Review: Fiber Boards (Cardistry Trainers) by Magic Encarta

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Matt Lee”][vc_column_text]I am by no means a ‘cardist’ by any definition. Sure, I do the odd flourish here and there, but the grand total of my repertoire is equivalent to 6 or 7 suspiciously similar variations of the Sybil.

Speaking then as someone who is completely ignorant of the delicate inner workings of the cut throat world of card flourishers, I must say that I am pleasantly surprised that I did indeed like the product.

Let me explain – since the product is supposed to be flourish learning aid, then I decided for this review I would be learning a new flourish, and I would use the deck trainer to help me.  

After selecting the appropriate flourish (I used FAUX by Chris Ramsey – you can see the tutorial here) I proceeded to use the deck trainer. I selected this because it was a flourish I have had problems with in the past, and I never really came back to it after my first attempt. I could never get the balancing and the slide of the 2nd packet.

Using the deck trainer, I realized something – for every flourish, there will come a point when learning it that you just want to get the motions down – if at that point you are worried about dropping cards it can get very annoying really quick. The deck trainer helps with this immensely, allowing me to concentrate on the actual sequence and I was able to make great progress with the flourish. This I did not expect, and I will definitely continue to learn other flourishes using this method.

The other plus point is that this is cheaper than similar products (as of time of writing) – and for what you get, I’d say it’s definitely worth the investment.

There is just one downside though, and depending on your needs, it can be significant – this particular deck trainer does not flex, which means that some flourishes will be flat out impossible to do. Though in its defense, none of the other deck trainers (even those that can flex) actually will feel like a deck of cards in this respect.

Also, the aerodynamic quality of the trainer is definitely not the same as a regular deck of cards – a simple T G Murphy deck flip borders on impossible to do. This means that if you want to practice aerial flourishes, you are probably going to have to look elsewhere.

Even so, and even bearing these downsides, you can’t beat these as quick simple tools to learn the choreography of any multi-packet flourish, and you won’t be mucking up one of your actual decks in the process.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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