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Carter MacDiarmid: Cardistry and Self-Expression

This week we sit down with Carter MacDiarmid and talk about Cardistry, The Fontaine Trials, dance, music and self-expression. Beautifully illustrated by Mike.


Q: Every Carter move makes me feel enchanted; my eyes are trapped and moved together with each packet and motion. This style of yours is very unique and has definitely been developing and evolving with every video since 2013. What drew you to perform the way you do? What was the work ethic that went behind the scenes and brought you closer and closer to a more refined style that defines you?

I think the largest contributing factor to the way I interpret movement was thanks to my involvement with the dance community. Long before my interest in cards, if not at least adjacent to the time my interest began, I was in a studio learning 8-counts, going to conventions and competing, until I quit around age 13. While I dipped my toes into many different styles of dance in that timeline, my favorites were and always will be jazz and hip-hop.

This not only sparked my interest in the music of those genres, but also my journey of learning how to interpret the feelings music gave me into the visual arts as a whole. As I was falling more out of dance and more into Cardistry, I would still constantly find songs that I loved and make my own choreography for them. That was what I would’ve considered my rawest form of self-expression at the time, so I knew that I was always actively seeking a way to do that with Cardistry next.

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Touching Base with Cardistry Touch

Artwork by Deleonij

This week we sit down with Cardistry Touch’s Dimitri and Ladislas to get some insight into the way they think and operate Cardistry Touch. Their projects have shifted the very essence of the Cardistry World and have influenced a new wave of playing cards designed purely for Cardistry.

So, grab your deck, play some lo-fi in the background and let’s get this poppin!

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Behind the Scenes with Cardistry Jam Video Pioneer Allan Hagen

Allan Hagen, cardistry jam-video pioneer

Today we sit down with Allan Hagen, Cardistry jam-video pioneer to discuss the ins and outs of filming Cardistry. He is the man behind videos such as Spring Jam 2010, We Shuffle Like That and many more!

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Pushing Boundaries: An Interview with Lotusinhand

Editor’s note: My good friend Bizau Cristian has taken it upon himself to interview several prominent figures in the card community, and this is the first installment in what we hope will become an ongoing series. Big thanks to Biz for allowing me to publish his interview via this platform, and to the kind folks at Lotusinhand for their thoughtful responses. Enjoy!

Q. Ventus. Echo. Flux. Gradient. Duo. All different design concepts no one else has played with before when creating a deck of cards. What I appreciate most about Lotusinhand’s modus operandi is the fact that it always tries to push the boundaries of what a Cardistry deck is, inspiring Cardists to utilize it and push the artform forward. Is this what you and your team have in mind when coming up with a new deck design? Please tell us a bit about the work that goes behind the scenes before releasing a new design. 

R: Our design process is really simple. We ask ourselves, “What can we put on a deck of cards to make Cardistry look better?” and the rest just naturally follows.