There are many facets to the playing card world, and one of the newer ones is called “cardistry.” Basically it’s extremely complex card manipulation and it’s super popular. Here is a video I had a cardist do for one of my decks a while ago to give you an idea:
To learn this, the kids these days have been using “trainers” which are generally 5 acrylic panels the size of a card so that you can practice the various cuts and moves without potentially dropping 52 cards every two seconds. Most of these trainers are pretty basic, many have no detail at all, so I figured, “why not stick one of my insanely detailed designs on there and see what we get.”
The result is quite impressive and based on my Instagram comments already, this is something that people will go nuts over. They do take a while to make at this level of detail but some of my other designs may work better and go a lot quicker. Still, it’s so rad to be able to have a whim and hold it a few minutes later.
(ps, acrylic smells like absolute %@$# after cutting it, goodness sakes…)