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sjrwheeler

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Hey guys, 

Hows it going? 

i've been working on something recently, where I need to do a thumb fan like a left handed person. 
I'm going to show the deck blank. Usually I've used a right handed reverse fan, but it won't work in this case due. 

I've tried to teach so many laypeople how to fan cards and always been completely unsuccessful, I can't remember ever learning to do it right handed, but I must have had similar struggles! But now I'm all thumbs, everything is clumpy and doesn't go in the same direction.  

The problem seems to be that the bottom of the cards move towards my wrist rather than around in the fan. 


I suspect the solution lies in just practicing lots and lots of times until it feels comfortable, however:
Does anyone have any pointers for relearning to thumb fan in the opposite hand to normal?

Thanks,

Sam
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RayJ

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Deck condition and practice. No shortcuts that I know of. I learned originally to fan in my RH, using my left thumb so that is natural to me. I can fan in both hands but there is a huge difference in my comfort level. Keep at it!
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Originally Posted by sjrwheeler
Hey guys, 

Hows it going? 

i've been working on something recently, where I need to do a thumb fan like a left handed person. 
I'm going to show the deck blank. Usually I've used a right handed reverse fan, but it won't work in this case due. 

I've tried to teach so many laypeople how to fan cards and always been completely unsuccessful, I can't remember ever learning to do it right handed, but I must have had similar struggles! But now I'm all thumbs, everything is clumpy and doesn't go in the same direction.  

The problem seems to be that the bottom of the cards move towards my wrist rather than around in the fan. 


I suspect the solution lies in just practicing lots and lots of times until it feels comfortable, however:
Does anyone have any pointers for relearning to thumb fan in the opposite hand to normal?

Thanks,

Sam


OK, I've read and re-read your post and I had to stop and fan myself...

I need your help in determining what you want to accomplish and in which hand.  Do you want to do a thumb fan and show the entire deck blank?  In which hand will the fan be displayed?  Does it matter in context with the trick?

It just occurred to me that when you say reverse it might not be what I think is reverse and left handed fan might not mean the same.

If I want to display the deck as blank, the cards begin in my right hand, pack angled to my right and my thumb over the bottom edge, nearly at the bottom and parallel with the short end of the cards.  I then sweep my left thumb, the fleshy pad, from right to left and in an arc.  Pressure on the cards exerted by my left thumb is lessened during the spreading action.  To me that is where some go wrong, they have a death-grip on the pack and the resulting friction causes the cards to not want to fan smoothly.  Like anything else there is a balance.

I am right hand dominant.  I hold the pack in my left hand for dealing and I do one-handed shuffles in my left.  But if I hold the cards in my left hand and do the thumb fan with my right thumb it has always felt awkward.  It has gotten better, and the fans look decent, but it is in no way the same feel, it just isn't. I think the left thumb pressure is the culprit.


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MagicTK

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Grab half the deck in each hand, then try to match the motions of both hands.  Rinse and repeat.


I like to practice thumb fan, finger fan, and then opposite on each hand then the other opposite.  I do this mostly to keep my fingers limber and dexterous.  I don't do any cardistry, so its specifically for my amusement and practice.

Tom
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