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“Roberto Giobbi’s brilliant lectures are clear and pedagogical, based on immense knowledge in magic. Roberto Giobbi is a true connoisseur in many fields. He doesn’t serve you a quick meal. Rather his menu in magic begins with a tasteful starter, followed by a powerful main course and an exciting dessert. When he talks you listen and when he handles the cards he really catches your attention and creates the essence of attractive magic. Roberto Giobbi’s card work can be characterized in a few words: Elegant simplicity with economizing of moves, delicate misdirection guided by a powerful logic story.” -Lennart Green

“Roberto – You are an inspiration to thinking magicians everywhere." -Pete McCabe

“Roberto Giobbi is the perfect combination of scholar' teacher' and performer. As a scholar he has studied the literature of card magic, examining the best effects, methods and techniques. As a teacher, he has (in his Card College series) organized this material in a logical, structured way that effectively leads the student along the path toward mastery. As a performer he knows the importance of presentation, management, and psychology and he has incorporated this information in his books. Through these accomplishments, Roberto Giobbi has become one of the most important voices of 2Ist Century conjuring.” -Michael Close

“There is not a magician alive today who wouldn't benefit from studying Mr. Giobbi...He's kind of the King Midas of card effects. His touch on classic plots turns them to gold.“ -Jeff Stone

What will he teach?

The lecture will deal with effects, techniques and theories for the performer who works standing up before a bigger audience.

Such a situation can be a large table with too many people to perform true close-up magic, or a living room in a private setting with the audience sitting on couches and standing, or a more formal setting with several dozen people sitting in chairs and/or at small tables (Cabaret Magic), or small theaters of up to 150 people.

The lecture will be framed by the five major operating principles on which all classic card magic is based:
  • False shuffles
  • Controls
  • Forces
  • Card switches
  • Palming
These techniques will be explained in detail in the context of commercial performance pieces, most of which are in Roberto Giobbi’s professional repertoire and which have earned him a comfortable living by performing for international audiences of all types around the globe.

Although the instrument used will be an ordinary deck of playing cards, the main focus is on artistic magic. Roberto Giobbi’s holistic approach to magic, well-known to readers of his best-selling books, considers the technical, psychological and dramatic aspects on which all excellent magic is founded.

Many of the tricks and techniques performed and explained, albeit conceived for the stand-up performer, can also be done close-up and sitting at a table with few people.

Calling the Cards

A spectator takes cards from a shuffled deck, and the performer knows which ones he is thinking of. An apparent mistake is corrected by an amusing and totally baffling prediction.

Discussion of how to manage an audience member, how to interact physically in parlor situations, how to stage the divination of cards so as to make them look like mind-reading, and a fresh look at predictions (not only cards!).

Teach-in session on various false shuffles retaining partial and complete order of deck apt to be used in parlor situations, such as the underused Greek Shuffle, the little known Frank Lane Shuffle, and the yet unpublished Combination Shuffle.

Thought Card in Cigarette

In the course of a game of Swiss Poker, which is played with imaginary cards, a freely named card appears in a cigarette (or other object of your choosing – you do not need to be a smoker for this trick). This is one of the effects with which Roberto Giobbi has fooled many of his colleagues at international conventions. Explained here for the first time in detail.

Discussion of the creative process behind a magic trick, with the explanation of how to practically use Mind Mapping to reach original solutions. Also, an analysis of how to combine verbal strategies, shrewd methods and sleight-of-hand.

Card Stab

This has been Roberto Giobbi’s finale trick in his professional stage act for the past 25 years. Revealed here for the first time with all details and subtleties gained from a lifetime of experience. 8 minutes of solid entertainment, amusing and mystifying.

Twice As Difficult

The Jim Ryan classic “Vice-Versa” revisited: in the course of a trick, which is “twice as difficult” as the most difficult card trick in the world, two thought of cards are produced, and then unexpectedly change place.

Discussion of how to logically stage unusual looking procedures, how to control two cards at the same time, and how to handle the difficult and often confusing issue of transposing two cards. With special attention to the management and handling of the Double Lift & Turnover for stage.

And This IS Your Card!

A most unusual trick in which a “wrong” card oddly changes into the “correct” one – with lots of laughs, and even more mystery. This might be dubbed the “Paper Balls Over Head” of card magic.

With an in-depth discussion of the classic top change and variations thereof and special emphasis on the psychological construction of a trick, as opposed to the technical and dramatic construction.

Homing Card Plus…Plus

This is the one trick from theCard College book series that has been most adopted by professionally working performers. Over the years Roberto Giobbi has added several refinements to an already brilliant trick, which he will reveal here in detail.

Discussion of the Spread Pass, the Top Card Glimpse (an easy and imperceptible method you will use for the rest of your life) and the Top Palm, as well as verbal strategies such as Miscalling, and how to combine subtlety with sleight-of-hand.

Hofzinser’s Triple Prediction Problem

Before the proceedings start, a spectator holds a handkerchief with three prediction cards that the performer has taken from his wallet. As absurd as this may sound, these three cards turn out to be identical (including signature!) to three cards that are now chosen and signed by three spectators.

Discussion of how to have cards selected on stage and how to control them; detailed explanation of single and multiple card controls.

Three Roses

Dai Vernon’s Brainwave with a poetic note and using an ordinary deck of cards with special emphasis on how to stage the mental selection of a card, and how to make the invisible visible, and the impossible possible.

Who is he?

Roberto Giobbi has an international reputation as one of the finest teachers of magic ever known.

Of course, we all know him as the author of the bestselling Card College series, which is the most widely translated text in the history of magic and considered globally as the ultimate reference work for card magicians everywhere.

He's also written for over 50 magic magazines worldwide and has received the coveted Literary Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts.

If that wasn't impressive enough, he's also been twice awarded the title of Vice World-Champion in Card Magic and received the Grand Prix from FISM in Switzerland.

Roberto Giobbi is a master of the technical, psychological, and dramatic foundations of all excellent magic.

If you could ask ONE question to one of the world's most creative professional magicians, what would it be?

If you'’ve never been to a magic lecture, there’s never been a better time. Sunday January 26th at 7:00pm, we’re live-streaming Roberto Giobbi LIVE in a spectacular 5-hour interactive online lecture. Watch, ask questions and learn things you won't find in any book or DVD.

Want VIP access to EVERY FUTURE Penguin LIVE we film? Check out the new Penguin LIVE: All Access Pass!


  1. Purchase the Roberto Giobbi LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday January 26th, anytime before 7:00pm Eastern, click the “MyPenguinMagic” area at the top of the Penguin site. You'’ll see the livestream appear 1 hour before showtime. At 7pm sharp, Roberto will hit the stage and begin his JAM-PACKED professional lecture.
  3. Sit back and watch over 5 hours of DVD-quality live streaming magic from the comfort of your own home.
  4. Ask Roberto questions and discuss the tricks DURING the lecture.


Reserve your seat anyway. Within 24 hours of ending, you’ll be able to download and/or watch the full lecture on-demand, and go over all the great routines and subtleties as many times as you want. It’ll be waiting for you in your “MyPenguinMagic” area.

Magicians flock to see “workers” give talks. Why? Because these guys see and learn things that you won’t find in any book or DVD. Yes, you'll be learning some incredibly powerful A-material, but the INVALUABLE stuff will be the insight you learn along the way.

This lecture is for everyone, from the beginner to the professional and for magicians and mentalists alike. Don’t miss it!

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 31st, 2014
I give this 4 stars because sometimes things can be over explained to the point of boredom. While Giobbi offers exhaustive explanations of what he has perfumed, he tends to go too far and segues too often for my taste. Just when you think he is getting to the point, he jumps to another thought. I often has to fast forward things that were beginning to bore me.Great theory, yes but much could be referred to in books. Also, I hate when a magician shows 4 effects and then explains them later. I already forgot the original trick and have to rewind to see it again. A lengthy and good lecture, but way too "comprehensive". I almost wanted to say "get to the point already".
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Playing card mastery! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 28th, 2014
Roberto is a pasteboard master and backups that up with 1st rate routining. The best card magic looks like nothing was done ( no fishy moves ) and Roberto excels at making it look like nothing happened.

He's able to get his pint across without boring theory lessons, so the 5 hrs. flew by.

If you use playing cards at all, then this lecture will be a must have.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 28th, 2014
I finally just finished this MASSIVE lecture. I watched a bunch when it aired but had to break up the rest.

I really want to give this 4 stars, but can't, I was bummed out a few things were not touched on (things from Roberto's past). So my expectations may have been a little higher than they should have been.

With that said: This a fantastic lecture which got me to think about a ton of things. There's a MASSIVE amount of useful information, routines, tips and more. If you are a card magician, you should probably pick this up.

Here's the reason why I cannot give less than 5 stars... Roberto comes out and did a FULL routine, showing you transitions, construction and more importantly entertaining!!!

If you don't own Card College, do yourself a favor and pick them up!!!!!!!! Do it before you do anything else..

To future magicians giving a Live Lecture:
.......I wish every single lecture did this.....
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Great lecture Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 15th, 2014
This is definitely note of the best lectures I have seen on Penguin live. Great tricks, combined with in-depth explanations and the phycology behind it all makes this a joy to watch. The five hours go by very fast.
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Worth 5 hours Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 6th, 2014
This lecture was by far the longest one I've seen, but from the moment it started I was committed to spending the whole 5 hours watching it. From the man who wrote 5 volumes of Card College, you won't be disappointed.
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The best lecture... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 5th, 2014
This was one of the best lecture if not the best...
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Best Lecture I have seen so far Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 3rd, 2014
This was the lecture I have downloaded so far. Roberto is a great teacher and the subject was about something that you don't see/read much. Card magic for the stage and parlor. I definitely add the Unknow Soldier Card trick to my repetoire. I saw it at a page lecture years ago and Roberto reminded me how great this plays for a bigger group. 2 thumps up.
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Giobbi the Great Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 2nd, 2014
A great lecture. Roberto is a great teacher. Its a must. Just watch it!!!!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 1st, 2014
After some start problems with your server, I have downloaded the full lecture. It was a great lecture and Roberto Giobbi is for me one of the best magic teacher in the world. Roberto Giobbi is also my mentor and we are living in the same country (Switzerland. Roberto Giobbi is also a friend of mine.
Thank you Penguin Magic for the organisation of so good lecture.
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One of the very best lectures! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 30th, 2014
Thank you so mch for this really great lecture! I think not only by the quantity but especially concerning the quality this lecture by Roberto Giobbi was among the very best what can be found about well thought out magic around the whole planet!
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