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Cardistry: Three Packet Cuts (Artistic Card Shuffling)

teacher avatar Elisav Bizau, Close Up Magician, Cardist, Creator

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. 1. Introduction and Trailer

    • 2. 2. Preparation

    • 3. 3. One Handed Pyramid Display (Beginner)

    • 4. 4. Running OH 3 Packet Cut (Intermediate)

    • 5. 5. Two Handed Pyramid (Beginner)

    • 6. 6. The Decknique Cut (Beginner)

    • 7. 7. Executing vs Performing

    • 8. 8. Rotator (Intermediate)

    • 9. 9. The Dribble Pyramid Display (Beginner)

    • 10. 10. Spin Step (Intermediate)

    • 11. 11. Last Words

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About This Class

Cardistry or Flourishing is the art of manipulating playing cards in an artistic manner. You can think of cardistry as dancing with a deck of playing cards.

In cardistry, there are different types of card flourishes such as fans, aerials or isolations, all which we are going to cover in this Cardistry Series. In this first course we're going to go over three packet cutsThis means that we're going to split the deck of cards in 3 packets and move them around in an artistic fashion.

We're going to cover 7 different flourishes, some which are simple and others which are more advanced. Each flourish is explained in great detail and I make sure to go over all of the movements, mechanics and finger placements multiple times over the course of the tutorial in order to make sure that you will be able to, by the end of the video, to perform the flourish.

There is something in here for both beginners and more advanced cardists.

Cardistry is so therapeutic because you can do it everywhere, anywhere and it'll take your mind off things. Silence the monkey mind, you know. Just pick a deck up and move them around as all the stress and worry leaves your body.


- - - - - - - - - - - Videos

Cardistry Bootcamp

The System DvD by Dan and Dave

Show Off Vol.1

- - - - - - - - - - - Cardistry Decks



Fontaine Cards

Riffle Shuffle

- - - - - - - - - - - Credits and Inspiration

Spring Pyramid by Kevin Ho

Revolution Cut by Brian Tudor

Two Handed Pyramid inspiration from Ignatyuk Florin

Spin Step inspiration from Daren Yeow

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Elisav Bizau

Close Up Magician, Cardist, Creator


Yo, my name's Biz and I love magic, cardistry and breathing. Breathing is the best, isn't it?

I've been practicing, playing and studying to become a magician for over 11 years now. I have had shows and lectures in Paris, Stockholm, London, Bratislava and Madrid, sharing with other magicians and enthusiasts my ideas and creations. I have been publishing original material since I was 15. Have worked with companies from Europe and USA (such as PenguinMagic, VanishingInc, Theory11 and more). 

From 365 Drawings a Day and 10.000 verses in a month, to 365 Hours of Magic, I love creating projects that test the limits of my creativity and dedication. Born in Baia Mare, ever since I was 17 I have been traveling around Europe teaching card magic to other magicians.&nbs... See full profile

