LEARN TO SPREAD CARDS LIKE A PRO!! – TUTORIAL (Lepaul Spread & Giant “S” Spread)


(steady dance groove) – Yo, what’s going on, guys? Welcome back.
(Chris laughs) Today, we are going to be
learning something really cool. A lot of you guys request… Let me fix this ring
light, just one second. Good. A lot of you guys requested this. I’ve been flooded with requests
to teach the LePaul Spread. So the LePaul Spread is a
really tricky sort of flourish to spread cards, and it
takes a lot of practice. It does take some getting used to. But once you do nail it,
it looks quite beautiful. It’s a lovely way of just
spreading cards to have someone select a card, or
it’s one of those power moves. I like power moves. There’s a certain… Like the spring is a power move. Like, there are all sorts
of really cool things that you can do on camera or in person that just catch people’s eye
and that look really fancy. This is one of them. It’s one that you’re
going to have to practice but that you need to practice. If you get this down, you’ll
be really proud of yourself. So don’t let up. It’s going to take hours and hours. Just get back to it. Put the deck down, do something
else, come back at it, do it again, days and days over and over, and then eventually,
it’s gonna just be like spreading butter, melting
butter in your hands. It feels great.
It looks great. So let’s get into it. All right, so before we begin, these are the Virtuoso
Launch First Launch edition, no longer available, but
if you like playing cards, I’ll leave a link below where you can find something really cool. I won’t tell you what it is, but when you get there, you’ll see. Also, if you’re interested
in learning the history of the LePaul Spread
and learning where to… ‘Cause Paul LePaul has like all sorts of really cool
sleight of hand magic. I’ll leave a link below where
you can check out a book which has this and many more
things taught by LePaul. So we’re gonna look at just
an overview from the front, and then we’ll get into
the better positioning. The grip is like so. Now, I have giant banana hands. These are… I got big mitts, okay. You don’t need big hands to do this. So if you say, my hands are too small. (Chris whimpers) It’s not true. Your hands are just not strong enough yet. So just be sure to keep practicing, and eventually, you’ll get it. So the finger placement
is gonna be like so. You’re basically holding
your hand out like this. All right. Your fingers are going to be basically in the middle of that deck, where you got index all the
way to pinky in the middle, and this is not on the
bottom of my hand like this. It’s slightly raised up
to this part here, okay? So not down here, up here. You wanna make sure all your fingers are contacting all of the cards. So don’t leave a gap on the
bottom sort of like that where you’re not contacting them. Your fingers need to be
contacting all of them. Boom. Once you’re placed in, you’re ready to go. Now, I’m like slightly applying pressure. See how the deck’s sort
of bowing like that? You see that, how that bow happens? Kind of like the waterfall where
you need to apply pressure, but instead of being on this side, it’s gonna be on the length side, and you want your deck to
bend inwards like that. Now, after doing this for a long time, your deck will start to warp. Flip the deck around and
do it with the other side. And if you bend it too much, you’re gonna get a weird crimp in it. You don’t want that. New cards are gonna be a little bit harder to do this at first, so I suggest grabbing not an old deck, but something broken in, just
because when you do this, the cards, it helps when
they stick together. So if they’re a little bit sticky, if they’re a little bit
used, it’ll help a lot. If they’re brand new, you might
have cards flying all over the place, and it’ll be a
little bit harder for you. Pressure here. You see that bevel, you see that bow. Your thumb is gonna come back here. So this is where I place my thumb. A lot of people like to
place it in the corner. I like to place it right here. Not my whole thumb. Just the tip of it like that. And as I press here, the cards are being
released from my index. So I’ll give you a look at just that. Notice the movement on my index, how I start curled like
this, like in a hook. Watch my finger here. Watch how they start to change. So the pressure starts here and ends here, if that makes sense. Your pressure starts up here, ’cause you wanna give those
top ones a spring off first. So they’re pushing off here, boom, and they’re pushing outwards. And as there’s less and
less cards, obviously, the pressure is going to
transfer from the top here down to like the bottom. Just to give you an idea. Now, you can practice this
without doing the spread, just kind of to get that
muscle memory going. Now, at first, you’re
going to get like bursts. It’s going to be like, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump. Let’s see if I can do
it with my left hand. Maybe that’ll tell me what it feels like if you guys are still… Ooh, this is hard. Yeah, so that’s kind of
what it’s going to look like for you if you’re just starting. So don’t going to discouraged,
’cause that’s exactly what’s happening right
now to me on my left hand. So there’s my LePaul
Spread with my left hand. Probably what yours looks like right now if you’re first attempting it. And eventually, that muscle
will just build itself. Look at this. I can like do the wave with my hand. Kind of what it feels like
when you LePaul Spread. Boom, here. All fingers are applying pressure
to this part of the hand, and you’re slowly going to
move your index out of the way, these fingers out of the way, so that the cards can shoot off. This hand goes back here,
the thumb goes back here. And what’s gonna hold
these cards in position, what’s gonna hold all
these cards in position, is a combination of things. It’s this hand here,
which is like spread out so it holds as many cards as possible, but also the cards are going
