver (at a race track), and finally he went to work for Eastern Airlines from 1965-1990 as an airlines business person.

He eventually joined the IBM and the SAM in 1966, is a member of the Order of Merlin, and is a Lifetime Member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. He is currently the Associate Editor of Richard Kaufman's Genii magazine. Prior to accepting this post, he contributed to numerous other magazines.

Jon's mentors were Ed Marlo and Eddie Fields.

His other interests are: body-building, literature, book-collecting, martial arts, philosophy, poetry, film, theater (theory), cosmology, painting, and mathematical recreations.

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Five Easy Pieces

Jon Racherbaumer

Five Easy Pieces by Jon RacherbaumerThe five easy "pieces" in this manuscript are relatively easy to do. The important aspect, however, is how they are combined. The tricks are not the tricky part. They can be broken down into basic, understandable action steps. Or, to put it another way, tricks are to magic books as recipes are to cook books. One should not then equate plans, schemes, or sets of instructions with hale and hearty presentations. This is the reason the extended presentation in this manuscript surpasses mere exposition. Besides explaining the action steps of five otherwise grab-bag tricks, it reveals how they have...
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12 Ways to Three-Way

Jon Racherbaumer

12 Ways to Three-Way by Jon RacherbaumerThis ebook explores the classic "Quick Three Way" plot. How can the faces of three playing cards be shown to be the same?

1st edition 2017, 35 pages....

2017 / 3 / 4
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Facsimile 4

Jon Racherbaumer

Facsimile 4 by Jon Racherbaumer
  • Introduction
  • Charlie Miller's Material in Expert Card Technique
  • A Glimpse through the Fourth-Wall Window
  • Uncontrolled Prediction (Edward Marlo)
  • Indecent Exposure?
  • Numero Trois (Blair Bowling)
  • Breathing Heavy (Blair Bowling)
  • Hofzinser, Carried Away (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Mental Selectivity (Charlie Miller)
  • Putting a Placement in Its Place
  • Wee Madness in Vegas
  • Yakety-Yak (Don't Talk Back)
  • Footnotes to a Book-In-Limbo
  • Busby Follies Redux
  • "F" Is For Fake

1st edition 1996, 35 pages.

2017 / 2 / 25
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Facsimile 6

Jon Racherbaumer

Facsimile 6 by Jon RacherbaumerIncludes a more clarified explanation of Marlo's "Super Count" routine, and a lot more.
  • Frank Shields: Bits And Pieces
  • Super-Counting Caper
  • Tabled Bottom Placement
  • Gutting The Glut
  • Everybody Is A Magician
  • Re-Rereading
  • Quick Note For The Cow-Pawed, Gibblefisted,
  • Scram-Handed, Ballock-Handed,
  • Keg-Handed And Cack-Handed Brethren
  • Shades Of Ricky Jay
  • The Credit Game
  • Magic As Stamp Collecting?
  • Marlo And The Second-Dealing Monkey
  • Remembering Al Koran
  • Guess What?
  • Color Monte Notes

1st edition 2017, 70 pages.

2017 / 2 / 20
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Super-Cuts

Jon Racherbaumer

Super-Cuts by Jon RacherbaumerThe methods explained in this manuscript involve cutting a deck to ostensibly change its order. They are semi-automatic because minimal dexterity is required. Otherwise they are subtle in seductive ways and all of them are completely or partially false.

The false cut triggering this manuscript is Jay Ose's False Cut that was auspiciously introduced to magicians by Harry Lorayne. This false cut eventually made its way into the repertoires of card specialists, but early on it was primarily meant to be easily and quickly performed after false shuffling. It was to the point, expressing a pleasing, sixbeat...

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Hull-A-Palooza: 25 Devilish Strategies of Divination

Jon Racherbaumer

Hull-A-Palooza: 25 Devilish Strategies of Divination by Jon RacherbaumerFrom the Preface:
Conjurers (as entertainers) are agents of simulated magical phenomenon. And most theorists would likely agree that such simulations should be direct and powerful. For example, the phenomenon is prophesying a mentally selected card, begins when the agent writes down or verbalizes a prediction beforehand. Next, a spectator names a card and, finally, the named card matches the predicted card. This magical result, as just described, is almost tantamount to telling a person what they are thinking as they are thinking it. This is an ideal outcome.

Our literature is loaded...

