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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—163 pages in hardcover.

ALSO INCLUDED
a DVD offering an eighty-five-minute show and lecture by
Roberto Giobbi,
showing exactly how various deck switches are achieved
in a live performance.
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30 deck switches?

it would be just perfect, to show the best one or two. I don't think that I have the time
to go trough 30 different ways of switching a deck of cards.

one perhaps two of the best ones would be enough imo.

lookin' forward to some nice reviews
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How about learning new things to expand your knowlege into the craft you love? I'm guessing you don't have the time for that either?
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I just don't feel the need to read a compendium about
all possible deck switches, that's all.

I'm sure that the magic community is lookin' for the number one deck
switch, wich is suitable to every one and easy to achieve.

if you don't like my comment, that's fine

btw: I put a lot of time in exercising good stuff, but I don't want to spend days
to read all the possible deck switches to find the one that suites my needs.

just my 5 swiss francs

btw: roberto is a fantastic teacher and author as well imo
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I'm sure that the magic community is lookin' for the number one deck
switch, wich is suitable to every one and easy to achieve.


That doens't exist. Sometimes the best way to control a card is a pass, sometimes it's a false shuffle. Ortiz has written interesting things about choosing one vs. the other. Smile
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On 2013-03-14 17:12, paperinick wrote:
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I'm sure that the magic community is lookin' for the number one deck
switch, wich is suitable to every one and easy to achieve.


That doens't exist. Sometimes the best way to control a card is a pass, sometimes it's a false shuffle. Ortiz has written interesting things about choosing one vs. the other. Smile


yes sure. you are right. but less can be more imo. times to short to go over every possibility. that's
why I said one or two of the best.
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On 2013-03-14 16:36, rasmus wrote:
I just don't feel the need to read a compendium about
all possible deck switches, that's all.

I'm sure that the magic community is lookin' for the number one deck
switch, wich is suitable to every one and easy to achieve.

if you don't like my comment, that's fine

btw: I put a lot of time in exercising good stuff, but I don't want to spend days
to read all the possible deck switches to find the one that suites my needs.

just my 5 swiss francs

btw: roberto is a fantastic teacher and author as well imo


I agree.

Roberto is wonderful and good for him on collecting and publishing this work, but it's not something I would be interested in reading. I love magic, talking about magic, reading magic books and practicing. If I'm not performing Blizzard ( now, that's a deck switch ) I just put the deck in my pocket and take the other one out. Why wouldn't it be the same deck? If someone put their wallet in their pocket and then takes it back out, I'm never think they had two wallets. lol.
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A deck switch outside the context of a trick is not a deck switch anymore. Smile
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On 2013-03-14 16:36, rasmus wrote:
I just don't feel the need to read a compendium about
all possible deck switches, that's all.

I'm sure that the magic community is lookin' for the number one deck
switch, wich is suitable to every one and easy to achieve.

if you don't like my comment, that's fine

btw: I put a lot of time in exercising good stuff, but I don't want to spend days
to read all the possible deck switches to find the one that suites my needs.

just my 5 swiss francs

btw: roberto is a fantastic teacher and author as well imo


I agree.

Roberto is wonderful and good for him on collecting and publishing this work, but it's not something I would be interested in reading. I love magic, talking about magic, reading magic books and practicing. If I'm not performing Blizzard ( now, that's a deck switch ) I just put the deck in my pocket and take the other one out. Why wouldn't it be the same deck? If someone put their wallet in their pocket and then takes it back out, I'm never think they had two wallets. lol.




you are totally right clarke. that's exactly what I do. put it away and
grab the other deck, that's all. works in sitting or standing situations.

I think on an old video tape back in the eighties, roberto showed a switch
with a handkerchief if I'm not wrong.

was also a very nice method. if you are a pro with your topit or sleeving, there
are also very nice possibilities to switch out a deck.

I'm very sure, that a non gimmicked version of a deck switch is much stronger then
any gimmicked version.

just my 5 swiss francs
A World without Magic is a World without Dreams and Hope:)



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On 2013-03-14 17:55, rasmus wrote:
yes sure. you are right. but less can be more imo. times to short to go over every possibility. that's
why I said one or two of the best.


Thankfully everyone's performance situations, requirements and routines are all the same, otherwise "the best" for one person wouldn't be "the best" for another. Now all we need to do is sit back and wait for someone else to do all the work and spoonfeed us the one answer we're looking for. Time is precious, after all.
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I for one am excited about this book. The "best one or two" switches is a totally subjective statement. What might be the best two for you might not suit me and my performing circumstances at all! Therefore I'm glad that Roberto has taken the time and effort to put this together and I will studying each and every page to see what I think will be suitable FOR ME.
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For those not sure, whether this book is for them:
Check out the Hermetic Press web-site. There you find the toc plus some example pages.

Best,
markus
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I am looking forward to this book. I like Mr. Giobbi's ideas.
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If there were just one or two deck switches, then you would hear "I am tired of paying X dollars for a single move". You can't win
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I watched his deck-switch lecture at the Genii Bash where he blew the room away with a succession of multiple deck switches. I missed out on getting his notes because they sold out before the lecture was even over. I have already put in my pre-order. No , I don't NEED 30 deck switches. But a half dozen of the PERCFECT ones for me might just be found here Smile
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I also saw Roberto at the Genii Bash--and was one of the lucky ones to get the notes from him!!

Having a compendium of switches gives you many options depending on sitting or standing---out of a pocket in pants or jacket---and a number of situations depending on the routine you are doing.

Knowledge never hurts---but a lack of knowledge can show.

Roberto is a first class magician and a great guy!!

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On 2013-03-15 16:59, keeper wrote:
I watched his deck-switch lecture at the Genii Bash where he blew the room away with a succession of multiple deck switches. I missed out on getting his notes because they sold out before the lecture was even over. I have already put in my pre-order. No , I don't NEED 30 deck switches. But a half dozen of the PERCFECT ones for me might just be found here Smile


I was also on the lecture. did I miss something? deck switch lecture? he talked what I remember about dai vernon if I'm right.

perhaps he had 2 lectures?
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Careful, Rasmus! You are rousing the Giobbi acolytes from their slumber Smile
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Smile

don't worry my friend. I respect all the stuff that roberto provides to the magic world and I bought everything roberto produced till now.

I just think, that a handful of very practical deck switches would be enough.

perhaps I read too many books as a teenager?
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How many did you write? Smile
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