The Art of Switching Decks
The Art of Switching Decks
A Guide for the Beginner and the Expert
written by Roberto Giobbi
Work of Roberto Giobbi
153 pages (Hardcover), published by Hermetic Press
Illustrated with photographs
Language: English
(59 entries)
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Roberto Giobbi Foreword - The Mighty Deck Switch
- How To Read This Book
Roberto Giobbi Terminology and Structure of the Deck Switch 1. Terminology
- Cold Deck or Cooler?
- Cold Deck!
- Dress Map

2. Structure of the Deck Switch
- The Diagram
- Infrastructure
- Logistics
- Technique
- Clean-up
Roberto Giobbi Categories of Deck Switches - Mechanical Deck Switches
- Technical Deck Switches
- Deck Switches Depending on a Trick
- Substitute Deck Switches
Roberto Giobbi Basic Principles - To Keep Decks Apart four methods 11
Roberto Giobbi The Finger-Tongs Switch basic pocket switch 12
Roberto Giobbi Grips on the Cold Deck - Flat-Palm Grip
- Tenkai Grip
- Deep Dealing Position
Roberto Giobbi Body Hold-outs - Chair Hold-out
- Crook of the Knee Hold-out
- Sock Hold-out
- Trousers Fold Hold-out
Roberto Giobbi Anchor a Shuffle "Remember, You Shuffled" 19
Roberto Giobbi Delayed Performance tip on structure 21
Roberto Giobbi How To Prepare a Sealed Deck 21
Roberto Giobbi In-and-Out Deck Switches - The Pocket-Search Deck Switch
- The Looking-for-a-Pen Deck Switch
- The "Topless" Deck Switch (without Jacket, inspired by Elmsley's switch)
- The Rapid Deck Switch (trouser pocket)
- The Ninja Deck Switch
inspired by "The Empty-handed Pack Switch" (Alex Elmsley, 1991) 23
Roberto Giobbi Behind-the-Back Switch with presentational ploys
- Here's Your Card!
- The Visible Invisible Deck
- Demonstration
varied by "The Pocket-to-Pocket Switch" (Roberto Giobbi, 2013),
also published as "Behind the Back Deck Switch" (Steve Beam, 1990)
Roberto Giobbi The Pocket-to-Pocket Switch inspired by "Behind-the-Back Switch" (Roberto Giobbi, 2013) 37
Roberto Giobbi Turning Around Deck Switches performer turns with his back to the audience
1. Infrastructure and Mechanics of the Switch
2. Tricks and Presentations - A Few Examples
Roberto Giobbi The Imaginary Deck card selected from invisible deck is found, or found reversed, ... 42
Roberto Giobbi & Juan Tamariz The Partagás Switch Plus - Triple Partagás three selections found in pocket inspired by "The Cardsharp" (Joaquín Partagás & Martin A. Nash, 2000) 45
Adrian "Ramblar" Guerra Two-Pocket Partagás two cards found in half the deck in each pocket inspired by "The Cardsharp" (Joaquín Partagás & Martin A. Nash, 2000) 48
Jean Hugard & Roberto Giobbi Hugard's Method of Changing Packs card at named number is named, repeated twice inspired by "Method of Changing Packs" (1935) 51
Roberto Giobbi Because the Cards Know "The Ace-Two-Four-Eight Divination", thought of card divined via other cards in pocket, binary, card optionally transformed into selection 55
Laurie Ireland & Roberto Giobbi Bonus free selection located in pocket inspired by "Producing Selected Card at Any Number and At The Same Time Cold Packing" (Laurie Ireland, 1931) 57
Roberto Giobbi The Ribbon Spread Deck Switch 59
Roberto Giobbi The Relax Lap Deck Switch 63
Bill Woodfield & Roberto Giobbi & Max Malini The Chair Adjustment Deck Switch inspired by "Think" (William Woodfield, Genii, Vol. 12 No. 7, March 1948, p. 200) 65
Steve Forte & Roberto Giobbi The Money Switch adapted from reference, using bills inspired by "Poker Protection" (Steve Forte, p. 106) 69
