We're now one round away from discovering the winner of CCC 2017, so our judges payed attention to every detail: the stakes here were high! 
Let's first take a look and what all the judges have to say about each video:


Yang: Delivers proficiency with a casual demeanor. He makes his material look easy. Would have liked to see some more ambitious ideas but he's got great energy and superior skill with handling cards.

Edgar: Very strong presentation, creative mechanics and good variety. Some of the material definitely could have been cleaner! The backhand square thing was great.

James: Well designed ideas, James is a thorough creator. Loved the second move! More time could have been spent on presentation and the timeline of the video. The cardestroy thing went on for a little too long and the last fan split wasn't a great note to end on.


James: HOLY MOLY. Execution is AMAZING, moves are creative, soundtrack is dope, everything is on point. Move at 11 seconds - LOVE! This next part is PURELY subjective. I’m NOT claiming to state facts here but this is my observation from doing cardistry for nearly 17 years now. Moves need to have a larger footprint. I admit, I selfishly love watching the many multi packet single handed cuts which take SO MUCH skill and effort to make look good but for some reason, the ones I just saw in your video, looked like a struggle. Here’s the thing though, I don’t think it’s possible to do what you’re doing much better but the moves LOOK as though they could be done better (even though I know they can’t). Does that make any sense? It’s like watching a grandmaster at work and thinking “Yea but…seems like he’s doing the same things, and he needs to work quicker”. I’d be SO wrong to say that, but if I THINK that, then something is fundamentally wrong or needs to be improved. You might be thinking to yourself “Andrei… you just need to be better at cardistry” and you’d probably be right. BUT - I shouldn’t have to adjust to YOU. YOU must adjust to your audience. Today, I’m your audience, and I promise - if you listen, you’ll go SO far with your potential. Specifically, I would MUCH rather see MORE moves like 11 second mark and 20 second mark than :03, :37, and :43. The last one was the coolest of the bunch I’ll admit, super slick. That said, your execution for what you’re doing, literally could NOT be much better. You’re crazy skilled and I think if you used your creativity and skill to focus more on variety and opened up your hands/packets to be a little bit larger, I think you have the most potential to destroy this competition in the future.

Yang: Interesting choice of music, definitely caught me off guard! Maybe that was the point all along… Either way, flawless execution, smooth, and effortless. Solid variety. That one handed running cut - dayumn! Advice for the next round if you advance - be more bold and take more risks. Think outside the box a little bit and involve more choreography/animation with what you’re doing. Sometimes, effortlessness looks a bit clinical so accentuate your skill by adding that layer of style and you’re golden. HOWEVER, don’t forget about those quirky ideas, they can make all the difference in the world. Contrast is good (even if you’re not flawless at executing them just yet).

Edgar: Dope! Something about your style that really catches the attention as well. If I was standing far away, it would be really difficult to ignore not staring and wanting to see a show. My advice for you is the opposite of Mr. Yang. You need to be the Ying. Your ideas are off the hook and the style is there but the execution needs a bit more work. Unless ideas are MONSTERS, it’s very difficult to compete with flawless execution (even if that execution isn’t as creative as your ideas). Try to strike a balance between finesse and creative brilliance. You have creativity for sure, but if you want to compete on that alone, you have to have Dimitri and Aviv’s level of ideas. They can get away with being rough around the edges. The Virts - can’t. That’s why they have to be perfect. Just kidding - love my asian brothers. In short, mad scientists can compete with flawless machines. Either go more mad, or be more polished. Or be both if you’re a level 5 X-man mutant.

To everyone: I would LOVE to see better development of personality. When I watch Aviv, I KNOW it’s AVIV. When I watch the Virts, I KNOW they’re the Virts. Dimitri, Spencer, all the Norse Gods. I just KNOW, without having to look too hard. Watch more Daniel Madison videos, but don’t be Madison, be you. Tell me who you are without saying a word. Or maybe DO say a word. Be bold, take risks, show your face. Develop your voice. Whether it’s your video quality, your flawless physique, your beautiful face - WHATEVER. Make me feel who YOU are. I want to know. Tell me a story I haven’t heard before. Then I’ll remember you, and so will everyone else. I want my head to explode before I see you touch the cards.


James: We saw some very technical ideas in there and some of the cuts had very nice memorable moments but we do feel like the whole thing could be cleaner. We love the idea at 0:14 as those motions are pretty unusual and we would love to see more stuff going that way. The last fan move wasn’t really interesting or beautiful so it was a bit weird to end on that note: it felt a bit anticlimactic.

At this point in the tournament, we were also expecting a bit more attention to the video itself: not necessarily some crazy professional filming and editing, we understand that not everyone can provide that, but a concept in the video or something a bit special or different is always appreciated.

