Step 5: Aiming up and down

This gets trickier... 

Turning your wrist is part of it, the other bit is the fingers releasing the card. 

The angle of your wrist decides the angle the card flies away, turn upwards for up, down for down, however it's really small movements, start with small angles and learn to control it finely. You'll learn that there are limits to the angles a card can fly at to start with, usually this is due to the throw, it's the same issue as frisbees... 

The other deciding factor are your fingers on release, if they're unevenly extended it'll impart a different, curving angle up or down. The best way to master this is paying attention to the feeling of the card leaving, it's something that is really tricky to consciously adjust, more learned intuitively.

For the actual learning the best way to do it is a big room and things of various heights. 

A stepladder would be perfect, learn to throw the same way as before, starting with between two rungs in the middle and using them as compartments, start 10 feet away and slowly increase the distance until you can get the card through each one easily.

As a challenge try hitting the rungs themselves. 

Bookshelves also make good targets for this.  
<p>Check out this video that I found of a very easy card shooter build : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B_dIVdfJh8</p>
also works wirth cards
i started in 05
I found a better wrist technique <a href="http://howtohacklife101.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-throw-playing-card.html">http://howtohacklife101.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-throw-playing-card.html</a>
That's uh, pretty much exactly as described here, 'cept the drawings right handed, in the pictures they're all left handed as my SLR can't be operated with a left hand...
I've been practicing with a gift card, and I can get some real power behind it. I just need to work on aim.
I love it! I'm throwing a playing card and using a pop can as a target. A variation of Thurston works best for me.
Sweet, cans are great targets however check out the cards in to cups video, wineglasses make the most satisfying noise...
i did watch that.
Cool, I just love the noise they make... Though I have been becoming a nuisance now, everything is a target...
k so i took some tin snips and cut out a peaice of thin tin from square Ducting. the size of a hockey card. its kinda heavy for a card to throw but once you get the hang of i you can throw pretty far and stick it into walls and targets.
A kid almost put my eye out doing this. Missed my eye by 1/2 inch, sliced my forehead open. <br> <br>
Idiot... Throwing cards at peoples faces is a dumb plan...
It took me 3 months to learn how to throw playing cards...<br><br><br>3 years later, halfway to world record (215? or so feet, im at 125)<br><br><br>Yay.
That's awesome, I'll have to find somewhere to try really long distances.
this is something i could really get into, cant find good thick cards though, mine always bend and split, this is going in my favs for sure =D
The majority of business cards people hand you are fine for it, you can learn to throw playing cards as well using these techniques... Glad you like the instructable, thanks.
how much spin do you need to put on it because it seems the only way to get it going straight is to put a lot of spin on it but then for me it always curves to the side or makes it fly vertically
How are you holding the card? The natural spin from the card pivoting on your fingers as it leaves, if you pull the finger back as it leaves your grip it'll spun harder and arc...
i throw the Herman method usually but sometimes differently, but i think my problem is i use more of the arm than my wrist
Even now I still do that a bit, the arm thing seems natural when throwing things I guess... you need to throw straight forward but not let go too early, it does come easier with repetition...
ok thanks you and since the first post of mine earlier today, i have gotten much better with the business cards going farther and now i just have to work on getting my aim really good
That's great, good luck, aiming them takes a while to get right
ok thanks you
...and bookmarked!
Cheers mr monopoly... or monoply... Single ply then?
+1 :P
Very Nice, I am going to get a couple of decks of cheap playing cards. <br>I did get to see Ricky jay one time throw through an open window several stories up and that was pretty amazing. <br>Also goiing in my faves
Thanks, that sounds Awesome... let me know how it goes...
In the video at about 1:17 you can see a bunch of &quot;misses&quot; lying on the foot path, and a dirty look from the passerby.
What is going on in this picture? Is that like a hundred foot drop into your basement?
My old house, back yard its about forty feet...
Wow, You are amazing~! <br>I teach martial arts but I could tell you are so good. <br> <br>Check my video too in Youtube.com. <br>Type, &quot;Master Joe Kim&quot; and there will be 2 videos to entertain. ;) <br> <br>Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. <br> <br>Joe.
That's not my video, haven't got a lend of a camera yet, I'm getting pretty good but not there yet. <br><br>I'll have to look them up.<br> <br>Thanks, merry Christmas and an Awesome new year yourself...
Club Mono called&hellip;
They're ever so subtle...
Very impressive. I have seen magicians do this on TV. Thank you for sharing.
Cheers Phil, its actually pretty easy...
I tried it a few times and the cards fluttered up and down in flight. Trajectories were short and changed direction. They were not straight and true, like yours. I will need to work on this.
That's not my video, still waiting on a camera for my own, but a bit of practice at releasing the card smoothly should get them flying straight...
If you had made it to the instructables meet up, you might have been around for the all out card throwing war we had.<br><br>We had just finished collating the instructables top trump decks, and we had a box of left overs, then we all came the slow realisation that we had all, at some point in our lifes, taught ourselves to throw cards.<br><br>My living room ended up with a thin layer of instructable card goodness.
Sounds awesome, plus I'd probably have some 'ibles cards for the pictures in this, actually if you wanted to get a few photos I'd gladly add them and a link to the top trumps 'ible... <br> <br>Last night I was showing off because we got new passes in and they fly amazingly, made the shift way more fun in the snow...
just putting this out there, a Thurston with my fingers all the way at the edge of the card works best for me.
Cool, I find the hermann pretty likable but the thurston is awesome for pulling a card out of your pocket and firing it away...

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