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Twenty years ago, Roberto Giobbi, card magic's most distinguished author, wrote Card College, a series of books now considered THE Bibles on card magic. This video series is the next step.

In five volumes covering five major areas of card magic (Controls, Switches, Palms, Forces, False Shuffles), Giobbi teaches his favorite entries from Card College as well as new techniques not described in those volumes. If you have Card College and are studying it, this is the PERFECT video companion. If you've never read Card College, this series is like having Mr. Giobbi in your living room giving you private instruction.

You won't just learn all the wonderful and important sleights in card magic, you'll also learn the fine points, finesses, and subtleties of each one, so that you carry out the techniques the way connoisseurs do: with invisible precision.

5 DVDs plus slipcase. Running time: 8 hours 11 minutes approximately.


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I'm not trying to be difficult, but what is it that makes Mr. Giobbi "magic's most distinguished author?"

I own the Card College series, but not the Light, Lighter and Lightest books.

I may be confusing distinguished with prolific. Someone, please help me understand.

Thank you, in advance.

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Hey, James. I'm not putting words in his mouth or words on his post, but I am thinking David might have meant to say "one of" card magic's most distinguished authors. I think he'd qualify with that qualification, don't you?

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Or maybe it's just a direct lift and borrow from the dealer blurb. Dealers will say anything to get a sale. [smile]  [wink]


See here if you're in the mood.:

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/magic-dvds/card-magic-masterclass/
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"Twenty years ago, Roberto Giobbi, card magic's most distinguished author, wrote Card College, a series of books now considered THE Bibles on card magic. This video series is the next step." 

     Gee, fifty-six years ago I wrote Close-Up Card Magic (twenty or more books since). Could I possibly, hopefully, fall into the above category? Perhaps come somewhere near "most..or maybe within the "one of" area?" Gee.
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Video Review

Twenty years ago, Roberto Giobbi, card magic's most distinguished author, wrote Card College, a series of books now considered THE Bibles on card magic. This video series is the next step.

In five volumes covering five major areas of card magic (Controls, Switches, Palms, Forces, False Shuffles), Giobbi teaches his favorite entries from Card College as well as new techniques not described in those volumes. If you have Card College and are studying it, this is the PERFECT video companion. If you've never read Card College, this series is like having Mr. Giobbi in your living room giving you private instruction.

You won't just learn all the wonderful and important sleights in card magic, you'll also learn the fine points, finesses, and subtleties of each one, so that you carry out the techniques the way connoisseurs do: with invisible precision.

5 DVDs plus slipcase. Running time: 8 hours 11 minutes approximately.



Thanks for another great review, David. I’ve come to trust your judgment.
This looks great!

Rudy

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"Twenty years ago, Roberto Giobbi, card magic's most distinguished author, wrote Card College, a series of books now considered THE Bibles on card magic. This video series is the next step." 

     Gee, fifty-six years ago I wrote Close-Up Card Magic (twenty or more books since). Could I possibly, hopefully, fall into the above category? Perhaps come somewhere near "most..or maybe within the "one of" area?" Gee.


Harry, in my book YOU are magic’s most distinguished author. “One of” the greats!

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    You made my day, Rudy.
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Or, as I said previously, maybe it's just a direct lift and borrow from the dealer blurb. Dealers will say anything to get a sale. [smile]  [wink]

I doubt it's Giobbi speaking.

Here's somebody who isn't a dealer.....

https://mikevincent64.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/harry-lorayne-magics-greatest-teacher-part-one/

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    I just read it for the first time, Blathermist. I blush (but I like it!)
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"Twenty years ago, Roberto Giobbi, card magic's most distinguished author, wrote Card College, a series of books now considered THE Bibles on card magic. This video series is the next step." 

     Gee, fifty-six years ago I wrote Close-Up Card Magic (twenty or more books since). Could I possibly, hopefully, fall into the above category? Perhaps come somewhere near "most..or maybe within the "one of" area?" Gee.


If you go to google and type in Book reviews for Harry Lorayne books you will come across page after page of glowing reviews for books written by Harry Lorayne.  

The review on this thread however is for a a video by Roberto Giobbi, which is probably why Harry Lorayne did not get a mention in the review or comments that followed. 

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    I have some videos "out there."
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    I have some videos "out there."


Which I am sure are lovely and also have a ton of positive reviews.  The point however is that the review was not about you.  Which is why you were not mentioned, which you seemed to take exception to. 

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You're "misreading."  I didn't/don't take exception to me not being mentioned. I take exception to phrases like "MOST distinguished."  Just as I've "taken exception" over the years/decades - at forums and etc. - to people saying that so-and-so is the "BEST"  --- even though they didn't know of all out there. And this had nothing to do with me - just had to do with me trying to tell people to shout - "The best I KNOW" rather than just "The Best." Hope I've explained this clearly - "BEST" I can do!
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As somebody already mentioned, as far as I can make out, the most "distinguished author" stuff is courtesy of the publisher. It’s not part of the review, per se.

To me it’s borderline lunacy for anyone to make such claims even in advertising. My instinct is to always say or think. "Who sez?" And/or "I’ll make my own mind up thank you very much."

As mister Lorayne has pointed out many times, such words and phrases as "best" and "best ever" are subjective. Add "distinguished" to the family.

And as Bmat notes, whatever anybody’s feelings and claims are, the subject of the review is the quality or otherwise of the Giobbi material.

I think Close-Up Card Magic is one the best books ever. A classic. I think the Stewart James Trilogy is a Classic series.

I also think the Card College series is deserving of Classic status. But so what. That’s just me. However, none of that qualifies the DVD release for special consideration. It stands or falls on its own merits. Which is why the review, minus the advertising blurb, is the important thing here. Not the advertiser’s fluff and guff and claims.

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Sorry to have stirred the pot. [frown]

I'll just tottle off back to lurker status again.

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   You didn't "stir" it, you "smoothed" it a bit!
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If you don't stir the pot now and again,  all the crud sticks to the bottom. 
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it's a word, used to describe, used to sell products, the industry does it all of the time. Those of us who've been around the block, ignore such words and see past it. It's like someone asking what trick is "best" or gets the "best" reactions. Those are nonsense questions and it's a nonsense word.  (Proverbs 16:21) 



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it's a word, used to describe, used to sell products, the industry does it all of the time. Those of us who've been around the block, ignore such words and see past it. It's like someone asking what trick is "best" or gets the "best" reactions. Those are nonsense questions and it's a nonsense word.  (Proverbs 16:21) 




I agree. I happen to enjoy hearing what people think are the best tricks/books/dvd's/magicians and so forth. When I share my thoughts, I try to ensure that I say, "in my opinion" or "this is one of my favorites".  It's all relative to our tastes and preferences.

Looking at the definition of "distinguished", I would say (in my opinion) that Roberto Giobbi is someone who fits that description for me.

"authoritative, and commanding great respect. showing dignity or authority in one's appearance or manner"

He appears to be a very classy guy who obviously knows his stuff. Very distinguished. I feel the same way about Michael Vincent and, of course, Harry Lorayne. 

Anyway, thanks for another great review!

Rudy

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it's a word, used to describe, used to sell products, the industry does it all of the time. Those of us who've been around the block, ignore such words and see past it. It's like someone asking what trick is "best" or gets the "best" reactions. Those are nonsense questions and it's a nonsense word.  (Proverbs 16:21) 



On the button, but, unless I've missed it, that's what everybody has said. Indeed, here's a quote from one of the clever clogs:

"Dealers will say anything to get a sale". [smile]  [wink]


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