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Topic: One handed cuts
Message: Posted by: DrNorth (Jun 27, 2017 11:56AM)
Recently I started playing with one handed cuts and shuffles. After a week of toying with them, l had a startling realisation. As a right handed person, I found I was doing these manipulations left handed! When I tried with my right, I flt far more awkward and clumsy. Is this common? Any ideas why this would be?
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Jun 27, 2017 09:35PM)
I am right-handed and I also do my one-handed cuts and shuffles (and also the coin roll) with my left hand. I just checked Henry Hay's _The Amateur Magician's Handbook_ and he photos of his hand also show the coin roll and the Charlier Cut being done with the left hand.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: Googoomafint11 (Jun 28, 2017 03:10AM)
It's interesting for sure. I know a lot of tutorials are taught using the left hand, but I started with magic and kind of taught myself the charlier cut, and automatically chose to do it with my right hand, as I am right handed and thought that would be easiest. From there I've actually always started learning a one handed cut with my right hand, and now can do a whole bunch smoothly with my right hand, only some with my left hand, and not quite so smoothly...
Definitely something interesting though...
Message: Posted by: RudolfRassen (Jul 27, 2017 06:50AM)
I am right-handed and I can do the Charlier with my right hand. however, I am much better doing it with my left hand.

Then again, I eat with my left hand as well, so maybe there are certain physical preferences depending upon the task...
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Sep 7, 2017 10:38AM)
[quote]On Jun 27, 2017, DrNorth wrote:
Recently I started playing with one handed cuts and shuffles. After a week of toying with them, l had a startling realisation. As a right handed person, I found I was doing these manipulations left handed! When I tried with my right, I flt far more awkward and clumsy. Is this common? Any ideas why this would be? [/quote]Right handed people typically hold a deck for dealing in their left hand. Because of this your right hand is less "familiar" with holding and manipulating an entire deck.
Message: Posted by: iccemann101 (Mar 19, 2018 09:23AM)
Interesting I had the same issue when I started but kept doing it with both hands till I got good at both.
However I will say that there are some things I can only do with my right hand and other things I can only do with my left, that is do well.
Not sure of the reason behind it but never the less that it the way it is.
Message: Posted by: EasyK (Apr 13, 2018 04:25PM)
I'm right handed and it feels more natural to use my left hand to do one handed cuts. Don't know why this is. When I do coin magic I feel more comfortable with my right hand.. Very strange.
Message: Posted by: galerius (Mar 11, 2019 09:54AM)
Not only I do one-handed cuts and shuffles slightly better with left hand ( while I'm right handed ) but, since I started card magic, I noticed my left ring finger - and the pinky as well - were significantly stronger than the right ones. This difference persist to this day. As EasyK said, very strange !
Message: Posted by: macc (Mar 26, 2019 11:28AM)
The best would be to learn one handed cuts with both hands. If you have a one handed cut down wit both hands you can do very nice combos. Even if you're just using charliers. Look for example at this tutorial by the virts:
https://youtu.be/ga2Xhzr98gU

Some people even begin to learn with their non dominant hand.
Message: Posted by: scottvraneshfallin (Apr 9, 2019 03:56PM)
I first learned the Charlier Cut with my left hand and that hand is still much better at it than my right hand is. I'm better at riffle stacking off my left thumb than my right as well. It is odd. I'm a righty.