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Jon Racherbaumer

(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.

website: www.JonRacherbaumer.com

Coauthors: Edward Marlo, Norm Osborn, Steve Reynolds

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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
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  • 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...
2015 / 6 / 27
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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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Criss-Crossings: Unleashing the X-Force

Jon Racherbaumer

Criss-Crossings: Unleashing the X-Force by Jon RacherbaumerThis is an interesting study of the X-Force and variations thereof only the way Jon Racherbaumer can do it. The X-Force is the simplest force that every magician has learned to do at one point in their life. Jon dissects the X-Force or Criss-Cross Force and then puts it back together in different and new ways. This is fodder for those that want to go into the fine and nuanced details of performing this force.
  • Introduction
  • Drilling Down
  • A Little History of the X-Force
  • Layered-Cross-Cut Force
  • First Method
  • Second Method – Layered Double-Cross
  • Two Cuts Are Better Than One
  • Three Free...
2015 / 6 / 2
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Pockethereal

Jon Racherbaumer

Pockethereal by Jon RacherbaumerAs a plot, Cards Across is fairly simple and direct. It's a transition effect where a number of cards - usually three - magically travel from one packet to another. There are methods that use gimmicked cards, others use purely sleight-of-hand.

This manuscript is an exploration of subtle methods based on Stewart James' "Pockethereal." Its selling point is that there are no switches or exchanges. The only sleight of hand is the false counts. This put it in a class by itself.

  • INTRODUCTION
  • POCKETHEREAL (Stewart James)
  • POCKETHEREAL, MINUS POCKETS (Bert Fenn)
  • POCKETHEREAL MINUS POCKETS (Edward Marlo)
  • CLARIFIED PACKETHEREAL...
2014 / 8 / 22
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Oiled and Watered: A Mystery in Ten Movements

Jon Racherbaumer

Oiled and Watered: A Mystery in Ten Movements by Jon RacherbaumerThere is something incurably viral about this curious card problem. Does anyone know? What's so irresistible about displacing, displaying, counting, spreading, mixing, re-mixing, un-mixing red and black cards? What's the allure? What's the incentive? Yet, despite all cease-and-desist entreaties, methods keep popping up, including the ones in this compact manuscript.

The Ten Phase routine described in this ebook combines ideas and handlings by Hideo Kato, Dave Solomon, and Edward Marlo. You can figuratively use the Oil and Water patter theme, referring to red cards as "water" and black cards as "oil," but some...

2014 / 2 / 12
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Jonah Ploys

Jon Racherbaumer

Jonah Ploys by Jon RacherbaumerThis manuscript explores hybrids of the Jonah Card Principle. Beyond that it hopes to draw attention to this fascinating motif and perhaps inspire further research and development.
  • THE FOUR QUEENS (Bill Simon)
  • MEN FROM THE BOYS (Colm Mulcahy - Bill Simon)
  • ODD YET PREDICTABLE (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • SPIN-OFFS of WINKLER'S COIN PUZZLE
  • NO-JONAH POKER (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • (LOSING) END POKER (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • OUROBOROS (Jack Parker)
  • DOUBLE PREDICTION JONAH POKER (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • STRONG CIDER (Edward Marlo - Jon Racherbaumer)
  • THE JONAH IN THE HARRY'S POCKET (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • EMPOWERING POKER A BIT MORE (Jon...
2013 / 12 / 24
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Pasteboard Permutations

Jon Racherbaumer

Pasteboard Permutations by Jon Racherbaumer
  • A WHIM-WHAM WARM-UP: Warmed Over Rhetoric
  • KINDS OF PERMUTATIONS
  • FIRST PERMUTATION: HUMMA-HUMMA-HUMMER
  • SECOND PERMUTATION
  • PERMUTATION THREE: VALUE-SUIT, SUIT-VALUE (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • PERMUTATION FOUR: WHY IS THIS ODD CARD SO QUEER? (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • PEMUTATION FIVE: THE LAST GAME (David Britland)
  • PERMUTATION SIX: BILE AND BLOOD (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • PERMUTATION SEVEN: PURIST CARD PUZZLE (Edward Marlo)
  • PERMUTATION EIGHT: MR. FOGG TRACKED DOWN (Steve Reynolds)

1st edition 2013, 49 pages.

2013 / 12 / 15
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Holistic Hamman

Jon Racherbaumer

Holistic Hamman by Jon RacherbaumerBrother John Hamman's effects are conducive to creating strong, synergistic routines. That is, many of his individual effects, including its discrete parts, can be combined to form powerful presentations. The following nine-phase is a good example.

Holistic Hamman was originally part of an unpublished book titled Real-World Cardstuff: Synergistic Schemes.

Requisites: A regular deck of cards.

1st edition 2000, 2nd edition 2013, 15 pages.

2013 / 12 / 10
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Winning Winnowing

Jon Racherbaumer

Winning Winnowing by Jon RacherbaumerWays To End Up With the Only Thing You Want

From the introduction:

This paper is an introductory effort yearning to be a disquisition. Please forgive its discursive style. So far, this recondite subject has resisted an in-depth, organized treatment. The subject at hand is an exploration of reduction and the process of indirectly seeking information. Or, to use the jargon term, it is about elimination and fishing as applied to card magic—more specifically to the Think of a Card effect.
  • Two Ways to Convincingly Disclose One of Two Possibilities
  • A Card That Lies, A Deck That Tells...
2013 / 4 / 5
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Antics and Interludes: Contextual Card Cozenage

Jon Racherbaumer

Antics and Interludes: Contextual Card Cozenage by Jon RacherbaumerClassic Racherbaumer. I had to use the dictionary twice just to make it past the title :-) If you don't learn any card magic you will certainly expand your vocabulary. But I am sure you will learn a good amount of very thoughtful pieces.

From the introduction:

Can we then agree that Card Antics consist of novel actions, cute bits, and amusing maneuvers? This is what happens when cards jump, rise, change, multiply, disappear, reappear, penetrate, spin, and so forth. Aren't Card Antics meant to provoke delight and bewilder?
To explore ways to convert, tweak, and redeem "pasteboard antics"...
2012 / 7 / 27
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Finessed Controls

Jon Racherbaumer

Finessed Controls by Jon RacherbaumerControlling a card to the top or to the bottom is the most fundamental technique in card magic. Every card magician should have at least one good method to do that. Consequently many authors use the phrase "control card to the top/bottom with your preferred method" and leave the rest to the reader assuming that everyone already has his or her preferred method. While you might have your favorite method, the search for better ones never stops.

In this ebook Jon Racherbaumer describers several - as he calls them 'finessed' methods - to control a card to the top or to the bottom. You should find...

2012 / 4 / 24
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Centric Doubles

Jon Racherbaumer

Centric Doubles by Jon RacherbaumerThis is a detailed and thoroughly researched work on double lifts taken from the center of the deck, or so called center double lifts.

A double lift is one of the hardest moves to do well and at the same time one of the most practical and useful moves in magic. One strategy to make a double lift more deceptive is to take two cards from the center rather than from the top of the deck. The downside of this strategy is that the utility of the move is reduced. Nevertheless, for the expert card handler it is worthwhile to study these types of double lifts and acquire one or two versions for one's...

2012 / 2 / 7
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