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1. 1. Introduction and Trailer: Hi guys, My name is based and welcome to call this 3, 3 packet cuts and the Skillshare class we're going to be learning how you can execute 3 packet card district cuts using a deck of playing cards. Once you're going to learn this, not only are you going to be able to execute 3 packet cuts, but you're going to be able to use the information that you pick up here in order to remix and create your own cuts. I have gathered here seven cuts that range from easy to much more complex. But don't worry, each time I go through all of the details that you need in order to activate those cuts. My name is base and welcome to part three, three-factor cuts. 2. 2. Preparation: Welcome to Course 3. Three packets got some very happy that you've decided to learn how to perform packet cuts using a deck of cards. Maybe you like playing cards, so maybe you just want to show off a little bit doing a poker game or you want to really get into court history or magic. Well, I am very happy that you're here. I remember when I started out car industry and I was looking at tutorials and I was like, well, you know, there were very difficult because and so many tutorials back in 2008 and we pulled that we're putting out tutorials on YouTube because either have money to buy stuff, they were very, very, very poor. So I did learn the hard way and I really believed that has built me up though we're now going to be learning like that. I will be going thoroughly through each one of these cuts. Now before we begin, it's important that you guys understand that you must know a little bit of card machine or to execute these. And as I said in the presentation is not necessary, but it's going to help you out. For example, how to perform a shawl yay cut, a scissor, cut, a revolution, cut domino going to be using a revolution got as much. And that is basically, it will spin cards on your fingers, but that's not necessary. Just these three would be enough if you can do a revolution, a sharp E, a, and a scissor cut, then you're going to be able to execute pretty much everything. You can do those, then you can definitely do a dribble or a spring. But if you cannot do with those is not a problem. Especially the spring. So many people are having trouble with the spring, but we're not going to be using the spring in this release. Though, it is important that you do know how to do a dribble. Even if a tiny one in order for the dribble pyramid that we're going to be learning. And those three costs that I mentioned before, there are plenty of tutorials up on YouTube that you can learn these cuts as they are beginner cuts and, but it's teaching them. And I do recommend looking at lotus in hand. They have a car industry bootcamp that is amazing. I'm going to leave their information in the Skillshare class so that you guys can check those out and learn them if you require. 3. 3. One Handed Pyramid Display (Beginner): In order to perform a one-handed pyramid, we're going to have to be able to do a surely a cut and maybe a revolution cut at one end if you would like to have a different ending to the cut, we would like to do a revolution right there. So in order to start doing this, we're just going to let part of the deck fall down. You do this by actually tilting your thumb forward a bit. You see? So I'm in this straight position and then I'm tilting my thumb forward. And this is actually causing the cars to fall down. In this point, we're going to be using our index finger to push the deck data up from this position. So let's go over that one more time. We're in this position. We're going to leave the packet of fall down instantly just like this. Or pink is at the, at the bottom so that they don't fall. We push it up. And from here we're going to come through index finger and separate part of the packet from the right side, right over here. So we're going to separate, they're using our index finger in right now this packet in the middle is actually group between the index finger and the thumb. So we're just going to rise all of those too in the air. And because this packet over here is stuck between the thumb and the palm, is going to come together with us. So we're going to let this packet slide on the nail of our index finger. Notice how we just sliding over there down. Basically two things are happening. We're lowering our three fingers from over here down, see just like that. And at the same time, we're slightly raising our thumb and index finger. And then we're allowing that deck to fall in that position. So it looks easy because I'm making it look easy. But the part that gives people at the beginning the most heart of a time is right this point when you're actually trying to make this packet go behind your index finger. Because if it goes in front over here, you can't actually complete the cut and it looks weird. So you want it to go behind the index finger just like that. So you can complete the pyramid from this position. You can do so many things. You can do another, surely a cut over here in order to finish the cut. Or you can do a revolution cut from that position to finish the cut once more. Or you can, even if you're feeling lazy, just let it drop down. And from that position you're completely back to square one. So this is guys, the most basic pyramid out there. The one handed pyramid from a combination of Surely a Cuts and a bit of this cut which I forgot the name of. It's not a scissor cut is definitely something else, but it's a clip cut. One handed, a clipping the packet from underneath and moving it to the top. So do make sure that you have you surely down over here, grab the packet, bring it up, let it fall inside. Pinky is taking care that nothing will fall down. And from this position, you push down and push up over there. You let it fall. Then you can push this up in a very aggressive style. And there you have it guys. The one handed pyramid. 