Stop handicapping yourself!

I love to give people a magical experience, my favorite tool to do this with is a deck of cards.

Today I was thinking what advice would I give my younger self that just started to handle a deck of cards? The Answer might surprise you and it excites me a lot.

The short answer is: to stop handicapping my self, however, the longer answer needs some explanation.

When I started to handle cards and I got into more table work based magic, I quickly discovered that it is normal for a magician that handles cards to use a close-up mat. So I did as every starting magician did and I bought a close-up mat.

But, having this mat brought me an underlying annoyance that I couldn’t solve. I could do all of these wonderful tabled routines, but, I could only do them with my mat. If the mat was not there I simply couldn’t handle the cards as gracefully. This was a point that annoyed me, because, I could never do any of the beautiful magic I learned when I didn’t control the circumstances, as is the case with most of my gigs.

I started to look at how other magicians were doing it. Some of them walk around with the close-up mat in their hands or they take a crumbled mat from their pocket and it just looked stupid and childish to me. If you could really handle a deck of cards well and you could do magic with them, why would you walk around with such a mat?

But of course, the answer is very simple. We just have to stop handicapping ourselves, we have to learn how to handle a deck of cards on a table without a mat or any fluffy finish on the table. Realizing this answer felt liberating and it resulted in a more magical experience for my audience!

I would tell my younger self: “Rico stop handicapping yourself and learn how to handle cards on a table without a close-up mat” If I would have started to do this earlier I could’ve done a lot of greater magic on gigs and made a more magical expression on my audience.

I hope that you learn from the advice that I would give to little Rico and start to learn how to handle cards without a mat.

-Rico


2 comments


  • Rico

    Yes, there are even moves that are considerably impossible without a mat, but not impossible. one great tip is to move the deck to the end of the table in order to get under the cards.
    Getting under the cards is the most important thing that a mat allows you to do.


  • Santiago Ramírez Orozco

    Hay manipulaciones que son muy dificiles sin un tapete


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