Spectacular slow card-flourishes from Dimitri Arleri

PeaceLove sez, "My buddy Chris 'Orbit' Brown just hipped me to this lovely video of one Dimitri Arleri doing some amazing card flourishes, set to an unidentified piece of ambient opera. Most flourish videos are rapid-fire montages of jaw-dropping excellence (ie. the brilliant Buck Twins) but this guy slows the pace and goes for a more flowing, elegant style. Magicians are taking note. Watch to the end; it's killer!"

Card Flourishes: Dimitri Arleri - "Opera" www.thecuso.info (Thanks, PeaceLove)


  1. The music sounds an awful lot like Qntal [example].

    Tricks are OK, I suppose, but if you sample someone’s music for a video it’s only decent to give them credit.

  2. Better than OK! That’s some hypnotizing stuff there.

    (They call it “cardistry”, apparently)

  3. An example of my favorite saying “Never play cards with someone who does card tricks, and never do card tricks with people your playing cards with.”

  4. haha! I quit the ol’ smoking habit on oct 30th and i’m trying to do stuff like this instead of lighting up. I got some awesome elusionist cards from ebay and i’m loving the quality. looks like its going to be a few years before i get this good!

  5. the video was great, but that last trick made my hands hurt watching it. £µ¢king incredible.

  6. The first thing my wife said after watching this was ‘ I wonder if he’s good at flicking the bean?’. This kind of display of manual dexterity probably ranks up there with sitting at the end of the bar licking your eyebrows.

    1. Actually, the Pschent is the the Record Company. The song is “Opéra” off the album “Métropolitain” by DJ Emmanuel Santarromana.

  7. Ya, that is because those arms have never seen the sun. They were damn near translucent! BUT, you don’t get freaky good at this kind of thing by being concerned with ‘outside’…

  8. I like the music a lot, though I’d call it glitchy downtempo. There’s too much going on for it to be ambient.

  9. I dunno. I’m a big fan of playing card sleight of hand, but this kind of thing leaves me cold. To me, the mark of a real expert at the card table is that, even if you know how the techniques work, even if you can do them yourself, even if you’re staring right at the guy’s hands two feet away from you, you still can’t see what he’s doing. A card manipulator should be judged by his second dealing, not by his flourishes. Just my opinion.

    1. Actually, card flourishes are sort of a separate but related art to magic. I think what Aleri and others do is more akin to juggling than magic, and as such it can be dramatic, eye popping, or beautiful.

      You are correct that a magician should cover his work so it’s invisible. But that doesn’t mean he has to pretend to be incompetent with a deck of cards. A few flourishes thrown into a card routine can provide wonderful punctuation.

  10. Um, yes he’s very good at card tricks, but the decor in that room made my eyes bleed.

    Theatrical masks hung in a row on the wall. There’s just no excuse.

  11. Well, to me, the 4 – 6 seconds scene/edits (of which 2-3 seconds are Aleri walking up to his polished-to-perfection-by-the-assistants piano) make me wonder if the real magic is from the editor…
    (The only exception is the last trick – but who knows how many times he did it on camera before they got a good take.)

    This video feels like soft-core hotel porn. It’s those Dollar Store theatrical masks on the wall…

    I’m always impressed by videos where a magician is out on the street, surrounded by people who are close enough to touch him/her, the camera stays on the magician, and they still can’t figure out what is going on.

  12. Couldn’t even make it until the last trick people are talking about. The camera work is terrible, and soooo many edits. Cut in some scenes of semi-nude women wearing masks making out, and you have an episode of The Red Shoe Diaries.

  13. Good grief. I’ve seen French auteur cinéma with shorter introductions and less stuffed-shirt pomposity than that.

    42 seconds until we get to see a card trick? Forget it.

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