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Scissors Cut
Cardistry Tutorial

The Scissors Cut is a fantastic card flourish that you can master with flare and finesse. Its a lovely move that will excel you in a new direction in your cardistry journey.

Its very similar to the Charlier cut but the starting grip is slightly different.

You need to hold the deck of cards between your thumb and middle and ring finger (2nd and 3rd). the pointer (1st) finger rests on the top while the pinky is on the bottom.


This will take a bit of doing as you use the thumb to pull up a packet of cards and pivot this packet on your 2nd finger. you will need to stretch this as your hand allows the cards to fall forward as you drag the packet to the back of the deck.

You will learn to stretch some muscles you never knew you had when you first do it. Its a hard move and I've only managed to do it properly after 20 or 30 attempts, but like me you will get there and it will become second nature.

Watch the video below to get a feeling of what is required to do it smoothly,

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Scissors Cut recap

Some little tips whilst performing this flourish. Try to stretch your fingers and the cards move from the front to the back of the deck.

You need to push the thumb into the packet of cards so it hits the first finger, this pivot will be strong throughout the move from front to back.

Try to spread the cards so the packet goes into the middle of the deck, it may help you as you try to reach the pinnacle of the move, building the complete flourish up as you practice more and more.

With all flourishes there is a nack to doing it, but it does get easier the more you do it. Thats why we practice as you develop muscle memory so it becomes second nature in the end.

We have lots of cardistry tutorials coming and we love to see peoples own flourishes. If you have a flourish you would like to teach people then please have a look at our you tube page explaining how you could even earn money producing a video tutorial of either a magic trick or a card flourish.

Have fun and practice, practice and practice some more.

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