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Monte-Mazements by Jon Racherbaumer

Offbeat alternatives of the Three-Card Motif

This compilation makes a distinction between the well-known Three-Card Monte wagering game, and motifs using three principal cards in different ways. All of the motifs challenge a spectator's ability to follow the actions to keep track of certain principal cards as they are physically moved around.

In some of the motifs, the principal cards are moved by the spectator while the performer's back is turned. Then, sight unseen, the performer is able to ascertain the location of a card previously designated as the "money card."

In other motifs the three principal cards magically turn over or change colors or design. These versions are essentially packet tricks pioneered by Karl Fulves, Fred Kaps, Gene Castillon, Nick Trost, and others.

  • The Three Cards Motif
  • Packet Precursors
  • Partial Ascanio Spread
  • Monte Wagering Motifs
  • Surreal Monte (Castillon-Racherbaumer)
  • Virginia City Shuffle (Falanga)
  • Four-Card Monte (Bob King)
  • Super Sidewalk (Dave Neighbors)
  • Impromptu Sidewalk Shuffle (Ackerman)
  • Montelude (Gregory Wilson)
  • Stinger Monte (Don May)
  • Psychic Three-Card Monte (Bob Hummer)
  • Mindful Monte (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Monte Mingle Move (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Montesque Three-Way (Edward Marlo)

1st edition 2022, PDF 55 pages.
word count: 12957 which is equivalent to 51 standard pages of text