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Being Featured on The Tonight Show!

The year was 2003, and a young Rick Smith Jr., having just broken the world records for fastest, highest, and furthest card throws, was faced with a life-changing decision. The days directly after I broke the world record in front of countless video cameras and reporters in CSU’s Convocation Center were a blur; I found my face on the front of the local papers, and it seemed as if my unique talent had put me…

How to Throw Playing Cards Fast and Far!

My journey to becoming a world record-holding card thrower was not a direct one; in fact, my ability to throw playing cards far, high, and fast originally stemmed from my experience as a baseball player. I pitched for Cleveland State University from 2000-2003 (throughout my college years) and found out towards the end of my NCAA baseball career that the pitching skill that I had perfected for my time on the mound actually translated over…

How I Learned to Throw Cards 

tAlthough I have spent years perfecting my card throwing technique so that I could become and then remain a world record holder, it was not until I was in college that I realized a world record was even a possibility for me. My skill in card throwing began as a product of my two greatest passions in my childhood and young adulthood: the art of magic and the game of baseball. Because I had been…