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 is a DVD offering an eighty-five-minute show and lecture Roberto Giobbi gave at the legendary 15 Years Genii Convention in Orlando, showing exactly how various deck switches are achieved in a live performance.
What the Experts say
“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.” (Eugene Burger in My Lovely Assistant)
“l was thrilled that you fooled me several times during your lecture. Not only did I not see any of your deck switches, I didn’t evens suspect any of them!” (Daryl)
“Consider this a post graduate course for Card College students, and a highly recommended buy. These concepts will add another facet to your magic…and the DVD is wonderful and unexpected bonus!” (S. W. Duncan in M-U-M)
“Giobbi and Minch have produced yet another book that should be studied by every serious student of card magic.” (J.B. Kopf in MAGIC)
“If you are looking to use a deck switch in your performances, or have an interest in deck switches, then it is a must-read. Giobbi has constructed the book brilliantly with perhaps the best framework I have come across for a book dedicated to a single move. (Will Houston in GENII)
And now listen to the review by Jeff Stone: