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Like most magicians, I have a few self-working effects in my repertoire. Hands Off Reverse is one of them. I learnt it many years ago and I still perform it today. It’s perfect when someone hands you a deck of cards and asks you to do a trick. It’s direct (there’s no card dealing) and very strong.

Effect: The spectator freely cuts to a card which he inserts into the center of a packet behind his back. While this packet is still out of sight behind his back, it is inserted into a card case and closed. The performer has not touched the cards during this procedure. Despite these stringent conditions, the performer mentally divines the selection, which somehow magically reverses itself in the deck while still in the card case. No, the magician does not take the case and cards from the spectator and the spectator checks the face-up selection himself.

This is the effect as described in Jon Racherbaumer’s The Hierophant. The handling is Hideo Kato & Jon Racherbaumer.

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Thanks Claudio, Im going to pull Heirophant off my shelf as soon as i get home.
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I just went through this with cards in hand. It's a very effective trick. Thanks for sharing.
Totally impromptu, no sleights, and open to lots of different presentations.
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Dang!! Another book that I don't have! I'll check if this is available at Jon's website.

Thanks for sharing this, Claudio.

Just a quick question...do you find that its awkward or arouses suspicion to have the spec do the necessary work behind their back?

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Rudy: I have performed this effect many times without any problems, but I prefer to have the spec. bring their hands under the table whenever possible as some people find it difficult to handle cards behind their back.

The only reason this effect is not part of my regular repertoire is that conditions are not always ideal for performance: there should be nobody looking at the spectator's back. It's happened (a couple of times) that the spectator dropped the cards on the floor while handling them behind their back. Though it requires minimal skill, putting the cards back in the case proved tricky for some. As it happened they did take a look at their card before they dropped the deck and it's still a strong trick to locate and reveal their card among the mess.

The presentation angle I use is very simple and light-hearted and goes somewhat like this: "Most people think that magicians rely on fast hands and sharp eyes for their craft, well, not necessarily..."
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This sounds great.

Dani Daortiz has a a trick in which a card is selected under the table.  His version uses great psychology and could be an alternative to 'Hands off Reverse', if the Racherbaumer book is difficult to get hold of.

I think there is also a behind the back trick in 'The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks' which may be worth looking into to if you're interested.

Hands off tricks are great for audiences, and us as magicians.
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I just went through my Hierophants to find the effect. In the Tannens version it's attributed to "anon." Then I looked up my eBook where, as Socrates indicated, it's attributed to Hideo Kato and Jon R. He does mention Hideo in the physical book. It sure is a lot easier to find things in eBooks with the search capability. It's also nice to have a library in your phone or iPad. I have re-bought many books from L&L as eBooks. When the price is $10, I can't resists Jennings, Marlo, Vernon, Elmsley et al.

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I know the word "worst" is fraught with danger, but I can say, without fear of contradiction that the Robbins compilation of the Hierophant magazine is the absolute worst! As far as I can tell, they separated all of the magazine pages - threw them in the air and however they landed they were printed. It's a shame that this important magazine wasn't preserved with a modicum of planning and thought.

Anyway, I can't find it in the compilation - I could easily have missed it. If anyone has it and finds this, I would appreciate some direction.

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i/m, the effect was published in Issue 7 - Resurrection Issue, page 29. I think it might be possible to find it in an ebook.
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It's easily findable in the eBook with a search. The eBook is properly indexed too.

Intensely Magic is correct about the Tannen version being difficult to use. 

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It's easily findable in the eBook with a search. The eBook is properly indexed too.

Intensely Magic is correct about the Tannen version being difficult to use. 

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Mike,

I can't seem to find the ebook at any of the usual suspects. Do you happen to know who is carrying it?

Thanks!

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I love the Hardbound volume. Beautifully produced.
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OK Found it!

I have the compilation originally published by Tannen, I believe, but mine carries the Robbins copyright.

It's, of course, under Intermezzo Stuff, but the TOC has no page numbers - very helpful. It starts on page 369.

I had the originals, but the paperbacks went as part of downsizing. Actually, I guess I still have a subscription, as I never received all the issues I paid for.

My opinion of the compilation continues to plummet.

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Jon Racherbaumer used to have a deal for $50 that gave you access to a TON of material. He kept adding to it every month. I meticulously downloaded these items. The Hierophant was one of them as I recall. 

I looked at http://www.jonracherbaumer.com, Jon's site and found a link to another site where a number of items are for sale. There are some excellent ebooks there, but I don't see Hierophant among them. Maybe when his new site is up and running, the things I was able to download from the original site will be available. Stay tuned...

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Jon Racherbaumer used to have a deal for $50 that gave you access to a TON of material. He kept adding to it every month. I meticulously downloaded these items. The Hierophant was one of them as I recall. 

I looked at http://www.jonracherbaumer.com, Jon's site and found a link to another site where a number of items are for sale. There are some excellent ebooks there, but I don't see Hierophant among them. Maybe when his new site is up and running, the things I was able to download from the original site will be available. Stay tuned...

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I've got to figure out a way to better organize my pdfs! I may not recall the download, but I did recall sending the 50 bucks. There it was in a Racherbaumer folder on my disk. Thanks for the push.....

