"Flourishes are certain movements with the cards... In general they are used to show elegance..." - Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue, 1949
Someone who can flourish with playing cards possesses the ability to bring life to a seemingly mundane object. Cards are twirled, fanned, stacked and riffled to create an endless display of artistic formations and sequences. While originally a subset of card magic during the 1800's, card flourishing has became an art in its own right over the past few decades, continuing to grow and evolve.
Students at the Ravenswood Academy are given the opportunity to learn card flourishing from the very basics all the way to advanced, intricate movements. While there are plenty of free resources online that students are encouraged to pursue, the Ravenswood Academy offers aspiring card flourishers a chance to work as a group in-person to exchange, learn and collaborate.