He came. He saw. He conquered. Dimitri Arleri appeared on the cardistry scene in 2009 with a breakthrough video entitled Opera. His diligent work and outside the box thinking put cardistry enthusiasts around the world on notice: Dimitri is here, and he means business. His style is unique - involving complex geometric shapes and smooth, fluid movements.
Based in Paris, France, Dimitri has since released multiple follow up presentations to rave reviews. Each presentation demonstrates that same elegance and perfection that Dimitri is known for - constantly raising the bar. Dimitri released Monument, his debut cardistry DVD, in 2013.
Q&A with Dimitri Arleri
What got you into Cardistry?
Back in 2007 during high school, a friend shown me some cheating techniques while playing poker, I found it fascinating so I tried to learn a few moves. He gave me Steve Forte's book and that was what got my started with cards. Only a few weeks later, whi
When did you start creating - not just performing - card flourishes?
Well, I started right away actually, since it's the thing I enjoy the most in cardistry. When I think about it now, it is probably not the best idea if you want to become good really fast, but it's what I enjoy... So yeah at first I was creating either f
How long do you practice each day?
It's really hard to say how much I practice, because it changes everyday. When I first started I practiced a lot, sometimes up to 6 or 8 hours a day. It still happens nowadays, but not very often, I sometimes have a big motivational or creative boost that
Who are your favorite performer(s) to watch?
There's a lot of very talented cardists out there that I love to watch, like Jonas Haglund, Andrei Jikh, Jaspas Deck, Alejandro Portela, Sebastian Skowron, De'vo, Kevin Ho, Dan and Dave and a lot more.
What advice would you give to those who are just starting cardistry?
I think that the most important thing to keep in mind is that you should have fun. Don't try to be the best, and don't take it too seriously at first. You'll get better without even noticing if your just having fun. It's also important that you learn the
What's next? What vision do you see for the future of cardistry?
Well I really hope that more and more people will join the art, so that it doesn't have to be mostly on the internet, but more in real life. We're still at a beginning stage so the art will go through a lot of changes in the years to come. I hope to see m
What is your deck of choice to use when practicing and performing?
Well I don't pay too much attention to the deck I use, as long as it's decent. I'm not really a card collector, so I usually have the cheapest "good" cards... actually, I've only bought a single brick of Tally-Ho's, and less than 10 other decks (for some
What can we expect to see in your debut project later this year?
Well I've been creating moves since I started handling cards, and in this dvd I will teach many of my favorite creations that I have come up with these past 4 years. You will find some new fans, one and two handed cuts, aerials, structures and new concep