Card College - Volume 3

Card College - Volume 3

The Card College series by Roberto Giobbi is the definitive course for serious card magicians and is highly recommended by card professionals.

The first two volumes in the series, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, were in-depth introductions into the world of sleight of hand with cards and beginner routines. In Volume 3 we really begin diving into the more intermediate and sometimes advanced material.

This volume contains instructions on invaluable sleights such as the push-off double turnover, the one-handed top palm, the Ascanio spread, and gambler's cop. It even dives into areas such as the Vernon addition, the convincing control, the Olram subtlety, false displays and false shuffles. Many more sleights are covered, but we get a great number of tricks to go along with them. Roberto Giobbi's original ideas and refinements on these core pieces of card magic are exceptional and will leave every reader regardless of skill level with fresh ideas, techniques, and insights.

Just a glimpse at the contents below, a word-for-word copy of the Table of Contents from the book itself, can easily show how much content is jam-packed into this one. It's not to be taken in in a single sitting, and by this book you can likely jump to sections of interest more easily than when you're just starting out with the earlier volumes, but you're definitely leaving with a more solid foundation after going through it!

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Contents of Card College, Vol. 3

Words for Enthusiasts

  • An Enticement to the Introduction
  • Contents
  • What Is in These Books?
  • The Principle of Reading Satisfaction
  • Principles Rather than Techniques
  • The Study
  • Trust
  • Intellect, Intuition and Inspiration in Practice
  • The Sensuality of Card Magic
  • Gestalt
  • What Else?
  • The Prop as an Instrument
  • Simplicity
  • Selecting the Right Trick
  • The Iceberg
  • The Secret

Some Comments on Terminology

  • Reactions to Date
  • Absolute Versus Relative Frames of Reference
  • Card College References

Chapter 28: Assorted Techniques and Refinements

  • The Biddle Steal
  • Counting Cards in a Fan
  • Counting Cards while spreading them between the Hands
  • Setting Multiple Key Cards
  • The Spin Revelation and Display
  • The Vanish of a Card
  • The Bluff Cut
  • Holding back a Card in the Card Case
  • The Transfer Move
  • The K. M. Move
  • The Vernon Addition
Tricks with Assorted Techniques and Refinements
  • The Invisible Card
  • The Four Seasons

Chapter 29: Techniques with Breaks, Steps and Injogs

Techniques with the Break:
  • The Dribble Break
  • The Crocodile Technique
  • Transferring a Break from the little Finger to the Heel of the Thumb
  • Inserting a Card into a Break
  • The Erdnase Break
Techniques with the Step:
  • Ribbon Spread and Step
  • A Spectator holds the Step
  • Fan and Step
Techniques with the Injog:
  • The LePaul Automatic Jog-Control
  • The Drop Jog
  • The Diagonal Insertion and Fan
  • An Injog Handling
  • Injog and Step after the Cut
  • General Reflections on Injogged Cards
Tricks with the Break, Step and Injog
  • The Master Grip
  • Remember and Forget

Chapter 30: Card Controls, Part 2

  • The Convincing Control
  • The Bluff Pass
  • A Direct Overhand Shuffle Control
  • The Logical Control
  • The Spread Crimp
  • The Bridge Control
  • Refinements and Final Thoughts
More Tricks Using Card Controls
  • A Sure Bet
  • Ambitious 1-2-3-4

Chapter 31: The Double Lift, Part 3

  • The Push-over Double
  • A Double Lift from the Center
  • Small Packet Double Lift
  • The Optical Replacement
  • The Turnover Replacement
  • The Vernon Replacement
  • A Double Lift Finesse
More Tricks with the Double Lift and Turnover
  • The Palindrome Cards
  • The Time Machine
  • Rise and Switch

Chapter 32: False Display Counts, Part 2

  • The Ascanio Spread
  • The Ascanio Spread Fan
  • The Open Display
  • The Olram Subtlety
  • The Gemini Count
  • The Over-count
  • The Multiple-lift Display Sequence
  • The Flushtration Count
  • Displaying all the Cards as Identical
  • The D'Amico Spread
More Tricks with False Display Counts
  • The Strasbourg Waltz
  • Set-Reset Plus
  • The Dance of the Cannibals

Chapter 33: Riffle Shuffle Techniques, Part 2

  • The Zarrow Dynamic
  • The Zarrow Shuffle
  • The Direct Zarrow Shuffle
  • The Pull-Through False Shuffle
  • Vernon's Pull-through Shuffle Variant
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  • A Combination False Shuffle
  • Controlling the Top Stock with a Riffle Shuffle
  • A Combination False Shuffle and Cut
  • The Block Transfer
  • A red-black False Shuffle
  • An In-the-hands False Shuffle
More Tricks with the Riffle Shuffle Techniques
  • Triumph
  • Dad Stevens, King of the Card Cheats

Chapter 34: The Multiple Shift

  • The Insertion of the Cards
  • Swing Cut Multiple Shift
  • Bluff Multiple Shift
  • The Vernon Multiple Shift
  • Cardini's Overhand Multiple Shift
  • Carney's Natural Multiple Shift
  • The Simple Shift
  • The Tabled Multiple Shift
A Trick with the Multiple Shift
  • The Vanishing Deck

Chapter 35: The Faro Shuffle

  • The Partial Faro
  • The Faro Slough-off
  • The Perfect Faro
  • The Incomplete Faro Control
  • Faro Types
  • The Mathematical Basis of the Perfect Faro Shuffle
  • Mathematical Principles
Tricks with Faro Techniques
  • The Acrobatic Aces
  • The Two Detectives
  • Numerology

Chapter 36: Advanced Palming Techniques

  • The One-handed Palm
  • The Gambler's Cop
  • Management Strategies for the Gambler's Cop
  • Replacing Cards in Gambler's Cop under the Deck
  • The Transfer Palm
  • The Loewy Palm
  • The Left-hand Bottom Palm
  • The Right-hand Bottom Palm
  • The Right-hand Bottom Palm of Multiple Cards
  • Normal Houghton's Pocket Extraction
  • Producing a Card from Your Inner Left Jacket-pocket
  • Producing a Card from Your Inner Right Jacket-pocket
  • Replacing Palmed Cards on the Bottom of the Deck
More Tricks with Palming
  • The Card in the Glass
  • The Open Prediction

Chapter 37: Color Changes

  • The Side-slip Color Change
  • The Slap Change
  • The Wave Change
  • The Houdini Color Change
  • The Flip-flop Change
  • The Fadeaway Card Change
  • Final Thoughts
Tricks with Color Changes
  • Through and Through
  • Holy Smoke!

Chapter 38: The Side Steal and Diagonal Palm Shift

  • The Side-steal Transfer
  • Covers for the Side Steal
  • The Side-steal Bottom Placement and Variations
  • The Side-steal Palm
  • The Simplified Side-Steal Palm
  • The Diagonal Palm shift
  • The Convincing Control Palm
Tricks with the Side-steal Transfer and Palm
  • Picnick at the Summit
  • The Return of the Phantom

Bibliographic Notes


This book is written by Roberto Giobbi, featuring the work of various others. It includes illustrations by Barbara Giobbi-Ebnöther. Mine is a hardcover copy published in 1998 by Hermetic Press, Inc., also printed in 1998 (1st english language edition) with a total of 325 pages. A version of this book was published in German as Grosse Kartenshule, Band 3 by Magic Communication Roberto Giobbi in 1994.

ISBN: 0-945296-22-3