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The Art of Switching Decks Review

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.

The Art of Switching Decks shows the reader how to systematically analyze and study magic. Magic is a large field of study. One can choose to go wide and shallow or narrower and deep. This book shows us how to go deep, mine a tool or topic and organize it into a structure for reference and application.

The book matches the Card College series in size with the familiar hand and deck diagrams on the end papers. Readers are encouraged to read the first two chapters then use the grid to determine the specific switches to study. A perfect book for both linear readers and grazers.

Enclosed with the book is a live recording of Giobbi lecturing on the topic from the 2012 Genii convention. You are asked to read the final chapter before viewing it. Giobbi gives an explanatory apology for the quality of it and for the behavior of the lecture audience.

And, by the way, don’t miss editor and author’s note on the copyright page.

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Product info for The Art of Switching Decks

Author: Giobbi, Roberto
Publisher: Hermetic Press
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $55.00
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Manufacturer's 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

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