Interview with Manuela Rud

Name: Manuela Rud

Age: 16 Years

Cardistry: 2 Years

From: Uruguay

I’m best known for the "Bullet Shot to Padiddle" variation.

"Ten years from now, make sure you can say that you chose your life, you didn´t settle for it.” - Mandy Hale

SHIVRAJ: How did you get into cardistry or where did you see it first?

MANUELAFirst, I started with magic (like most of us) and I recall that I watched some crazy video which I don´t remember exactly but because it was really crazy, I gave it a try.

SHIVRAJ: How would you define 'cardistry' in your own words?

MANUELAA massage for your fingers.

SHIVRAJ: Who/What inspires you the most and why?

MANUELAHonestly, seeing people being passionate about something makes me feel stimulated. New projects/ thing or whatever that is new, reinforce that I belong to a challenging community and that means the world to me. I can´t describe with words how deep this influences me.

SHIVRAJ: What is your creative process of making moves?

MANUELAI normally play around with cards until something different happens and then I try to expand it. When I “finish” I look at all the aspects that I don´t like and I discard them. Personally, I look at cardistry as a way of having fun so I don´t focus so much on what I am doing.

SHIVRAJ: How do you overcome a 'Creative Block'?

MANUELAI don´t pay attention to this and I keep practicing what I know.

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?

MANUELAPlaying with paper is all to me. When I do it I feel like I am doing something that I´m good at.

SHIVRAJ: How do you think you can help in improving the field of cardistry?

MANUELA: I would help to create more material in Spanish because that's one of the difficulties I had to overcome when I started. The lack of even the very basic tutorials in my own language. I think there are a lot of aficionados out there that would appreciate that, and it also will help to expand the scope of this art and make our community even more cosmopolitan.

SHIVRAJ: What is your favourite move by you or by someone else? What do you like about it?

MANUELA: Phobos Deimos by Noel Heath and in fact, it was one of very first flourishes that got me into cardistry.


SHIVRAJ: Which is your favourite cardistry video of all time?

MANUELANo doubt this is my favorite video!


SHIVRAJ: What do you think about the concept 'Cardestroy'?

MANUELAI believe that it’s really cool and makes an awesome way of recycling old cards apart from getting amazing stuff.

SHIVRAJ: What genre of music do you mostly listen to?

MANUELAAll the music I listen is in Spanish and my favourite style is “cumbia”.

SHIVRAJ: What do you do other than cardistry?

MANUELAI´m a full-time student and I practice Taekwondo, actually I’m a black belt.

SHIVRAJ: What are you further planning to do in your life?

MANUELAI´m really willing to study something related to business at college and push cardistry forward.

SHIVRAJ: Any contest/contests you've participated in/won?


SHIVRAJ: Any advice for the community?

MANUELATo have gatherings more often and closer to my country… best of all, in my country. You are all invited to stay at my place (... bring your tent)

SHIVRAJ: Any last thoughts? (If any)


SHIVRAJ: Thanks a lot for your time! Have a nice day, cheers!




Shivraj Morzaria