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Years in Magic

Fiery red-headed Ekaterina Dobrokhotova was born in Moscow, but immigrated to Quebec at eight years old. You might have seen her perform in Russia, Lebanon, Canada, NYC, or Las Vegas - where she's also lectured at the IMX magic convention. According to her, the true secret of magic is not about how good you are, but about how you make people feel.

In addition, Ekaterina graduated from Concordia University, and when she's not performing, she's working as a social media consultant for luxury brands in the beauty/cosmetics industry.

In December of 2011, Ekaterina released her debut cardistry DVD Pure, featuring 15 unique and challenging flourishes.

How did you get started in Cardistry?

I learned my first flourishes from a magic DVD at the age of 16 - the basics like fans, table spreads and one handed cuts. In addition, I started learning productions from Jeff McBride's material. At 17, I discovered card manipulation videos via youtube - an array of videos posted from various people. It blew me away. I have a background in juggling, so it definitely caught my eye. I discovered a ton of ways to make a fan and was introduced to complex cuts. I first learned by copying what I saw in the videos, but soon was equipped with every single Cardistry DVD out there; I was hooked. Even though I was a typical teen entering college, I didn't play video games or watch TV for entertainment - instead I practiced card moves. It became a real addiction since time, persistence, and practice made me better. I posted my progress each step of the way via YouTube. I've had to remove a few videos since then because they're a bit embarrassing, but it goes to show that I am not "naturally" talented.

Who are some of your inspirations?

My inspirations change all the time, but if I had to summarize: Jerry Cestkowski and Dan and Dave Buck for complex cuts. Andrei & Dimitri for style and creativity. Music and various genre artists which help me build a character also inspire me.

Do you have a favorite flourish?

I have quite a few habitual flourishes, but I have to say that I love fans and tend to perform them all the time.

Who is your favorite Cardist to watch?

I would have to say Dimitri on video and Andrei on stage.

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