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gillesA4
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I asked the same question on the coin magic section, could it be the cardsmen's working habits are different? I was wondering if there are any sleights you practice on a regular basis, should they belong or not to the routines you're presently working on ? Just curious...And eager to learn!
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I usually practice fluorishes more than sleights..I guess it depends on
how you feel at the time...
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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I often do a few flourishes, double lifts, one handed cuts, passes, colour changes - anything to get my hands warmed up. Though joseph is absolutely right when saying it depends on how you feel, and what you feel like doing.

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Right....Sometimes I reach for my cards, and see some half dollars,
and grab them instead.....
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gillesA4
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May I ask you a good source for flourishes and one hand cuts? I LOVE these manipulations, but can't find books or dvd's dedicated to these techniques..
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For flourish...

De'Vo Extreme Beginner

Dan and Dave the system

Daniel Madison Lethal

and go around mmmm... I decknique.net if I'm not wrong...

for practice, sometimes sleight, and then routine that you like or create some combo idea from amny trick and so on...

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At this point I start off with passes and DPS, then DL's because those are the 3 that are going to take a long time to perfect. After that I'll grab Expert of Card College and try to learn something new.
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I do it like Niall. Pick up a deck and start fanning, cutting, changing, and so on. Lately I've been putting a lot of time into my back palm, I want to have it looking flawless by the end of June. I think it's important to set goals. That way I can have the sense of achievement when I reach that goal. Take the Charlier cut for example.

My first goal was to do a nice Charlier with my left hand..

next goal: right hand
next goal: cutting without having to square with my "other hand" on the left
next goal: same thing, right side
next goal: Charlier with both hands simultaneously

This way I have some "happy feelings" after each victory and have a focus for my practice. I find it helps the practice actually happen.
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I spend way over 50% of my time when I am awake with cards in hand doing all sorts of stuff but I try to dedicate at least 2 hours a day to really work on something particular. Jazzing is good way to keep touch with cards but for real progress I believe what Eugene Burger said that you should consentrate on 1 or 2 things that you are really working on, instead of just doing what ever comes to your mind.
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I think it all depends on how you're feeling at the time. I try to perform some flourishes in the morning just to get warmed up and then I practice sleights. Although I rarely perform flourishes for an audience, I've found that it really gets me warmed up and the sleights are much easier to perform.

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I always start by springing the cards from hand to hand, fanning the deck, and charlier cuts. Then I rehearse my material. I'm not working on any new routines right now, so the only other things I practice are the pass and double lift. I do this for 2-3 hrs a day total, not including performance time. Good luck.
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Like coins, I keep cards in my desk, by my chair in the living room and on my dresser in the bedroom, and when I pass by I pick them up and practice a bit. Especially when watching TV, though I don't do a lot of that. I practice back palms, DL, pass, dealing seconds, dealing bottoms, false shuffles, false cuts, controling card from top to bottom and back, things like that. Interval practice, every day, and never, never, never look at the cards when I do it.
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I don't practice something I am not using. I only have about 30 minutes a day to really practice so I spend the time working on things I can use. Right now I am working on an Okito Coin Box routine with Medals for a Whiskey company and that is all I practice over and over.
I am a frim believer in pracricing scientifically and not just doing things blindly. I have to say though that I also will sit and play with a coin roll or flourishes with cards otr whatever when reading or watrching TV but that is just to build muscle memory.
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I am a righty but do everything with cards as does a lefty...I started that way, and have continued that way. I like(as a challenge) to practice everything in both hands, so that I will hopefully be fully ambidexterous with cards.

I regularly practice:
DL
Passes
2nd deal

Then...I experiment and play around and come up with something cool once in a while.
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Practicing only the routines that you are working on would be sort of like a musician only practicing the pieces that he's working on. That would be very unproductive. Any decent musician from a serious beginner all the way up to Yo Yo Ma would practice scales, exercises, and etudes in addition to the pieces they will be performing soon. It would be too easy to let too many sleights wither on the vine for lack of practice if you didn't make a point of practicing them daily in an organized fashion. If you're REALLY serious you might consider writing your practice regimen down and keeping a daily journal of practicing.
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It's true. And tricks need refreshing, too; especially when you're just starting out, and haven't performed each of them a thousand times (yet).

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Quote:
On 2007-05-28 08:28, e2x2e wrote:
I am a righty but do everything with cards as does a lefty...I started that way, and have continued that way. I like(as a challenge) to practice everything in both hands, so that I will hopefully be fully ambidexterous with cards.

I regularly practice:
DL
Passes
2nd deal

Then...I experiment and play around and come up with something cool once in a while.


e2x2e,
That is a great way to challenge your brain and keep it sharp. Studies are showing that challenging both sides of the body with the same tasks will strengthen the brain and may help to prevent Neurodegenerative conditions. (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, MS etc.)

~John
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I am currently doing the Top Shot about 200 times a day Smile It's just so darn fun to watch.

Cheers,

Ron
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