4. 4. Running OH 3 Packet Cut (Intermediate): For this three packet cut, we're basically going to be using this one hand is cut. If you do not know this cut, the basic gist of it is that we're lifting the deck up to our fingertips. And then we're gripping the bottom packet of the deck with our index and thumb, just like this. And just as two motions happen at the same time, we're letting the packet from the top slide on the fingernail of our left index finger while we're raising the bottom, pack it up, and then we're bringing this up and letting it drop. If you managed to make this cut word, you're going to be able to do a lot more with this mechanic. So as I previously said, that grip the bottom part of the packet between your thumb and index finger and bring that part to the top. As such. When you come to this point, you're going to have to move your index finger in front. Notice how I am here on the upper side and then I have to move it to the right side so that the fingers can actually grip both of the packets. From this position, we're going to break again half of the top packet and repeat the same move that we did previously, except that this time we're going to be having two packets gripped to our thumb and index finger. This happen naturally, so all you have to do, just repeat the motions and make sure that the packet that you let slide down over here, we'll go beneath your index finger and more towards yourself. All of this is facilitated by your pinky finger right here at the bottom of the pocket. If the bottom, if the pinky wouldn't be here, all the cars would go on the floor. So we're over here, see how the pinky manages everything. Over here is the peaky that doesn't let it fall. We bring it down, is the pink it up, pushes it forward. And then the last one we can just surely aid cut it down as such. So once more, bring it to the top, we move it inside. The pink is the one that actually helps push the packet inside. We break the packet, move it down once more. Pinky pushes forward, and then once more we can even do it. We can keep repeating this three packet cut. That's what's beautiful about it. And then we finished with a simple one handed cut. Let me show it to you from a different angle over here. We go once. Notice how the pinky always pushes the packet forward until the end. 5. 5. Two Handed Pyramid (Beginner): In order to execute this to hand pyramid, you're going to have to be able to let the packet from the middle slide with confidence. See over here how we're allowing the packet in the middle to slide down. So this is the only hurdle though, you have to overcome in the beginning when thinking about performing this mall, is from this point on, you're basically gripping everything in such a way that it's impossible for the three packets to fall down. And then you can just let it drop in a simple way. Let's see how it is done. We're going to start by gripping the packet from the bottom and the top side with our thumb and the rest of our fingers. As such, both our hands are in the same position. The only part that is different on the left hand is that we're going to have one finger on each side and then the rest of the three fingers right here on the right side of the packet. So we grip over here, c, two fingers, thumb over their index finger on top. And then we're just going to break the deck into what is called the Z grip. And we do this by breaking of first hub from the front and then breaking another hop from the bottom. And the bottom means the one that is closest to your body. So we now have a z grip as you notice. And from this point we're just going to move our wrist in such a way that the courts are perpendicular to the floor. And then we're going to allow the middle packet to fall down. And once we're in this position, we can just bring the two packets from the right and left side as such. And then we have a really nice pyramid going on over here, which we can just move around. You can even move your fingers as long as one of your fingers is holding the package together. And from this point I move it down over here so we are over here. You can even close it here by bringing the packet that is closest to your right hand, to the right, allowing the packet of fall down. And then you can switch this one around and put it on top. Let me show it to you guys once more. Zhi grip. We bring our risks together. We lead the pack of fall, bring the fingers together, and then we can start spinning the packet around. I'd like to finish in a face down like this because I can just drop all of the packets one on top of each other. Now when you're performing this, notice that there is a difference between performing an executing a move. When you're executing it, you're just trying to make sure that all the mechanics are right when you're performing it, you're trying to see which angle is the best for the viewer to enjoy the move. Notice how I'm spinning around. If I would show you everything from this point, it wouldn't look as amazing, see, but I am making sure that you're seeing how beautiful the shapers by showing it to you from the side. 6. 