to hold the other cards now if that makes sense. So right here, as you see,
I’m not touching these cards. It’s kind of like the cards
are holding themselves, and that allows you to spread it bigger. So at first, it’s just gonna be like that, which is cool, but if
you want that s spread, if you want that longer spread, the cards are gonna end up holding it, so something like that. Hold on, let me get this right for you. There you go. So the cards are kind of being balanced. My thumb is preventing
them from flying away, ’cause they’re like arched
on my thumb like that. All right. Enough of this. Let’s go behind the back and show you guys some more work on it. Okay. So from here, again, that’s the pressure. Thumb comes here, basically like around the middle. Now, if you were to do it
without LePaul spreading, I suggest that you practice that. I suggest that you practice
just spreading cards. Thumb goes here, and try to
spread it as wide as possible. So my ring finger here is holding cards. So from here, my ring
finger is holding cards. If you look underneath,
it’s just touching, but it’s preventing them from flying away. If you want your LePaul
Spread looking good, practice just spreading
cards as wide as possible, and then when you have
this, you’ll understand how you can spread it better. Now, for the s spread, this
is like the advanced LePaul. So once you learn that
and you’re getting there, you wanna do one of these, like where the deck’s
kind of shaped like an s. I don’t know if you can
see that, not really. Here, let me do it from here. So if you watch the
trailer in the beginning, I do this kind of like s thing, right? And what’s cool about that
is there’s a misconception when a lot of people do this. So they do it, and they
move the back hand, and that’s not what the LePaul Spread, that’s not when it looks its best. It looks its best when
this hand doesn’t move and the only movement is
coming from this hand here. All I’m doing with my
back hand is sort of like turning a little bit to
give it that curvature. But all the cards are coming
off here, so it’s kind of like they’re appearing one after
another out of nowhere, which is what makes it look cool. So here, pressure, thumb, and you start to go on. Now, you can see them wanting to spring. Don’t tilt too far this way. Don’t tilt upwards, because
they’ll end up falling. Don’t tilt too far forwards, ’cause they’ll end up going forwards. Keep it very leveled, and the work should do it on its own. All the work should happen from here. All I’m asking you to do is practice this. Just practice that. Don’t even practice this… Like practice the spread, practice this, and then put those two together, and you’ll have a lovely LePaul Spread. In the trailer as well, I
did this nifty little thing, this is called the Silver Surfer, I believe, by Aaron Fisher. It might not be Aaron Fisher. It might be Aaron Fisher. It might not be, but it might be. It might be Aaron Fisher, or
it might not be Aaron Fisher. But that’s a cool little
flourish you can do. You just push out the
top card, hold it there, do your spread, let go, and let it fall into
the middle of the deck. So if you’re doing an ambitious
routine where they say, okay, there’s that card,
we’re gonna take that card and leave it somewhere in the middle. It looks flourishy, it looks really cool, and of course the card is on top. It might be Aaron Fisher,
but it might not be. This is also a cool
little way to close it, which I did in that little trailer… (cards clatter against floor)
Uh-oh. Uh-oh. Oh, my cards. This is Dennis Kim, who does this, and I noticed he did it. So you should check him out,
Dennis Kim on Instagram. He’s an incredible
sleight of hand magician, and he comes up with a lot of
really cool, fancy concepts. So when he closes this, these two go up here,
these two go down here, and he kind of like rotates it, right? So when you’re here,
and after you close it, it just looks kind of
like really flourishy to be like, all right, we’ve got some cards here. What we’re gonna do is blah, blah, blah. It just kind of looks really cool. I like that. I like that eye candy stuff, and I don’t give a crap
if any magician says, well, it’s not necessary. (Chris mutters) Come on, get a life, it looks beautiful. People appreciate it, and
more importantly, I like it. So, oh, what was that? That was weird. Use your indexes, yeah. Just kind of rotate it like that. I think it’s just a cool move. So remember, again, if
you’re having trouble, just keep applying pressure. Dan and Dave have got
this little hand thing where you can like work your hand muscles. I’ve never used one of
those, but they might work. But honestly, just squeezing
a deck and doing that. Just doing this, you know, kind of the same pressure you wanna do for like an Anti Faro. My Anti Faro game isn’t
as good as it used to be. Actually, that’s not bad. It was almost half-half. Ooh, almost. Oh, yeah. Did I nail it? Not really. Okay. That kind of pressure can come in handy with a lot of different things. Let me try Curly Q. So, there’s a Curly Q,
which I’m not good at, but that also uses the LePaul Spread. You’re just holding it
a bit higher in grip. (cards crash against floor) And yeah, so, stay in school. So that’s it! (Chris sighs)
(Chris snaps) All right, guys, that was
it for the LePaul Spread. I hope you enjoyed the LePaul Spread. Really nacky move, fun to do. I gave you some tips. I need you to run with these tips, and I need you to watch this video again if you don’t understand,
because a lot of times, people are like, I don’t
get it, I don’t get it. Just go back and listen
to every little detail, look at the hand placements. Pressure is not something
obviously that I can teach you, but once you build up that muscle memory and enough muscle in that hand, you’ll be able to do
something really cool. Hope you guys enjoyed this video. If you did, be sure to
hit the like button, fam, and subscribe if you’re
not already subscribed, and we’ll see you on the next video. Peace.
Rock. (steady hip hop groove)