Jack Merlin & Roberto Giobbi The Mani Pulite Deck Switch while getting handkerchief inspired by "Deck Switch" (Jack Merlin, 1927/28),
see also "III. Using a Handkerchief and Coat Pocket" (Capt. J.E. Stone, 1938)
Flip Hallema Flip's Deck Switch cased, using sleeve 77
Flip Hallema Further Deck Switch cased, using sleeve 78
Roberto Giobbi The Chivalrous Deck Switch as spectator is helped to return from stage back to his seat 81
Roberto Giobbi The Gambler's Coat Deck Switch as coat on chair is removed, two handlings 83
Mel Brown & Roberto Giobbi The Joker Deck Switch jokers forgotten on table inspired by MUM (Vol. 48 No. 3, Aug. 1958, p. 96),
"Joker Switch" (Edward Marlo & Frank Pemper, 1978),
varied by "Variation on the Joker Switch" (Juan Tamariz, 2013)
Juan Tamariz Variation on the Joker Switch inspired by "The Joker Deck Switch" (Mel Brown & Roberto Giobbi, 2013) 88
Roberto Giobbi Equivoque Red- and Blue-Deck Switch 91
Roberto Giobbi The Real Pseudo Deck Switch selection predicted, apparently done with switch for one-way deck in which shuffled deck is switch for real 95
Roberto Giobbi & Richard Himber A New Look at Himber's Razor Deck Trick razor blade card trick 101
Roberto Giobbi The One-handed Switch deck cased, deck thrown away and selection appears at fingertips 107
Roberto Giobbi Casing the Deck Switch two handlings 111
Roberto Giobbi The Simplex Deck Switch deck put away and another one is already in tabled case 115
Roberto Giobbi The Cool Man's Deck Switch subtle 119
Carlhorst Meier The Trojan Deck Switch card predicted in second deck also published as "The Trojan Deck" (Roberto Giobbi & Carlhorst Meier, 1984) 123
Roberto Giobbi & Dai Vernon The No Switch Deck Switch strategies to justify open use of different deck see also ""Match the Joker to the Pack" Deck Switch" (Roberto Giobbi, 2016) 127
Roberto Giobbi Brief Additional Ideas intro 133
Roberto Giobbi The Rubber Band Ploy 133
Roberto Giobbi Do-as-I-Do 133
Roberto Giobbi The Tossed-Out Deck Switch 133
Alfred "Berlany" Hoffmann The Mirror Glass Switch see also MAGIE (June 1932) 134
Dr. Reinhard Rohnstein The Hollow Receptacle Switch see also MAGIE (June 1932) 134
Alfred "Berlany" Hoffmann The In-and-Out Switch gimmicked box see also MAGIE (June 1932) 135
Roberto Giobbi The Sting Deck Switch 135
Roberto Giobbi The Drawer Box Deck Switch 135
Roberto Giobbi Selected Sources for Deck Switches commentary of various deck switches in print 137
Roberto Giobbi It's Not a Deck Switch, But... chapter intro 145
Roberto Giobbi Carney's Card in Balloon deck switch application inspired by "Straightforward Card in Balloon" (John Carney, 1983) 145
Roberto Giobbi Clayton Rawson's Mental Broadcast deck switch application inspired by "The Mental Broadcast" (Clayton Rawson, 1945) 145
Roberto Giobbi Hugard's Example of Presentation deck switch application inspired by "The Key Card Principle - An Example of Presentation" (1935) 146
Roberto Giobbi Staring-Him-in-the-Face deck switch application inspired by "Staring him in the face" (Dai Vernon & Paul Rosini, 1961) 146
Roberto Giobbi Luka's Airborne Again deck switch application inspired by "Airborne Again" (John Luka, 1992) 146
Henry Christ The Lota Bowl Switch reprinted from reference see also "Riffs of Henry Christ" (Henry Christ, 1971) 149
Roberto Giobbi About the DVD comments on DVD that comes with book
- Genesis
- Recording
- Structure of the Presentation
- Tricks and Techniques
- Pros and Cons
- On a Personal Note
- Thanks