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Majestic_Moose
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I really want to learn how to fan cards in one hand. Could someone explain it to me?
deerbourne
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Jeff McBride's Card Manipulation DVD series could show you better than I could explain it. I believe that volume one has his one handed fan. I still haven't mastered it although I can do a mean pressure fan.

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Another vote for the Jeff McBride videos on card manipulations.. he explains all kinds of fans there pretty well.. Smile

I believe Daryl has a video too on this matter..
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It's easier if you use just half of the deck of cards.
The thumb does most of the work. Have a good grip of the cards on both sides close to the bottom, as the the thumb pushes the inside corner in a circular motion. It takes just a little bit of practice.
rtgreen
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Its really just a knack that you will get with practice. Everybody's hands are different. If you are thinking in terms of what you may have seen stage magicians do, use a smaller packet of cards.
abc
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Smaller pack of cards and don't practise with too old cards. Jeff McBride has the best material for fans I have seen so far and the fan just takes repetition once you get the handling down which is not dificult. The secret in my opinion lies in the pressure applied by the thumb and the timing of the fan. Don't try to just whip ot out. There has to be some rhythm to it.
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Another vote for jeff McBride ! Smile
superhiro
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I have to say I was quite impressed with the one handed circular fan in Jeff McBrides card manipulation volume 2.

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Andrei
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Jeff McBride does a great job at explaining them to you, in detail, not only the one handed fan and the pressure fan but also the thumb fan, which I find the most difficult.

Having said that, it's all a matter of practice. I still can't get them properly. Also, the cards need to be as fresh as possible.

~Andrei~
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Mc Bride was a big help for me when I was getting started and wanted to fan like a demon, but it really does come down to knack. No matter how perfectly I thought I was holding the deck, the fans looked like a stuffed dog in the rain. Then, one day, I suddenly realized that my fans were looking hot and had been looking hot for some time. Somewhere along the line I found that knack for it. You will too! Believe me! Just keep at it and it will come.
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Matt Redd
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You should also consider using fanning on your cards. When I was learning to fan, that is what helped me find the knack and use fanning powder.
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I just got McBride's videos less than a week ago and I could never do fans... now I can do perfect one-handed circular fans (vol 2) and I'm working on my thumb fans (vol 1). I was amazed at how easy the circular fan is. And fanning powder does a world of good. I practice with a brand new deck, an older deck, and a deck with fanning powder applied for a variety. And also, get some bridge-sized cards. I got a bunch for a good price here: http://www.kardwell.com/Merchant2/mercha......=BICYCLE
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