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Jon Racherbaumer

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.

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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...
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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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Streamlining Discernments

Jon Racherbaumer

Streamlining Discernments by Jon RacherbaumerA treatise on how to determine a thought of card.
  • Out of Sight - Out of Mind (Dai Vernon)
  • Streamlined Discernment (Edward Marlo)
  • Mental Discernment Improved (Ken Krenzel)
  • Mental Selectivity (Charlie Miller)
  • Far Out Of Sight (Bob King)
  • Out Of Order (Jerry Sadowitz)
  • No Questions Asked (Randy Wakeman)
  • The Spectator Seems to Really Think of any Card (Bob Farmer)
  • A Card That Lies = A Deck That Tells The Truth (Bob Farmer)
  • Unambiguous Discernment (Edward Marlo)
  • Fish-Fry For Two (Robert Baxter)
  • Fish (Lewis Jones)
  • The Discerning Mentalist (J. K. Hartman)
  • Mental Schemental (J. K. Hartman)

1st edition 2011; 52 pages....

2011 / 12 / 28
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Burn: Surviving Riffle Forces

Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer & Steve Reynolds

Burn: Surviving Riffle Forces by Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer & Steve ReynoldsThe five techniques explained in this treatise are directly or tangentially inspired by Ed Marlo’s An Updated Force (1987).

Techniques taught are:

  • An Updated Force (Ed Marlo)
  • Piffle Force (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Balm-Applied Riffle Force (Steve Reynolds)
  • Drop-Block Riffle Force (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Slip-Less Clip Force (Jon Racherbaumer)

1st edition 2009; 20 pages photo illustrated

2011 / 12 / 28
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Compleat K.M. Move

Jon Racherbaumer

Compleat K.M. Move by Jon RacherbaumerThis is the fourth revised treatment that Marlo and Jon worked on during the last year of his life. Their objective back then was to publish a new old-book by expanding the original work to include ideas, finesses, and variations devised after 1962. More important, the revision was to be more organized and cohesive than the original.

The original K.M. MOVE booklet was typed on twenty-three pages. There were only eleven hand-traced, inked drawings [by Marlo]. The material faithfully duplicates Marlo's hand-written notes and was typed by Muriel Marlo. All in all, the finished product had an unpretentious,...

2011 / 3 / 27
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Gene Castillon's Redoubling the Double Cut

Jon Racherbaumer

Gene Castillon's Redoubling the Double Cut by Jon RacherbaumerGene Castillon presented this lecture at a meeting of Ring #27 IBM in the early 70’s, calling it "The Double Undercut Routine". This routine was designed to feature only one sleight or move—the Double Undercut. To prove the versatility and usefulness of this one move, Gene incorporated into one routine a series of different effects all accomplished by this one move. As you will discover, there are magic appearances, a simple sandwich prediction, several Ace tricks, a poker deal, and a simple triumph trick.

When recently asked to lecture again, Gene pulled out his old lecture notes and was surprised...

2011 / 3 / 27
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Big Easy Card Cunning

Jon Racherbaumer

Big Easy Card Cunning by Jon RacherbaumerThese are all self-working or very easy to perform effects.

One item that I would like to highlight is the Klutz Force, because it is on the same skill level as the popular Criss-Cross force, which is frequently used in self-working effects. With the Klutz Force you have an alternative that has a different feel and procedure.

  • Simplex Physical & Mental
  • Telephenomenal
  • 21 And Then Some
  • Guesstimation City
  • Marked Calculation
  • What Is the Question?
  • Easy Prefiguration
  • Klutzy Forces
  • Hobson Chooses Again
  • Punch-Line Division
  • Simple Sync
  • Is Your Pants On Fire?
  • Made In the Shade
  • No-Clue ...
2011 / 3 / 23
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Arch Triumphs

Jon Racherbaumer

Arch Triumphs by Jon RacherbaumerEvery card magician will know the Triumph effect:
The performer is recklessly and haphazardly mixing cards face up and face down. Then, without warning or manipulation, this entire disorder is instantly corrected. All of the cards face the same way except for a selection.
The most famous routine is Dai Vernon's "Triumph" originally published in Stars of Magic. However, he probably was influenced by other similar effects that came before. One such routine is Sid Lorraine's "Slop Shuffle".

Jon Racherbaumer will take you through the history of this wonderfully visual effect and will explain and discuss the many...

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Definitive Slip Cut

Jon Racherbaumer

Definitive Slip Cut by Jon RacherbaumerSlip Cuts play a vital role in “Cutting to the Aces,” a presentation auspiciously introduced in Stars of Magic (1946). Dai Vernon’s handling sparked lots of interest when it first appeared, providing strong incentive to master the Slip Cut. Cardini, who also knew a great trick when he saw one, strongly endorsed Vernon’s presentation:
"To lovers of outstanding card magic I heartily recommend ‘Cutting the Aces.’ It is showy and mystifying, more so than you would think a card trick could possibly be."
Therefore, this treatise begins with explanations of three versions of Ace-Cutting. This may...
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