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Roberto Giobbi

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(1st May 1959 - )

Roberto Giobbi has a mathematical and scientific background, studied literature and linguistics and eventually majored as a translator and interpreter in German, English, Italian and French. Since 1988 he has been working as a free-lance magician, author and lecturer. His 5 bestselling volumes of Card College are the most widely translated magic books in history and are considered worldwide as the ultimate reference work for card magic. (The first two volumes are available as PDF ebooks with embedded video clips, and as an 8 hour pure video course.) He is member of the Escuela Magica de Madrid, magic's only Think Tank with 40 members worldwide. Several international awards in magic round off his profile. Roberto Giobbi is married and has 2 children – he lives and works in Muttenz near Basel.

Besides his famous Card College series, Giobbi has authored multiple other bestsellers. Among them are titles such as Ask Roberto, Secret Twitter, and his excellent sleightless entry into card magic: Card College Light Trilogy. He has contributed numerous articles to journals such as Genii and Magic Magazine.

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Roberto Giobbi
Fundamental Techniques by Roberto Giobbi

This is the first lesson from Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2 Personal Instruction. It is made available free of charge so that you can experience the style of Giobbi's teaching and decide if you want to invest in the full course.

I personally think there is no better teacher of card magic alive today. Giobbi's style can at times be detail orientated, but then again if you want to reach the higher rungs of cardmanship, or cardwomanship, you need to pay attention to the details. Giobbi will take you by the hand and lead you through what can sometimes look like an impenetrable forest of moves, sleights, and techniques that look impossible...

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Card College 1: Chapter 01 by Roberto Giobbi

Fundamental Techniques

  • Dealing Position
  • The End Grip
  • Elevated Dealing Position
  • Squaring the Deck
  • The All-around Square-up
  • Giving the Deck a Complete Cut
  • Spreading the Cards in the Hands
  • Outjogging Cards as They are Spread Between the Hands
  • Dribbling Cards
  • Dealing Cards
  • Dealing Cards Face Down–The Draw Method
  • Dealing Cards Face Up–The Stud Method
  • The Swing Cut
  • The Break
  • The Little-finger Break
  • Forming a Little-finger Break Under the Top Card–Two-handed Method
  • Forming a Little-finger Break Under the Top Card–One-handed Method
  • Forming a Little-finger Break Under Multiple...
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Card College 1: Chapter 02 by Roberto Giobbi

Overhand Shuffle Techniques, Part 1

  • The Overhand Shuffle
  • Running Single Cards
  • Control of the Top and Bottom Cards
  • Controlling the Top Stock of the Deck–The Injog Shuffle
  • Controlling the Bottom Stock

    TRICKS WITH THE OVER HAND SHUFFLE

  • Thought Stealer
  • The Spectator Cuts the Aces

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 1: Chapter 03 by Roberto Giobbi

False Cut Techniques, Part 1

  • An Optical False Cut from the Hand
  • The False Swing Cut
  • A Simple False Cut
  • A Triple False Cut
  • The Slip Cut from Dealing Position

    TRICKS WITH FALSE CUTS

  • Hat Trick
  • Court Card Conclave

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 1: Chapter 04 by Roberto Giobbi

Card Controls

  • The Overhand Shuffle Control
  • The "Whoops!" Control
  • The Diagonal Insertion
  • The Peek Control
  • The Post-peek Overhand Shuffle Control
  • A Peek Control for Two Cards
  • The Multiple Peek Control
  • The One-card Middle Pass
  • Other Controls

    TRICKS WITH CARD CONTROLS

  • The Shamus Card
  • The Question Is...

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 1: Chapter 05 by Roberto Giobbi

Force Techniques, Part 1

  • The Crisscross Force
  • The Balducci Force
  • The Goldin Force
  • The Ten-to-twenty Force

    TRICKS WITH THE FORCE

  • The Lie Detector
  • Further than that...

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 1: Chapter 06 by Roberto Giobbi

Riffle Shuffle Techniques

  • The Closed Riffle Shuffle
  • Squaring After the Shuffle
  • The Open Riffle Shuffle
  • Riffle Shuffle Stock Controls
  • The Waterfall Riffle Shuffle

    TRICKS WITH RIFFLE SHUFFLE TECHNIQUES

  • The Red-black Location
  • Royal Flush Finale

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 1: Chapter 07 by Roberto Giobbi

Transfer Cuts

  • The Double Cut
  • The Triple Cut from Top to Bottom
  • The Triple Cut from Bottom to Top

    TRICKS WITH TRANSFER CUTS

  • Triple Coincidence
  • Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 1: Chapter 08 by Roberto Giobbi

The Glide

  • The Glide

    TRICKS WITH THE GLIDE

  • The Acrobat Family
  • The Coué-Test

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 1: Chapter 09 by Roberto Giobbi

The Glimpse

  • General Comments on the Glimpse
  • Top-card Riffle Glimpse
  • Top-card Double Lift Glimpse
  • Top-card Riffle Shuffle Glimpse
  • Bottom Card All-around Square-up Glimpse
  • Situational Bottom Card Glimpse
  • Center-card Glimpse
  • Final Notes

    TRICKS WITH THE GLIMPSE

  • Card Catcher
  • Impossible!

