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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, Robert Walker

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Mirroring Maximizing Miraskill by Jon Racherbaumer
"One of the greatest card tricks ever invented." - George Anderson

"It fooled the hell out of me!" - Ted Annemann

"Without any possible doubt, Stewart James' 'Miraskill' is one of the greatest self-working card effects to have appeared in print. Apart from its own value, it is the ideal prelude to 'Out of this World'." - Peter Warlock

Miraskill came into being in 1935 when Stewart James self-marketed it. According to him, only one copy was sold. But it leaked out and Dr. Jacob Daley demonstrated it to Ted Annemann, who eventually published it in the Jinx, which was the starting point for much thought and commentary by other clever minds. ...
2020 / 12 / 21
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Psi-V by Jon Racherbaumer

A retrospective look at Dai Vernon's Five-Card Mental Force.

  • Introduction
  • The Prototypal Version From Early Vernon
  • A Woolgather's Aside
  • My Skirmish with the Five-Card Mental Force
  • 30 Years Passed
  • Five Card Mental Farce / David Acer
  • Max on Five-Card Mental Force / Max Maven
  • Outtings
  • Rescuing the Five-Card Mental Force / Allan Slaight
  • The Ultra Effect / Paul Rylander
  • Dai-Cipher / Phil Goldstein
  • I Have It / Edward Marlo
  • Psyboards / Tom Frame
  • Indisputably Predictable / Jon Racherbaumer
  • Post Mortem
1st edition 2020, PDF 32 pages.
2020 / 12 / 12
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Avatar by Robert Walker & Jon Racherbaumer

Robert Walker was a unicycling, high-school student. Looking five years younger than he was, he was a dyed-in-the-wool card guy tutored in Marlovian ways. He was also a precocious writer-creator, obsessed with false counts and packet tricks. He spent many hours "twisting the night away," taking voluminous notes, and developing new methods and approaches. His first mini-treatise dissected a marketed packet trick by Larry West ("Wild, Wild West") which he passed onto Jon Racherbaumer to publish. It became the second installment of the loose-leaf Avatar, printed on pink paper and unadorned by illustrations...

2020 / 11 / 28
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All That Jazz by Jon Racherbaumer

Jazz Aces was inauspiciously introduced to the magic world in 1971 when Peter Kane published Another Card Session. It was a fortuitous event because it appeared about the same time the Elmsley Count was gaining favor with magicians from coast to coast. Like weeds in an open field, packet tricks were also popping up everywhere. Furthermore, Kane's routine clarified the transposition aspects of basic Ace Assemblies. Using only 8 principal "players" (cards), his action procedure was simple and direct. Best of all, the final transposition was squeaky clean. As a result it did not take long for Jazz...

2020 / 11 / 16
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Trix Fixes by Jon Racherbaumer
  • LEITMOTIFS
    • Copycat Cards
    • Rashomonian Universal Card
    • Counting a Conclave
  • LOCUS POCUS
    • Mine Finds Yours
    • A Narrow Margin
    • Bubkus Divination
    • No-Frills Invisible Toss
  • PUZZLETS
    • Changling Sandwich
    • Another Challenge
    • Easy O. Henry
    • Recliner Mind Reader
    • Either-Oracle
1st edition 2020, PDF 39 pages.
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May The Flop Be With You by Jon Racherbaumer

Remixing the Gardner-Marlo poker deal - its history and histrionics.

  • Introduction
  • How To Study This Manuscript
  • An Effective Poker Deal / Jean Hugard
  • Gardner-Marlo Poker Deal / Martin Gardner, Edward Marlo
  • The Surprised Gambler / Martin Gardner
  • Can You Deal A Good Poker Hand? / Jean Hugard
  • Meyer Poker Deal / Orville Meyer
  • The Lorayne Poker Deal / Harry Lorayne
  • Of Course I Can Deal A Good Poker Hand! / Edward Marlo
  • Solomon Meets Gardner-Marlo / Dave Solomon
  • The Ultimate Gardner-Marlo/ Steve Mayhew, Jack Carpenter
  • Marlo/Gardner/Britland Poker Deal
  • Riverboat Poker / John Bannon
  • Addendum: Duts / Edward Marlo

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2020 / 10 / 11
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Sunken by Jon Racherbaumer

A deep dive into a key principle - the sunken key card.

