Good morning/afternoon/evening ladies and gentlemen, It has been a long time since I have posted on a magic/cardistry forum board so I look forward to an engaging discussion. Before I go on, I want to pose a question for you: Do you think Cardistry and Magic should go together during performance? There is no right or wrong answer here. Many magic purists might say that you shouldn’t be too flashy with your cards because it gives spectators a pre conceived notion. They have this idea that you should be handling cards like laymen would which gives your magic a more "organic" feel. I believe that they can and should go together if you have the skillset. By no means do I think it’s proper to bust out the Jackson 5 sequence during the middle of an Ambitious Card Routine. However, doing a flourish that retains the top half adds flare and style to your demonstration. It sets a landscape that you are a master of your pasteboards and you know what you are doing. No matter how good your flourishes are, it will take never precedence over a well scripted routine. It will however, add style and expertise to your routine. I think it is important to note that you shouldn’t get carried a way, for the most part, people are more interested in your magic than your flourishes. This is my two cents, what do you think?