Card College Volume One Is Great – Repeat After Me

I?ve said it before and I?ll say it again, ?I love to repeat myself.? Given a choice between working here at the cat saddle and tack shop aligning the stirrup heights for some rodent to ride on a Tabby, I?d pick re-reviewing something I?ve already reviewed.

Well, not really. I’ve reviewed Roberto Giobbi’s Card College Series and I’ve reviewed Chriss Wasshuber’s Lybrary.com but I’ve never reviewed them at the same time. It was sort of like when I was running around a corner with an open jar of peanut butter and ran into a woman who was running the opposite direction with a chocolate candy bar and we hit each other. We made an interesting discovery.

We discovered the interestingtaste that comes from thecombination of chocolate, peanut butter, shattered glass, blood and sinew. Well, it’s not exactly like that.

Plus, I’m still paying the judgment from the lawsuit where the woman alleged it was unsafe for me to run around blind corners with an open glass jar.

When I first started Quinlan Magic years ago, there was only Card College Volumes One and Two. I bought the usual sample size of three books and sold them all within days ? before I even had a chance to read them. I figured they must be pretty good if they sold so quickly.

I tried to re-order from my supplier but he had no copies. I tried to work through another jobber (coincidentally, this was the name of my first record album in the U.S., ?Working Through Another Jobber? went platinum in the Bahamas but did not do well here ? I ran out of payola…

I?ve said it before and I?ll say it again, ?I love to repeat myself.? Given a choice between working here at the cat saddle and tack shop aligning the stirrup heights for some rodent to ride on a Tabby, I?d pick re-reviewing something I?ve already reviewed.

Well, not really. I’ve reviewed Roberto Giobbi’s Card College Series and I’ve reviewed Chriss Wasshuber’s Lybrary.com but I’ve never reviewed them at the same time. It was sort of like when I was running around a corner with an open jar of peanut butter and ran into a woman who was running the opposite direction with a chocolate candy bar and we hit each other. We made an interesting discovery.

We discovered the interestingtaste that comes from thecombination of chocolate, peanut butter, shattered glass, blood and sinew. Well, it’s not exactly like that.

Plus, I’m still paying the judgment from the lawsuit where the woman alleged it was unsafe for me to run around blind corners with an open glass jar.

When I first started Quinlan Magic years ago, there was only Card College Volumes One and Two. I bought the usual sample size of three books and sold them all within days ? before I even had a chance to read them. I figured they must be pretty good if they sold so quickly.

I tried to re-order from my supplier but he had no copies. I tried to work through another jobber (coincidentally, this was the name of my first record album in the U.S., ?Working Through Another Jobber? went platinum in the Bahamas but did not do well here ? I ran out of payola buying rum at the celebration in Nassau). But the other jobber was out too.

Now my curiosity was peaked and because I still had the stitches in, that was painful.

I tried to buy copies of Volume One and Two on the open market and then on un-open market but to no avail.

When we changed the name of the shop to Mystic Hollow Magic, Volume Three was out and I was able to sell a bunch of the complete set as soon as I could scare them up. I knew they were popular when I could sell Volume One for more than the retail price on eBay.

Now, we are an Internet Portal for Magic and not selling tricks as much as writing about them. And when Inside Magic was launched, I reviewed Volume One with glowing praise. It really is outstanding. It takes you from how to hold a deck of cards to how to use them in real-life effects. Mr. Giobbi has an incredible ability to explain the mechanics needed to do the sleight as well as how it should appear.

I recently ordered and received today Volume One on a CD-ROM from Lybrary.com.

In keeping with my theme of repeating myself, I have previously reviewed Chris Wasshuber?s outstanding website and service. He has brought back to life some incredible classics of our Art in a very useable eBook format. I?ve used his instant download function to get what I needed when I needed it and have had not a single complaint of the delivery, set-up, or content.

But the combination of Mr. Giobbi?s Card College Volume One and Mr. Wasshuber?s Lybrary.com has been a match made in Magic heaven. (If you say this three times, really quickly, it sounds like you?re cursing Max Maven?). Want to know how to do a false cut? You cannot only read the description and look at the line drawings as you would find them in the book but you can click on a video icon and watch it performed. If you?re like me, you?ll watch it over and over ? because I like to repeat things, have I told you that? ? and feel great because you?re learning from the best without bothering Mr. Giobbi to repeat the effect and teach you again.

This has nothing to do with anything but because I don?t learn quickly, I was thrown out of a special lecture series where we channeled the spirit of Houdini for instruction on lock picking. I kept asking the master to repeat his instruction that I annoyed the disembodied spirit as well as my fellow lecture attendees. Houdini vowed to never return to the mortal realm and I lost my entrance fee.

I recommend you do as I did. Buy the Card College series and pick up a copy of the Card College Volume One on CD-ROM. You should note that there are some misspellings in the CD-ROM ? I guess because it was scanned in for electronic production ? but this is a very minor critique.

I?m done repeating myself, for now at least.

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