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Topic: Card Flicking
Message: Posted by: Dabek (Jan 13, 2003 11:57AM)
Recently I was shown some card flicking by a magician named Colin Rose.
I can flick the cards up to catch them. But I am having problems when it comes to flicking them high or over the audience.
Can anyone help????

Message: Posted by: Chad Sanborn (Jan 14, 2003 11:57PM)
What you talking about is called 'SCALING'.
Howard Thurston was supposedly deadly accurate and could scale cards high into the balcony of a theatre. Ricky Jay is quite proficient in this area as well. You might find his book, 'Cards As Weapons' right up your alley. It is pricey, but worth it.

Message: Posted by: aznviet6uy (Jan 15, 2003 12:09AM)
Flick it exactly at a 45 degree angle upwards. By doing this it should come back.

Message: Posted by: ***Kev*** (Jan 15, 2003 02:08AM)
The key here is practice, mate.
It will take weeks of practice to build up speed and height on the card scaling.
(I hate calling it card flicking. It sounds tacky ;) )
Message: Posted by: Carron (Jan 23, 2003 01:30PM)
A good tip here is to put your body into the throw so it flies very high.
Is this the Dabek that won the young stage magician of the year? :rainbow:
Message: Posted by: RisingManipulator (Jul 24, 2003 12:50PM)
Heres a helpful website that will show you the basics of card throwing. It also has videos so If you don't understand the text.

Message: Posted by: zombieboy (Jul 24, 2003 02:51PM)
There are many scaling techniques. Which did you learn?
Message: Posted by: Larry Barnowsky (Jul 25, 2003 07:11PM)
There is a distinction between tossing a single card at a time into the audience and launching it from the deck which you are holding in one hand. The method I use is similar to the Long Distance Spinner which is described in Tarbell. Without using a TT or any other aid, I can spin the cards out of the deck from the stage well into the audience. You can get greater distance using the various card scaling techniques, but I think this looks more magical and less like track and field. I have described this and another original spinning move in prior posts. Try a search if interested.
Message: Posted by: Evan Williams (Jul 26, 2003 07:43AM)
Also Rick Smith Jr is coming out with a DVD soon. It will be on card throwing, flicking, scaling, etc.

He taught me the basics of card stunts about a year ago and all I can tell you is that he's a great teacher. I recommend this DVD as soon as it hits the market!

Message: Posted by: CardThrower (Jul 26, 2003 02:51PM)
Hey everyone,
The video on card throwing entitled: How to Throw Cards, Flicks, Nicks and other tricks with cards will be released in two weeks. Check the website for information and to see the cover. Also check out Last Call with Carson Daly on August 8th on NBC at 1:30AM to see more card flicking and stunts on national tv.


Rick Smith Jr. :bikes:
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Jul 26, 2003 08:51PM)
I look forward to seeing you on TV as well as checking out your DVD release. Congrats and much success with it.

In regards to ways to scale cards, there are many. I would say to try them all and experiment with it. It is a certain feel one must acquire before you can do it consistently.
Message: Posted by: Robert P. (Sep 7, 2003 08:50PM)
On 2003-07-24 13:50, RisingManipulator wrote:
Here's a helpful website that will show you the basics of card throwing. It also has videos so if you don't understand the text.

[/quote]Thanks for the website. I never could really get it work, even with Jeff's advice for the AoCM but when I applied a little pressure to bend the cards a little (as shown on the site) I can now get the card to start coming off the deck now. Not very high yet (only a few inches :lol: ), but hey, at least it's starting to work. Woohoo!
Message: Posted by: CardThrower (Sep 9, 2003 07:43PM)
The DVD video entitled [i]Flicks, Tricks, and Other Nicks[/i] with cards is finished. We are waiting on a simple threat about being sued by someone on throwing a card into a watermelon. Soon as the threat is over the video will be distributed. You can reserve a copy today at http://www.ricksmithjr.com

Rick :bluebikes:
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Sep 13, 2003 02:17AM)
Nobody has the right to claim the watermelon card throw, because I know of many people who can do that. Whoever is threatening is sick. I look forward to your DVD!!

Oh, by the way, I've been experimenting with launching cards via rubber band slingshot. I've found that I can get them VERY far. For more details, email me.
Message: Posted by: Evan Williams (Sep 21, 2003 07:21PM)
On 2003-09-13 03:17, Jordini wrote:
Nobody has the right to claim the watermelon card throw, because I know of many people who can do that. Whoever is threatening is sick. I look forward to your DVD!!
[/quote]Easy now. :bg: It actually is Ricky Jay and he claims that he owns the rights to throwing cards into fruit. It's all **, order the DVD ASAP!

Message: Posted by: djvirtualreality (Sep 21, 2003 07:33PM)
I have Ricky Jay's Cards as weapons...very cool stuff in there. I can now throw cards very fast and somewhat accurate. Very nice stuff, I wanna get cards into a fruit. :lol:
Message: Posted by: -The Scot- (Sep 22, 2003 02:00AM)
Lucky you! How much did you pay for it (out of interest)?

Message: Posted by: djvirtualreality (Sep 22, 2003 06:03AM)
A friend just gave it to me because I was learning how to scale cards, so free. He's not much into magic anymore anyway. :bg: I'm thinking the original price is around $300? If so, I saved a ton of money. :cool:
Message: Posted by: -The Scot- (Sep 22, 2003 07:20AM)
Well it's unfair to call it an original price, because you can't buy the book new anywhere. They auction for something around $225-$375 depending on the number of people bidding.
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Sep 22, 2003 08:28AM)

And here I sit with an autographed 1st edition of [i]CAW[/i]! Anyone want to open the bidding?

:hysteric: (Just kidding!)(But not about owning an autographed 1st edition!)

Cheers! ;)
Message: Posted by: -The Scot- (Sep 22, 2003 10:08AM)
Message: Posted by: magiczak (Mar 13, 2004 01:20PM)
Man!!!!! That is one expensive book! Why is it 300 bucks? I'd like to get a hold of a copy, but I don't have $300 just layin around
Message: Posted by: -The Scot- (Mar 13, 2004 04:52PM)
I'm not too sure why it's so expensive. It's highly recommended and is out of print. The value always increases when a book is never to be printed again (there are no current plans for the book to be reprinted sadly).
Message: Posted by: Glenn Alloway (Mar 20, 2004 01:46PM)
Excerts from this book can be found online. go to


I also have a question with regards to card flicking. I've currently been investing a lot of time into this flourish and I'm having troubles on keeping my stack from sliding out. I can consistently fire off 5-10 cards from a deck. However the rest of the deck slowly slips away and eventually I lose control and the cards fall to the floor. Any tips?
Message: Posted by: John McDonald (Mar 20, 2004 01:53PM)
I remember Ricky Jay on the Paul Daniels show. He was firing cards into a melon from a good distance.