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The Art of Switching Decks

by Giobbi, Roberto

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(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Close Up
Media Type: Book
Publisher: Hermetic Press
Publication Summary: 2013, 163 pgs.
Format: Hardbound

Product Description

The strongest card tricks most often depend on a stack or special deck. Unfortunately, if you start with a gaffed deck, as soon as you have accomplished the impossible feat, its very strength causes audiences to say, "Let me see those cards!" With a deck switch, they can, because you just switched the gaffed deck for a normal one, which they can even take home! A deck switch can also allow you to start with an ordinary deck, convince everyone it's you and not the cards causing the magic-then you switch in your gaffed or stacked deck and unleash a stunning effect. Deck switches can create extraordinary, incomprehensible effects-as long as the switch isn't detected or suspected.

And there lies the challenge. Everyone knows about switching decks. We've all heard that card cheats do it, and magicians. In reality, though, very few magicians switch decks, because it is commonly perceived as too difficult to get away with. And since everyone knows about switching decks, even a suspicion that a deck switch might have occurred can completely undermine a performance. Therefore, if you use any deck switch, it must be not only imperceptible, but also unimaginable.

Roberto Giobbi teaches you precisely how to do this-standing, seated, with and without a jacket-using shrewd psychology, not knuckle-busting sleights or special gimmicks or apparatus. The only things required to do these professional switches are decks of cards and your pockets. Giobbi teaches dozens of methods for imperceptibly switching decks, along with the psychological principles behind them; principles that allow the reader to apply and modify deck switching techniques to suit any circumstance.

And along the way, Giobbi explains some very strong card magic.

As is expected from Roberto Giobbi, the techniques and tricks in this book are not pipe dreams. They come from his professional repertoire, sharpened by hundreds of performances and explained with all the detail only a world-class teacher can bring to a subject.

There is no other book devoted to this important topic-and it holds information that will be of tremendous value to beginning and advanced card magicians alike. The Art of Switching Decks is an in-depth study teaching over 30 deck switches and a few remarkable tricks.

Approximately: 163 pages 10.25" x 7.25" -Hardcover
Date Added: Apr 4th, 2013
MLA SKU: 515cced76ed28


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Official Review

May 28th, 2013 11:01pm
Reviewed by Fredrick Turner
The latest collaboration between Roberto Giobbi and Hermetic Press, The Art of Switching Decks, needs to be in every conjurer's library. Yes, even if you aren’t a serious card magician. My reasoning is quite simple: Giobbi has written a book that not only instructs its readers on a powerful technique but also how to study any facet of magic.

The Art of Switching Decks is the definitive work on a tool that can help you create an inexplicable magical experience for your audience. Over the years, Giobbi has collected and analyzed over 180 methods for switching one deck of cards for another. He has culled these to this collection of methods for both close-up and parlor and both sitting and standing. The methods are well within the reach of all levels of performers. The Art of Switching Decks is organized on a structure that Giobbi published in the July 2009 Genii magazine. Since that time, it has been expanded and developed.

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Official Review

August 4th, 2013 3:06pm
Reviewed by Eugene Burger
Let me make this very simple: in my view this book will be the standard reference work on the subject of switching decks for decades. It is clearly written and beautifully organized with wonderful photographs. Card workers everywhere owe Roberto and his wife, Barbara, the photographer, a huge thank you.

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