Interview with Alix Becle
SHIVRAJ: How did you get into cardistry or where did you see it first?
ALIX: I got into cardistry like anyone else, I started with magic and stumbled upon some cardistry tutorials like the "spring" and the "flicker" and I was hooked. I didn't get into it seriously at first but then it became addictive.
SHIVRAJ: How would you define 'cardistry' in your own words?
ALIX: Cardistry is a way to make people believe anything is possible with any object at any time. It's also a good way to stretch your fingers when in need.
SHIVRAJ: Who/What inspires you the most and why?
ALIX: Every cardist inspires me a lot, with the moves, the flow, the creativity and their way of thinking. But the ones who inspires me the most are the ones who achieve and succeed in life; thanks to cardists, such as Zach Mueller, Andrei Jikh or Tobias Levin and Oliver Sogard. They made cardistry their way of making money which is very impressive.
SHIVRAJ: What is your creative process of making moves?
ALIX: I don't have a creative process to make moves, I basically play with cards and whenever I stumble upon something interesting or comfy I work on it until it's comfortable in my hands. I don't think of the way it looks at first, I only think of the comfortness of the move or the challenge behind it.
SHIVRAJ: How do you overcome a 'Creative Block'?
ALIX: I basically stop cardistry until I'm hooked again. I've been in this block since last October. I still play with cards but I don't work on any new moves.
SHIVRAJ: Describe your style in one word/sentence.
SHIVRAJ: What role does the art play in your life or in simple words why do you do it?
ALIX: Well there are many ways to answer that question. First of all I got to meet and make new friends from all over the world, then I got the chance to travel a lot because of cardistry, which is something I would never have imagined before cause come on, cardistry is kinda lame, it can't make you travel like that. Finally, it's a great way to make new friends, in class, at parties. It's a great way to bond with others (with the help of magic, sorry, I'm still a magician after all).
SHIVRAJ: How do you think you can help in improving the field of cardistry?
ALIX: I have no idea. To be honest I'm very far from being a good cardist, I'm not the smoothest nor the most original, all I can do is give advice for beginners and support the amazing cardists of instagram that are too good to only have a few followers.
SHIVRAJ: What is your favourite move by you or by someone else? What do you like about it?
ALIX: My favourite unoriginal move is "Spin Doctor" by Nikolaj Pedersen, most amazing and smoothest move that exists and will blow away laymen.
My favourite original move is Velvet. Extremly comfy.
SHIVRAJ: Which is your favourite cardistry video of all time?
ALIX: Cause it's a video that makes you want to create more and enjoy your life even more. So inspiring.
SHIVRAJ: What do you think about the concept 'Cardestroy'?
ALIX: I wasn't convinced at first, but now I love it. It's something I never thought was possible and it's so enjoyable to watch. It show that there is so much more potential in cardistry, it opens a new door towards creativity. Congrats Shiv!
SHIVRAJ: What genre of music do you mostly listen to?
ALIX: I basically listen to anything apart from two genres. Lana Del Rey is my all time favourite singer.
SHIVRAJ: What do you do other than cardistry?
ALIX: I love shopping, partying, hanging out with friends and spend time with my boyfriend. Oh and Netflix.
SHIVRAJ: What are you further planning to do in your life?
ALIX: Such a hard question, I want to finish my studies, and get a job anywhere but not in France. I want to travel a lot and make new friends.
SHIVRAJ: Any contest/contests you've participated in/won?
ALIX: I've participated to a SNC by Theory11 and won once, I tried for Cardistry-Con Championship 2016 (lol) and maybe some random contests on Instagram.
SHIVRAJ: Any advice for the community?
ALIX: Stop being mean with beginners, we've all been there and stop being mean or sexist with female cardist, it's annoying.
SHIVRAJ: Any last thoughts? (If any)
ALIX: Nope. Thanks Shivraj, it was a pleasure finally meeting you in Berlin, you are a very talented guy.
SHIVRAJ: Thanks a lot for your time! Have a nice day, cheers!
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