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How to Throw a Card

Learn how to throw a card with step-by-step instructions from magician Jason Suran in this magic tricks revealed Howcast video.

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So right now we're going to learn how to throw some cards. I don't know if anybody was like me growing up watching X Men wanting to be Gambit. I thought this was the coolest thing. It basically works just like this. You just take a card, right? You hold it right between these two fingers, right between your second and third finger and you just.

Now, the way you throw a card, you start with the grip. Right? And the grip is basically just right here between the second and third finger. You want to pinch it just like that. Not too hard because what's going to happen if you pinch it too hard is when you go to release it's not going to get its full spin out of itself. If you hold it just loose enough what's going to happen is the momentum, if you're not stopping it by pinching it too hard, it's actually just going to pull itself out of your hand and that's where a lot of the energy is going to come from.

Now, there's two things that you want to think about when you're throwing cards. The first is obviously spin. And the other is penetrating power. Right? The more spin the card has the farther it's going to go and the straighter, you know, the shot's going to be. So what you're doing, you're pinching it right here, just like we talked about, you're bringing it up right here. I like to kind of, you don't necessarily have to, you can start here. I like to come up on an angle and then as I come down I straighten out horizontally, right? So it just rolls right off.

So hopefully what you get is this thing. Boom! Just like that!

Now, one really important tip for when you're practicing throwing cards, the wrist. Momentum. You're going to generate a lot of momentum coming down right there, right? But what's really going to send the card into that spin is this flicking motion that I'm doing with my wrist here. Right? You can actually throw a card without the arm at all if you really wanted to, right? You'll won't get quite as much momentum but the wrist is really what's going to carry that into its spin.

A great way to practice this, now you're going to make a mess obviously. A great way to practice this is start, you know, at close distances. Start about you know, maybe about three, four feet away from a door and just start making sure you're getting the hang so that it's not just, you know, flapping around in the wind. As you're getting better, start moving further and further back. And what you're going to find over time is you're just going to kind of keep getting better at it and eventually you can start shrinking the targets as well.

And that's how you throw a card.

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