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Googoomafint11
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Hey all!

I'm thinking about starting to get into cardistry and all flourishes involved. I've been into card magic for a bit now and now basic flourishes (fan, spread, springing cards, one-handed cut, swivel cut etc), but am looking into getting into the more advanced art of cardistry. I was hoping for a few suggestions of where to go.

So, what moves would you recommend starting with?
Where should I look for instructions on how to do cardistry?
Best video teaching cardistry that you might recommend or thoughts on it?
Any decks you would highly recommend or does that not matter too much?
Any other suggestions?

Any help would be appreciate! Thanks!
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When I got into basic cardistry I learnt stuff from youtube and tried to apply something mine to it. Some of them are good, some of them suck. The point was saving money for me. The only DVD I own and like is Motion by Madison (he's way better of a cardist than a gambler), but it's quite advanced stuff. Decks? Go for poker sized USPC made decks. My favourite ones are Bees, but I can also reccomend Tally-Ho. Don't overpay for some fancy stuff - it will get worn down just as quickly(unless you really don't feel comfortable with the look or can afford it and want to go for it). It may be just a personal thing, but I do way better if I listen to music when I do cardistry. Out of moves I'd reccomend the classic sybil - it's hours of practice and fun. Good luck and have fun Smile
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Thanks dapo

I've already learnt a basic version of the sybil cut, and it's great fun, I agree with that! Smile I am a bit of a deck collector, and have quite a few decks myself, but I have been finding that USPPC decks are one of the better decks, so I think I'll stick with those!

Thanks for the tips!
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You´ve got the basics down. That´s great. Then I recommend the flourishes DVD from Dan and Dave Buck´s "Trilogy".
It´s an almost perfect follow up after you´ve got the basics down.

I also recommend "Papercuts" by Chris Hestnes,
"Project one" by Michael Herp (There´s also a newer one which contains a few new flourishes...here he uses "James" as surname)
and like dapo already mentioned, "Motion" by Daniel Madison. Very different style but also very good.

The DVD´s are really worth their money but there are also many many great tutorials by guys like Oliver Sogard, Tobias Levin, Zach Mueller and many other guys on youtube.


When I was heavy into flourishing I also used many different decks.

I absolutely loved the red and blue Wynn Casino playing cards. They are very bad for fans but awesome for cuts and sculptures and they have a very noble feel and appearance.
Unfortunately they have become very rare and are too expensive.

Another deck which takes a while to get used to but is imho one of the best decks i´ve handled is the 1001 Aladdin with smooth finish (not air cushion).

Other than that Tally Ho Cards are very good and of course the Bicycle rider backs.
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Cheers for all that macc! I'll have to have a look at all those videos and stuff. I've recently gotten a deck of virtuoso as a gift, and have been having loads of fun with it!
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School of Cardistry is a good resource for learning the basics. Once you get more advanced you can learn some stuff on dealersgrip.com. I would recommend checking out the subreddit on Cardistry. They have a good beginner's thread on moves to learn.
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