As the title suggests, I am new to this, have no prior exposure. I live in a small town, where no one else does this, so I can't ask for help in person, and I have no other decks to borrow. I recently got Bicycle cards and started practicing. During the practice, I was unable to do the riffle shuffle. The problem is, the deck is new, and based on what I've read online, new decks need to be broken in, and once you do that, it gets easier. That's perfect, I am more than willing to break them in. So what do I do to break them in? Riffle shuffle. *facepalm* I am positive that I am getting something or the other wrong, it isn't just the deck. I divide the deck into almost halves, but then when I try to riffle the halves (is that the right way to say it), the come down in clumps. If I do it in the air, the cards that I slide my thumb off of end up falling down instead of staying horizontal and parallel to the ground in my hands like they should. And also, they riffle off of my thumb in clumps, which makes things worse. Finally, I can't make the bridge properly. The arc, the curve isn't as smooth or circularly shaped as it is in most tutorials. I sometimes accidentally push them together using the upper palm without wanting to, but I have to apply pressure as per the instructions provided in the tutorials. And even if they don't accidentally get pushed together, the bridge doesn't come riffling down like it does in the videos, the cards just relax down. So what do I do here? Give up?