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 1: Chapter 10 by Roberto Giobbi

The Key Card

  • Key-card Placement
  • The Key Card in a Hand-to-hand Spread
  • Key Card in a Ribbon Spread
  • Glimpse and Placement
  • Location, Identification and Control with a Key Card
  • Control in a Hand-to-hand Spread
  • Tabled Ribbon Spread Control
  • Further Thoughts on the Key Card

    TRICKS WITH A KEY CARD

  • A Phenomenal Memory
  • Your Number–Your Card
  • Thot Echo

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 1: Chapter 11 by Roberto Giobbi

The Double Lift, Part 1

  • A Double Lift
  • A Double Turnover

    TRICKS WITH A DOUBLE LIFT

  • Rise and Swap
  • A Card in Hand

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 1: Chapter 12 by Roberto Giobbi

Hindu Shuffle Technique

  • The Hindu Shuffle
  • Glimpsing the Bottom Card with a Hindu Shuffle
  • Placing a Key Card with a Hindu Shuffle
  • The Hindu Shuffle Force
  • Hindu Shuffle Card Controls
  • Controlling a Single Card
  • Controlling Multiple Cards

    TRICKS WITH THE HINDU SHUFFLE TECHNIQUE

  • The Magus Card
  • The Lucky Card

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 1: Chapter 13 by Roberto Giobbi

Flourishes, Part 1

  • The Use of Flourishes
  • Turning Over the Top Card I
  • Turning Over the Top Card II
  • Turning Over the Top Card III
  • The Charlier Cut
  • The Swivel Cut
  • The Boomerang Card
  • The Spring Riffle Shuffle
  • Jack Merlin’s Riffle Shuffle
  • The Pop-up Card
  • The Wind-up Gag
  • The Two-handed Fan
  • The Broad One-handed Fan
  • The Reverse One-handed Fan
  • The Ribbon Spread Turnover

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 14 by Roberto Giobbi

Useful Auxiliary Sleights

  • Thumb Counting
  • The Little-finger Count
  • The Secret Addition of Cards
  • The Braue Addition
  • The Tip-over Addition
  • ATFUS
  • The Single, Double and Multiple Push-over
  • Buckling One or More Cards
  • Picking up the Deck
  • The Card Stand

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 15 by Roberto Giobbi

Overhand Shuffle Techniques, Part 2

  • Bringing the Bottom Card to the Top
  • Controlling the Top and Bottom Stocks
  • The Lift Shuffle
  • Controlling the Entire Deck: the G. W. Hunter Shuffle
  • Controlling the Entire Deck: the Optical Shuffle

    MORE TRICKS WITH THE OVERHAND SHUFFLE

  • Subconscious Poker
  • Aces Off the Cuff

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 16 by Roberto Giobbi

Force Techniques, Part 2

  • The Classic Force
  • The Riffle Force

    MORE TRICKS WITH THE FORCE

  • The Jumping Pulse
  • Headliner!
  • The Decision

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 17 by Roberto Giobbi

Palming

  • Theoretical Considerations
  • The Palm Grip
  • The Top Palm
  • Palming Multiple Cards from the Top
  • Concealing Palmed Cards in the Hand
  • Replacing Palmed Cards

    TRICKS WITH PALMING

  • Homing Card Plus
  • The Cards of Capistrano

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 18 by Roberto Giobbi

The Pass

  • The Classic Pass
  • Covers for the Pass

    TRICKS WITH THE PASS

  • Finnegins Rewake
  • Card Through Handkerchief

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 19 by Roberto Giobbi

Spread Cull Techniques

  • The Spread Cull
  • The Under-the-spread Force

    TRICKS WITH THE SPREAD CULL

  • The Magic Phone Number
  • As You Like It

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 20 by Roberto Giobbi

False Display Counts

  • The Elmsley Count
  • The Jordan Count
  • The Hamman Count
  • The Buckle Count
  • The Push-off Count
  • The Hamman Two-for-Four Count

    TRICKS WITH FALSE DISPLAY COUNTS

  • The Really Wild Nine-card Trick
  • The Royal Acrobats

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 21 by Roberto Giobbi

The Double Lift, Part 2

  • Another Double Turnover

    MORE TRICKS WITH THE DOUBLE LIFT

  • Vanished without a Trace!
  • The Ambitious Card

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 22 by Roberto Giobbi

The Top Change

  • The Top Change
  • Top Change Covers
  • The Top Change as an Out for the Classic Force

