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Mike Powers

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Today is the great Jon Racherbaumer's birthday. He's somewhere in his '70s. He's one of my heroes in magic. When I went on Facebook to wish him a "magical day" I noticed this and thought it might interest some members of TMF:

WHY DO I WRITE?
Jon Racherbaumer

What captivated me most as a child was the mysteriousness of almost everything. What strikes me now and what I obviously could not and did not articulate at the time was my appreciative attitude toward this mysteriousness. I was not frightened or vexed by it. I wanted to understand aspects of it. I wanted to slowly and gingerly peel back the seemly infinite number of layers, finding new and additional mysteries. All this served to deepen the mysteries and enhance my wonder, awe, and curiosity.

In my childhood home there were three things that provided robust physicality to my relationship to mystery. I loved the attic and the basement, two places that were semi-dark storage places. The attic was a treasure trove of secrets—letters, memorabilia, things saved for reasons unknown. The basement was underground. It was also dark but noticeably cooler. It was a place to hide and make things—a place where talk was unnecessary. The third thing were the books, most of which were on shelves sealed off by transparent glass doors that were usually locked. I was not an avid reader at the time, but these books seemed like special repositories of secrets. You could pick up a book as though it was a magic box. Turning back the cover was like lifting a lid. Inside were pages, each filled with words, which, to me, were hints, clues, and riddles—more layers to peel back—more pages to turn, revealing mystery after mystery after mystery. And each word had a history and an uncanny power to evoke, provoke, and summon. As young as I was, I thought that words were incredibly magical and powerful. You read them and something materialized in your consciousness. You spoke them and hearers acted and reacted. No wonder wizards in literature uttered words to cause “magic” to happen.

As young as I was, I also knew that I wanted to harness and share the energy. I wanted to use the wondrousness of that power. I wanted to discover the right words, in the right order, to perpetuate these mysteries and illuminate what may be knowable.

 

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I was a Premium Member of his site a few years ago (early to mid 2000s) and learned a lot from his writings. I miss the site...

He was also a member here on TMF but he didn't come often and I haven't seen him again in a long time. 

I hope he publishes something soon. 

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Mike, thanks for your post (and reminder!)

Jon is a good man. Kind and generous and always willing to help. His works have stood the test of time and his writing so often transcends the material he writes about.

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I was a Premium Member of his site a few years ago (early to mid 2000s) and learned a lot from his writings. I miss the site...

He was also a member here on TMF but he didn't come often and I haven't seen him again in a long time. 

I hope he publishes something soon. 


I too miss the Premium site. I've written and asked and he says he's going to be putting something up, but so far it's just a sales page.

Tons of good material existed on that site.

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I think the cost of membership to JR's site was $50/yr. The incredible amount of great material you got on day 1 was worth much more than $50. He was pretty good at adding material all the time so you'd want to spend another $50 the next year. 

The collection of eBooks included, Goodturns, unlimited, Universal card, synergistic sandwiches 1 and 2, real gone aces, patented shuffle, kabbala, hierophant, faro controlled miracles, archtriumphs, card cunning. Any of these would go for $10 or more. I think his new site repackaged these and others in that price range.

The collection of items I downloaded from the site is incredible. I have folders for eBooks, Essays, Freebie, Manuscripts, Prime Moves, Tricks, Views and more. Most of the folders have more than 50 items. Truly an incredible deal.

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You and I have the same set of folders with Jon's name on them, Mike!

I've dived into that pool many times since then, and have added to it with other releases on his site, or from Lybrary.

All good stuff!

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Jon's column in Genii is the first thing I read. Then the Magicana. What a thinker!

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I am surprised just how often I have already read or am reading the books listed each month in Jon's Genii column. 

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AV - If you read them without them being pointed out by JR, I'm impressed! I have to confess that I don't seem to find time to read outside of magic material. My hat's off to you guys who are reading this material. It sure looks interesting. I have read some of the items recommended by JR. I wish I had time to do more.

I've been very lucky to have been able to hang out with JR a number of times. He's one of the nicest guys in magic. He has a very serene and warm presence. Jon and Dave Solomon put together a few invitational Marlo Conferences. One in New Orleans and one in Chicago. I think there was second one in NOLA but I'm not sure.

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Jon is an incredible writer. 
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Thanks for posting this Mike. Happy birthday Mr Racherbaumer. Card Finesse is one of my prize possessions. I have purchased many items from his website, every one of them fascinating. I agree Tom and Mike, Mbreggar and Luis, he has a wonderful writing style.

Can't remember them off the top of my head but there were 2 books from his Genii column, a couple of years ago that I have wanted to find. The subject of the books was how humans perceive the passage of time, a subject that intrigues me on a daily basis. This post has reignited me to look it up.


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Mike, like Jon, I am addicted to reading and learning, especially about human psychology and sociology. The intersection of magic and psychology is fascinating. At least to me. I always make time for reading, and having no broadcast or cable television in the house helps. Our television is on maybe three hours a week on average, and mostly on weekends.

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