Beginning in January of 2014, Stephen Hobbs – author of Modus Operandi: The Magic of Jack Carpenter, Gene Maze and the Art of Bottom Dealing, and The Essential Sol Stone – commenced a project that was heralded to be both crazy and impossible: an online web ‘zine to be released every week for fifty-two weeks devoted to his brand of powerful and practical card magic.
Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin of Vanishing Inc. were so impressed with the Technical Toolbox that they arranged to release the material as an elegantly-produced DVD set and book—with bonus material—in one package.
Stephen Hobbs’ Technical Toolbox collects all fifty-two weeks of the original web site, which included more than 170 videos (6 plus hours of material) describing over 55 routines and 85 sleights and techniques. All of Hobbs’ original introductions and meticulous credits are included in the accompanying softback book. In addition, separate manuscripts for certain effects are included as downloadable PDF attachments. The seven DVDs and softback book have been made into a beautifully produced box set.
Stephen Hobbs’ Technical Toolbox will expand your repertoire of card sleights and routines. You will be inspired to develop your own “toolbox” of card techniques by the impossible ribbon-spread switch-out, the elegant spring simple shift, the super-practical subterranean addition, advanced work on obtaining and maintaining breaks, control grip technique (it will revolutionize your handling small packet counts), a detailed discussion of the Hobzinzer cull (more information than many DVD’s devoted to this sleight alone), B.U.R.P. (Basic Universal Reverse Placement), the SHEE control, the interlaced-block transfer technique, Hobbs’ playing card mnemonic system, the rotary replacement and change, F.I.A.T. (Flexible Insertion and Addition Technique), the incredible routine “The Odds Against Me”, and much, much more.
There is so much material in the Technical Toolbox that it is impossible to describe it all; but if you enjoy card magic, we guarantee you will get your money’s worth!