Stephen Hobbs' Technical Toolbox

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Stephen Hobbs' Technical Toolbox

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DVD and book set by Stephen Hobbs (49.95)

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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!

Your purchase of this product goes directly to charity
Every penny of profit that Vanishing Inc. and Stephen Hobbs make from this project will go to support Vanishing Inc.'s young magicians charity, sending kids to magic camp and supporting the development of a close-up theater for young performers in South Africa.

"The call letters TGIF took on new meaning last year when weekly editions of Stephen Hobbs’ Technical Toolbox were available on his website every Friday morning. These 52 lessons in imaginative and original sleight of hand — presented in a literate and thoughtful style, and demonstrated with high-level technical skill — produced a truly outstanding, well-structured post-graduate course in card craft. Then, alas, they vanished! What a joy it is now to have them in a permanent form.” J.K. Hartman
"An innovative and indispensable stockpile of pasteboard weaponry.” John Guastaferro
“A treasure trove of moves, routines, and invaluable information!” John Carey
"Stephen Hobbs' philosophy with regard to sleight of hand with cards has always been one of ‘optimization.’ Never satisfied with something that simply ‘works,’ it must meet his criteria that includes not only invisibility, practicality, efficiency, and uniformity — it also must be downright clever! He has devised entire systems for palming, counts, culls — you name it — and they all conform to his standards. Stephen Hobbs' Technical Toolbox is the culmination of 25 years spent in the search for this optimal card technique. In this incredible work you will find technique, sleights, subtleties, ruse and strategy; with the express aim of providing solutions that will leave your audiences devastated and clueless — many of which I consider to be THE solution. Every facet of card technique is at least touched upon in this work. From simply sublime methods for obtaining effortless breaks above bottom cards; all the way up to a method for changing ONE poker hand into EVERY POSSIBLE HAND (all ten hands, and in order!) you have at your disposal a complete course in advanced card handling." Jack Carpenter

Be advised that Stephen Hobbs’ Technical Toolbox was a web blog, not an attempt to make a movie. The videos are all simple close-ups of Hobbs’ hands with the primary emphasis on teaching intermediate and advanced card technique.


Customer reviews for Stephen Hobbs' Technical Toolbox



If you don't find a lot to love on this DVD set, I can't imagine what you'd be looking for.

He explains every move very clearly and very thoroughly.

I was lucky enough to find his website when he was publishing this on a regular basis, and was just enamored with what I saw. And when it came up for sale, I jumped on the deal.

It's that good.



Stephen Hobbs technical toolbox is a treasure trove of card sleights and moves that will keep you studying the art of card magic for a very long time to say the least. His teaching style is very clear and concise and you also get a small booklet with this DVD set, I would highly recommend this for anyone into card magic top notch.



First for the people that have no you can get an external dvd player that will play dvds on your computer. I enjoyed his learning techniques. I have received many downloads and live viewing to learn new tricks and techniques. Unfortunately , many magicians spend most of the time showing how well they can perform the presentation of the routine or trick that they rush through the learning portion and cause you to replay several times to see how the magician actual mechanics allowed a an excellent and worthwhile routine. Hobbs did an excellent job in all aspects. The showing of his hands more than a larger viewing his body actions really helped to concentrate on learning the needed actions used to perform the trick. At last, THE END!. He gave excellent advise on items such as do the routine with the audience sitting or standing and alternate methods of perfoming the whole routine.



Such an incredible value for the price: seven DVDs of expertly demonstrated material, plus the book. You guys have done a great service by putting this together. It's going to be keeping me busy for a long time.



I seriously have to say, this is absolutely part of my top 10 magic purchases in over 20 years of magic. There is something for everyone. I bought it due to a high recommendation on his "culling technique" which I was desperately trying to learn a good one and that alone was worth the price of the entire set.

But wait. There's More... Stephen credits every book he learned a move out of and based on those credits alone, my magic library has at least tripled. Every book I purchased from his "list" has paid off in spades (to me) with even more information than just the part he credited from the book.

Eventually, I got a peek at the "man behind the sleeves and hands" (this is all you see of him the way it is shot). He makes a quick cameo appearance in a Jack Carpenter DVD (Seattle Sessions, an Eve with Jack Carpenter, vol 1 or 2 - I forget which one) so now I can associate a face with the voice. Although, If you listen carefully during the massive 7 dvd set, you will sometimes hear a hint of Thurston Howell (at least I did ) :-)

Beginner to knuckle busting, seasoned performer, you will find something for you in this series (not to mention helping a great cause). You can safely "add to cart" and never question why you bought this.


Thomas F

WOW...I absolutely love this set of DVDs. I've been a HUGE fan of Stephen Hobbs since the publication of Labyrinth Magazine. I was a fan when Stephen posted these videos on his website. I am so glad that VANISHING, INC. decided to put them on DVD. The BEST thing about this set is not only is ALL the material here but VANISHING, INC. has published a beautiful index booklet for the ENTIRE series. This is a DVD set I will watch over and over again. Do yourself a favor and buy this NOW!!



I cannot recommend this set of DVDs highly enough I had my moneys worth after the first DVD.Clear teaching of practical tools for any card magician



Great effects and advice w/o a lot of filler. Don't let the "this was shot for the web" disclaimer stop you - this is actually an advantage. The teaching is clear and doesn't waste time with "high production value" material that is functionally useless. The packaging is also quite elegant and efficient. The fact that the profits go to charity is a bonus!
As you can probably tell, I'm really, really, really happy with this purchase.



This is an incredible set of dvds! It really is a "toolbox" of material! Also, the fact that I can help a great charity makes it even better!


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  • Bruce asks: I would like to the download option for this purchase, but the "select option and add to cart" button only shows the DVD option. Is this still available for download?

    • 1. SGKYDUYEN answers: The download is not available anymore per request from the creator
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  • Scott R asks: Honestly, I would buy this as a download, not a dvd. I no longer have a DVD player.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: We understand. The DVDs are fantastic and worth a look if you can.
  • Pierre-Francois asks: hi, is this a book and dvd? cause there are options field when placing the order, but only DVD option is there. thank you.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes. It is a book and DVD.
  • Chuck asks: Is this "new" Stephen Hobbs' "Technical Toolbox" exactly the same as the one that was previously released? In Other Words: Is there ANYTHING new in this release from the previous release?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: This is the same release. We uncovered some old stock in the warehouse and decided to promote it again to raise more money for charity as every cent of profit goes directly to Share Magic. If you have it already, there's nothing new.
  • Richard asks: This is a HUGE chunk of material. Do you know of any forum where questions could be addressed among purchasers or to Stephen himself? For the record, in spite of HOURS spent on the mechanics of the very first technique taught — the ribbon spread switch out — I cannot do the spread in such a way that the "real" selected card is reliably concealed. Any tips?

    • 1. Max answers: There used to be a website ( ) but it is gone.
    • 2. Stephen answers: Please send your email privately to Josh or Andi (or anyone at VI) and have them forward to me. I’ll get in touch and we can figure out what’s going on…. Hobbs
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