Giobbi not only demonstrates and explains the card techniques but shares a wealth of personal knowledge and experience with them. Beyond the bare machinations, there’s in-depth psychological insights to execute the moves under working conditions. I found these detailed insights to be incredibly worthwhile.
As an example, I studied the section on the double turnover and my jaw dropped when Giobbi offered a subtlety that I had never encountered or thought of before. I perform the move probably 25 times a night and in my routines, the move is strongly covered by misdirection and it’s shrouded during a “down time” in the routine. I’ve been performing it this way for years.
However, Giobbi’s subtlety immediately caught my attention as it was so logical and it assisted with the psychology of finishing the move. I immediately incorporated the subtlety the very next night and will employ it from this time on. I also learn some finesse on the spread cull that smoothed out my execution. Such advice is worth its weight in gold.
Techniques and Tricks
Beyond the moves, Giobbi teaches magic tricks and routines that employ them. There are lots of great effects - far more than those briefly described here. Belchou Aces Revisited offers a fantastic four ace (four of a kind) production. The cards are seemingly mixed and cut by spectators and randomly dealt to, yet four piles each render an ace on top of each. This trick is followed by an optional poker-related effect.
Employing the newly taught false cuts, Hat Trick offers a cutting segment that is interactive and powerful. Cards are mixed and then the magician asks questions of each spectator and then assigns them a single card, which are each pulled from the deck and left lying face up on the table. The deck is then cut and a card is dealt onto each face up card. At the end, the cards that have been dealt onto the face up cards turn out to be their mates. The Question Is? asks whether cards can ask questions. A card is selected and returned to the deck and lost. In the end, the card is found in a fun way that involves spreading the cards in the shape of a question mark.
Further Than That and Beyond employs the newly learned forces. A card is selected and based on the selected card, which the magician doesn’t know, all of the cards of the suit are produced, in order. This is followed by the production of the other three values to make a four of a kind, and finally, a royal flush. The Mind Reader involves a set of invisible dice that assists a spectator to select a card and count down. Despite shuffling and cutting by spectators, the selected card is found.
Time Machine is a great effect that occurs in the hands and it’s got an excellent theme that involves time. It’s essentially a transposition. Giobbi also teaches classic Twisting the Aces. And in the Lucky Coin, a spectator selects a card that is lost in the deck and then takes the magician’s “lucky coin” and freely drops it onto any card in a face-down spread. At the end, the magician shows that the spectator has indeed found his own card with the help of the lucky coin. This one is strong and offers a great way to gain confidence with the top change.
Card College 1&2 is pricey but it’s worth it. In fact, for anyone starting out in card magic, this DVD set is one of the most worthwhile investments that one can make. 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.