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!
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.
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.
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.
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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