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Facsimile 5

Jon Racherbaumer

Facsimile 5 by Jon Racherbaumer
  • Last Card to Laugh (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Sounds of Silence?
  • Face Value?
  • Elevated Elevator (Edward Marlo, Frank Garcia)
  • Shiner Notes (Files of Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Remembrance of Things Passed (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • About a Procedure for the Clock Trick (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • The Cardini Control (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Niggling Narrativity (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • New-And-Clear Force (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Bare-Faced Boys With Decks In Hand (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Impromptu Casino Shuffle (Gene Castillon)
  • Notes on Peek Decks
  • Marlo's Spread Lift (Edward Marlo)
  • Magic: On the Edge: Trick-Soup For Dummies? (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Constructive Criticism ...
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Marlo Without Tears

Jon Racherbaumer

Marlo Without Tears by Jon RacherbaumerFrom the Foreword:
MARLO WITHOUT TEARS began as a flip notion five years ago. My original plan was to prepare a salmagundi of previously published material by Marlo that was easy to do; to select methods which stressed subtlety and psychological cunning and required no difficult sleights. There is a neat irony here because such material is not associated with Marlo. The prevailing assumption about Marlovian magic focusses on its difficulties, complexities, and textual protraction. The look of his books are intimidating: pages of explanation, dense detail, allusions to other notes (published...
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Red-Hot Mamas: 17 Ways and Means

Jon Racherbaumer

Red-Hot Mamas: 17 Ways and Means by Jon RacherbaumerThis manuscript is a compilation of methods in order to identify and track its history. In the process, it hopes to show how a given trick evolves, sometimes devolves, and ultimately reflects the periods of time this process has occurred.

The trick in this case is the "Red-Hot Mama" or "The Chicago Opener," a presentation that has been around for almost 60 years and has been a useful, dependable and enduring workhorse.

In its basic form it is an effect where a card is selected. Its back changes color and is set aside. A second card is selected, lost in the deck, and the initial selection...

2016 / 10 / 10
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The Universal Card Expanded

Jon Racherbaumer

The Universal Card Expanded by Jon RacherbaumerMore than 40 years ago Jon Racherbaumer wrote a book on the Universal Card plot introduced by Karl Fulves. This is an updated and expanded version.
  • By Any Other Name – Karl Fulves
  • Universal Card – Robert Parrish
  • Universal Card – Francis Haxton
  • Universal Ghost – Roy Walton
  • Universal Mexican – Roy Walton
  • Universal Joker – Horace Bennett
  • Reflection – Edward Marlo
  • Hypnotic Card – Edward Marlo
  • Favorite Universal – Edward Marlo
  • Universal Solutions – Edward Marlo
  • Universal IV – Edward Marlo
  • Tout’s Universal – Edward Marlo
  • The Chameleon Card – Jon Racherbaumer
  • Universal...
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The Hierophant 5 and 6

Jon Racherbaumer

The Hierophant 5 and 6 by Jon RacherbaumerIssue 5:
  • Publisher's Palaver
  • Hurley's Automatic Boston Box
  • Coin Concatenation
  • Ambush
  • An Easy Ambush
  • A Clean Ambush
  • Let's Ambush and Kill "The Collectors"
  • Dingle's "Collectors"
  • All You Had To Do Was Watch And Still You're Not Happy
  • "Collect Double"
  • Marlo's Visual Retention Change
  • Marlo's Technical Variation of the Veeser Concept
  • Almost Like Trick Cards
  • Estimations
    • The "Too Perfect" Theory
    • Dunbury's Delusions
    • Riffs of Henry Christ
    • A Dialogue with Merritt
  • The Satiricon
    • Further Cardmanship - part two
Issue 6:
  • Notes on a Miracle
  • Have Another Sandwich
  • Variation...
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The Hierophant 3 and 4

Jon Racherbaumer

The Hierophant 3 and 4 by Jon RacherbaumerIssue 3:
  • Major Arcana
    • Hurley's Chinese Enigma
    • Repeat Signed Card To Case
    • Signature Transposition
    • Simplex or Comples
  • Minor Arcana
    • Cervon's Dealing the Flush
    • Allan Ackerman's The Fickle Card's Fingered Fate
    • The Professor's Incubus
    • Card-Nundrums
    • Roy Walton's Friendly Persuasion
    • 3 to the power of 2 Deal Duplicated
  • The Satiricon
    • La Fleury, Pagan Cardicienne
    • Dove Droppings From All Over
    • Ask the Millwright
  • Olram Returns
    • Convincing Control
    • Marlo on the Charlier Pass
    • Variant of Hit Second Deal
    • The Surprise Packet
    • Signed Card In ...
    • No-turn Triumph
    • Tilt Collectors ...
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The Hierophant 1 and 2

Jon Racherbaumer

The Hierophant 1 and 2 by Jon RacherbaumerIssue 1:
  • Proem
  • Marlo Handles the Open Prediction (10 Variations, 15 Methods)
  • Addition to Marlo's "Matching Miracle"
  • Heldman's out of this World Clean-Up
  • Estimations: Faro Fantasy, Finagling, and Paul Swinford
  • The Satiricon
    • Cardmanship
    • Footnote to Ferris
    • Mirabile Dictu
    • Excerpt from a Dialogue Overheard at a Convention
  • Postscript
Issue 2:
  • New Fangled Glimpse Anthology
    • If Glimpse
    • Fi Glimpse
    • Spring Glimpse
    • Neo-Piquant Glimpse
    • Marlo's Beveled Deck Glimpse
    • Turn Around Center Glimpse
  • Marlo Stalks the Ultimate Sandwich
    • Marlo's "Collectors"
    • Alternatives for the "Collectors" ...
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Playing Canasta

Jon Racherbaumer

Playing Canasta by Jon RacherbaumerThe presentations in this manuscript are homage to the nonmanipulative, off-the-cuff approach taken by Chan Canasta.

