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Topic: Help with manipulating cards
Message: Posted by: Quebecer (Feb 11, 2007 06:22AM)
Hi ! I m kind of new in magic (well, I did some when I was younger but not really seriously). I m trying to do some basic card manipulation. And I got some difficulties. For example, with the thumb fan, I keep getting a gap at the almost extreme right of the fan. Is my pressure wrong ? what would you suggest me ? (except practicing, I know that).

I got some other stuff, like for make a "snap appearance", I bend my cards to much and break them, etc. But I will make other posts on that sort of things.
Message: Posted by: Habu (Feb 11, 2007 08:11AM)
Howdy Quebecer

If you go to the forum heading: "pick a card--any card" > [b]the workers[/b]

The card prestidigitator's can answer your questions there, that is the forum for experts in the questions you have.

And welcome to the café, good luck with your flourishes.
Message: Posted by: Dizzy (Feb 11, 2007 04:57PM)
If you haven't already got Jeff McBride's 'Art of Card Manipulation' volumes I can highly recommend them. Also Lewis Ganson's books are great if you prefer books to dvds,

Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Feb 13, 2007 04:42AM)
Sounds like you need live support. I advise you to go to a magic shop in your area and ask for someone who is professional in that area. Another idea is to join a local magic club.
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Feb 13, 2007 06:35PM)
Fanning looks easy, but requires a lot of practice. You need to play around with your hand positions, the pressure, the hand movements against each other and so on. Then comes the part where you need to train your muscle memory - doing the same move hundreds of times . . . a day, until you get the knack. Okay, it is not THAT bad, but that is the basic idea.

This actually holds also for most complex sleight of hands.

Hope this helps
Message: Posted by: abc (Feb 14, 2007 12:16AM)
I have to agree with Dynamike. You may be doing something wrong even if you are reading the right material and watching the right DVD's. Find a magician and say that you have been practising, show him what yu can do (regarding the fan) and then tell him where your probelm lies and ask for help. I cannot think of any magician that would not help you.
Message: Posted by: dodgechargerrt30 (Feb 19, 2007 01:37PM)
I think you need McBrides dvd's they are amazing and he is a wonderful teacher but if your on a budget get volumes one and 3 because vol 2 is for split fanning (really difficult)

I hope this helps

I got the dvds and within a week I could fan, and do his closeup act at the end and back palm (one card) and do the ken Brooke production, snap production and a few other small things

that's just how good he explains his stuff