#trending right now

Roberto Giobbi LIVE 2 (DVD)

The Card College Session: A systematic dissertation on the principles of magic with playing cards.SUPPORT LIVE MAGIC. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
FREE SHIPPING TO UNITED STATES. This product qualifies for PENGUIN FLAT-PACK™ (World-wide free shipping)
Price: $29.95
In stock: usually ships within 24 hours!

"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 21st Century conjuring." - Michael Close

"I have spent a lot of time watching DVDs of many famous magicians, but have to say that you are the most interesting of all. Your style is also very different which differentiates you in a very positive way…" - Mike Sussman

“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

"Your style of writing and teaching is like no one else and I truly appreciate your work." - Mark Miller

What will he teach?

The lecture will deal with effects, techniques and theories with playing cards for the performer who works at the table for a smaller group. This is the situation all of us, whether professionals or amateurs, find ourselves in frequently: with friends or business associates in a bar, after dinner at home, at a party as an invited guest. Clear, straightforward, strong magic that is entertaining and memorable. Briefly, this is magic for everybody, for everyday situation.

Based on the world’s foremost course in card magic, Card College, the author himself will take you on a fascinating tour through the first 4 volumes. He will demonstrate and comment on sleights and subtleties, which are neither in the books, nor on the 4-volume DVD set – this material has never been filmed before. Every principle, technique and theory is exemplified 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.

Among many other things you will learn:
  • A Red-black Routine: A beautifully constructed program of about 12 minutes with 4 great effects, one stronger than the other, leading up to an unconventional Out of This World Finale. Best of all: everything is essentially self-working, based on several great principles of magic. Advanced card handling to enhance the impact will be taught, too.
  • The Trick That Cannot Be Explained: An original approach to this Vernon classic that is fool-proof and will please the beginner and the expert alike.
  • Visible Versus Invisible World and Thought of Card in Spectator’s Pocket: Two mental card effects that will astonish any audience.
  • The Palindrome Cards: A charming and astonishing “packet trick” that can be directly worked from an ordinary, shuffled deck.
  • Hommage to Jacques Tandeau: A prediction, which will fool the pants off anybody who doesn’t know it. Based on a principle that has many other uses.
  • Any Card at Any Number: Not one, but TWO original methods by the author, to solve this classic problem of modern card magic with an ordinary, shuffled deck of cards.
  • The Best Card Trick EVER For Laypeople: When Lewis Ganson asked Dai Vernon which card trick he considered the very best for lay audiences, he named this trick without hesitation. Let yourself be surprised!

That’s Not All!

Plus, you’ll learn dozens of original sleights and subtleties to add to your repertoire and enhance your magic, such as:

  • The Taxonomy of Cuts False Cut: As you explain how a deck can be cut in various ways, you execute a synergistic series of real cuts- nonetheless, the order of the deck remains intact.
  • Actus Interruptus: A concept that can be applied to many sleight and makes them virtually “invisible”.
  • Red-black Separation: An intriguing trick, simple in execution, that will allow you to imperceptibly separate a shuffled deck into the reds and the blacks.
  • The Frank Lane False Shuffle: A little known overhand false shuffle that is simple and deceptive, plus original variations thereof.
  • On Double Cards: Learn how to handle double and multiple cards in various situations, including a discussion of the Vernon Double Lift, which is the best Double Lift to be done with sub-optimal cards.
  • The Accidental Pass: A move that is as imperceptible as a pass, but can be learned virtually within minutes.
  • Etc., etc., etc.!

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 close-up performer, can also be done stand-up in parlor or small stage situations.

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.

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


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!

Have a question about this product?

