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Papercuts

Papercuts is an instructional DVD featuring 13 original card flourishes covering both basic and advanced techniques as well as several innovative new principles.

Our universal teaching method allows anyone with a basic knowledge of card handling to easily follow along as though they were receiving a private lesson from Chris.

Over 2 hours of bonus features including a 26 minute behind the scenes documentary, an interview with the crew about the art of flourishes, promotional trailers, hidden tutorials, bloopers, and more!

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Papercuts is an instructional DVD featuring 13 original card flourishes covering both basic and advanced techniques as well as several innovative new principles.

Our universal teaching method allows anyone with a basic knowledge of card handling to easily follow along as though they were receiving a private lesson from Chris.

Over 2 hours of bonus features including a 26 minute behind the scenes documentary, an interview with the crew about the art of flourishes, promotional trailers, hidden tutorials, bloopers, and more!


Reviews (11)

By Gerard 10:45 AM 9/20/13
5/5
This DVD has a great collection of cuts focusing mainly on twirls and flares as well as some nice aerials. I give it a 5 star rating as it meshes well with my personal flourishing style and hence I am biased to the concepts explored in this DVD. However, those with a preference for displays or the xcm brand of flourishing may be disappointed.

What I find really noteworthy about the flourishes taught on this DVD though, is that I tend to find myself in a similar packet-handling position/grip in the middle of most of the flourishes. This is especially useful as I can mix and match different moves utilizing those similar finger-to-packet positions. In fact, most of the flourishes, although great on their own, feel somewhat incomplete and can be incorporated or linked together into a much larger flourish. Be that as it may, I have managed to add many new moves and applications to my repertoire which I can use to expand and improve on my own flourishes.

As I have experience in the art of flourishing and more or less have my basics down, I find the teaching style very easy to follow and the dual angles are very helpful. Chris uses traditional packet grips in most of his flourishes and I can instinctively recognize the finger positioning and subsequent actions that follow on first glance. However, it may prove daunting to beginners who are not familiar with with them especially so since there are no specific words/voice instructions or pauses during the more complicated phases of the flourishes. Beginners may have to rewind several times to fully grasp the intricate mechanics and flow of the flourishes. The beauty of the flourishes though, in my opinion, makes it worth the effort.

Overall, this is DVD is perfect for intermediate level cardists attempting to break through to the advanced level. Advanced cardists may find some of the techniques and applications to be of value as well depending on their level. This isn't exactly the best learning resource for complete beginners but I would still recommend it as you will eventually reach the stage where you can take on the beasts on this DVD anyway.
By Roger-Pierre 3:46 PM 2/21/13
5/5
Just got the app to go along with my copy of Papercuts - a great idea! On the go and helps to cut down on storage! Love it!
By Chris 5:14 AM 1/25/12
5/5
This is probably the best purchase I've made in 2011. Dan and Dave have teamed up with cinematographer Allan Hagen and flourisher Chris Hestnes to produce a DVD that raises the bar even higher. The quality is unparalleled and beyond most DVDs. Allan was a great DP and made this experience much more cinematic and professional. As for the flourishes, they are not too difficult, but they are original and a great addition to anyone's repertoire. If you have started cardistry fairly recently but have a solid foundation, this is the next step.
By Robert 3:14 AM 1/7/12
5/5
Papercuts is one of the best flourishing DVD's out there. Every cut is beautiful. The teaching is really clear and everything is easy to follow. The DVD was shot in Norway. Awesome landscape + awesome music + awesome cinematography + awesome flourishes = Papercuts. I recommend it to everyone because it's worth every cent.
By Nathan 2:55 AM 12/17/11
5/5
This dvd is full of great content and has inspired me to create some of my own flourishes. The bonus content is great, the behind the scenes is really cool and shows just how much effort they put into making this DVD. The guest submissions are great and include a really cool card trick by Dave Buck called peek-aboo.

The teaching method is easy to follow as the flourishes are shown in fast motion then slow motion with two camera angles at the same time so you know exactly what to do when.
By Haritaipan 2:54 AM 11/28/11
5/5
Papercuts is full of many awesome cuts. On this DVD, you will be taught slowly with the angle over the shoulder while at the same time a window on the top left corner of the screen shows how it looks from the front. There is no speaking or text during the explanations, but I still found them easy to understand. The moves, although complicated, are not difficult to do. It does takes practice to perform them fluently though.

In the magician's view, this DVD is ideal for you if you are looking for beautiful false cuts, and top/bottom packet retention to use in your routines. The tutorials don't tell you which cuts are false or not, but it's not hard to figure out. I will use cuts from this DVD to improve my magic routines.

Highly recommended.
By GREG 8:46 AM 11/17/11
5/5
I am a proud owner of The Trilogy, And Then Some, The System, The Daniel Garcia Project, and several other multiple dvd collections that feature many flourishes. By far this dvd is a must for any fan of the above-mentioned dvds and a "requirement" for any true cardistry or card magician. You have no reason or explanation needed if you already own this. If you do not, stop reading this review and go ahead and buy it now. You will be astonished by the flourishes and teachings as they are of the highest quality. Some of the flourishes are quite demanding of practice but well worth the time, effort, and energy you must devote to each. You will even astonish yourself after you learn them. Rarely do dvds surprise me with the amount of great, "unimaginable", and magical information given to its production so this is one of those times where the dvd is worth 10 times the price, and then some (to say the least). I own over 400 dvds dealing with card magic and approximately 120 that deal with other genres of magic. I can proudly say that this dvd is one of my top 5 favorites. Own this one today and you can say the same. A suggestion is to buy The Trilogy, And Then Some, and The System along with this dvd. You will be the owner of extremely precious treasures of magic if you take my suggestion.
By Casey 2:45 PM 10/25/11
5/5
One of, if not, the best DVD's out there on cardistry. Every flourish is beautiful and worth the time to learn. The quality is of the highest caliber as is the teaching. You get to see each flourish performed at speed, slow and smooth, and of course step-by-step which makes learning easier than it ever has been. If you like flourishing there is no reason you shouldn't already own this.
By Will 2:09 AM 10/22/11
5/5
The bonus material is awesome! The flourishes are all preformed and taught well, its one of the best flourish DVDs out there!
By Wayne Kawamoto 4:49 PM 10/14/11
5/5
There's something of a generation gap in the magic world. Some magicians despise the flashy card flourishes found in the field of extreme card manipulation (XCM). While others, mostly younger magicians, can't get enough of XCM and eagerly soak up the latest moves and worship the field's talented stars.

Personally, I enjoy watching the intricate moves of XCM and admire the practice and skill necessary to execute them. And if you love XCM, you'll probably like Papercuts by Chris Hestnes.

Papercuts is a first rate instructional DVD that teaches 13 original card flourishes. Most of the moves involve the cutting of a deck of cards into multiple sections, and there's an emphasis here on the flashy twirling of the packets between the fingers. The moves are visual, challenging and fun to watch.

Of note, this DVD features first rate instruction. There's not only step-by-step instructions, but you get to view the moves from the front as well as the performer's perspective. The result is that this is one of the most effective DVDs that I've seen for teaching the complex XCM moves.

If you love to learn and perform XCM, you may find lots of like on Papercuts. I won't even try to describe the moves here. Just watch the video to discover if there's anything here that you would like to learn.

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