"Giobbi clearly understands and conveys the difference between a mere trick and a plot with compelling presentations. Great lessons for beginners and reminders for the advanced." - Gregory Wilson
"Giobbi’s Light series is extraordinary, in the truest sense of the word. I’ve read and reread the three volumes over the years, and many of those pieces have found their way into my professional performance repertoire. I can’t recommend these enough." - Siegfried Tieber
"Such good things come in these "Light" packages! Magic that will amaze your audience and let you focus on them" – Jon Armstrong
"It is frequently said that if you can find one good effect in a book, then that book is worth its price. If that is the case, the given the number of effects from these books that you will end up using, this may be the bargain of the century." – Martin Kaplan
"Card College Light, Lighter, & Lightest is a three-volume set that should be in every cardician’s library. These three volumes take on a different direction and purpose than Roberto Giobbi’s five-volume Card College series. Roberto wrote this series for the beginner, but the seasoned professional will also benefit greatly by going through this material." - Allan Ackerman
"I have every book Roberto has written and his latest matches the high standards he has set for himself. He has a magic eye—an eye that sees the best tricks and ignores the others. Luckily, he then tells us about what he has seen—and better than that—adds his touch to the miracles. If I was a greedy scoundrel, wanting to keep the good stuff to myself, I’d tell people not to buy this book, but I’m not a greedy scoundrel, just a plain scoundrel." — Bob Farmer
From the author of Card College, the world's most acclaimed course on sleight-of-hand card magic, comes Card College Light, Roberto Giobbi's first text focused entirely on professional caliber card tricks requiring no manipulative skill.
For whom is this book intended?
It is for beginners, of course - but by no means in total. This book is intended for everyone who has always wanted to perform card tricks, but who didn't have the time necessary to learn complex routines, or the years necessary to master difficult techniques. So, yes, this book is certainly meant for beginners.
However, it is also directed at those who are already proficient in the craft. The Card College Light Series is in a class apart from other books that focus on sleightless card tricks. When it comes to artistic considerations - interpretation, staging, communication and psychology - other books seldom even recognize such concepts. The Card College Light Series strives to remain as simple as possible, yet to identify concepts and to open doors that put sleightless tricks into the context of artistic and utterly baffling card magic. Although other books consider the same type of material, their approaches to it are quite different from Giobbi's.
Most of the tricks taught are from Mr. Giobbi's active professional repertoire, with which he baffles the public and magicians, too. Every trick can be done with any deck of cards of average quality, and many can be done under all performance conditions, with a borrowed deck and no preparation. With these sleightless tricks, you can easily acquire a reputation as a magician who can really make magic.
When It Comes to Great Card Magic There Is More to the Secret Than Just the Secret!
Countless books on card magic promise tricks that "require no skill" and are "easy to do" or "self-working". They expose the method behind the tricks, but they fail to explain how the tricks are made genuinely amazing. Card tricks that allow the fingers to remain idle require that their methods be cunningly protected through presentation and psychology, which in turn amplify the feeling of real magic. Without these things, all you are left with are mere puzzles.
Giobbi brings his widely respected talents as both teacher and full-time performer to bear on tricks he has selected from time-tested classics and little-known modern miracles by world masters, taught with a thoroughness that includes psychology, presentations, scripts and invaluable performance tips.
Giobbi has also organized these tricks into powerful routines, which teach the reader how organization and combination can be used to make good tricks even more inextricably baffling. These lessons serve not only the beginner, but also the advanced card-magician who wishes from time to time to include a trick wherein the audience can stare relentlessly at the fingers without discovering a thing.
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