I’ve been working on my 2-handed fan for months now. Remember I’m still a magic newbie, so a lot of the moves are still going to be rusty. That’s part of what this site is all about – to see how I progress, which hopefully will give you an idea of what things look like – warts and all – as you start from scratch and improve over time.
Well this 2-handed fan has been a tough one for me. It wasn’t until I saw 2 different guys at the local SAM club meeting repeatedly create perfect fans that I knew – really knew in my gut – that it could be done by mere mortals. The only guide I had was Roberto Giobbi doing it in Card College 1. And he’s like the most famous card magician of the 21st century! I needed to know that regular people could do it. And it turns out they can:).
Anyway, today I bought a new deck of cards because as you will find out, practicing a fan for hours on end over many MANY weeks will make your cards old and less “slide-y” pretty fast. I was just going to get a regular old deck of Bicycle cards. But the store had a cool looking “130th Anniversary Edition” deck that had the design from 1885! And they were the same price as the regular cards. So I bought them.
Now I don’t know how much of this is luck, the cards, the learning all coming together, or some combo thereof. But as soon as I tried a 2-handed fan with the new cards, it seemed effortless and looked really good! It still isn’t anywhere near perfect, or even where I want it to be. And it isn’t consistently good either, and consistency is important. But it looks a heck of a lot better today than it has ever looked. Take a peek at the video below. That’s where I am with my 2-handed fan. Note that my 1-handed closing of the fan is only about 75% of the way there. But it’s coming along.