Day: May 22, 2024

Card Basics

Before moving elaborately into intense card magic, I think an important step is handling the cards. I wanted to learn a little bit more about shuffling and ways to play with the deck to set up tricks. I turned to YouTube for this and started to do looking. I stumbled across a couple of videos that I thought were perfect to work on some basic card skills.

I first looked at showed three different shuffles, the Charli Air Cut, the Ribbon Spread, and the Table Shuffle. All three are perfect to use while incorporating magic. The Charli Air Cut was a shuffling method to cut the deck in half using one hand. This will be useful when trying to distract the viewer while doing magic. The next was the Ribbon Spread this is perfect when showing that you are using a full deck and all the cards are different. An important thing to remember for this method is the surface you are putting the cards on as you will need something that allows the cards to glide easy to make it the most effective. Lastly, was the Table Shuffle, this method is great way when you need to shuffle the deck in a manner to attract the viewer. It is a fancier shuffle that displays the cards intertwining with one another.

the other video I found showed some basic shuffling. The first was the Hindu Shuffle, this was a basic way of shoveling pulling cards from the top and bottom of the deck simultaneously. The next was the overhand shuffle, this was one that I have some prior experience with so I was able to pick it up quickly. Lastly was the riffle shuffle which was a play of the table riffle shuffle. This shuffle I am able to do using a table but in the air was difficult.

A funny thing I found while doing this research and looking at different videos is they are always trying to get you to watch by putting “easy” or “fast” in the tittle. More often than not these tutorials are more confusing than easy.

During this I found I became a lot more comfortable with a deck of cards in my hand which I would say is pretty important when I am wanting to do card magic. I thought this was important to learn some new shuffling techniques and skills as it can be used to help engage the viewers while performing different tricks. One thing I always remembered when watching great card magicians is their skills with the cards and what they could do when setting up different tricks. I would say my favourite one I learned was the ribbon spread as it is a great way to show the deck of cards you are using and has so many different variations to it. The easiest one to learn was the overhand shuffle as it was one had experience with and was the most comfortable with. I had the most trouble doing the riffle shuffle as I was so used to using a table or surface when performing this shuffle. One thing I have learned already is it is important to have multiple decks and work with different cards because some are very different than others and feel differently.

I always find doing something helps me learn easier and being able to follow along YouTube videos has been a really effective way for me to learn. Doing it this way has allowed for me to try what I am seeing at the same time. I am able to find the mistakes I am making simply from looking at my hands and comparing them to what I am watching on the screen. Working into next week I want to incorporate some of these shuffles with a trick that I am going to learn. I hope to be able to put it all together and have one trick prepared for next week.


Working With Animaker

Every time you hop online you can always find something new to work with. This week I stumbled across the platform of Animaker. Described as “A breakthrough AI-Powered platform to create Animation and Live-Action videos for non-designers & professionals from early-stage startups to seasoned Fortune 500 companies” this amazing piece of technology has the ability to bring any vision to life. You can either chose from a wide range of templates or completely start from scratch the choice is yours! You have the option to create whatever it is you please, whether it is an ad for your company, a celebration you want to share with the world, or an important message you want to share you have the ability to create your story and for it to be shared in a fun and enjoyable way. If you select a premade template, you can still edit words, characters, backgrounds, whatever it may be to put your personal touch on it. you can start from scratch and pick every customization you would like. The best part is you can do all of this while using the free version. Of course, you can pay a little and get some more features, but the free version provides plenty of freedom within the platform. The hub where all the creating is done is clean and neatly organized for maximum outcomes!

Animaker Hub Creator

To get started there are countless tutorial videos to help you along the way, the best part is they are all categorized. There are 8 categories to choose from in the tutorial section: 1. Getting Started (35 videos) 2. Animated Videos (20 videos) 3. Video Editing (9 videos) 4. Managing Teams & Projects (5 videos) 5. Advanced Hacks (19 videos) 6. Animaker for Enterprise (5 videos) 7. Social media tips and tutorials (countless videos) 8. Master tutorials (5 videos). This amazing tutorial page allows the user to get started quickly and efficiently for whatever they choose, and the best part is you can become a master in any category.

Tutorial Page

To get started, you create an account using an email. Once you have your account created, your creating begins! From there you can start with watching some tutorials or you can just hop right into and learn as you go. For myself I chose to look at some premade templates and add a little bit of my own touch to them. I do not find myself as the most creative person but after using this platform I felt like a new person with amazing artistic abilities!  With a free account you are allowed one download a month of whatever you create. Getting an upgraded membership would be needed depending on what your intentions are! Before knowing you only have one download per month I accidentally downloaded a video so I thought I would share it even though it would not be my first choice.  Test Video 

Premade Options for Different Social Media Platforms

Using this tool in the classroom would be great as students have the opportunity to become endlessly creative! Students would be able to watch, learn and create all using this platform and the variety and range would be tremendous. Looking at the levels of SAMR, it would be excellent to use this platform to reach all four levels. Starting with substitution and using it to show your class an informative video. This could move to augmentation through students being able to interact with the informative video and have it playing on their own devices. With modification students would be able to create their own informative videos using templates and the premade options that Animaker has. To finish in redefinition students would have the ability to create from scratch and become visionaries through their creative abilities using all of the platform to its full potential. The really cool part is you can set it up like a Google Doc where you can work on the same project with others or overlook all of the students work from the teacher perspective making sure students are staying on task and are productive.

Working as a Team

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