WHAT IS INTEGRATE?
In early 2016, I was doing my school work and saw a "slinky" lying on my table. I just had an idea, took it and incorporated it with cards and came up with some weird yet cool stuff shown in the video below:
I didn't knew if it was something worth trying or not until the massive feedback and fun kicked in. That was when I first Integrated.
Later I experimented more and made the following video with some of the integrated stuff for Cardisty-Con 2016 screening at Berlin. These are also some good examples of 'Integrate'.
IDEA BEHIND IT:
Idea behind Integrate in Cardistry is to try out something new, getting out of the comfort zone and having fun at the same time. It is a great way to test your creativity and see how far can you push it.
"You don't know how far you can go until you push yourself to something new."
Integrate in Cardistry means: It is an art of Incorporating the cards with objects around you, toys or anything you can think of and bringing them to motion to form something extraordinary. But not using any adhesives like glue, tape, etc. Just pure creations.
"It's not about thinking outside the box, but it's about thinking outside the house the box was in."
Almost all moves were based on an arrangement done on the object, flat surface, hands or anywhere possible and put in motion. Some examples of using objects for integrating are displayed below in its types.
TYPES OF INTEGRATE:
I've classified Integrate into three basic types:
In the following first two types, "A" represents "cards" and "B" represents an "object".
A) A with B Integrate: Cards with Object. Which means Integrating the motions/certain abilities of the particular object to form unique motions/mechanics. Following are some examples:
Object used: CD Drive
Object used: Perfume
As you can see by the above examples, if you remove the object from the 'Integrate' creation, it can still be done without it (in some case not). Its all about adding that touch. By touch what I mean is sometimes using an object's motions/abilities to do something that you can execute with your bare hands or by yourself changes the way it looks and feels. Like in the second example, I could just blow air through my mouth to spin the card but using the perfume changed the way it looked.
B) B with A Integrate: Object with Cards. Which means integrating the object itself with cards to form unique motions/mechanics. Following are some examples:
Object used: Pizza Holder
Object used: Slinky
Object used: Magnets
In this case, as you can see from the examples above, if you remove the object from the 'Integrate' creation, it will be incomplete without it and not like the first type.
C) Visual Integration: Sometimes it can just be visual Integration, which means like the cards itself can look visually cool using the particular object but at the same time if you remove the object from the creation, it will be incomplete without it. Similar to the second type. Following is the best example for it by Patrick Varnavas on what he calls 'Reflections':
Object used: Mirror
So following were the different types of Integrate. An Integrate creation can be a combination of any two or even all three types above. It totally depends on the creation.
Cardestroy can also be incorporated with other objects and is eligible to fit in as Integrate.
TIPS TO CREATE AN INTEGRATE MOVE:
To create, you don't really need to remember any of its types or anything, it was just to give you a deep explanation on what it is and what is eligible. So the first step would be learning the unique motions of the object and second to find out how to incorporate them with cards.
What I usually do while integrating is study the particular object and all its possibilities I can imagine of before moving to the other and think how I can add cards to it.
Sometimes just adding cards to the objects works well or sometimes using object's motions to do something that you can execute with your bare hands or by yourself works as well as I mentioned above.
Of course these were just some examples of what you can use and incorporate with cards; it could be anything. Anything you can think of. You can start integrating with your shoe laces and end up using the pizza holder from the Pizza you ate last night. It's totally on you, no limits. It is all about trying something new, getting out of the comfort zones and having fun altogether.
So have patience, stay open-minded, observe things around you and their unique motions and incorporate them into cardistry and INTEGRATE!