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Whatever you do, don't become a card sleight 'collector' or one who learns and practices sleights with no intention of using them. If you want to learn a specific sleight then have a use for it. Pick a routine that uses the sleight, get the basics of the move down, and after that do at least some of the practice on a daily basis within the context of the routine. Your learning of the sleight will be much easier than just trying to learn the sleight and then finding an application.
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On 2013-07-15 11:14, Magic Pierre wrote:
Ah!, the dread Youtube tutorial subject once again rears its ugly head! The problem with the Youtube tutorials is that, for those of us who are beginners, it's nearly impossible to tell which are any good, and which are really bad, and you risk picking up really bad habits and having to spend loads of time, really, waaaay more than you spent acquiring them, getting rid of them.

If you want to go the video instruction route, really, go ask someone who has been around awhile and knows what they are talking about, to recommend the good stuff to you. Then, when you have some ability to discriminate, go on you tube if you want.

Getting DVDs from professionals is obviously the best way, but for me personally YouTube is what taught me to discriminate. Even with being able to read reviews of products I had no real idea what to buy. For a beginner it's impossible to tell if spending $125 on a DVD set about card magic is a worthwhile investment. You don't know how good your hands are or what type of sleights/skills are actually worth learning. YouTube helped me in that regard. It gave me an idea of what to learn and where to begin.

Like I said, I don't think you should solely rely on YouTube but I think you are cheating yourself if you don't use it at all.
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I pointed out in another threat that some professionals, like Dan and Dave, have YouTube pages with tutorials on them.
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If you are looking for basic skills stuff, get a deck of premium cards with a border(something printed by USPCC) and a video on basic skills. I suggest a border on the cards because it makes certain slights you will normally learn as a beginner, easier (ex. DBL lift, Elmsly count - etc). DVD suggestions - "control" with Chris Nevling is current and probably in your local shop and has some fun stuff and should be under $25 (prob $19.95). Im not saying its the greatest - just one you should easily come across as it is current at the time I am writing this. I would also recommend Tarbell book 1 and maybe scotch and soda or sugar rush. Put the Tarbell book in your bathroom. Coins for Bars and Candy for kids. (the variety will help disguise how new you are when trying out your slights and routines with cards) all suggestions listed are easy to perform.
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Just curious. When you say "Put the Tarbell book in the bathroom, do you mean, to read it there? Practice there? I can think of some habits I WOULDN'T want to develop there (although making a good card fan might be useful)...
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