Well, first of all let me say it was a really great idea to have this contest, and it made a bunch of great videos get produced. so thank you to dan and dave (DBsquared) and t11 for sponsoring it and providing the bandwidth. that said, after I watched the top rated videos (virts, Jaspas, bowen, wornsilver - these guys vids KICK BUTT!!!! 5/5 all the way), I was very disappointed in the rest of the entries. I have just watched 20 of these lesser-rated videos in a row and was totally dejected by the complete lack of originality. for anyone wondering if they should watch ALL the videos, this is a brief summary of the contents of 80% of them: some two-handed cuts by Daren or DBsquared then a carnahan fan one or two phases of the Jackson 5 (always Leno cut, usually Sybilism too) then do a snap change or a jones change, or both and finish with a couple more cuts by DBsquared This contest was supposed to be focused on originality and it was totally lacking from almost ALL of the entries. I have seriously just watched more than half the videos and I saw about 1,000 cuts but NOT A SINGLE ARMSPREAD. There was the occasional spring or pressure fan but those were few and far between. only one video had any perching. so, this contest has really pointed out the utter lack of originality coming from our n00bs , and I think that any of you guys that are just doing Dan and Dave material need to branch out and either learn some stuff from other sources, or make up something yourself. and by make up something I don't mean do a WERM with an extra packet or a different direction of rotation. The reason card manipulation is so great is that the cards themselves have many dynamic properties, allowing springs and spreads and fans and perching and card shooting and all SORTS of fun stuff! When you guys are just transposing two or more halfs of the deck, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over, they might as well be blocks of wood. in conclusion, dearest n00b, only YOUR unique imagination has the key to unlock the moves that use the dynamic properties of the cards. Learn this and you will reach your true potential and get a 5/5. otherwise you will forever be the equivalent of a "cover band". thanks for listening.