Interview with Nicolas Oliveros
SHIVRAJ: How did you get into cardistry or where did you see it first?
NICOLAS: I started with magic. One Christmas I got the Trilogy by Dan & Dave Buck and it all started form there. I dropped magic in a couple of years and continued with cardistry. The time I learnt Pandora, I didn't even knew the basics of cardistry.
SHIVRAJ: How would you define 'cardistry' in your own words?
NICOLAS: The art of taking rectangular paper and making them dance in your hands. I often compare it with skateboarding, it’s like skateboarding with your hands but using a deck of cards instead.
SHIVRAJ: Who/What inspires you the most and why?
NICOLAS: The Dealers Grip crew and jamming with other cardists inspires me a lot. Meeting other cardists and discussing about the art is the best creativity boost.
SHIVRAJ: What is your creative process of making moves?
NICOLAS: I don't exactly have a clear or structured creative process. Creating moves for me can take upto 5 minutes or even 5 months. I have many different approaches. Sometimes I start to create a closer and build the flourish backwards. However, I always try to make sure that the flourish is as self working as possible and to have the least amount of re-grips and re-positions of the fingers like Nikolaj Pedersen's "Comfy Cardistry" or like yours and Duy's mind-blowing cuts, everything makes sense and looks effortless. Every packet helps one another like inside of a clock or the first sentence of a poem. The point is that you must not forget that at the end you are making piecec of paper dance.
SHIVRAJ: How do you overcome a 'Creative Block'?
NICOLAS: I just stop doing it for a couple of days or my favorite way is to choose a random move from other cardist I like and try to learn it in order to get inspired.
SHIVRAJ: Describe your style in one word/sentence.
NICOLAS: Similar to Henrik Forberg's with a bit of old school style.
SHIVRAJ: What role does the art play in your life or in simple words why do you do it?
NICOLAS: For me it's just a hobby, nevertheless early this year I was in Argentina and I met some street jugglers. They really liked cardistry and they encouraged me to try to make money out of it and believe it or not I started to make pretty good money as a street performer it was one of the happiest and coolest experience of my life.
SHIVRAJ: How do you think you can help in improving the field of cardistry?
NICOLAS: I'm really open to teach my moves to others and answer any questions.
SHIVRAJ: What is your favourite move by you or by someone else? What do you like about it?
NICOLAS: False Sybil by Dan & Dave Buck is my favourite move!
I love how it feels in my hands.
SHIVRAJ: Which is your favourite cardistry video of all time?
NICOLAS: Pacemaker by Tobias Levin.
SHIVRAJ: What do you think about the concept 'Cardestroy'?
NICOLAS: It still breaks my heart if you talk about ripping cards off even the old ones so I haven't tried it out myself yet but I love the idea! It’s like the isolations, I suck at it but I love to watch it.
SHIVRAJ: What genre of music do you mostly listen to?
NICOLAS: Heavy metal and I listen to raps quiet often.
SHIVRAJ: What do you do other than cardistry?
NICOLAS: Waste my time not doing cardistry.
SHIVRAJ: What are you further planning to do in your life?
NICOLAS: I want to be good enough to make a living out of just cardistry, have a hot wife and reaching nirvana.
SHIVRAJ: Any contest/contests you've participated in/won?
SHIVRAJ: Any advice for the community?
NICOLAS: Practice, Practice and Practice.
SHIVRAJ: Any last thoughts? (If any)
NICOLAS: Thank you Shivraj for all that you are doing for the community.
SHIVRAJ: Thanks a lot for your time! Have a nice day, cheers!
FIND NICOLAS ON: