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Do you need specific fingers for cardistry?

Unread postby Wishery7 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:52 pm  

Just wondering, I'm new to this all, and i was inspired by Zach Mueller. I'm about 4 days in and drop my cards everywhere. I never give up though, everyday after work i watch cardistry videos on youtube, finger exercise, and cut cards. Should i master one move at a time, or should i branch out and learn what i feel like?

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I want to be outstanding at cardistry, and every time i watch Zach (or any random person on youtube really) do card tricks it inspires me but also makes me feel sad knowing i will probably never get to that sort of level. I noticed many cardistry players have slim long fingers, mine are kind of thick and mediumish in length. Will this limit my ability as a cardistry player?
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Re: Do you need specific fingers for cardistry?

Unread postby MagikFingerz » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:15 pm  

First question: Find a balance. Focusing on one or a few moves at a time will definitely be beneficial in several ways, most of all in terms of motivation. If you never master any moves, you won't see as much tangible progress and are more likely to lose interest. Then again, do choose moves (or flourishes) that you WANT to learn, as this is equally important for your motivation and enjoyment.

My standard recommendation, and what I did, was start with charlier cut and/or thumb cut and/or any other simple cutting technique. At the same time, select one or two harder flourishes that you really want to get good at, like thumb/pressure fan or a card spring. This way you have something easy that you should make good progress on quickly, while also starting a longer endeavor towards a hard, prestigious, and really rewarding move.

Something else that is nice to learn is proper shuffling and bridging, which can be busted out whenever you play cards without being too "show-off-y" since you have to shuffle the cards anyway.

Title: It's a slight limitation, but nothing you should be particularly concerned about. As you progress, you'll notice that the fingers and hand can stretch more and get stronger in stretched positions as they attain more muscular control.
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Re: Do you need specific fingers for cardistry?

Unread postby Azazaaz » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:02 pm  

The only limit is in the time and effort you'll put in the craft. Fingers have nothing to do with it, I have tiny hands and if I can't do something, it's only because I didn't work enough on it.

And I have to agree with Tom above, start with the Charlier cut, learn the grips until they're feeling natural (straddle, Z, etc...). Then I'd suggest the dribble (easier than the card spring imo) and the thumb fan. These are all prerequisites for harder moves and the first step to card flourishing. If you want something harder but that will become a necessity, you can give a shot at the faro shuffle then you'll be able to perform Bloom by Zach Mueller as he's your inspiration.

Good luck, work hard and never give up!
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