In the beginning, magicians created the Bottom Change, and they saw that it was good. Many years later they created the Top Change, and they saw that it was very good.
But many magicians in recent decades-ignoring the wisdom of countless past masters-perceive the Top and Bottom Changes as old-fashioned tools, and have substituted “better,” more modern sleights for them. They couldn’t be more wrong. The Top and Bottom Changes are still amongst the strongest and most versatile card sleights ever invented.
Magic Christian, after having studied the magic of the legendary J. N. Hofzinser for more than twenty years and having put in thousands of performance hours before the public and magicians, knows the value of these sleights. He uses them constantly to create stunning magic. He is probably the only magician in centuries to have improved the Bottom Change; and to have expanded the usefulness of both the Top and Bottom Changes beyond anything ever envisioned. With his handlings and variations of these sleights, one card or several, together or individually, can be secretly exchanged with any other cards in the deck, without them seeming to come near the pack!
The fruit of many years of study, work and innovation is explained in full and in great detail in The Top Change. Here you will learn tools that can elevate your card magic to new heights. You are about to enter the royal court of card magic’s reigning monarch.
Magic Christian, an international star of magic, winner of multiple FISM awards, and Austria’s premier magician for many years, knows more, has performed more, and has made more innovations with the Top Change and Bottom Change than any magician alive. In The Top Change, he teaches everything he knows about these invaluable tools, leading the reader to quick mastery and possibilities beyond anything imagined, proving that the Top Change truly is the Monarch of Card Sleights.
“I had the privilege this week of reading Magic Christian’s new book, The Top Change – The Monarch of Card Sleights. This manuscript is a scholarly work on an extraordinary card move. He covers dozens of variations and techniques, and this book is destined to become the definitive work on this subject. I highly recommend the book and can say after reading it; I am a better magician.”
– Allan Ackerman
“Magic Christian’s knowledge of the Top Change is incredible. He left no stone unturned, and I particularly appreciated the amount of history he shared about the move. This is a masterclass on the Top Change.”
– Ryan Schlutz
“An incredible resource on a move that too many of us magicians could do and understand better. This book helps greatly with that in a very entertaining way.”
– Jon Armstrong
“I love the Top Change, and now almost everything I’ve ever wanted to know about it is contained within this book. Thanks, Christian, for a fantastic resource!”
– Chad Long
“In order to advance in magic, we have to be broad and we have to be deep. Broad, in the sense of innovating, looking back in our history and going further in the future, deep, in the sense of looking at a specific topic, and then explore it, looking at it from all sides, discovering its beauty and complexity.
“In this book, Magic Christian does just that. In a way only few of us can, he takes one of the five big operational concepts of card magic, the Top Change, and creates a monograph that broadens our horizons and encourages us to study other topics in a similar way. For this we must thank the author. You can do this by buying this book, which has my highest recommendation.”
– Roberto Giobbi
“Christian shares rare insights from Hofzinser and other past masters and provides a wealth of historical perspective. He offers his own detailed technical analysis of the sleight and a surprising number of variations and effects using them. Magic Christian’s new book on the Top Change is a graduate course on one of card magic’s most direct and powerful techniques and a guide that could make anyone a better magician.”
– Michael Weber