Edgar: We love the fact that pretty much all your moves have a specific purpose and are very recognizable: we can almost remember an interesting moment for all the moves, so that’s great. Sometimes the focus of the move seems a bit off though, for example at 0:14 it feels a bit weird to focus that much intention into a simple packet drop, especially when you have all those good creative moments elsewhere.

The isolation sequence was precise and clean, definitely one of the best moments in the video, but the “flat square” after that move was a bit disappointing: if you’re going to play with simple shapes such as triangles and squares, the shape has to be perfect, and here the square was a bit off.

Yang: As usual, perfect execution. Some very good and smooth cuts, and we love the fact the you shot in nature with an unexpected music choice. That one handed move at 0:53 was really one of the highlight of the video, and you make it look effortless.

We do feel like there’s a lot of repetition with your last two rounds, and not that many moves felt really “new”, so maybe it would have been a better idea to have less moves and only focus on the best ones and the ones that were new to us: it would also have been easier to choreograph, as this is one of the main problem of this video. It feels too much like a casual freestyle and not like an actual performance.

We did have a problem for this round: The rules specifically mentioned that the video should be 1 minute long (give or take 5 seconds), and Yang Chan’s video is 1:40 which is way over the limit. Since the other 2 contestants followed that rule, it would seem unfair not to take that into consideration.

So... the two finalists that will be flown to Los Angeles next month, where their final round videos will be screened LIVE and voted on by the attendees of Cardistry-Con are:

Congratulation to you 2, and good luck for next round! And of course a huge congrats to Yang Chan for his amazing rounds!

- The Judges -

CCC '17 Round 2 - RESULTS

We’re excited to announce our TOP 3 for the championship! It was a tough choice but our judges finally made their decision.
First let’s take a look and what the judges have to say about each video:


Claire: Clever ideas and good variety throughout the video but the sequencing was a little awkward. Would have liked to see more focus on rhythm and the flow of the routine.

Edgar: Awesome video! Great execution and an energetic presentation coupled with lots of memorable moments.

Gijs: The video shows creative mechanics and stylistic focus but is held back by poor execution. Really needed to see some cleaner packets in this one.

James: Ambitious cuts! Strong thinking throughout but the routine lacks variety. Would have liked to see a broader perspective.

Yang: Awesome execution but stays on one note for most of the routine. The presentation being a repeat of the first round was an interesting idea but unfortunately made the routine feel less memorable than it could have been.


Claire: probably favorite video due to amount of variety, kept me the most engaged and entertained. Camera wasn’t too close to the hands which is similar to how a spectator would be watching so it felt like the performance that fits real live audiences the best.

Edgar: Dope concepts with beautiful choreography, combined with a slick movement of the camera really made it polished and well rounded.

Gijs: Cool ideas, difficulty level seems really high but the messiness of packets and super slow pace looks like the fingers are tripping over each other. Should look more effortless to pull off those kind of cuts but the idea is definitely there, just needs more polish.

James: Dope fan! Solid execution. Everything flowed nicely but left more to be desired in terms of variety. Some of the cuts started to melt together and look repetitive/similar.

Yang: Flawless and effortless execution. Love the casualness and variety of selection. Smooth, solid control.


Claire: We love the fact that you shot outside, that’s a risk for an uncut video and it shows confidence! There were some very good moments but it was a bit uneven in general. It also lacked a bit of rhythm in the video to make it look like an actual “routine”.

Edgar: Great round! There’s not much to say about this video, it has good concepts and rhythm, pretty much all the moves are surprising and well thought of. Congrats.

Gijs: You definitely showed some good creativity in this round, and we love the fact that you actually worked on transitions between your moves, but the whole thing was maybe too ambitious: the execution was a bit weak and needed to be cleaner.

James: Some very good packet cuts, especially in the first half of the video. We do feel like the video should have ended on a better note, as this felt a bit anti-climactic. The cuts also felt a bit repetitive and we would love to see some more variety. We really like the fact that you actually worked on your angles for this video.

Yang: Perfect execution of very good moves, but the fact that you used the same music, background and a lot of the same moves as your round one felt a bit lazy. We also wish we saw some better transition between the moves, as this felt a bit too “casual” and not really choreographed.

And now for the TOP 3….




2 of those 3 contestants will be invited to Los Angeles for the final round! Who do you think will make it?

Congratulation to Claire and Gijs for making it this far. Both of them deserve a lot of respect for their amazing rounds !

- The Judges -


Here are all the submissions for round 2! The challenge here was that the contestants had to film their videos UNCUT! Results will be annouced on May 22.






This time, all our judges will comment each videos to explain their choice.
Best of luck! See you in a week.

