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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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Clockwork

Jon Racherbaumer

Clockwork by Jon RacherbaumerOn the Clock Effect

The clock effect/principle is a variant of the automatic placement principle. It allows you to force a card. The procedure typically is that the spectator freely selects any full hour on the clock (1-12). Cards are then dealt into a clock pattern where one card takes the place of each hour. The card at the spectator's freely chosen hour is the force card, which for example could have been predicted beforehand.

The Clock Effect using playing cards originated at the turn of the century. Potter's Index subsequently listed thirty-eight (38) references—one of the earliest...

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Good Turns

Jon Racherbaumer

Good Turns by Jon RacherbaumerEven though the small packet card trick goes at least back to Hofzinser's times Jon argues that the modern small packet trick started in the 1940s when the Buckle Count was introduced by Dai Vernon and got into full swing when the Ghost Count (Elmsley Count) entered the stage.

Jon writes:

When the Elmsley Count became more widely known, the genie was out of the bottle. Vernon’s “Twisting The Aces” provided momentum. Marlo’s groundbreaking work on “Think Ace” and “Touch Turn” was privately circulating and then was eventually published in The Linking Ring. By the time Larry West and Verne Chesbro published Tricks You Can...
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Hofzinser's Lost Ace-Problem

Jon Racherbaumer

Hofzinser's Lost Ace-Problem by Jon RacherbaumerKarl Fulves published in Pallbearers Review an unsolved card problem wherein an Ace having the same suit of a previously selected card changes into that selection. The puzzling aspect of this problem was this: The four Aces are shown, mixed, and tabled face down. Nobody knows the order or disposition of the Aces, not even the spectator.

Jon describes eight solutions each with its own trade-offs, strengths and weaknesses.

Jon concludes his manuscript with:

The Hofzinser Lost Ace Problem is a good example of a card problem that intrigues magicians because it lends itself to "creative noodling" and...
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Ladies on the Loose

Jon Racherbaumer

Ladies on the Loose by Jon RacherbaumerThis routine was inspired by a magician’s challenge that it was unfeasible and unadvisable to perform several Ace Assemblies in a row for lay audiences. In fact, he argued that most Four-Ace Assemblies are neither entertaining nor interesting to layman because they are essentially magician’s exercises. This synergism is an exercise based on an opposite view; however, a key lies in presentation. The performer ostensibly is relating a bit of history regarding how a card trick was performed in the 16th century. In the course of the explanation, he acts as a proxy for skeptical spectators who...
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Marlo's Chameleon Aces

Jon Racherbaumer

Marlo's Chameleon Aces by Jon RacherbaumerThe basic plot of the “Chamele Aces” was developed in the late 40s by Edward Marlo, who shared ideas about this motif with Neal Elias in 1949. Elias wrote notes regarding the methods they explored, which he and Marlo then filed away. Neither published the “work;” however, Marlo performed an impromptu version at a Pittsburgh magic convention in 1955. Earlier the same year, Roy Walton published his version of “Chamele Aces” in The Gen (February-1955: Volume 10 – Number 10).

The basic Chamele Aces plot is four red-back and four blue-back Aces transpose one at a time.

1st edition 2008; 80 pages.

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Olram Aces

Jon Racherbaumer

Olram Aces by Jon Racherbaumer
"The Filet Mignon of Ace Assemblies." - Ed Marlo
Olram Aces is a tribute to the genius of Edward Marlo which shows how Marlo's lifetime work steadily influenced Jon.

The presentation makes maximum use of the gaffs and the Aces in the non-leader packets disappear in different ways that are successively stronger. It has been audience-tested on lay persons and magicians.

In typical Racherbaumer style you also get a history on the Ace Assembly plot starting with The Discoverie of Witchcraft.

1st edition 2009; 10 pages.

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Synergistic Sandwiches

Jon Racherbaumer

Synergistic Sandwiches by Jon RacherbaumerSandwich tricks, long popular with cardmen, are nothing more than glorified locations. What makes them a little different is that the selections are found at specific places: between two other cards. Perhaps the best way to present these stunts is to perform a few in a rapidfire, successive way—each phase following the preceding one in a logical, progressive way. Also, each phase should be stronger than the preceding one. When such phases unfold in this manner, the overall impression will likely have more impact and be memorable.

And this is exactly what Racherbaumer has engineered in...

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Marlo on Card to Wallet

Jon Racherbaumer

Marlo on Card to Wallet by Jon RacherbaumerThis treatise is a compilation of Marlo's methods for performing a card-to-wallet, incorporating his Exclusive Card in Wallet (1961) with methods published in Ibidem, Hierophant, Card Finesse, Marlo's Magazine, and other previously unpublished but related methods. This material was discovered in a thick folder among Marlo's private effects.

The idea of causing a selection to disappear from the deck and then reappear elsewhere is almost as old as playing cards. Reinhard Müller has painstakingly researched the basic effect classified as "Card Found in Some Object," which was being performed...

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Muscle Moves: A Crash-Course in Powerful Cardmanship

Jon Racherbaumer

Muscle Moves: A Crash-Course in Powerful Cardmanship by Jon Racherbaumer[Note: Despite all the rumors the cover does not show Jon in his younger years.]

