Training idea: fold some newspaper around some cards. Maybe get a bit more bang for your buck.
Thats not a bad idea. i think when i can get a full deck ill probably just add more cards, and tear lengthways for a different challenge. no doubt ill try out a deck of bicycles one day just to see how how hard they really are. some have described them as ripping towels.
I could do it pretty much right away... Took a fee minutes though. Still not great at it, but I don't really practice it. I think part of it is my technique just isn't very good. Haha. I can get a tear started but pretty much always have to fumble around wih my hands to grip it different ways and finish it off.
Bumping with some progress.
^ This is the trouble im having right now. i start with the over-under technique because i find it th easiest way to get the tear going, and i tend to switch back n forth with one or two other techniques to finish the tear. rather than doing the deck really slowly, im doing about 45 cards at around 30 seconds. not awful, not brilliant.
i did stop card tearing up until last week, but i seem to have made some decent progress. when i tried my first easy full deck, it took me anywhere between 5-10 minutes, fresh.. now im doing 45cards in 30 seconds after doing plate wrist curls, and some DU work on the wrist developer. if i had stuck at it from the time i made this post, then id probably be getting through a deck by now, not at top speed but through it all the same.
and for the record, IMO, you cant compare card tearing with tearing folded newspaper.. the cards fight you pretty much all the way through, while the folded newspaper is pretty easy after you get it going. when i first started, 3 sheets of folded newspaper was tough, now 6 is fairly easy and im still yet to do a easy deck quite convincingly. but whatever works for you, texure-wise or even for saving money. i think i may try more folded newspapers after the card tearing, just to save money on cards and for extra volume on the tearing.
I'm thinking there's some little thing with your technique that once you figure it out you'll be flying through them decks. I agree with the carryover of the newspaper tearing vs cards in that I don't see much carryover either.
One thing I don't think I've mentioned on here before is I got a pretty good injury a couple of years ago when I was doing tons of card tearing. When I was doing the "choke and peel" method the card edge was basically sitting right in the middle of my middle finger of the choking hand. I basically ended up crushing the tendons in there and it took a long time to recover to having any kind of strength back in that finger.
ill bear that in mind. i think ill stick to the over-under technique for now and try to get proficient with that. in time, ill try it the way adam glass does it, he makes it looks effortless but i cant get a tear started even with half the deck...
im guessing its gonna take a few packs of using actual playing cards before you get good at this, you can tweak your technique a little bit each time, which either makes it easier or a bit harder. i am enjoying it at the minute though and im hoping to get through an easy deck by the end of this month.
EDIT: i agree on not much carryover.. before i would struggle with 4 folded pieces of newspaper, not sure if i could get through it even.. now i just did 8, not 6. i think it shows my fingers are getting stronger and more accustomed to the newspaper tearing, but it doesnt directly help with the cards. i like to tear newspaper afterwards to save on cards and for volume for the fingers.
Edited by alexjones234, 02 April 2013 - 09:43 AM.