Interview with Eliot Slevin
SHIVRAJ: How did you get into cardistry or where did you see it first?
ELIOT: Like most, I first got into magic. I think the first time I saw it was when I saw some of Dan and Dave's products on Theory 11. For a long time I knew about it but didn't start practicing it, it looked so difficult that I thought it would be impossible. But eventually I bought some DVD's and jumped in.
SHIVRAJ: How would you define 'cardistry' in your own words?
ELIOT: Non-magical manipulation of playing cards for an aesthetic effect. Its an art-form, which is like dance, expresses itself through motion.
SHIVRAJ: Who/What inspires you the most and why?
ELIOT: Aviv Moraly. Everything he drops I just have to watch like 4 times, his concepts and motions are so unprecedented.
SHIVRAJ: What is your creative process of making moves?
ELIOT: I find creative processes very interesting, and I wouldn't actually say I have a good creative process. In my mind, a good creative process lets you generate a huge amount of ideas, record them, distill them, then focus on specific ones. Cardists like Aviv Moraly or Patick Varnavas have very interesting creative processes, it's not that they're just next level creative, and just came up with their moves on the first go - it's that they've explored every available option in a move. I however, have a poor creative process - I just do moves as I'm feeling them. I just jam away and will randomly stumble upon something which feels good.
SHIVRAJ: How do you overcome a 'Creative Block'?
ELIOT: Its only a creative block if you're in a rush. I don't feel the need to push things.
SHIVRAJ: Describe your style in one word/sentence.
ELIOT: Polished or Fast.
SHIVRAJ: What role does the art play in your life or in simple words why do you do it?
ELIOT: I do it because it's fun. I love to listen to music, do some work and jam away.
SHIVRAJ: How do you think you can help in improving the field of cardistry?
ELIOT: Probably through community. I'm a moderator at r/cardistry, and our community is really strong ... but we do have some drama haha. I think another way in which I can help is through beginner resources, I don't think some cardists realize how important beginners are for a healthy community? Older cardists are constantly quitting, you need people to be taking their place faster. If we really want cardistry to grow - we need to make it easier for people to take up the art.
SHIVRAJ: What is your favourite move by you or by someone else? What do you like about it?
ELIOT: Hmmmm. Revolver by Aviv, it's just so buttery.
SHIVRAJ: What do you think about the concept 'Cardestroy'?
ELIOT: I think it really displays the difference between what cardists see in a move and what laymen see in a move. Cardists find it interesting due to how unexpected it is, laymen don't see the difference as it's all unexpected to them. But, cardestroy is interesting due to the aesthetics, so it fits my definition of cardistry just fine.
SHIVRAJ: What genre of music do you mostly listen to?
ELIOT: Just a bunch of shit, check out my Soundcloud likes, click here.
SHIVRAJ: What do you do other than cardistry?
ELIOT: I'm a designer and software developer. I'm currently working towards my thesis, which is designing a futuristic Electronic Medical Record system. I also play obscure difficult video games, and I've gotten into urban gardening recently.
SHIVRAJ: What are you further planning to do in your life?
ELIOT: Make dope shit until I die.
SHIVRAJ: Any contest/contests you've participated in/won?
ELIOT: First place in ICO (International Cardistry Open) Season 1. It was a marathon.
SHIVRAJ: Any advice for the community?
ELIOT: Love thy newbie.
SHIVRAJ: Any last thoughts? (If any)
ELIOT: Cut for yourself, not the gram.
SHIVRAJ: Thanks a lot for your time! Have a nice day, cheers!
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