Comments
  1. are you lefthanded? I noticed i hold the stack in my right hand whereas you hold them in your left hand, i was wondering what would be easier for right handed people

  2. I love your vids man, especially the cardistry ones, I like to watch at least one of your vids a day and I'll practice whatever that move is for hours while I watch TV, it's amazing what you can do with a little instruction and alot of practice

  3. Thank you, Chris. I was able to get down the basic technique right away due to your detailed explanation; I just need to develop the control.
    I have a question: I've worked in the casino business for many years. I am the only one I know who "pops" the seal of a new deck with a one-handed squeeze (not to say it is difficult; I think others just don't bother). To me, it is fast and efficient when opening a deck. I never damage the tuck, it is just enough force to pop the seal.
    I am curious as to why I NEVER see any magicians open a new deck this way? Do they feel that it will damage the tuck or warp the cards? In my experience, it leaves everything fine. I know you get a ton of messages, but a response would be greatly appreciated!

  4. I Learned of this move to do the Silver surfer again I still canโ€™t do the Silver surfer but I can still do the move please help

  5. Man I hate how the illuminati is ignored and spreadout through fashion just cuz it looks cool. But seriously that's the devil's sign.

  6. When I try to do this, I bend the cards but the cards dont pop out like they are for you, they just unbend without moving

  7. Oh god, I've been practicing Lepauls, Pressure Fans, and Springs to an excess, and I'm destroying my decks ๐Ÿ˜‚

  8. Such a perfect tutorial, most that you find in YouTube just skip past all the important little tips and let you figure it out for yourself mostly. Awesome work

  9. This really helped me out a lot!
    I do happen to have smaller hands and I found that instead of having my grip more in the middle of the deck it was easier if I went just a little lower to get the spring action to work better.

  10. Ragnar Lothbrok doing magic tricks. My lil hands are still too weak for this. I think I just saw your reaction video to this trick in the morning, happy to see you mastered this spread ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. I was looking for my first deck to buy and simply fell in love with the memento mori ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ Now I bought two decks memento mori and another deck, the latter for practicing and the first as motivation haha ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค“hihi

  13. I'm right handed and have always held the deck like left handed person (in my right hand). Could this potentially be a problem for certain moves?

  14. Thanks for the videos. Been able to trick a few people from no more than 10 ft away. Back to back moves too. Really fun vibe when someone really doesn't see it happen.

  15. Thanks man. Been working on this forever and this video… long story short can't do it with my left index too many injuries; however with my middle finger, this tutorial finally made it click.

  16. I'm new to this and when I try some tricks like those you have to bend the cards, I noticed that they stay curved at the end making difficult a second try, so I gotta fix them before trying again. Is that normal? Does this fact can damage the cards?
    It's a Standard Bicycle Deck.

  17. 10:03
    When you think Chris is gonna run out of cards if he keeps dropping them, and then you look behind him…

  18. When I tried it the a small burst of cards came then all of the middle at once.I was left holding the last couple.(I'm new with card tricks)

  19. It donโ€™t work the deck bends when I do the same thing u did and it doesnโ€™t pop up it just bends and stays in my hAnd Iโ€™ve tried 1864 goldfield Nevada premiem playing cards magic playing cards even 100% plastic cards nothing works for me

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