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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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Oiled and Watered: A Mystery in Ten Movements by Jon Racherbaumer

There 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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Pockethereal by Jon Racherbaumer

As 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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Marlo: Low-Down and Cozy by Jon Racherbaumer

This 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cunning Attractions by Jon Racherbaumer

A 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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