6. The Decknique Cut (Beginner): This is a beautiful false cut that we're going to be learning here. Where both the top, the bottom, and all of the rest of the cards are retained in the process of the shuffle. So you can actually use this even if you're executing it during a magical performance where you want to maintain all of the stock. In order to do this, we're going to be using a different type of z grip this time, instead of splitting the deck on our index finger as such, we're going to be splitting the deck using our middle finger on our left hand. So we're going to do exactly the same. Not going to split it on our index finger, but this time we split it on the middle thing. Notice how this time the Z grip happens at an angle as such. And from this position, we're going to use our left index finger to lift this packet up into the year, just like this, and then bring the rest of the packets underneath. Now we drop the packet on top and we grip it with the right index finger. From here we twist our right wrist clockwise, just like this. And then we swing, cut this packet back on top of the left hand. From this position, we're going to do surely a cut in our left hand and then flip the packet from our right-hand knowledge sound flipping it over here, and then I'm turning the wrist towards you, towards the exterior. And in that motion, I can put my thumb down, leave the packet fall down, and then close it. And in fast speed it will look like that. So let's go over the motions once more. Now that you know what's going to happen. Z grip over here. And we do it slowly. Then our left hand fingers are going to turn this back it up. And we put everything underneath. After that, we dropped the packet on the right packet, and we twist our wrist to swing cut that packet back in our left hands. And here we do are surely cut. And at the same time we flip this packet. Again, we'll add that tackled fall and we drop this back on top. Now, as I previously mentioned to you guys, I fumbled here a little bit. It's one thing to execute a move just like this. It doesn't look bad, it still looks good. And it's another to perform it. You can perform it like this. If you want to go into more flamboyant style where you're moving more. Or you can do other things with the packets themselves. Once you have a base of foundation with which to play around, you can start mixing and remixing what you already know in order to find out new cuts. This is why I believe that learning 3 packet cuts is a great segue to coming to four packet cards, five packet cuts, displays and other stuff. 7. 7. Executing vs Performing: There is a big difference between executing and performing. Now, executing a cut means that you know and understand just how the mechanics of the Move work. You can put them into practice, you can do them. And many people can execute a cut. But there is a big difference between just merely executing it, just like in dance. It's one thing to know, the steps and another one to actually dance. So do take into consideration that after you have learned certain cuts, you should take a look at how you can actually perform them. Maybe slow them down and execute them. Why the move your hands across each other? Try and really perform them as if you are on stage and performing for people and for their entertainment. Car industry in essence, isn't for somebody else's entertainment is for your own pure joy. But we do want to share these cuts with other people and show them what we can do and entertain them in the process, the idea is would be to actually try out different ways that you can execute the cut. Best. One that comes to mind is when we're doing this one, you can do a very flamboyant movement where you're really moving your hands like this. Or you can stay more static over here, you know, just like that. Or you can try and dance a little bit on the hand and then come back forward. Is come over here and spin it on the hand and then come back forward. So the beauty about performing is that you're actually expressing yourself through the cut. You can put some hip hop music or some classic music. You can decide between executing it's slow or very fast in these are the things that make you unique and make your cuts feel more like you, you know. So after you learn the gut, take some time and look at it and say, okay, how can actually perform this? Now? How can this got the danced with, imagine, insulate the INR, you're doing dancing dance, you know, and you really want to dance for the deck. So that will deck. 8. 8. Rotator (Intermediate): In this got, we're going to be spinning packets. And it's mostly just one packet that does all of the spinning all of the time and search the one in the middle. This is why when we break it in the beginning, I do advise you to break just a few cards as such. Let's see how many I have four cards with her. So anything between four and let's say like seven over here, there's like 246 is going to be a good match for spinning on your fingers. The thing would spin encouraged is that you don't have to keep them very tight. Just like this. I'm really keeping them tight. You just have to give them somewhere between tight and maybe not too loose so that you have freedom of movement. The next thing that you have to get accustomed to is the fact that these cards we'll move on your finger. So how you spin them matters a lot. I already do it naturally, just like this and the card staying the same place. But what happens on a microscopic level is I'm actually shifting my fingers back and forth so that the packets stays in the same place. If I do nothing, the packet will slowly move until it will fall off my finger. So it's very important that when you are spinning packets and the beginning, put them in the center of your tip of your finger. So that all of that meat that is right there in the finger can actually keep those cards for a while. And as you keep practicing, you'll get accustomed to doing these micro movements where you actually tilting your hand back and forth in order to keep the packets and sort of the same position. So we have the packet in this position or right-hand with our ring finger on