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Jon Racherbaumer
Sticks and Stones: a leaflet for the left hand by Jon Racherbaumer

Racherbaumer, 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.

  • EFFECTS ALPHABETICALLY ...
2005 / 9 / 9
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Jon Racherbaumer
Streamlining Discernments by Jon Racherbaumer

A treatise on how to determine a thought of card.

1st edition 2011; 52 pages....

2011 / 12 / 28
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Jon Racherbaumer
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...
2020 / 10 / 2
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Jon Racherbaumer
Super-Cuts by Jon Racherbaumer

The 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...

2017 / 2 / 14
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Jon Racherbaumer
Synergistic Sandwiches by Jon Racherbaumer

Sandwich 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...

2011 / 2 / 27
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Jon Racherbaumer
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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Jon Racherbaumer
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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Jon Racherbaumer
The Gemini Motif by Jon Racherbaumer

The 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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Jon Racherbaumer
The Hierophant 1 and 2 by Jon Racherbaumer

Issue 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" ...
2016 / 7 / 19
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Jon Racherbaumer
The Hierophant 3 and 4 by Jon Racherbaumer

Issue 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 ...
2016 / 7 / 19
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Jon Racherbaumer
The Hierophant 5 and 6 by Jon Racherbaumer

Issue 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...
2016 / 7 / 19
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Jon Racherbaumer
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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Jon Racherbaumer
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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Jon Racherbaumer
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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The Too Perfect Theory by Jon Racherbaumer

Can 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....

2011 / 2 / 8
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Jon Racherbaumer
The Universal Card by Jon Racherbaumer

This 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...
2016 / 1 / 17
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Jon Racherbaumer
The Universal Card Expanded by Jon Racherbaumer

More 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...
2016 / 8 / 9
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Jon Racherbaumer
Thirty Years Ago: Contributions to the New Pentagram by Jon Racherbaumer

These 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

2011 / 2 / 8
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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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Jon Racherbaumer
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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Jon Racherbaumer
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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Jon Racherbaumer
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.
2020 / 11 / 1
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Norm Osborn & Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer
Unlimited 3.0 by Norm Osborn & Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer

This 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.

Table of Contents

  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
  8. Effect...
2011 / 2 / 6
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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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Jon Racherbaumer
Winning Winnowing by Jon Racherbaumer

Ways 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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