  • So It Begins ...
  • Adding the Pips / Larsen - Wright
  • Automatic Location / Oscar Weigle Jr.
  • The Three Pile Trick / C. W. Jones
  • The Twenty-Sixth Location
  • The Triple Discovery / Charlie Miller - Jack McMillen
  • Watching the Pitchman / Charlton Chute
  • Improved Twenty-Sixth Location
  • Middle Maze / Bruce Elliott
  • The Twenty-Sixth Card Location - Using a Corner Short / George G. Kaplan
  • Koran's Miracle Card Stab / Al Koran
  • A New Use for a One Dollar Bill / John Henry Grossman
  • Buried Treasure / Alex Elmsley
  • Shadowed / Alex Elmsley
  • S-D...
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Cull-Mination by Jon Racherbaumer

Culling (cards) is not a particularly fashionable technique. During the past forty years, card magicians started to pay closer attention to various ideas and techniques, especially those having broad application. In this treatise three types of culls will be examined:

  1. Desired cards are secretly culled during the logical and natural course of an effect.
  2. Free selections are controlled (culled) to desired positions during a visible procedure that looks fair and above board.
  3. A cull done during another fair procedure that results in separating the four suits in Ace to King order.
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Elevation Ovations by Jon Racherbaumer

Although Marlo is generally credited with the Elevator plot, analysis of the action steps taken in the Four Burglars, Jacob's Ladder, and Marlo's Penetration exhibit procedural similarities and could be presented as "elevating tricks" if accompanying patter expressed the "elevator" analogy. As far as the "elevator" trope is concerned, we can credit Bill Simon for naming rights.

  • Part One: The Burglazing Beginning
    • Introduction
    • Gibson Puts Perps On Parade
    • Rising Crime / Daryl Martinez
    • Rising Robbers / Jon Racherbaumer
    • Four Burglas / Jerry Mentzer
    • Mystery Of The Penthouse / Nick Trost
    • Burglar Trick / Nick...
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Facsimile 3 by Jon Racherbaumer

This issue of Facsimile includes the complete contents of the first two (and only) issues of Jon Racherbaumer's periodical Marlophile. Jon has reformatted Marlophile, and added some additional routines.

  • Publisher's Note
  • I
    • Introduction
    • Marlo's Personal Annotation
    • Marlo's Variation Of The Zarrow Shuffle
    • MARLO In IBIDEM (1956-1969)
  • II
    • Introduction
    • Marlo's Personal Annotation
    • The Easy Way: A Bottom Deal For The Millions
    • Two Memory Bits
    • Mental lie
    • Slop Shuffle Or Triumph?
    • Whispering Snitch

1st edition 1995, 50 pages; 1st digital edition 2020, PDF 50 pages.

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Facsimile 2 by Jon Racherbaumer
  • Introduction
  • Marlo's Routine For Abbott's Chinese Coins
  • Cursory Commentary On Close-Up Fantasies Books 1 & 2 By Paul Harris (1980)
  • Bombshell Twins
  • LSDM Aces
  • LSDR Aces
  • Patter For The "Ropes Of India"
  • Clipper Passage
  • Deuce Sandwich Ideas
  • Better Than Best Lie Speller
  • Simplex Lie Speller
  • Complex Simplex Lie Speller
  • Whose Oil And Water?
  • Million Dollar Card Secrets By Frank Garcia

1st edition 1994, 50 pages; 1st digital edition 2020, PDF 55 pages.

