A basic definition but one that would define it perfectly would be, the art of doing tricks, flourishes or juggling with packs of cards.
Although with differences, it is an activity that shares similarities with other skills such as kendamas, yo-yo, or even skateboarding, in that we are talking about trying to learn new tricks to keep moving forward.
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How to learn Cardistry?
Although reaching a high level in Cardistry will take many hours of practice, it is a discipline in which you are lucky enough to be able to practice at any time and anywhere.
In addition, you have infinite written and video resources at your fingertips and totally free of charge, with which you can learn and practice.
This is why, in the end, the level you reach will depend exclusively on the hours you are willing to train.
Here are some tips for learning caridstry:
1.- Learn the basics
Before trying to learn big tricks or moves, focus on learning and mastering the most basic movements. Starting out differently will result in frustration and most likely abandonment of your new hobby.
2.- Learn gradually
Related to the previous point, try to learn tricks that have a gradual difficulty, without making big jumps that involve techniques that you do not master.
3.- Learn what you like best
Within cardistry there is a multitude of variations and styles. You don't have to master them all and it's better to focus on the techniques you like best, as learning is easier when you do something you really like and want to learn.
4.- Practice, practice and practice.
There is no secret. The level you reach will be directly related to the hours you invest in practice.
The new movements that you learn, when you try them for the first time will seem very uncomfortable and, in many cases, impossible and you will see how, by practising them little by little, this sensation will change until you end up mastering them.
There are movements in which you even have to work the muscles of your hands, as they are positions to which your body is not very accustomed.
5.- Fluency rather than speed
Even if you watch videos where the movements are made at high speed, you should always focus on making them fluid, rather than fast. Speed is something that will come later.
Although one of the most rewarding parts of cardistry is the creation of your own movements, it is a phase you will have to wait until you have mastered many of the techniques.
7.- Do not give up
There will be times when the frustration is great and you feel like giving up. When you notice this feeling, it is important that you put the cards down for a while or move on to other movements that you have mastered and are comfortable with.
8.- Have fun
This is one of the points that seems most obvious, but it is one of the most important. The only objective of cardistry, especially when you are starting out, should be fun. If you don't have fun with it, don't think about other reasons such as making money with it, being a professional, etc... because these are objectives that are very difficult to reach and the people who reach them are precisely those who have a real passion for cardistry and have fun with it.
Like any other discipline, cardistry has its own language or terminology.
Some are intuitive and just by the name you can get an idea of what they mean, like cuts, fans but there are others that will need an explanation.
Here are a few to get you started:
- OH: This is an abbreviation for "One Hand". That is, tricks or movements that are done with only one hand.
- Stock: This is the type of paper on which the cards are printed
- Finish: This is the finish or type of varnish applied to the cards. Some of the most popular are Magic Finish, True Linen
- Knacky: erm used to describe that a movement needs a lot of practice due to its difficulty.
- Jam: session or meeting of several participants to do cardistry
- Poop Deck: Term used to refer to a deck that is already widely used.
- Squids/Planks/Trainers: These are blocks of hard material that are the shape and size of small blocks of cards and are used to train moves to prevent cards from falling over.
As we have mentioned before, the internet is full of resources where you can learn Cardistry.
Here are a few tutorials so you can start practicing your first moves right here.
We also provide you with a list of different youtube channels where you can start watching videos and practising your first moves, as well as other resources.
We recommend you to start with this document that will guide you with links to tutorials of a great amount of movements ordered by difficult: CARDISTRY HUB
Youtube channels (Cardistry Videos):
It is another inexhaustible source of knowledge about cardistry and a social network that will allow you to meet and follow a lot of cardistry artists.
Here are a few to get you started and through them you will reach many others: