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TYCOON Luxury Playing Cards

Produced in collaboration with Steve Cohen at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria Hotel.More Details

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Dan Hammond

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Years in Magic

Hello! My name is Dan and I'm from Cambridge in the UK. I love creating and sharing magic so I hope you enjoy my effects as much as I do :)

How did you first get started in magic?

Everyone has a magic set when they're a kid and most grow out of it like I did but a few years ago I when back through all my old, cheap, plastic kids tricks and was inspired all over again.

What is your creative process - how do you come up with new effects and ideas?

There's no one way that I create new effects.

Sometimes I'll start with an idea for an effect and then figure out a way of doing it. For example - my card to wallet effect. I wanted a card to wallet that was quick, visual and used a regular wallet. I played around with lots of different ways of loading the card and making it pop out before I ended up with what you see in the download.

Sometimes I won't like a move or effect for a certain reason so I'll try to adapt it to fit my needs and end up creating something new.

Sometimes something in everyday life will inspire me and give me an idea for a new effect or method.

And sometimes I'll just be messing with a deck of cards and do something by accident and think - hang on, that was cool - and then I'll try it again, refine it and see if I can make it work. Sometimes I'll find a cool new move, sometimes I won't.

How often do you practice - how do you keep your skills (and mind) sharp?

I have various finger exercises that I do whenever my hands are free. Standing in a queue, sitting on a bus, watching a movie. I do these to keep my hands and fingers in good shape which really helps when doing sleight of hand.

Unless I have a specific move I've just learnt or that I really want to perfect I rarely do what I would call 'practicing'. I'm always playing with a deck of cards or a coin or a ring or a pen and I'm often repeating the same moves and tricks over and over but not with the aim of practicing I'm just doing it because I enjoy doing it. So in one way I never practice but in another way I practice all the time. I realise this may not be the most efficient way of improving but it's what I like to do - everyone's different.

I also like to practice with blue backed cards because I've heard that blue is a creative inducing colour :)

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