What is Cardistry?

Cardistry is the most exciting, innovative, and growing skill arts in the world today. When describing cardistry to laymen, it’s often referred to as juggling with playing cards. Other skill arts commonly compared to cardistry are yo-yoing, playing kendama, and even skateboarding.

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2002-2018

It's been 16 years since we launched dananddave.com. We built the site to promote and sell our publications teaching the art of sleight of hand magic and cardistry, a practice we were obsessed with in our teens and through our twenties. During that time, magic and cardistry was our avenue to explore ideas, to tinker and invent. And producing products by publishing books and videos, and later playing cards, and custom accessories for magicians, as well an an annual conference, was an expression of our passion for magic.

In the last decade, this site grew from offering just a few of our original publications, to a global hub with several hundred items. And our success took us around the world lecturing for various magic clubs, producing content for other magicians and cardists, and even consulting for film and television. Dan & Dave became a brand, or an institution more or less, promoting the advancement of magic. And it has all been extremely rewarding and amazing.

Today we launch a brand new website with just a few pages. Some information about us, a timeline of events and releases, and this blog, including this post. The change is a shift in focus from our past to our future. We are beyond grateful for all the support from the community these last 16 years, but more so for the lessons we were afforded. We take this step back in readiness for a giant leap forward. Our dreams our real magic.

MAGIC Live x Cardistry

Next week, on August 7th, we will speak at the largest gathering for magicians in the United States, MAGIC Live. Our talk will be on cardistry as an art form, and cover its origins in magic and evolution into a global community that is inspiring youth around the world.

Joining us for the presentation is Kevin Ho, one of the founding members for the Singaporean cardsitry group, Virtuoso. Together, we hope to introduce and update magicians on what is happening in the world of cardistry, as well as inspire new cardists to get involved.

We Are Planting Trees Around the World

As one of the leading producers of designer playing cards, we recognize our impact on the environment. We strive for sustainable manufacturing and materials and encourage this in our own values and practices. In fact, all of the cards we produce are manufactured in the United States. The paper comes from sustainable forests, and the cards are printed with environmentally friendly water-based ink. But this isn’t enough.

As a way to give back, we have partnered with One Tree Planted in an initiative to plant 1 million trees every year. And since May 2017, we have donated 1% of our revenue to plant trees in Africa, Asia, North America, and South America for the reforestation of our planet.

The accumulated donations are processed quarterly and fund various reforestation projects around the world. Every dollar donated helps plant one tree, and we don’t anticipate stopping.

As one of our heroes, John Muir, once said, “The battle we have fought, and are still fighting for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong, and we cannot expect to see the end of it. …So we must count on watching and striving for these trees, and should always be glad to find anything so surely good and noble to strive for.”

We stand for the trees and the natural beauty of our planet. As consumers of its resources, planting new trees is just one action we’re taking to leave this planet better than we found it.