    TRICKS WITH THE TOP CHANGE

  • Metamorphosis
  • The Lucky Coin

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 23 by Roberto Giobbi

The Crimp

  • Crimping with the Index Finger
  • Crimping with the Heel of the Thumb
  • Crimping with an Overhand Shuffle
  • Cutting to a Crimped Card
  • Applications

    A TRICK USING THE CRIMP

  • Transposition Extraordinary

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 24 by Roberto Giobbi

The Reverse

  • The Braue Reverse
  • Double Lift Reverse
  • Double Turnover Reverse
  • The Leg Reverse
  • Deck Turnover Reverse

    TRICKS WITH THE REVERSE

  • The Whistle
  • Reversible Mix-up

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 25 by Roberto Giobbi

False Cut Techniques, Part 2

  • A True, Single, Tabled Cut
  • Single, Tabled, False Cut I
  • Single, Tabled, False Cut II
  • A True Running Cut
  • Up the Ladder
  • Dai Vernon’s Cold-deck Cut
  • Affas-gaffas False Cut
  • Gambler’s False Triple Cut
  • Acebo’s False Quadruple Cut

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 26 by Roberto Giobbi

Flourishes, Part 2

  • Turning Over the Top Card IV
  • Turning Over the Top Card V
  • Turning Over the Top Card VI
  • Springing the Cards
  • The Cascade
  • The Swivelleroo Cut
  • The Flip-flap Cut
  • One-handed Riffle Shuffle

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Card College 2: Chapter 27 by Roberto Giobbi

Theory

  • Some Thoughts on Theoretical Subjects
  • Presentation
  • Construction
  • Directing Attention
  • Technique, Handling and Management
  • Timing
  • Outs for Disasters and Disturbances
  • The Study of Card Conjuring

The full volume ebooks can be found here: Card College 1 & 2

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Roberto Giobbi
Card Stories by Roberto Giobbi

In diesem E-Buch beschreibt Giobbi nur zwei Routinen, aber diese sind bis ins kleinste Detail aufgearbeitet und präsentiert, wie man das von Roberto Giobbi geradezu erwartet. Die Routinen heissen

  • Ein abgekartetes ... Risiko
  • Die Zeitmaschine
Besonders ausführlich ist auch Robertos empfohlene Lektüre, die den eifrigen Studenten in ein vertiefendes und weitergehendes Studium veranlasst.

Erstausgabe 1986, erste digitale Ausgabe 2013, 36 Seiten.

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Roberto Giobbi
Introduction to Card Magic by Roberto Giobbi

In 14 clearly organized lessons you will learn how to handle a deck of cards like a pro. And along the way you will acquire some amazing, yet simple card tricks, which will allow you to successfully perform a little card act for an audience.

  • Lesson 1: Tools and Instruments
  • Lesson 2: Getting Acquainted With Your Instrument
  • Lesson 3: Your First Techniques: Basic Shuffles
  • Lesson 4: Your First Card Trick: "The Mystery of the Triangle"
  • Lesson 5: Ordinary Cuts
  • Lesson 6: A Small Card Miracle: "The Cards Know"
  • Lesson 7: More Auxiliary Sleights and Review
  • Lesson 8: A Few Simple Flourishes ...
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A Gambler's Dream by Roberto Giobbi

This is pure Giobbi, a great card routine including Poker, Stud Poker, BlackJack, and Bridge demonstrations where the gambler always wins. However, the real value are the lessons Giobbi teaches you in terms of constructing a routine, timing and psychology. He explains why he says a certain word or sentence at that particular time and not earlier or later and why not anything different. You get the reason and thus you can apply these lessons to many other effects. These insights transcend the routine at hand and will make you a much better, more effective and more knowledgeable magician.

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Fantasia in As Dur by Roberto Giobbi

Eine tolle jedoch technisch anspruchsvolle Routine bestehend aus drei Teilen. Jeder Teil kann auch alleine vorgeführt werden.

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Vier Damen werden auf überraschende Weise produziert. Sie verwandeln sich einzeln und sichtbar in die vier Asse. Diese werden unterschrieben und verschwinden aus den Spiel, um anschliessend aus vier verschiedenen Taschen des Vorführenden hervorgeholt zu werden.

Erstausgabe 1987, erste digitale Ausgabe 2013, 44 Seiten.

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Roberto Giobbi
Convergence: coin assembly by Roberto Giobbi

Live from the European Close-up Magic Symposium 2012. This routine is taken from Giobbi's professional repertoire. It is his revised and expanded interpretation of a coin assembly created by the famous Japanese magician Shigeo Takagi (from the book Amazing Miracles of Shigeo Takagi, published by Richard Kaufman). Here Roberto has devised a presentation that makes everything more magical. A true act of magic. This is artistic Close-up Magic at its finest.

  • Performance duration: 7,30 minutes
  • Explanation duration: 12 minutes
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