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Norm Osborn

(Chicago, Illinois: 1928 - 20th September 2001)

Learned in 1939 from uncle who taught him a few tricks. Ran (with Gene Thomas) a small magic manufacturing firm ("O'Lantern Magic"), making glass props for Berland. Part-time pro close-up and platform work 1976 to 1988 when went full-time. Specializes in card magic. Later (1989) ran a small mail-order book business ("Magic Book House") in Park City, Illinois. Invented the Double Count, a false count with cards.

Wrote Unlimited (1953, 30pp; 2nd ed revised with Ed Marlo, 1983, 45pp). Tricks in Linking Ring, Hade-E-Gram, Ireland's Year Book, and Ibidem.

Coauthors: Edward Marlo, Jon Racherbaumer

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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...
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