2020 / 6 / 21
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Facsimile 1 by Jon Racherbaumer
  • A Decade Later
  • Publisher's Notes
  • Round-Trip Travellers
  • Student's Exchange
  • Marlo Card-To-Pocket Items In Print
  • Detached Collectors
  • Table Side Manners
  • Future Trap
  • Olram Cunningly Catches A Card
  • The 1003-1006 Aces
  • An Apparitional Bit Of Nonsense
  • On The Spread Cull

1st edition 1983, 2nd edition 1994, 50 pages; 1st digital edition 2020, PDF 52 pages.

2020 / 6 / 14
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The Ascanio Spread by Jon Racherbaumer

The Ascanio Spread is a beautiful false display move, generally used to display 4 cards and hide a fifth one.

From the Introduction:

The Ascanio Spread immigrated to this country from Amsterdam. Del Cartier, Herb Zarrow, Mike Rogers, and Pete Biro were instrumental in bringing this technique to America. In fact, Del Cartier is a close personal friend of Ascanio and was the go-between in obtaining the original Ascanio manuscript for Mike Rogers, who in turn passed it on to me.

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • To Begin
    • Racherbaumer Variation
    • Some Comments On The Mechanics Of The...
2020 / 6 / 6
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Bluffery by Jon Racherbaumer

Jon explores the bluff pass and its spin-offs.

  • INTRODUCTION
  • THE EXEMPLAR THE BLUFF PASS
  • THE "BLUFF" PASS AND PALM
  • SPIN-OFFS
    • TOMMY TUCKER'S BLUFF PASS
    • FAKE OR BLUFF PASS.
    • LE PAUL'S PASS
    • TRACKING ATTENTION
    • THE BLUFF FORCE / Andrew Galloway
    • BLUFF BOTTOM PLACEMENT / Edward Marlo
    • NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED / Edward Marlo
    • BLUFF-BLUFF PASS / Roger Klause
    • THE MARLO-THOMPSON BLUFF PASS
    • THE BLUFF CUT / Edward Marlo
    • BLUFF CENTER DEAL
    • BLUFF SHIFT / Bob Vesser
  • VERBAL BLUFFING
    • PUT / R. Paul Wilson
    • BLUFF ACE ASSEMBLY / Edward Marlo
    • TWO-TIMING BLUFF ACE ASSEMBLY / Edward Marlo
  • BLUFFERY TRICKS
    • BLUFF SANDWICH / Edward Marlo
    • REPEAT...
2020 / 5 / 29
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Grand Hotel by Jon Racherbaumer

An exploration of the Hotel Trick, aka "A Night on the Town". A trick with a good plot is half the battle. This one has an interesting plot that can be styled and modified to fit your needs. Sleight-less and sleight-of-hand versions are being taught.

Jon was introduced to this trick by Persi Diaconis in the 1970s. In this ebook he has traced it back to its roots, and forward to modern variations and spin-offs.

The core effect:

Two Queens and four Kings are shown. The Queens are tabled face down next to each other. Two Kings are added onto each Queen to form two three-card packets. After...

2020 / 5 / 22
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Dunbury Delusions by Jon Racherbaumer
"It is one of the very best tricks which can be done for close-up work." - Hugard and Braue from Show Stoppers With Cards

From the Foreword:

The Dunbury Delusion has an illustrious pedigree that has been up, down, and all around the magic scene for at least 100 years. Charlie Miller's method that was published in Expert Card Technique in 1940, more or less branded his name on it, but seven year earlier Victor Farelli published a modified version ("The Partagas Sell") in Farelli's Card Magic. He did not claim paternity but credited a Spanish magician named Partagas who apparently taught him the trick in 1908.

Basic Plot:

A selection "lost" in a deck is successfully found by using three...

2020 / 5 / 15
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Jon Racherbaumer

Tickling Tekel by Jon Racherbaumer

From the Introduction:

The purpose of this compilation is to incentivize and "tickle" students to reexamine the Mene-Tekel deck and reconsider its possibilities. This has been done before and as recently as 2003 when Chris Wardle (via Paul Hallas) published a 27 page booklet titled Investigating the Mene-Tekel Deck (Magic's Forgotten Trick Deck).

