I’m usually very excited about purchasing and reading a new magic book as soon as possible after its release. (Whether or not I’m successful at this depends on many complicated factors and layers of procrastination.)

Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi is no exception.  As soon as it arrived I opened it up and enthusiastically began to devour Mr. Giobbi’s always-reliable wisdom.  And, as predicted, it was enlightening and wonderful.  Tidbits, nuggets, smatterings and chunks of magic-related musings and ruminations for aspiring and accomplished artists alike.

In his recent review of Secret Agenda in Genii magazine, Jamy Ian Swiss lamented the fact that he had to read the book in its entirety in order to properly review it and thereby missed out on the author’s intention. Namely, reading one entry every day for a year.

Fortunately, I am under no such obligation.

But it wasn’t until the January 17th entry that I realized this.  And then I made the (excruciatingly difficult) decision to put the book away for a couple weeks (this was in mid-December) and begin anew on the first of the year.

I don’t know how many other magicians who own the book are going to do this.  I’d like to think most of them.  If you don’t yet own the book, buy it.  Having thus far only read the first twelve entries, I can guarantee (with as much weight as that entails) that you’ll find it immensely worthwhile.  And I present the entire Card College series as evidence.

Indeed, it will be a unique approach to learning magic and would realize Mr. Giobbi’s generous proposal – to give the reader the experience of spending an entire year under his tutelage.  Those who race through the almost four-hundred pages in a few sessions will no doubt be shortchanging themselves.  Yes, they’ll get the same information I’ll eventually garner, but in this case it truly is an issue of quality over quantity.  Each entry that I will enjoy will get to marinate for at least 24 hours before moving on to the next one.  I’m forcing myself, at Mr. Giobbi’s urging, to do what so many magicians seemingly fail to do: contemplate.  And it is through contemplation and reflection that information makes the difficult and rare transition to practical wisdom.

So, over the next year, I’ll occasionally blog about Secret Agenda .  As I see fit, I’ll comment on entries that strike me, inspire me or simply amuse me.  It is my hope that you’ll join me on this year-long project (No skipping ahead!) and perhaps a dialogue will ensue that will further our mutual love of this amazing art.

I know Mr. Giobbi would like that.