the corner of the deck over here. And we come with our right, with our left thumb, and we split a small packet. And notice how I can instantly just separate the rest of the cards from just like that. Now I use my right, my left fingers to hit the right inner corner of the packet and flip it like that. Let's do that one more time. We are over here, we split the packet and then we separate it from the deck and use our left fingers as they come here above the packet, notice above. And then a spin once the packet. And I continue this spinning, putting the packet actually back in its original position, but I don't drop it over there. I keep hitting exactly in this position so that I can use my left pinky and index finger to break off another small packet. So now we're in this position. It's kind of a nice position to be in. And we're going to use, as we split this packet, we're actually going to turn the middle packet once more, C. So let's go over that one more time again. We split the packet, we separate, we turn it once and then return it again as we come with our left hand to separate another part of the deck from this position. We're going to let that packet roll one more time. And let me show you how to get back. Usually when I do these tutorials in slow motion, I sometimes forget the motions of what happens afterwards. So we spin it twice that will, that's what would happen. This is what happens when you perform the same move using muscle memory. So as we are hearing, we spin it. Why it once, when you use our index finger to spin it once more, see, I just use my index finger over here on my left hand to spin it once more and then returned to exactly the same position from where I took the packet. But this time on exchange will happen over here. I will put the entire deck in my left hand, just like this. And then I will use my right fingers to grip the one that is furthest to the left. And from this position, once a grip them, I can actually take this packet back and take this packet back. And in that process, spin the card. So maybe I heard a bit more towards the end because I wanted to show you what's happening. Let's see. We break it. We spin it over here once and then twice so that we can still a small packet. We spin the packet once and then twice with our index finger and then come back in exactly the same position with put the packet over there and we grip this other packet from the back. Then once we grip it, or left-hand extends forward and our right hand will spin the middle packet, see how it just uses the packet to spin it. And once we are here, we basically hold the packet in our left hand. And from here, I can just come around the middle card. I'm coming around, I'm dropping this packet. And you can actually just finished the cutover here by dropping the packet back on top. Or if not, let's see what I do because I usually forget. I come over here, I dropped the packet and then a grip the bottom packet once more. So right here I have gripped it. And then I turn this deck completely around. Now this is a more advanced turn. Notice how I have clipped over here the packet between my ring finger and my middle finger just like that. So once this is clipped, I can actually turn it on its head over here on the bottom of the deck card. This are really obsessed with having a nice closer. So when I was making this, I was really thinking about how to close this. And it just felt so much better to put it back there on the bottom. So let's go over it one more time in slow motion. And you go together with me. If we go over here, we spin the packet. We grab that packet over their spin it once, use our index finger to spin it again in reverse to the same position. Grab that packet from over there, and then switch positions. As we spin the middle packet twice, we dropped the packet from our right hand. We either finish here by drafting that packet or we grip the deck from underneath. Clip the cards over here between our ring finger, middle finger, and spin around the packet on the bottom of the deck. And that guys is rotator. 9. 9. The Dribble Pyramid Display (Beginner): This is called the dribble pyramid. Basically, if you know how to do a dribble, you're going to be able to execute this beautifully. All we do is as we are dribbling the cards, we will come with our left thumb and contact these cards so that all of them fall in this surely a grip, just try it out. You're basically going to be able to do it, contact the cards and instantly they will fall together in this position. So you can actually cut them just like that. You know, what's beautiful about this is that you can play it now with just a pyramid. You can do it with so many other things. A dribble, something that you can learn from anywhere, or you can do it by yourself. And make sure that when you're doing the Dribble, you have your pinky towards yourself so you can block all of those cards from escaping. And then the commutator left thumb, we do the first one we have in our surely position. And as we keep dribbling the cards, we actually execute a shot earlier so that we can move that packet that was formed on the bottom C. And I can create another one as I keep dribbling. So we're over here, we form the first packet, we start the cart. And even though some cards will fall there, the moment that the next packet comes in contact with those cards, it will form another packet is basically just like when you're coming with your thumb to stop those cards. That's exactly how that packet will act. So in order to be able to do this cut, it must be able to do are surely a and orderable. And you put those two things together and you get this beautiful, beautiful, surely a dribble. This is a different thing. I just felt like doing it right now. You get this beautiful pyramid, that dribble pyramid right over there. And you're feeling very, very ambitious, then you can definitely try it out with a spring as well. This is Kevin hose idea with the spring. I cannot take credit for that. And this dribble idea is something that people have been playing around with after that. So definitely something to play around with. And it's easy. You can definitely do it in the beginning. All you have to do is learn the Charlene and be able to do a dribble. And you've got a very beautiful thing to execute for your friends. 