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I recently decided to get a bit more serious about my card magic, and have ordered the first two volumes of Card College. I am very excited about the prospect of diving headfirst into these books, and even though I know a few sleights and can perform a few good tricks already, I intend to start for page 1 and get everything I can from this book.

The issue I've had in the past when learning magic, especially from a book, is that I am left handed. With most sleights and flourishes, I find it more comfortable to perform them the opposite way it is taught in the book. I deal cards from my right hand to my left. I overhand shuffle holding the pack in my left hand, and peeling them off into my right hand.

My question is this....since I am going to be starting from scratch with Card College anyway, would it be worthwhile to *truly* start over and begin learning everything right handed??? I ask, because as I go farther into the Card College series, I am afraid reversing the instructions to suit me as a lefty will get harder and harder. What are the thoughts on the Café??
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You don't have to begin learning everything right handed, just get the instructions and adapt them to the opposed hand.

You can get Darwin Ortiz and Bill Malone stuff, they are very good and they both are left handed.
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I'm a lefty as well, and there's no need to change everything you do to the other hand.
You said you're afraid it would become harder and harder, but it would just be easier with time, and you would automatically read "left hand" as "right hand" in no time.
You might have trouble doing certain things like peeks that are described in the book, and for that I suggest you do practice to do it as a righty.
Same goes for magic videos, you just do everything the opposite, why should it bother you when it comes to books?
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I belive holding the deck in the left hand as a righty, only comes from dealing at the card table, and since the more difficult part is to toss the cards, this was done with the right hand. I belive that's the only reason why we do it.

When I started I learned a few moves with my right hand first as a matter of fact I can still do the one handed shuffle better with my right hand.
So If I where you I would definitely use my left hand as a lefty.Escpecially since your're not used to use your right hand jet?!

Other things to keep in mind are:
Spreading the cards from hand to hand should be done from left to right due to the indices.
Fanning the cards as a lefty will produce a blank fan and glimpses are less common for leftys.
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Another thought regarding video learning is, if you watch your tv screen via a mirror the visuals will be transposed correctly for you.
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Spreading the cards from hand to hand should be done from left to right due to the indices.


Something that became obvious to me when I first started using an invisible deck! I have learned to spread left to right, but it is no where near as clean or comfortable as right to left, but it's passable.

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Fanning the cards as a lefty will produce a blank fan and glimpses are less common for leftys.


Strangely enough, for a one handed fan (as well as a Charlier Cut, for that matter), I can *only* do it well with my right hand. I've never been able to produce a good thumb fan or a pressure fan, with either hand.
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Darwin Ortiz has a peek for lefties that is great.
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Darwin Ortiz has a peek for lefties that is great.


Where should I look for this? Is it in a book or a dvd?

On the subject of watching dvds as a lefty, I find it rather handy, as when watching a right handed performer front on, it is as if watching myself in a mirror. Not so easy on the performers view though.
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Darwin Ortiz has a peek for lefties that is great.


He actually has several. But almost all of them are not in print..

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I would recommend that you do magic as a right handed person if you are a LEFTY. Trust me. I am a lefty and I do magic right handed. All the HARD stuff is done with the hand that is HOLDING the deck.

Pass is a lot easier when you have your strong hand as the deck hand. Raise rise, Culling becomes easier becuase if you did it as a lefty the pips will be facing the wrong way.

John Carney does magic left handed and he is a Righty. He explains all these reasons too.
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On 2009-03-07 15:39, edh wrote:
Darwin Ortiz has a peek for lefties that is great.

Where should I look for this? Is it in a book or a DVD?

On the subject of watching DVDs as a lefty, I find it rather handy, as when watching a right handed performer front on, it is as if watching myself in a mirror. Not so easy on the performers view though.

It is in Vol. 2 (video) Scams and Fantasies. It is called the Sinister Glimplse and is a left handed peek.


It is also in his book Scams & Fantasies.
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Hey Tony! Congrats on the new release. Nice work.

I'm a lefty and when I started learning from Bobo's I learned things as they were described (right handed), because it was easier to learn that way. But when I started doing card magic, I already knew how to deal, and shuffle and it didn't feel right to do things right handed.
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If you have problems with fanning, try this :
http://www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk/aca......rds.html
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If you have problems with fanning, try this :
http://www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk/aca......rds.html


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If I am not mistaken, the bicycle low vision also are "four cornered". And the regular size writing is on the upper right.
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If you've got any instruction material on video, video editing software can help. For example, there's some free software you can download called Free Video Flip and Rotate*. If you have tutorial DVDs or videos(which you'll need to convert to digital files), you can use this software to flip the video horizontally and turn righty instruction into lefty instruction.

The indices and any text will be flipped, but you can't make an omelette etc...

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I ask, because as I go farther into the Card College series, I am afraid reversing the instructions to suit me as a lefty will get harder and harder.


It's really not that big a deal to read "right" as "left" and vice versa. Just do it. Re-learning card magic with your non-dominant hand seems a little extreme.
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I know a serious card mechanic that says being left handed is an advantage. Various peeks, and deals are more deceptive from the south side.
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Well Pete... I can tell you that he is completely wrong! I am left handed myself (well actually only when it comes to cards, but I hold a pen in my right hand:)), and first of all when left handed spread the cards the pips are the wrong way (which makes culling harder) second, almost any standard peek does not work and as already mentioned we have to reverse the instructions from books.

So no, being a left handed is not an advantage!
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When I was a kid I started out Left handed and my parents and the Nuns in Catholic School changed me. I hold a pen in my right hand, throw with right hand but do meagic left handed, shoot pool and shoot a bow lef thanded.

From what I heard changing a kid from lefty to righty messes you up and when you grow up you become a magician.

I believe John Carney is a lefty too.
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