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We begin with Ed Marlo's groundbreaking addition of what he called the Roughed Mene-Tekel. We end with ends with David Britland's clever routines. In between there the other contributions are meant to provide further context and stimulation - enough to tickle anyone's fancy. At least that's the presumptive impulse that led to its creation.

  • Marlo...
2020 / 5 / 8
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Fifth-Business Monkey Business by Jon Racherbaumer

Eight select bits of rascality from Harry the Hat.

From the Introduction:

When Harry Anderson lived in New Orleans, we regularly discussed tricks, scams, and what Harry liked to call "throwaways that are keepers." These are tricks that symbolically serve the same purpose as Mardi Gras beads and doubloons tossed from floats during carnival season.

The following 8 things in this booklet are stunts and tricks Harry performed in his inimitable, fast-and-loose way when he held court in barrooms, poolrooms, or at his night club called Oswald's. In the right time and place they are worth knowing...

2020 / 4 / 25
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Speeding Bullets by Jon Racherbaumer

A survey of the seven-card assembly.

This ebook is a survey of the Seven-Card Assembly, a subcategory of Ace Assembly. Its name due to the number (7) of principal cards used, which makes it different from other Ace Assemblies. Standard versions use sixteen cards - four Aces and twelve X-cards - and when the preliminary layout is made, the Aces are dealt into a T-formation and three X-cards are placed onto each Ace. In a Seven-Card Assembly three X-cards are added onto only three of the Aces. The Leader Ace lies alone. This reduces the duration it takes to set the stage. Then the four Aces...

2020 / 4 / 11
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Further More by Jon Racherbaumer

This manuscript is an exploration of the origin and evolution of one of the most dependable, commercial, and semiautomatic card tricks extant. Even its name is unusual and memorable - "Further Than That"

  • INTRODUCTION
  • FURTHER THAN THAT / Stewart James
  • FURTHER THAN FURTHER THAN THAT / Harry Lorayne
  • FURTHER THAN THAT / J. W. Sarles
  • A LITTLE FURTHER / Darwin Ortiz
  • THREE-DIMENSIONAL FURTHER THAN THAT / Cushing Strout
  • STROUT FELLOW / Allan Slaight
  • A Poker Demonstration
  • A POYGRAPHICAL POLLOOZA / Jon Racherbaumer
  • TAKING IT TOO FAR?
  • MUCH FURTHER THAN THAT / Al Thatcher
  • TAKING FURTHER THAN THAT TOO FAR / Jon Racherbaumer
  • THIS...
2020 / 4 / 5
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Lazing: Lazy Man's Card Trick by Jon Racherbaumer

This compilation, like my others, my goal is to discover the "bits and pieces" and in this particular case, to partially answer how and why The Lazy Man's Card Trick came into being?

  • A Few Words Before You Begin
  • Introduction
    • An Inauspicious Beginning
    • Origin Story: The Seed
    • The Row of Ten Cards (S. W. Erdnase)
    • About the Supposed Operative Principle
    • Ziska's Incomprehensible Card Effect
    • Incomprehensible Divination (Hilliard)
    • Who Was Ziska?
  • A Morphing Begins
    • That Number Down (Doc Miller)
    • The Traveling Card (Jack Miller)
    • A Lazy Man Does a Card Trick (Al Koran)
    • Lazy Man's Card Trick (Harry Lorayne)
  • The Plot Resurfaces...
2020 / 2 / 15
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The Legendary Kabbala (1971-1981) (used) by Jon Racherbaumer

Hardcover with dust jacket. Like new condition. For details on the content see the digital edition.

2020 / 1 / 9
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A Hobsonian Handbook by Jon Racherbaumer

Explorations, examples, and routines using equivoque.

