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Essays

How to Cut Extra Smooth n’ Speedy

Editor’s Note: Hot on the tails of last week’s post about speedrunning, Eliot Slevin (of Run Rabbit and Clouded Paper fame) has written in with his approach on… well, you’ve read the title, so you know what to expect. On to the featured post!


Hello! So you’re wanting to make your cuts look faster, smoother, and more natural. You might think that all that’s required is more practice – but you have to make sure you’re getting the right practice.

I’m hoping this little guide will help you get buttery smooth and super duper fast.

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Essays

Zen and the Art of Speedrunning

Remember that viral web browser game, QWOP? Y’know, the one where you had to press the Q, W, O, and P keys to control a digital runner’s legs and ferry him towards the finish line?

Well, the same person behind that game later went on to release another interactive experience that’s since captured the hearts and souls of gamers worldwide. It’s called Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy, and in it you play a man inside of a cauldron, trying to scale a mountain with only the help of a Yosemite hammer.

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Interviews

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.

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Essays

Love on Second Sight

I didn’t really start doing Cardistry until 3 years after seeing it for the first time.

I was in Primary 6 when my friend Timothy showed me the Ribbon Spread during one of our exam breaks. I remember being enchanted at how cards could behave like that, especially during the turnover when the deck moved like a fluid stack of paper dominoes. Later on that day, I went home and dug up a deck of cards to practice the move back and forth on our family carpet. It was fun, but within a week I’d kind of forgotten about it and moved onto the next thing.

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Essays

Non-Verbatim

Even before the quarantine, I found myself spending a lot of (really, too much) time on Tik Tok, which has since become my #1 source for lols and giggles. Don’t judge me.

Anyway, amongst the hundreds of videos I have Favorited on that app, one of them is of a guy who makes videos of himself singing numbers:

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Essays

Making It

In 2004, I took a tripod, camera, and a deck of cards outside and filmed every flourish I knew.

After tinkering around with the footage in Sony Vegas for a few days, I assembled something that I was pretty proud of, which I then posted onto Bone Ho’s pre-social-media social media site, The Cheater’s Cheater.

Looking back on it, the video is kinda shitty in its own charming way (Scotty 2 Hotty’s entrance music? What potato did you film this on? And why did you name it after a Blink-182 DVD?), but at the time the kind mods at TCC were gracious enough to feature it on the front page of the site, which gave my 16-year-old self a massive ego boost like no other.

Here I was, amongst the ranks of legends like Harwin and TheRainMan, with 5-star ratings and encouraging comments raining down on me like manna from heaven.

This is it, I thought. I’ve finally made it.