thanks I'll have a play with that and see how that goes. I've basically been having a go at anything which looks remotely do-able at the moment. I probably would consider collecting if international postage wasn't so expensive...
you know...learning basic moves like the cuts (Charlier cut, swivel cut, swipe cut etc.) will set your hand properly. Then, you can practice tricks which involve light sleight of hand, to begin with. These tricks will settle you in and you'll feel more comfortable.
I agree with both posters before me. Shuffles, like the faro/weave or the more common riffle shuffle with bridge are easy to learn but takes a bit of time to master, and offers great practical uses.
Simple two-handed (swivel cut) and one-handed (charlier, thumb cut) cuts are also good starting points, with the one-handeds giving your finger/hand muscles and good workout while the two-handeds builds dexterity.
If you have access to high-quality decks and maybe even some fanning powder, I also recommend starting to practice fans early on if they're on your to-learn list. Even just a little bit every time you practice goes a long way, as they take quite a bit of time to get down.
I also agree with the previous posts. I would also recommend learning something like the swing cut. It is also fairly simple and has practical uses. Starting your fanning early on is really helpful because you can do it bit by bit and your hands get used to it. Just make sure to have a deck with an air cushioned finish. When i tired fanning to begin with it was with a plastic coated deck and I was so mad at my cards Once you're used to the feel of the deck and have some good basics down I would recommend these one handed cuts the scissor cut, the revolution cut and then move onto the sybil cut. While the sybil cut is becoming less main stream as of late it is still the fundamental building block for a lot of other moves in cardistry.
thanks scott and tom. I've been playing with this for a couple of months now and can mannage a fairly decent and consistent sybil cut, five faced sybil, the werm and other assorted cuts as mentioned above. I normally practice with standard Queen's cards which i think are similar to that of a basic bicycle only i can get them from just about any supermarket instead of paying heaps in postage. they have a nice feel although when they are new they have a habit of slipping appart when trying to do cuts where you want the packets to stay together, but this goes away as the deck is worked in. I am planning on ordering a few vitruoso decks soon as have heard of their reputation amongst card flourishers.