Hobson's Choice: the choice of taking either what is offered or nothing else; the absence of choice. [after Thomas Hobson (1544-1631) of Cambridge, England, who rented horses and gave only one choice, that of the horse nearest the stable door]
Equivoque or Magician's Choice in its myriad of forms is considered a First Principle by students of mentalism. What fascinates me is the elusiveness of this subject because no one has yet written a definitive, synoptic, and detailed magnum opus on the subject. There have been good piecemeal accounts written here and there about and most magicians understand how it basically works in specific cases; however, trying to ferret out its...
2019 / 12 / 1
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Shades of Wow by Jon Racherbaumer

Elucidations of a classic card trick: The Biddle Trick

The basic plot is fairly straightforward: A card is selected and in the process of determining its identity it is winnowed down to five possibilities. Then, in a surprising act of differentiation, the selection disappears from this five–card packet and reappears elsewhere. In most cases, the selection ends up face up in the middle of a spread deck. This trick has been variously named but ultimately it was christened "The Biddle Trick", named after Elmer Biddle who published the trick in Genii magazine in 1947. It marks the first appearance of the well-known...

2019 / 8 / 7
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The Legendary Kabbala (1971-1981) by Jon Racherbaumer

The meaning of Kabbala, translated from Hebrew, means something received and handed down. This definition resonates. Knowledge of magic, after all, is handed down from generation to generation, from magician to magician, and from teacher to disciple. Prior to xerography and personal computers, most magical knowledge was transmitted in this primitive, semi-private, and intimate means. Word-of-mouth reigned supreme and to a certain extent still does.

The magic scene in the Seventies was a blooming, buzzing place, atwitter with contentiousness and creativity. Close-up magic, particularly with...

2019 / 5 / 21
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The Complete Gypsy Switch Handbook by Jon Racherbaumer

Note that different moves and techniques have been called 'Gypsy Switch' over the decades. See for example a technique to switch bills using an envelope: Gypsy Switch. The technique described here by Jon Racherbaumer uses a handkerchief and is mostly used with coins, but the basic technique is flexible and utilitarian, which means any object that is conveniently flat and compact can be switched for a similar object, using a handkerchief. This includes objects such as coins, poker chips, billets, cards (business and torn playing card pieces), and folded currency.

In its antecedent form this move appeared...

2019 / 5 / 13
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Tosheroonique by Jon Racherbaumer

From the Foreword:

"Tosheroon" is an odd but memorable name. It sounds amusing and somewhat incantatory - especially for a card trick. Bob Driebeck, who dubbed it, knew that the word was Cockney slang for a half-crown, which is also the type of coin he used to perform this offbeat card trick.

The basic effect is a transformation done with an impediment in place - the impediment or obstruction in this case is a coin, which is placed onto the face of the card that eventually changes.

Effect: A card is selected and lost in the deck. Then a borrowed coin is marked and placed onto the face...

2019 / 5 / 6
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Fingerprint Dossier by Jon Racherbaumer

From the Preface:

I must confess that my initial reaction to the Fingerprint Trick was tepid. There was no tension or conflict and it came off as being a glorified location trick. But one aspect interested me. It violated one of magic's cardinal rules - namely, never tell an audience what you are going to do before you do it. And, worse, in this case the performer divulges how he plans do it. Every presentation explains how the trick ostensibly works: The selection is found by detecting the thumbprint left on it. This is a plausible explanation, but as the trick unfolds, this casual explanation...

2019 / 3 / 31
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Whispers by Jon Racherbaumer

This treatise is a detailed exploration of a glorified location-divination, framed by a whimsical conceit - namely that an inanimate object - a playing card - is the supposed agency that makes the entire trick work. In this regard it was an effort to upgrade an essentially puerile divination effect.

Here is the basic approach or plot: The way the performer learns the identity of a freely selected card is apparently due to enlisting the assistance of another playing card (usually a Queen), which whispers the name of the selection to the magician. The magician then acts as the Queen's proxy...

2019 / 3 / 4
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Timely Trickery by Jon Racherbaumer

While we all intuitively understand what time is, even a child can tell you what time it is, it is a hard concept to fully understand from a scientific point of view. It is hard to define, and wrap your head around. That is part of the intrigue of making it the topic of a magic effect. Particularly for an interested and sophisticated audience it can be a very effective plot line. Jon Racherbaumer explores how magicians have made use of it over the decades, and he has unearthed some remarkable gems.

  • Preface
  • Foreword
  • An Unusual Plot Emerges
    • The Charmed Watch
    • Charles Wicks
  • Precursors ...
2018 / 5 / 27
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A Promising Premise by Jon Racherbaumer

Unpacking Dai Vernon's Pact

When Vernon's trick appeared, its puzzling aspect centers on the fact that the spectator chooses one of three cards and the one chosen changes into his selection. In other words, the spectator is permitted to make two decisions. He selects any card. Then he selects one-of-three cards, which changes into his selection. It is essentially a quickie.

  • Introduction
  • 1, 2, 3 Dai Vernon
  • RECOUNTING ON 1-2-3 Dai Vernon
  • LASSO-DOE-TRE Edward Marlo
  • THE PROMISE II Edward Marlo
  • STICKY ACE, DEUCE OR THREE Dave Solomon
  • STICKING TO THE PROMISE Jon Racherbaumer
  • ISOLATED 3-2-1 Jon Racherbaumer
  • 1-2-3 INFINITY Jon Racherbaumer ...
2018 / 4 / 21
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Daley Bred by Jon Racherbaumer

A study of Daley's Aces its history and spin-offs.

This treatise is a compilation of methods for performing a simple transposition of pairs of cards - namely the red and black Aces. The basic plot has a checkered history and, despite being associated with Dr. Jacob Daley, there are lots of tangled connective tissue and ancestral than meets the eye.

Besides these aspects, you will discover that this treatise is a rich mixture of memes. That is, there are lots of bits and pieces to play with and, if you are the kind of student that likes to study the history of a trick and then work through...

2018 / 4 / 16
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Processean Princess by Jon Racherbaumer

Henry Hardin's plot has been around for 107 years and his initial three methods are explained in The Art of Magic (1909). Card tricks of this kind were atypical when Hardin devised his trick. During his time, spectators physically picked cards. They seldom, if ever, mentally selected them. Because only five cards are used in "The Princess Card Trick," Hardin strengthened the challenge by finding the mental selection by tactile means while the five "possibilities" were in his pocket.

This is how the his trick appeared to audiences: Five cards are shown to a spectator who is asked to think of one of them....

2018 / 3 / 25
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The Last Hierophant by Jon Racherbaumer

Impromptu Effects

  • One Fantastic Move (Edward Marlo)
  • The Joker Reads Minds (Edward Marlo)
  • One Thru Four Elevator (Dave Solomon)
  • You Did It Again! (Edward Marlo)
  • You Did It Again And Again! (Edward Marlo)
  • Black-Hole Card Switcheroo (Edward Marlo)
  • A Way Out (Danny Korem)
Strictly Technical
  • Moving Monte Switch (Chuck Smith)
  • Sleeper Shank Shuffle (Edward Marlo)
  • The Marnase Change And Vanish (Edward Marlo)
  • The Double Erdnase Change (Edward Marlo)
  • Darting Double (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Center Double (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Marlo's Swivel Cull (Edward Marlo)
  • Snap Pass (Jon Racherbaumer) ...
2018 / 3 / 3
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Robert Walker's Hyper Twist by Jon Racherbaumer

Effect: Four blue-back cards are shown. One at a time each card - the Ace, Two, Three, and Four of Diamonds - turn face up. Their backs then change to red and then one at a time the backs change back to blue. Finally, the cards change to four Fours of Diamonds.

1st edition 1975 in Paul Diamond Presents Magical Masterpieces #2, updated 2018, PDF 15 pages.

