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Card Throwing - The simple "trick" to do this right

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I saw a couple of card throwing instructables on here which where very good, but after spending a long time following the instructions I was getting nowhere.

After some practice I figured out the simple piece that was missing. You should not try to throw the cards but spin them!
 
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Step 1: Getting started.

All you need to get started is a deck of cards and somewhere to throw them. I would suggest somewhere indoors where you won't knock stuff over and break it.

Any cards will do, I used cheap crappy paper ones and expensive plastic coated ones and didn't notice a lot of difference.

The main things to keep in mind are:

*Don't try to throw the card! This sounds silly but this is exactly the mistake I was making. The card has no weight and if you try and throw it like you would a heavier object it will flutter for a bit and land about 2ft away. You need to spin the card and this action all comes from the wrist. The faster you can spin the card the better it will fly!

*You will have to put some forward motion into your forearm but this should be a gentle, relaxed motion just to give the card some forward momentum.

*You need to keep your wrist and arm very relaxed. The whole motion does not require a lot of force and you will probably find that the harder you try and throw the card the less likely you are to succeed.

The next page shows the two ways I held the card.
CalebScott15 days ago
AMAZING THIS IS AWESOME
TTAMREKRAP3 years ago
Haha... i don't use this technique (even though this is a good one) and i can through cards at my brother and they give him big welts, and sometimes they even make him bleed. :)
... umm....
is he, you know, okay with this?
nice! :D
explodr3 years ago
Better cards don't make too big of a difference, but you will notice a vast change in speed and form if you compare a deck of flimsy paper cards to something like a credit card or room card. They go faster, farther, and hit harder. Not that that last part matters quite as much...
ffsman3 years ago
I found a better wrist technique http://howtohacklife101.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-throw-playing-card.html
inergy3 years ago
Wow this helped alot, thanks
KNEXPERT213 years ago
at first it can be very hard to master this but over time u will be suprised at what u can do. i threw a credit card 275 feet.............. so............ work hard and that could be u
gtyrfdrty3 years ago
wow thanks man
also, as an add on to this, do not throw cards at PEOPLE. it sounds fun....but really, can do extreme damage to some one (if you throw it right). It will bruise, puncture, and slice someones body. on youtube there is a video of someone throwing it into a watermelon skin...(big deal i can throw it into a tree trunk) <-- thats how dangerous it is. by the way it will go in about 3 inches deep into a tree.
I am one of several people who has a video on youtube of card throwing into watermelons. But on the topic of the above comment, there are few trees I can take a sharp axe to, and bury it 3 inches in, much less a card. The exaggeration that i see across the web, exemplified in the above comment, makes me irritated. If you have nothing truthful to say, please, don't comment on something.
also if u got a card 3 inches into a tree thats pretty much the entire card
old comment i know, but seriously 3 inches, is that supposed to be a joke? and i presume the someone youre talking about is ricky jay and the piercing a watermelon skin is pretty difficult to do with a card, which is why its popular even at his shows where the entire focus is card throwing. E
hey great instructable, i can throw a card 125 feet now, and the techniquie is similar to mine (GETTING CLOSE TO RICK) :DD
natepost6 years ago
try holding the card by the front corner i can get a card half way through an apple with my method of throwing cards i will try to post later! by holding the card by the front corner you get more spin. throwing cards is all just physics. the more spin the faster and further it can go!!!
xRenegadEx6 years ago
good jobb duranis... ive always attempted to throw the cards and all thy did was flutter like you said.... this instructable was very good..
Justyna477 years ago
Dash-27 years ago
Good Instructable, even for a repeat.
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