Two Tips For Card Handlers

In card magic, there are a lot of “unspoken” things, minor details rarely discussed. Often, magicians do not speak about them, because they just don’t know them. I give you two bits of advice that might help you.

New Decks

In the beginning, it’s tough to use brand new (or fresh, as some call it) decks of cards, especially when trying to learn a new sleight or technique. The cards are slippery, stiff, the edges rough, and the entire deck is not worked in. Not the best prerequisite to learn a new technique, because the deck is (especially for a beginner) tough to handle, and frustration level will be high.

My advice is to start out with a well broken-in deck. Not a messy, beat-up one, but well broken-in. You will see a lot of the moves we have to learn, like a pass, double-cutting, multiple lifts, false shuffles, etc. will be much easier to handle. At least, in the learning stage. Later, when you have the technique down, you can switch to new decks. Typically, decks will run through three stages: brand new, well broken-in, and worn-out. The performance decks will alter their state of well broken-in to worn-out at one time, then it’s time to use them for practicing or learning new sleights.

Faro Shuffle

This beast can be a nightmare, not only to perform in front of an audience, but to learn it. When you start out fresh and want to conquer the technique, a lot depends on the choice of the brand of the cards, to make life easier. Bicycle cards have seen a decline in quality in the past, and a fresh deck of Bicycle cards makes it difficult to learn a proper Faro-shuffle.

The brand to go for is AVIATOR cards. They are better cut, and slipper, and proved very suitable for learning the Faro-shuffle. The slippiness is a small drawback in performing, and you have to get used to it, but for Faro-learning it is an advantage. You will be amazed how effortless the learning process is with these cards.