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Piano Roles
by Jon Racherbaumer


(1 review, 4 customer ratings) ★★★

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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.


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 On The Piano Trick (Edward Marlo)
  • Play Me Another Tune (Edward Marlo)
  • The Piano Duet (Edward Marlo)
  • The Gugliotta Variations (Anthony J. Gugliotta)
  • Piano Tune-Up (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Play It Again, Sam! (Peter Duffie - Roy Walton)
  • Technicolor Piano Trick (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Sam's Tune (Jon Racherbaumer)
  • Piano Séance (Raj Madhok)
  • Piano Sans Keyboard (Hideo Kato)
  • Piano Music (Tom Ransome)
  • Don't Split The Keys (Edward Marlo)
  • Sock Hop: The Ultimate Piano Trick (Scott Cram)
  • Piano Concerto (Bob King)
  • Piano Concerto Ii (Terry Lagerould)

1st edition 2017, 58 pages
word count: 15002 which is equivalent to 60 standard pages of text

Reviewed by J.A. Murphy (confirmed purchase)
★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Being a Racherbaumer publication, I suppose I should have expected all of the routines to involve cards, but being familiar with some of the wonderful non-card versions of this principle, I was hoping for more. A quick scan reveals one routine using business cards, the rest using playing cards. I'll probably eventually read them all, but it would have been nice to be forewarned that it's all cards.