- The Judges -


Here are all the submissions for round 1! Results will be annouced on the 1st of May.

Round 1: Alvin Herp

Round 1: Claire Fournier

Round 1: Gijs de Bruijne

Round 1: Khanh Dang

Round 1: Phan Phong

Round 1: Buseong Na

Round 1: Edgar Isaac

Round 1: James Chesmore

Round 1: Lars Mayrand

Round 1: Yang Chan

Best of luck! See you in a week.

- The Judges -

CCC 2017 Results - Top 10

After sifting through the 100+ entries to the Cardistry-Con Championship this year, we're pleased to finally announce our judges' picks for the Top 10 cardists who will be taking part in Round 1:

Alvin Herp

Buseong Na

Claire Fournier

Edgar Isaac Hernandez Zamorano

Gijs de Bruijne

James Chesmore

Khanh Dang

Lars Mayrand

Phan Phong

Yang Chan

Also, due to the delay in judging this year, the timeline for Rounds 1-3 have shifted accordingly. Here is the most up-to-date timeline for the 2017 CCC:

April 24 - Round 1 videos due
May 1 - Round 1 results
May 15 - Round 2 videos due
May 22 - Round 2 results
June 5 - Round 3 videos due
June 12 - Round 3 results
July 8 - Final videos debut in LA

All the best to this year's Top 10, and looking forward to seeing your videos later this month!

-The CCC Judging Team


Official CCC '17 Prize List

The stakes are high this year for the Cardistry-Con Championship: with The Virts, Touch, and Best Cardist Alive all on board as judges, the number of prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the competition has increased accordingly. Here are the juicy deets for your consideration:

1st Place Prizes:

A free trip to Cardistry-Con*
$1000 in cash
A stay in the House of Cardistry
A 1st Place Cardistry-Con Championship Trophy
A PORTRAIT video of the CCC ‘17 Champion, produced by Touch
$500 worth of decks from Art of Play
1 gross (144 decks) of the latest Virtuoso deck
An uncut sheet of the latest Virtuoso deck, signed by The Virts
1 custom brick (12 decks) of ORIGIN decks by Touch
A uncut sheet of ORIGIN, signed by Touch
A custom set of CCC '17 Squids by Pocket Park
Exclusive CCC ’17 Best Cardist Alive Merch


2nd Place Prizes:

A free trip to Cardistry-Con*
$500 in cash
A stay in the House of Cardistry
A 2nd Place Cardistry-Con Championship Trophy
$250 worth of decks from Art of Play
4 bricks (48 decks) of the latest Virtuoso deck
An uncut sheet of the latest Virtuoso deck, signed by The Virts
6 ORIGIN decks by Touch
An uncut sheet of ORIGIN by Touch
A custom set of CCC '17 Squids by Pocket Park
Exclusive CCC ’17 Best Cardist Alive Merch


3rd Place Prizes:

$250 in cash
$100 worth of decks from Art of Play
2 bricks (24 decks) of the latest Virtuoso deck
An uncut sheet of the latest Virtuoso deck, signed by The Virts
3 ORIGIN decks by Touch
A custom set of CCC '17 Squids by Pocket Park
Exclusive CCC ’17 Best Cardist Alive Merch

*Cardistry-Con will cover up to $800 in travel expenses. Finalists who have already booked their travel will be reimbursed up to $800 for travel expenses.

Announcing the 2017 Cardistry-Con Championship

The Cardistry-Con Championship is an annual competition created with the intention of bringing the best minds and hands in the cardistry to the forefront of the world stage.

How it Works

  1. Beginning March 6th, we will be taking in 15-second application videos for this year’s Cardistry-Con Championship. 
  2. From this pool of applicants, our team of Judges will hand-select 10 cardists to compete in the CCC.
  3. Over the course of several elimination-style video rounds (schedule below), these contestants will be narrowed down to 2 finalists. Both of these finalists will be flown to Los Angeles over the weekend of July 7-9th, where their final videos will be screened for the Cardistry-Con attendees to vote on.
  4. Finally, the winner will be announced at the end of this year’s Cardistry-Con Awards on Sunday, July 9th.


Prizes will be given out to the 3 cardists who make it all the way to the Semi-Finals and Finals of the competition. These will include trophies, a free trip to Cardistry-Con, a stay in the infamous House of Cardistry, and of course, lots of playing cards from our judges and sponsors.

Check out the prize list here for full details on what 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be getting. Be warned: your eyeballs might fall out.


April 24: Round 1 videos due
May 1: Round 1 results
May 15: Round 2 videos due
May 22: Round 2 results
June 5: Round 3 videos due
June 12: Round 3 results
July 8: Final videos debut in LA

July 9th: Results announced at the 2017 Cardistry-Con Awards show