The material is stuff Jon has published elsewhere, mostly piecemeal. The thrust of the ebook, though, is how these effects are PRESENTED in a CANASTA WAY. This then is its organizing principle. It is basically designed to demonstrate Canasta's approach. The material is easy and commercial.

  • INTRODUCTION
  • KISS MET
  • OPTICUNNING CUTTING
  • SOMATIQUE
  • TACITRIX
  • VOCALYSIS
  • THE JOKER EATS YOUR MIND
  • UNTOUCHABLY YOURS

1st edition 2016, 25 pages.

2016 / 6 / 27
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The Gemini Motif

Jon Racherbaumer

The Gemini Motif by Jon RacherbaumerThe Gemini Motif is an apparently fair-looking, semiautomatic dealing procedure that forces two, three, or four cards, depending on its application.
  • Introduction
  • The Gemini Motif: Background of the Gemini Motif
  • The Basic Automatic Placement Procedure
  • Junking Gemini (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Blushing Gemini (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • On Perfection Day (Henry Evans)
  • Caster & Pollux (Allan Slaight)
  • Multiple Gemini (Al Thatcher)
  • Free Will Refutation (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Collected Bibliography

1st edition 2016, 31 pages.

2016 / 6 / 5
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The Universal Card

Jon Racherbaumer

The Universal Card by Jon RacherbaumerThis ebook explores variations on the Universal Card theme, is part of the Yod series. Universal Card is a classic card plot in which a single card (like the joker) transforms to one at a time to match each of the selected cards. Originally posed by Karl Fulves in his Pallbearers Review, where he used the term "Universal Card", a name that caught on.
  • The Hypnotic Card
  • Marlo's Favorite Universal
  • Universal Solutions
  • Universal IV
  • Tout's Universal
  • The Chameleon Card
  • Universal Combine
  • Hypno-Versal Way
  • Cervon's Universals
  • More Universals
  • Not Quite Ambiguous Universal
  • Full-Circle Universal
  • Open-Faced...
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Cutting Deeper: an exploration of coercive cutting

Jon Racherbaumer

Cutting Deeper: an exploration of coercive cutting by Jon RacherbaumerThis manuscript is ancestrally related to Criss-­Crossings: Unleashing the X-­Force insofar as it also deals with cutting cards. In this case, it deals with "cuts" and "turnovers."

This type of combinatorial maneuver began with Henry Christ's forcing technique that he developed in the early 1920s. He originally developed six variations but he only published the fifth one in Ted Annemann's book, Sh-­h-­h It's a Secret, calling it "The 203rd Force." It subsequently has been referred to as the Christ Force and it spawned many versions and applications.

Because of the cut-­?turnover-­?and-­?replacement mechanics, the Christ Force is often confused with Ed Balducci's...

2015 / 11 / 6
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Cunning Attractions

Jon Racherbaumer

Cunning Attractions by Jon RacherbaumerA different take on the usage of the mini-plunger or tiny plunger. When Danny Orleans showed the item to Jon it sparked his creativity. Read about the outcome here.
  • About the Mini-Plunger
  • How to Make a "Breather"
  • Stuck Up
  • Suck-Up Sleuth
  • Malini Lite
  • Pokerratum
  • A Plunger Went A'Courting
  • Aces Take a Plunge
  • In-Depth
  • Bonus: Ham-Fisted Find

1st edition 2013, 41 pages.

2015 / 7 / 7
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At the Table

Jon Racherbaumer

At the Table by Jon RacherbaumerBeautiful close up magic by Jon Racherbaumer, John Cornelius, Roger Klause, Ed Marlo, Jim Hunter, Steve Draun, Eddie Adams, Lee Fried, Chuck Smith, Phil Goldstein, Tom Mullica, and Simon Aronson. Here is magic that is unique and that you will not see in other books. The ebook is divided into chapters on Coins, Cards, Linking Pins, Mental Magic, and Diversions. You will find such unusual items as Marlo's complete presentation of the Color Vision box, Racherbaumer's close up Miser's Dream, Marlo work on Linking Pins, Cornelius' Coins thru Table, Mullica's version of Jarrow's Cig thru Hanky, and more. The section on card magic (mostly Marlo...
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Marlo: Low-Down and Cozy

Jon Racherbaumer

Marlo: Low-Down and Cozy by Jon RacherbaumerThis ebook features six presentations by Edward Marlo, one of the most prolific producers of card magic ever known. My criteria for selecting these six presentations was to pick effects that stressed subtlety and psychological cunning and required little or no difficult sleight-of-hand. The irony here is that such tricks are seldom associated with Marlo, even though he devised scores of easy, semi-automatic tricks during his career. But don't despair. The ones in this ebook run a gamut.

Cozy Card to Case is a subtle version of an ancient trick dating back to Walter Gibson's Popular Card Tricks. Most versions are based on miscalling a...

2015 / 6 / 13
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