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Biggest_Oz
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I would love to learn some flourishes to encorporate in my card magic, I do have dan and dave's trilogy but some of it is overwhelming? Is it a good place to start for a beginner, I can do the basics like swing, swivel, and Sybil cut I also know Charlier cut and revolution cut

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You could try Flourishes by Rich Ferguson although not a lot of time is spent on each flourish. It is a DVD by the way, so pause and rewind gets a lot of use.
Fluent Spanish speaker, if I can help anyone, let me know.
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You mention wanting to learn flourishes—and then you mention “the basics”: swing, swivel, and Sybil cut... Charlier cut and revolution cut.” But these are all, as you indicate, impressive ways to cut a deck of cards. Flourishes are, however, much more than one-hand cuts. There's also for instance the one-hand weave shuffle, not to mention the various spring flourishes, table spreads, armspreads, etc.

You might also want to check the discussion on the Café here:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=73

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If you want to incorporate flourishes into a card routine you usually want them to be false cut flourishes so that way they have utility in your tricks.
-Audience finds it impressive, usually doesn't detract from the trick itself and otherwise shows a nice mastery over cards
-Certain flourishes make it seem like the deck is messed up afterwards so if it is basically a false cut this works in your favor
-Short, simple, sweet flourishes used in the middle of a routine are best (Sybil cut, etc.)
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The best starting point in my opinion is Genesis by Andrei Jikh. Trust me, you cant go wrong with it.
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Also learning a more advanced version of the Sybil cut or making it your own is also fun and you already have the base down for it
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The thing about card fans (as opposed to one-hand cuts) is that they can also incorporate magic effects as well as flourishes. I did a lecture on "Commercial Card Fans" with effects like:
1. A double-back routine called "Making Faces." The cards are fanned to show backs on both sides and eventually the deck becomes a normal deck.
2. A routine I called "Out of Print" using a blank back deck that was shown blank on both sides. I magically printed the four kings. Then magically printed the rest of the deck. The backs were left blank, but my patter was: "This is the best deck of cards to use in a poker game--one with all white backs. Think of it! There's no way to mark a deck with all white backs!"
3. A card reveal that was based on a Jerry Andrus effect. I showed it to Jerry back in the 70's and he was surprised that it worked without the thick close-up pad he used all the time.
4. I segued into regular card tricks like a four-ace trick, a card through handkerchief effect, etc.

Of course, one-hand card cuts can incorporate magic effects also. Using a deck with regular backs, I use a one-hand half-pass cut after I do the "Slop Shuffle" to secretly reverse a selected card. Then I do a face up ribbon spread to show one card reversed, and then a turnover to show that the reversed card is the selected one.

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I think the best flourishes for tricks are the various fans and spreads. I think fancy false cuts add uneccesary suspicion to your effect, you are basically letting the spectators know you are doing something out of the ordinary.
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Jerry Andrus had some great innovations and variations of fans and spreads in his books.
http://dennymagic.com/store/andrus-deals......003.html

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We're magicians...everything we do is out of the ordinary lol!
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Genesis by Andrei Jikh is for me really the best learning for flourishes
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