10. 10. Spin Step (Intermediate): In order to execute this cut, you're going to have to be able to do surely a scissor cut and be able to spin a packet in your right fingertips. Like this is very essential when you're performing much harder moves. Some people say, you know, you have to get every element down. First practice the Charlene, then learn how to do the scissor. Then learn how to do this spin in between your fingers. I think it's a great idea. Now the part, or just saying you should learn the cut and you learn the cuts that are part of it as you're learning the most, the much harder cut. So either in either category they fall in, in, I just think that just go with it in. I'll go with it and do your thing. And we each are going to arrive at the same spot where we learn the cut. So if you know those elements, That's great. It's going to be easier for you if you do not, just take it easy on yourself and do it slower. And you're going to learn for cuts while you're learning this 1, 3 packet cut. First thing that we do, we start, we start in a basic mechanics grip in our left hand. And then we're going to grip the corners of the packet with our thumb and pinky finger, just like this. This is a very nice grip to play around with because once you pick it up, you can start spinning the packet going to pinch or other stuff. So this grip over here has been really played around with. We grip a small packet and then we're going to do something that has evolved from Dan and Dave's, the system cuts. I'm going to put that in the description over there so you guys can check it out. We do this spin over here as we revolve the packet around our left fingers. So we've grabbed a packet and then we revolve it around the fingers and see how I am turning my wrist. So I'm not only going right because that would happen as I'm going right. I am going down and I'm turning my wrist around. So it's right down and forward. Those would be the key pads on the keyboard. In order to do the next part, which is this. So we go over here to the right, down and then we turn our wrist forward. And once we're in this position, notice how my fingers are now coming underneath. Let's just focus on this packet. They have come underneath. And now my pinky, my index finger is on the back. And right here at the corner we have the thumb, which is basically preparing to refill the corner of the cards and split this deck into half. So we're over here. And then they're saying, this is basically another three packet card that you can do just like that. It's simple, is nice. It spins and you can evolve into many, many more afterwards. So we have it over here. We turned down forward. We come with our index finger on the back because we really want to be able to push that packet is push the packet and dribble half and let it fall down. And from that position, we're gonna go into the rest of the cut. So let me show you guys. We start in this position over here. We leveled it up a bit. It's a raised mechanics grip. And then we start what we did. We go towards the right side. And at the same time, we're going to let half the deck fall down. Then we push this one up, just doing a sharply cut. And then we break this packet over here. So for a secondary you're going to have four packet. But if you do it one after the other, it basically looks like a three packet cut. It never looks like a full four packet cut. So we turned towards the right, we break the packet. Then as this one is coming down, we break the packet on our right hand. And this way, now we're going to have in this position and go into their scissor cut that I was talking to you guys about. Over here, we're going to do a scissor cut. So once we do that scissor cut, we're actually going to spin this back it just once. And I do that by gripping the packet from the outer left corner. And I just bring it on the interior ones. And I just bring it inside. So that's what I'm gonna do. I get to do that once do the scissor cut. And then as I dropped this, I'm going to revolve this packet once more around my left thumb. See just like that. And if you do that fast enough, it will look like a three. And it is, doesn't only look, it is a 360 spin. So over here, once we break scissor cut, spin and then spin again around the thumb, looks like a nice little dance, doesn't it? So let's go over it one more time. Split, split, surely a cut, split this packet as we let the packet fall down, scissor cut, we do the first spin, drop the packet, and then we spin around this time once more and drop it on top. There you have it guys. That's this cut. 11. 11. Last Words: Very happy that you've been with me up until this point. My name is bays and I hope you enjoyed this Skillshare class. Don't forget to do your homework and look at the class assignments that I've given you guys. Show me what you've learned and let's jam about it. Don't be afraid to share with everybody for everybody here is in a safe place. As such, I hope you guys will look into my other classes as well. I focus on magic and car industry, mainly card history here on Skillshare. And I hope that we see each other in future or past classes. Have a great day.