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Follow-up:

I used to repair computers for a living and kept hundreds of pdf instruction sheets on my flash key. I used PDF-XChange Viewer and would scan all of these files for answers. It has a portable version, so it won't put a lot of crap on your hard drive. I pointed it to the top level of the folder containing magic pdfs and searched for "Hands Off Reverse" and "BAM" there it was. Interestingly, Jon did a followup with a Marlo variation and a simplification in Sticks and Stones Number 4. That popped up when doing the scan. Fun stuff to play with and will prove to be very useful.

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Can PDF-XChanger Viewer scan a file folder full of PDFs, digging in to each PDF, for a specific word/words etc?

There used to be a utility that would search all files or specific file types for a specific word etc. That was in the days when HDs were 30 Megs, though. I think it would take way too long to do that these days with Terabyte drives.

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Can PDF-XChanger Viewer scan a file folder full of PDFs, digging in to each PDF, for a specific word/words etc?

There used to be a utility that would search all files or specific file types for a specific word etc. That was in the days when HDs were 30 Megs, though. I think it would take way too long to do that these days with Terabyte drives.

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It can. It also goes through subfolders. The speed is surprising.

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PS I seriously suggest the portable version - easy to remove if you don't like it and no junk on the HD. I just extract the file to a folder on the drive and put a shortcut on the desktop.

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I used to repair computers for a living and kept hundreds of pdf instruction sheets on my flash key. I used PDF-XChange Viewer and would scan all of these files for answers. It has a portable version, so it won't put a lot of crap on your hard drive. I pointed it to the top level of the folder containing magic pdfs and searched for "Hands Off Reverse" and "BAM" there it was. Interestingly, Jon did a followup with a Marlo variation and a simplification in Sticks and Stones Number 4. That popped up when doing the scan. Fun stuff to play with and will prove to be very useful.

i/m

I like Marlo’s take on it: I Need a Magic Wand and I sometime use it as a follow-up to the original when I get “Can you do that again?”

But more often than not, I use the Marlo variation with two spectators instead of one and both spectators’ cards end up face up in the face-down deck. It’s easy to see how to achieve this.

However, I still prefer the original for its simplicity and its hands off approach. You won’t believe how strong it plays until you've tried it.

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Accepting that the heart of this thread is Hands Of Reverse, raggle-taggle rascal that I am I feel nevertheless feel compelled to throw this bit of blather into the mix. And considering that the thread has gently drifted here and there a tad, as threads often do, I feel no guilt. No tears and no hearts breaking, no remorse [Steely Dan].

Intensely Magic says……."I know the word "worst" is fraught with danger, but I can say, without fear of contradiction that the Robbins compilation of the Hierophant magazine is the absolute worst!"

And a bit more besides.

Fully agree. The Legendary Hierophant is a disgrace and, in passing, The Legendary Kabbala is equally as bad. A thorough-going festival of pain. At the time of release, I was driven to write extended reviews of these two dreadful efforts. Here’s a very abridged extract of one particular aspect of the Hierophant debacle.

This is not the original Hierophant, which it purports to be. And to hit the nail again, it really is a thorough-going mess. It may well contain some interesting/good material (it does) but as a collected edition of the original magazine is an insult to purchasers. And what qualifies it for the "official" title of Legendary? It’s the Hierophant. Ditto Kabbala. They may be legendary, as might The Jinx, but that’s for readers/customers/posterity to decide. Not the publisher.

There’s a wodge of material that never came near the original publication, let alone appeared in it. In this regard special mention must be made of the Marlo/Steranko Estimation stuff/feud/argument/fallout/whatever. The main thrust of the not-in-the-original essays and conjured up for no coherent reason target James Steranko, who apparently lays claim to some of the estimation work that Marlo published. Reading this fired-up Jon Racherbaumer stuff makes you wonder what Steranko is or was on about and how he can justify such strange claims. Strange that is, as recorded here by Racherbaumer.

It’s good, as in interesting. But what the hell is it doing here? Make it a footnote and shove at the back, if you must. But better still, save it for another day and another book. Don’t clog up what is supposed to be a representation of a the original magazine.

The Joseph K. Schmidt illustrations are the only thing about this book that stand untarnished; as always, they’re excellent. But Joseph K. Schmidt didn’t illustrate the original magazine. The Tannen reprints had photographs. Where did they go? Were they in the original? It just goes on and on and on and on.

As you might gather, I could blather on a fair bit more about this travesty, but won’t. As Shakespeare might have said if he’d lived in Yorkshire, Enough’s enough and too much is plenty.

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However, I still prefer the original for its simplicity and its hands off approach. You won’t believe how strong it plays until you've tried it.



Claudio, thanks again for bringing this to our attention. I, also, hope you are OK with the wandering we have done on the thread, for which I have a generous portion of the blame.

Some day,  we need to do a thread on the efficacy of "hands off", which I think may be seen as a subset of Too Perfect.

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There’s a wodge....... 



I learned a new word and it's a perfect fit.

Thanks for the review - you just can't say enough bad about this effort. To me, the biggest crime is the loss of chronological integrity. Racherbaumr's publishing schedule was .... uh .... erratic, but there was an important flow that was lost with the compilation. One of the many crimes you aptly point out.

I was beginning to think there were two editions.

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Claudio, thanks again for bringing this to our attention. I, also, hope you are OK with the wandering we have done on the thread, for which I have a generous portion of the blame.

Some day,  we need to do a thread on the efficacy of "hands off", which I think may be seen as a subset of Too Perfect.

It’s cool; threads once created have a life of their own [thumb]

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