Card College 1&2 Personal Instruction Lesson 20: The Top Change


Card College is considered by many to be the most important and influential work on sleight-of-hand card magic for the beginner and the expert. With these videos the author personally coaches you. It is like taking one-to-one lessons!

This is Lesson 20 of the Card College 1&2 – Personal Instruction video course in card magic.

It will teach you the Top Change, a sleight which is considered to be one of the most difficult in all card magic. Truth is that the fingering itself is very simple and can be acquired in a few minutes, if you know how. In this lesson you not only learn the correct technicality of the sleight, but above all the timing and various misdirections, which make its execution before an audience virtually “invisible”. The Top Change is an advanced sleight for some of the most astonishing card tricks you will ever perform.

The trick performed and taught is “The Lucky Coin”, one of the best close-up card tricks you can do for a lay audience. Many professionals have added this to their repertoire because they know what a good effect ist. But it is also a wonderful way to practice and gain confidence with the Top Change, which is beautifully covered within the clever construction and presentation. As always the performance before a lay audience is followed by a detailed discussion that will convey to you all the information needed to successfully perform this card miracle.



Roberto Giobbi presents Card College 1&2 – Personal Instruction.

With Roberto Giobbi, based on the material from his books Card College Volumes 1&2, updated and expanded.

Lesson 20, “The Top Change”, contains:

  • Techniques
    • Classic Top Change
    • Cover for the Top Change (various methods)
  • Tricks (Performance)
    • The Lucky Coin
  • Tricks (Explanation)
    • The Lucky Coin

“The Lucky Coin” is one of the best close-up card tricks you can do for a lay audience. It is the perfect example that shows how a difficult sleight can effortlessly be pulled off if it is built into a great trick with a captivating presentation.

The detailed explanation also discusses practical concepts such as presentation, communication, timing, misdirection and all those things that will help you understand the causes and the essence of card magic.

This video lesson is completely self-contained; using the Card College book as an additional learning tool can be helpful, but is absolutely not necessary. This video course has been conceived with all those in mind who prefer visual instruction to reading.

Lesson 20 contains professional-caliber material and information. If you are willing to think and to practice, you will obtain extraordinary results.

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