Featured Magic Tricks

Customer Reviews (showing 1 - of 9)
Showing the
reviews with
Best Lecture Ever Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 9th, 2014
(This review is for Roberto Giobbi LIVE 2)
Giobbi is the thinking person's lecturer. This is a wonderful example of how the material in Card College can be used and made even more effective. Giobbi spends time talking about and illustrating concepts that can be used in many other pieces.
I have seen a lot of Penguin (and live) lectures (I subscribe) and this is hands down the best one ever. Keep in mind that there have been many great lectures from Penguin over the past few months. This one is worth watching over and over to see how Roberto thinks, solves problems, and makes good moves even better.
If this were the only lecture that I received for my 50 dollar monthly fee, I would feel as if I had received a bargain. Get this now and your card magic will never be the same.
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
Did this review help you? 2 comments
Fantastic Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 11th, 2014
(This review is for Roberto Giobbi LIVE 2)
Roberto Giobbi shares the real work on many sleights and teaches some great tricks. The little touches make a big difference. I also enjoyed the theory and thinking behind the effects.
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
Did this review help you? Do you want to respond to this review?
The Best Ever Card Magic Lectures Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 15th, 2015
(This review is for Roberto Giobbi LIVE 2)
The Card College Series, was my first portal into the world of magic almost 20 years ago. It has been my go-back to reference for almost everything.In fact, it could be argued that Roberto was my first magic teacher (via the book).

Quite simply, I have recently purchased both Roberto's Penguin Live lectures and have to say that they are the very best lectures on card magic I have ever come across.

I have seen lectures by Juan Tamariz, Salvano, Gary Kurtz and yet these lectures by Roberto absolutely top all of them. 11/10. Get them now.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Did this review help you? Do you want to respond to this review?
Enjoyed but not for me Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 5th, 2018
Roberto Giobbi is truly a master of his art. I enjoyed watching the lecture for sure, but the routines presented are in my opinion not the best or maybe they are just not for me and it is just a question of style. Still I have the feeling for the money you don't get the strongest magic compared to other lectures from more unknown Artists (For example Will Houstoun´s lessons just blew me away a couple of days ago...)
Did this review help you? Do you want to respond to this review?
Fantastic lecture, packed with tricks and subtleties Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 28th, 2018
(This review is for Roberto Giobbi LIVE 2)
It's Giobbi. He goes into great detail - some have said too much, but there's a lot here for every level of magician. Experienced magicians will love the insight and subtleties regarding psychology and timing, everyone will love the explanations and the performances.
Did this review help you? Do you want to respond to this review?
Amazing! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 1st, 2017
(This review is for Roberto Giobbi LIVE 2)
Astonished! Completely astonished I am! I was stopping the video every time, rewind it and listen and watching carefully everything Roberto Giobbi is teaching to us. It is not about the tricks "per se", I'ts about magic!! A lot of details and advices can be use in other routines, because the knowledge of Giobbi is so big that everything he says can help you. Thanks Maestro Giobbi, and thanks Penguin magic for this treasure.
Did this review help you? Do you want to respond to this review?
Highly recommended for all Cardmen Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 18th, 2015
(This review is for Roberto Giobbi LIVE 2)
This lecture is full of ingenious Tips and Tricks. Its a perfect addition to the Card College Books. Highly recommended!
Did this review help you? Do you want to respond to this review?
Excellent lecture Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 13th, 2014
(This review is for Roberto Giobbi LIVE 2)
If you want to do good card magic, you must learn everything from Roberto Giobbi. He his one of the masters on our craft!
Did this review help you? Do you want to respond to this review?
Very good lecture ! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 24th, 2014
(This review is for Roberto Giobbi LIVE 2)
I liked a lot this lecture. R. Giobbi is a huge teacher, his explanations are perfectly clear and he's, of course, very skilled.
A lot of cool references, too, and a lot to read in the next few months.

At the end of the lecture, during the interview, he says that we can make a specific request by mail, but I couldn't find his website or his mail address. Any help, someone ?
Did this review help you? 2 comments
See all bestsellers

Act Builder beta

     Get To Know Us

     Shipping and Store Policies

     Need Help?

Home | About Penguin Magic | The Penguin Foundation

Mail orders: Penguin Magic, 3299 Monier Circle, Unit A, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Call us at 800-880-2592 | International Dial: +1 707-317-6733

© 2002-2016 Penguin Magic. All Rights Reserved.
We hope you found the magic tricks you were looking for!