This is an ebook about moves, card moves to be precise. If you are already familiar with the basics of card magic then you will find here a lot of advanced moves and concepts to significantly improve your magic. If you are an experienced veteran of card magic you will probably still find some moves you are unfamiliar with. It is also a great reference ebook to have in case you run one day into any of these moves. The moves are described in text and photos with references and sources in the usually meticulous Racherbaumer style.

  • Adding To Vernon (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • The Altman Trap (Art...
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Real-Gone Aces

Jon Racherbaumer

Real-Gone Aces by Jon RacherbaumerThe 'Real-Gone Aces' problem is a side branch of the classic four Ace trick. In the classic you place four aces on the table, then put three indifferent cards on each ace, and magically all aces end up in the same pile. In the 'Real-Gone Aces' plot which was originated by Marlo, after correspondence with Neal Elias, three aces vanish to join an isolated leader ace.

If this plot appeals to you then you will learn a good number of variations on it in this ebook. And I am sure, if you are the kind of guy or gal who enjoys reading such detail filled descriptions of finesses and fine points, then...

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Thirty Years Ago: Contributions to the New Pentagram

Jon Racherbaumer

Thirty Years Ago: Contributions to the New Pentagram by Jon RacherbaumerThese are Jon Racherbaumer's contributions to the New Pentagram Magazine from 1979.
  • Surprising the Princess: ESP card effect with a surprise ending that will whack you down.
  • Simplex Mental Reverse
  • Magical Separate Colors
  • King-Currence
  • Still Another Lie Detector

articles first appeared 1979; 14 pages

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The Too Perfect Theory

Jon Racherbaumer

The Too Perfect Theory by Jon RacherbaumerCan a magic trick be too perfect? Too impossible? Well, opinions differ. Some of the most prominent minds in magic disagree. Reading these essays will help you form your own personal opinion on this fundamental question. The theorists are: [Note that this collection of essays is also part of the Ask Roberto Giobbi ebook.

1st edition 2008; 61 pages....

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Unlimited 3.0

Norm Osborn & Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer

Unlimited 3.0 by Norm Osborn & Edward Marlo & Jon RacherbaumerThis manuscript explores in detail the possibilities of the 'Double Count'. As the title implies, the possibilities seem unlimited. After reading this PDF you will surely come up with your own variations and takes on the effects presented. The Double Count in its basic form is to show five cards absolutely cleanly as six. One of the five cards is a double facer.

1st edition 1953, 2nd edition 1983, 3rd edition 2002, 48 pages.

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  1. THE CARD GOES HOME (Norm Osborn)
  2. IMPROVED DOUBLE COUNT (Edward Marlo)
  3. EFFECT ONE
  4. EFFECT TWO
  5. EFFECT THREE
  6. EFFECT FOUR
  7. EFFECT FIVE ...
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Lipstick Traces

Jon Racherbaumer

Lipstick Traces by Jon RacherbaumerRacherbaumer thinks that the greatest sleight of the 20th-century is the Double Lift Turnover. If we consider the scores of different ways to lift, turn, toss, propel, flip, rotate, and spin two cards as one—not to mention ways of getting ready, gripping, insuring alignment, and unloading, then this is certainly a pretty valid move to pick as the most important sleight. At the minimum Racherbaumer has me convinced.

In this ebook Jon collects ways to finesse the move and also traces its historical development. I am pretty sure you are using probably several times a double lift turnover somewhere...

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Dreamwork

Jon Racherbaumer

Dreamwork by Jon RacherbaumerSeveral decades ago Bob Hummer invented a new principle which caused a short-lived stir among cardicians. The effect was called "The Mindreader’s Dream". It sounds too good to be true: A spectator merely thinks of a card and performs a few, unseen dealing procedures with a deck of cards. The magician briefly scans the cards, consults a “dream book,” and then names the mentally selected card.

Racherbaumer collects in this ebook several improvements and variations on this basic principle, including the original Hummer method. The contributors are an eclectic group of specialists including...

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Back To The Future Classic

Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer

Back To The Future Classic by Edward Marlo & Jon RacherbaumerEdward Marlo and Jon Racherbaumer study three similar effects:
  • Everywhere and Nowhere
  • The General Card
  • The Universal Card

2nd edition 2002, 50 pages.

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  1. Afterword
  2. A Future Classic
  3. Streamlined Classic
  4. Comedy Classic
  5. Quick Three-Way
  6. In Lieu of the Hindoo Shuffle
  7. Mini-Classic I
  8. Mini-Classic II
  9. A Sixy Effect
  10. Early Marlo: Everywhere and Nowhere
  11. No Deck: Everywhere and Nowhere
  12. Spade Book: Everywhere and Nowhere
  13. Marlo’s Hofzinser
  14. Additional Climax
  15. Future Classic Double-Cross
  16. Four Eightses Classic
  17. 'Tis Rough On Hofzinser
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Sticks and Stones: a leaflet for the left hand

Jon Racherbaumer

Sticks and Stones: a leaflet for the left hand by Jon RacherbaumerRacherbaumer, a man of words - sometimes strong words, sometimes exotic words, sometimes provocative words, sometimes strange words - but always thoughtful and worth reading, wrote a two year column in The Greater Son of the Bat Jr. journal (S.O.B.jr.). All 24 installments of this column are collected here. You will find a lot of Marlo-vian talk, good tricks and interesting articles. I was not a magician in the late 70s, so I cannot say how it was back then in the 'good old times', but reading Sticks and Stones allowed me to imagine how - I am sure - it must have been.

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