Roberto Giobbi's Introduction to Card Magic A superb free resource teaching the fundamentals of card handling What is it? Entitled Roberto Giobbi's Introduction to Card Magic, this e-book is available as a downloadable PDF file from Roberto Giobbi's website. It is an actual book, consisting of more than 150 pages of extensive instruction about the basics. But it does take advantage of technology, by including occasional embedded links that take you to videos which demonstrate the techniques taught in the written text and accompanying photos. The book came about because Giobbi was at one time asked to make an introductory course for newcomers to card magic. As part of that, he created this e-book in 2012. It was previously selling for €9.95, but Giobbi has just revised and updated the entire book, and for a limited time is making it available for free, in order to promote the art of card magic. In terms of the content, it teaches all the fundamentals of card handling, such as shuffles, cuts, and much more, as well as some elementary basics about card magic, including half a dozen solid self-working card tricks. Why should you get it? Everyone who uses playing cards should read this book. So right from the start, let me tell you some reasons why you should download this and get this book right now. Even if you never do card magic, this is a book that will help improve your card handling skills enormously. So if you own and use a deck of cards, you should read this book, and here is why: ● It is not just for magicians. Even though "card magic" is part of the title, and the book does have some magic related content, it is just as much about all the basics of how to handle and use playing cards properly. ● It is useful for anyone who handles a deck of cards. Because most of the material isn't about magic sleights, but covers general handling techniques and use of playing cards, it is relevant equally to card gamers and card collectors. Everyone should know how to shuffle and handle a deck neatly and properly, and more. ● It will help fix all your bad habits. This book will teach you the right way to do things you've probably been doing wrong for years. Do you really need to be taught how to shuffle and handle playing cards? If you're like me, you've probably got a lot of bad habits that need correcting. ●It will make your card handling more elegant, economical, and visually pleasing. Giobbi is passionate about the art of using cards, and taking on board his teaching will really make a big visual difference to the aesthetic look of all your shuffles and much more. ● It is expert instruction. Roberto Giobbio is passionate about magic and card handling being a real art that needs to look aesthetically pleasing. He knows what he's talking about, and the direction he gives in this book is reliable, respected, and proven. ● It is based on one of the all-time best books on card magic. Much of the material has been condensed and taken from the first volume of Giobbi's Card College 1. That volume of course has a ton of more content, but nonetheless what you have here is proven and time-tested information that you would otherwise find only in a popular published book. ● It is vastly superior to the average card handling instruction found online. Many people learn their card handling skills from family or friends, or from tutorials on youtube. Unfortunately, much of this instruction lacks the basics of proper technique and presentation. This book stands head and shoulders above the usual mediocre instruction typically found on the internet. ● It is well illustrated. It can be difficult to learn card handling techniques purely by relying on a written description. The good news is that this book has ample illustrations and tons of photos. These do a great job of illustrating exactly how you should hold the cards, and perform the various moves that are taught. ● It includes video clips. Throughout the book there are links to youtube videos made by Giobbi that show the move or shuffle that you're learning. So as you're reading, you can click on a link, and get directed straight to a short video clip corresponding to the text. ● It is well organized. It covers everything over the course of 14 Lessons, with very clear topics and headings. Everything is presented in a very systematic and well structured manner. This helps us learn the material in a logical way, progress through the content in a proper fashion, and easily find important sections that we want to review or focus on. ● It is a miniature course. This book originated as an actual magic course of 14 lessons that Roberto created for youth learning card magic, and each chapter has clearly stated learning goals and objectives. By working your way through this book carefully, you will systematically learn a variety of different skills relating to the use of playing cards. You can progress through it at your own pace, and by the end you'll be an accomplished card handler. ● It covers a wide range of topics. We're not talking here about a small e-book, but a detailed book with over 150 pages. It has chapters about the history of playing cards, different types of decks and what to look for, and instruction about basic shuffle and cuts, plus simple flourishes like the ribbon spread and riffle. It also covers ways to elegantly turn over the top card, deal cards, square a deck, and much more. There's even practical sections dealing with topics like proper hand care. ● It will increase your enjoyment of playing cards enormously. There's material here about the history of playing cards, and everything you can think about in terms of how to use them. If you already love playing cards, you will only love them even more after working through the content of Giobbi's book.