Deck Flip – Cardistry Tutorial

For this cardistry tutorial we will be going over the deck flip. The deck flip is an intermediate/advanced move, so it may take some time for you to get down well. It is also not a beginner cardistry move because of how easy it is for your whole deck to fall. Then you have to pick up all the cards again. If you have a lot of patience, then this is a move for you. Cardistry can be frustrating, but we encourage you not to give up. Typically, we recommend you buy a new deck. For this move you don’t have to. Infact, a stickier old deck would be better to start out with for this move. But if you want to learn how to do this cardistry trick the right way fully, then a new deck will make sure you are doing the trick as you should, without the support of a sticky deck.


  1. Grip the deck of cards with your left hand.
  2. Curl your left index finger underneath.
  3. Put your left thumb on the top left corner of the deck.
  4. Put your other 4 fingers of that hand on the right edge of the deck. Your index finger should be putting an upwards force on the deck. Your 4 fingers (the ones on the side of the deck) and thumbs should be pushing down on the deck.
  5. Now it’s time for the deck flip. Relax the grip of your 4 fingers
  6. As you relax the 4 fingers, flick your index finger outwards while you also move your thumb out of the way. The deck should be rotating towards your thumb which is counterclockwise if you were to hold the deck with your left hand.
  7. Finally, catch the deck with your hand, it should rotate 360 degrees. If you are new to cardistry and you still want to learn this move, you can practice this by flipping the deck 180 degrees. You can even try flipping the deck with the cards inside the deck box. Once you get that down, then you can try to go for the full 360. Don’t give up on this trick. Cardistry is not always easy and practice makes perfect. This is one of those moves that will confuse your friends on how you are defying gravity with a deck of cards. They will wonder how the cards aren’t flying everywhere, because that’s what will most likely happen when they try it.

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