Card College

Volume 5


Hermetic Press, Inc.

SeaUk\ Wash ington


My thanks again go out to lite following persons, without whom this fifth volume of r„nJ

College could not have hapjjened.

Baibara, wife aiul talented workmate, always first, now and forever. Without her critter suggestions, patience and hundreds of drawings, this would not tie Card College. ^

Next there is publisher, Stephen Minch (with his Hermetic Press, Inc.); and for f|(,lails historical citations, Max Maven, Mill Kort, Harvey Rosentlial and Steve Draun were alw^ ready, willing and able.

And tiuinks to Ezra Thwil, tliis book boasts fewer textual emirs then it would have \\Him his keen eye and expertise.

Finally, I express my gratitude this fifth time to all my magical colleagues, worldwide, some alive, some gone and missed, whose names and work adorn these pages.

Copyright © 2003 by Rolxalo Giobbi and Stephen Minclt Cl\apter photos by Debbie Murray. Hand model: Eugene Burger.

All rights reserved under International and I'an-American Copyright Conventions. Publish in the United Stales by Hermetic Press, Inc., SeatUe.

Printed in the United Stales of America

ISBN 0^4529644-4 Firat Edition 054 32 1



Introduction to Volume 5

Chapter 55: Miscellaneous Techniques

Versatile Jokers Adding or Subtracting Sjyerial Cards Starting with Jokers and Special Cards in the CanI (hse Gimmicked Jokers J okas and Simple Selujts 'Pricks Using the Jokers Tliree-card Monte T\vin Fools The Cliarlier Shuffle The Overhand Lilt Shuffle Run-up On the Red-black Overhand Shuffle The Overliand Shuffle Glimpse The Gamblers' BoUom-card Glimpse Secret Setup

Double T\imover from a Sf >read in the llaiuis

The Sna|>over Color Change

Obtaining a Duplicate of a Spectator's Signature

Chapter 56: Starting Easy

A Psychological Ttet Strange Harmony Affinity in Numbers The Happy Birthday Card TVick

Chapter 57: Quick Effects

The Quic-k-change Artists Countdown Stop P&stelxiard Blendo Coalaces

Chapter 58: Ace Overtures

ThomjisojVs Aces How Lucky Can You Get? Tlie Cards of Destiny Sign of Four

Chapter 59: Four for the Aces Siu<ty for Four Aces TheJokerisaDiakka The Knowledgeable Cards Slow Henry

Chapter 60: Finn Favorites

The History of Playing Cards The Homesick Jesters The Endless Loop Stop!

Chapter 61: Gambles

Fantasist at the Can! Table TIip Poker Player's Royal Flush Poker Bum

Chapter 62: Mental Effects

Insured Prediction Mind- and Sightless Telekinesis

Chapter 63: Cards & Co.

The Colordiariging Deck Superlative Lover Hie Joker Folds Up All's Wells That Ends Wells On the LePaul Envelope Set Wallet Bound

Chapter 64: A Cardman's Humor

Bibliographic Notes Cumulative Index

1203 1207 1220 1233 12»

1251 1253 1260 1209 1276

12® 1285 1298 130Q

1309 1311 1318 1326

1349 1361 1367 1375


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I dedicate this hook to die memory of my parents, Maria and Oreste Cesarc for more reasons titan 1 can f oreword

I by John Carney

| Commencement Speech to Card Coijjxse Graduates, Ciask of 2003.

| Throughout our lives we have many lessons to learn. These range from the most basic !es-

I sons of learning to stand upright and walk, through more complex issues of relationships.

| finances and personal development Somewhere along the way, we might even want to lcam something as mundane as a card trick My advice would be the same in all these pursuits

1. Choose your teachers wisely. It would be foolish to deify the first "expert" who crossed your path Imagine going through one's whole life without having ever seen Ore. Now imagine worshipping the first person we saw strike a match! We will most likely inherit their limitations as well as their secrets. It would serve us best to study a variety of styles and approaches, weigh different opinions and make our own informed choices. The best

I teacher is a student; someone still looking for answers, someone taking notes, experi menting and asking questions no one else thought to ask.

2. Adapt a student frame of mind We can't just sit back and expect our teacher or lx»k to "teach us.* We must make it our duty to learn, by asking questions, experimenting and taking notes. We must challenge ourselves and do our homework The true student seeks out problems, purging imperfections and leaving behind only the most purified result.

3. Allow youreelf to make lots of mistakes—once. Perfection is an unreasonable goal Instead, we should strive for steady improvement, to be just a little better than we were yesterday, advancing toward the goal of perfection using baby steps each day. We will

I never reach perfection, but with earnest effort we may come close enough to smell its sweet perfume. We also mast gain the courage to trust our muse and contribute a bit of ourselves to everything we do. Details are the stuff of art They also maintain our interest and intrigue.

4. Have patience. Nothing of any significance is learned without time, trail and error. Understanding grows by measured indies. Take for example tin? complex and subtle understanding of language. We first learn our alphabet, then words, sentences and paragraphs We learn how meaning clumges accoitiing to the context provided by the choice, order and inflection of words. We may even eventually team to receive or conimuiiicaie complex, abstract concepts. The feelings of love in a sonnet by Sliakespeare, live tragedy

ofthe human condition in a Steinbeck novel or the raw energy of an Elvis Costello h* These vivid, unique expressions could not liave been created without incremental u standing and tremendous effort.

eiything should

=s wtui &KW ana compro-first few days, weeks or

months doesn't niean we are incapao.e; u ju=. —----------------------

t, u ™ is tiiat von haw found tiie embodiment of the best of these qualities in

Roberto Giobbi. His holistic approach to learning, along with his breadth o?kSSe and thoroughness, have provided you with the single best» for ere Worming excellent card magic. Any students who carefully study the lessors ¡¡Sd taUHse volumes am be practically guaranteed that they will graduate from Cant

College, a master in the making.

Studio Qty, February, 2001

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