Learning Cardistry can be frustrating, but I have a few tips for you.

First of all, it’s a discipline, a bit like sports where you need to practice for hours on end to build muscle memory, consistency and fluidity in your movements.

Before you get to that practice stage you need to memorize the move you want to learn. Know every step. You may not be able to execute it, but you need to know it and commit it to memory. This process should not take more than 1-2 hours.

Second of all, learn one move at a time. Practice whenever you are watching TV, on your computer, in public transit if you commute to school or work. Let practice become second nature to you. You don’t actually need to think about it. Just do it. Quick disclaimer – there is a time for no cards as well. Think about it like your phone. You don’t want to be disrespectful and check your phone every 2 minutes when you are having a conversation with someone. Same here, please put down your cards from time to time.

Finally, practice this move for a month or until you can perform the flourish smoothly. Speed is not everything. Don’t be afraid to add your own spin to it. You don’t need to replicate every single move the way it was taught. Make it your own. Most importantly, have fun with it.

-Ekaterina