How to Perform the Playing Card Cascade

The playing card cascade is one of those tricks that appear really cool, no matter how many times you have seen it performed. That is the reason why it is lauded as one of the most famous playing card tricks. As with any magic trick, it takes time to give the trick the smoothness necessary to give it that special something. Fortunately, with this article, you can get started performing the trick yourself. In the beginning, you may find it a bit difficult to perform. However, a little practice will help you master this trick.


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    Start performing the playing card cascade trick by taking the deck in your one hand, in a way that the deck should be held between your middle finger, your ring finger and your thumb.

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    Deliver or spread out the deck, card by card, onto the tabletop. Do this by putting your pointer finger on the edge of the deck and gently pressing against it as you move the deck from left to the right. This controls the number of cards that separate from the deck and makes sure they end up in a line, side by side, their edges overlapping.

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    Practice delivering or spreading the deck on the table over and over until you are able to spread them out smoothly and evenly. You'll only be able to do this slowly at first. The more you practice, the faster you'll become.

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    Pick the card on the very left and turn it over onto its edge so that it falls from right to left. As you do this, the rest of the cards will turn over, just like dominoes. In this way, you will perform the playing card cascade.

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    Take the card on the far right to perform another variation of the playing card cascade and tuck it over the far left card, then turn it to begin the cascade.

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    Finish performing the playing card cascade by making the cards close up into a stacked deck by putting your right hand underneath the end of the playing card cascade. The cards on the far right will end up on your hand instead of the table. Turn the cards back to the left and gently help them along with your right hand until they stack into your left hand.

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