2018 / 3 / 3
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Hierophant 7 by Jon Racherbaumer
  • Introduction
  • Contributors
  • The Hamman Twist (Brother John Hamman)
  • Krenzel's Tunnel Change (Ken Krenzel)
  • Dingle's Tunnel Change (Derek Dingle)
  • No Force Vanish & Recovery (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Off-Sho Ot (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Jump-Jump Aces (Edward Marlo)
  • The 999 Miracle (Edward Marlo)
  • Pineapple Twist (Bruce Cervon - Dai Vernon)
  • Sober Slop Poker (Edward Marlo)
  • Breakless Curry Change (Edward Marlo)
  • The Four Ace ... Er ... Queen Trick (Edward Marlo)
  • Flash Sandwich (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Fair On All Points (Edward Marlo)
  • The Missing Hour (Edward Marlo)
  • The Viet Nam Trick (Bruce Cervon - Dai Vernon)
  • A Quickie (Edward Marlo)
  • Exhibitionism (Edward Marlo) ...
2018 / 2 / 24
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Piano Roles by Jon Racherbaumer

Jon loves to collect, compare, and organize tricks into themes and plots. This is his latest work on the piano trick.

WHAT IS THE PIANO TRICK?

A spectator places his hands palm down on the table in the same way a pianist places his hands on a keyboard. Then pairs of cards are placed between the spectator's fingers to set the stage. These pairs are then fairly removed to form two equal piles. An extra or "odd" card is added to one of the piles. Then, without any further movements or fanfare, the "odd" card inexplicably travels to the other pile.

  • Introduction
  • At The Beginning
  • Thoughts...
2017 / 12 / 16
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Debits, Credits, and other Leftovers by Jon Racherbaumer

Polishing and old principle of mooted origin ...

Jon Racherbaumer explores an old but fascinating self-working trick which can be performed with any set of counters, be they cards, sticks, stones, coins, matches, business cards, bottle caps, gummi bears, ...

  • Prelude
  • Introduction
  • My Introduction To The Version With Playing Cards
  • The Quickie Card Trick
  • Beginnings
    • A Novel Card Trick (Howard L. Grant)
    • Toothpick Magic (U. F. Grant)
    • Counting Trick (Rufus Steele)
    • A Matter Of Debit And Credit (John Northern Hilliard)
  • Spin-Offs
    • Balancing Debit And Credit (Ian Baxter)
    • The Trick That Fooled Einstein (Harry Franke) ...
2017 / 7 / 2
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Oil and Queens by Jon Racherbaumer

The oil and water effect is a classic of card magic, some love it, some hate it. If one has ever seen Rene Lavand do it slow motion with one hand you probably love it. But there is only one Rene Lavand. Some say the effect of red and black cards separating is rather weak, until Roy Walton added a kicker in 1969 where half the cards change to Queens. Dave Bendix tweaked Walton’s handling. Bob Stencil and Terry LaGerold devised a narrative that logically excused the surprise appearance of the Queens. Jon Racherbaumer and Jeff Busby independently expanded the kicker to not only change half the...

2017 / 6 / 16
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Five Easy Pieces by Jon Racherbaumer

The 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...

2017 / 4 / 23
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13 Ways to Three-Way by Jon Racherbaumer

This ebook explores the classic "Quick Three Way" plot. How can the faces of three playing cards be shown to be the same?

  • Foreword
  • Quick 3-Way (Ed Marlo)
  • New Quick 3-Way (Ed Marlo)
  • Freeway Three-Way (John Bannon)
  • Another Quick 3-Way (Ed Marlo)
  • Slide Three-Way (Phil Goldstein)
  • Cervon’s Quick Three-Way
  • Revised Quick D-Way (Derek Dingle)
  • Tweaked Three-Way (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Okal's 3-Way (Bill Okal)
  • Kay-Kay Tri-Way (Kevin Kelly)
  • Flustrating Three-Way (Brother John Hamman)
  • Rhumba Three-Way (Vallarino)
  • Montesque Three-Way (Ed Marlo)
  • Bonus: Least-Likely Find

1st edition 2017, 42 pages....

2017 / 3 / 4
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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 by Jon Racherbaumer

Includes 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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