Roberto Giobbi’s remarkable Card College books have become the
groundbreaking course in the subject—an analysis of the art, science,
technique and philosophy of card magic. Card College has changed the way
a generation of magicians have learned card magic, and changed the way
they think about it.
In this highly anticipated new video project, Roberto’s Card
College has been brought to a four DVD set, with nearly eight hours of
material. Card College 1&2, Personal Instruction combines Roberto’s
lessons with his performances, demonstrations and explanations. Here you
have a chance to learn directly from Roberto. He explains the essential
moves, the subtle touches, and gives amazing examples that will allow
you to add these techniques to your repertoire.
As one of magic’s great teachers, Roberto will serve as an
inspiration in your work. These four discs are unlike any DVDs you’ve
ever seen, professionally photographed and edited to efficiently
demonstrate card techniques—with clear close-ups and reverse shots, as
well as expert analysis of every move. There are fundamental lessons for
the beginner, and expert approaches for experienced magicians. Best of
all, here’s a chance to meet Roberto, watch his presentations and
benefit from his personal instruction. On this four disc set, you’ll
learn basic techniques like squaring, cuts, grips, dealing, breaks,
spreads, shuffles, false cuts, card controls, forces, glide, glimpses,
key card handlings, double lift and flourishes, the Hindu shuffle, and
special techniques like thumb count, buckle, palm, spread count, top
change, crimp, reverse, the classic force.... And much more. In the Card
College tradition, Roberto teaches magic immediately, with astonishing
routines—allowing you to see the sleights in action and put them to use
in these effects.
Produced by Frankie Glass and Jim Steinmeyer, with magic
consultant Richard Kaufman, Card College 1&2, Personal Instruction
is a beautiful example of video magic and an inspiring DVD set for any
magician. In short, we think that it’s an instant classic. You’ll find
more about the contents on our website. The price is $99, available as a
pre-publication offer until January 30; after that date, the price will
be $125. Roberto Giobbi’s work in this field has set the standard, and
his DVDs are no exception. They are a unique opportunity to learn card
magic from a master.
Let us tell you about these remarkable DVDs.
The beauty and elegance of Roberto Giobbi’s Card College course
is that within a few minutes of learning fundamental techniques for
handling cards, you will advance to tricks that can entertain and fool
sophisticated audiences. Roberto not only demonstrates and explains the
primary techniques of card magic, quickly giving you the ability and
skills you need for performance, but also shares the wealth of his
experience, based on years of successful performing. And if you’re
already a pro you’ll find advanced material, moves, sleights and
psychology to enhance your performance and shows.
Card College 1
Card College 1 begins with fundamental techniques, and includes
the Overhand Shuffle, False Cuts, Card Controls, Forces, the Riffle
Shuffle, Transfer Cuts, the Glide, the Glimpse, Key Cards, the Double
Lift and Flourishes. Roberto discusses each sleight in detail, while you
watch clear close ups of his hands, finger positions, and grips. Then
sit back while Roberto entertains you with a trick or two that includes
the move you’ve just learned. These tricks will soon become standards in
your repertoire, including Belchou Aces Revisited, The Question Is?,
Further Than That and Beyond, Impossible! Finally, Roberto explains
each trick, with special emphasis on the move and finely tuned details
that he’s learned in the course of hundreds of performances.
Card College 2
As with Roberto’s classic volumes, the dvd of Card College 2
continues with more advanced sleights and moves. Now you’ll learn
Auxiliary Sleights, the Hindu Shuffle, the Overhand Shuffle II, the
Force II, the Palm, the Spread Cull, False Counts, the Crimp, and the
Reverse. Each sleight is broken down into its essential elements.
Roberto carefully demonstrates the move, each one fully illustrated
through close up shots of his hands. Roberto then includes a practical
demonstration of the sleights as they appear in some of his favorite
tricks. These include X Marks the Spot, The Magic Phone Number, Time
Machine, Twisting the Aces, the Lucky Coin and the Psychic Stop Trick;
soon they’ll be among your favorites too! Each section concludes with
Roberto’s breakdown of the performance, as he carefully shows how to use
the sleight, and draws attention to the tips and details that come from
years of experience.
"In all, it's an amazing
foundation in card sleight of hand and in addition to beginners,
experienced magicians can benefit from it as well. It’s getting a
prominent place in my video library and I will return to it to gain
insights and improve my own technique and execution."
Wayne Kawamoto, Magic & Illusion 8/15/2011 Full Review
"I can almost guarantee that,
no matter what your level of expertise, you will learn a lot from this
set...I sincerely hope we’ll see more."
Matthew Field, The Magic Circular Magazine 3/1/2011