Genesis v2 by Andrei Jikh and Theory11 :: Review

This is my review for the second volume of Genesis by Andrei Jikh, which can be found at Theory11. I broke down each move and wrote any thoughts I had about it. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask! Genesis v2 is a great volume and upgrades a lot of the ideas laid out in the first disc.

I also have to say YOU NEED GENESIS V1 BEFORE THIS. Nearly every single flourish or move on this project is built from a move on the first volume. Not just basic cardistry or flourishes, but Andrei’s original work that can only be found on Genesis. So if you really like the way these sound/look, I recommend you pick up v1 then revisit this disc.

Genesis by Andrei Jikh

The teaching in this volume is superb, just as the first one. Each move begins with a cool performance trailer. Next, Andrei verbalizes the move and talks about any pertinent information or history. Then he does a quick walk-through of how it works, followed by a longer and more in-depth one. After that there’s a slow motion follow along phase, all topped off with a conclusion section. In the conclusion Andrei gives you any hints, tips, or ideas to help get the flourish down. This last section was extremely helpful when learning some of these, so don’t just skip over it. I don’t need to talk about the video or sound quality, it’s Theory 11. Same top-notch recording we’ve come to know and love.

Altar Display: This is an example of Andrei’s unique thinking. Half the deck is balanced perpendicular to the other half which is being held in between the bottom area of your palms. This volume only shows the basic display but you can tell there are quite a few application possibilities with this little gem. The hard part of the move is just getting to top packet to balance. Luckily, this becomes easy after an hour or so of practice.


Atom: Atom is the first kind of flourish I’ve seen like this. A lengthwise triangle is made (from Genesis v1) and a single card is rotated around it, like a particle orbits a nucleus in an atom, thus the name. If you can make the lengthwise triangle then this move is a piece of cake. As with a lot of one card work in flourishes it looks difficult and complex but is just the opposite.

Backhand Bullet Shot: I feel like a broken record talking about the originality of these moves but each one is a legitimate new concept from what’s been released thus far. Andrei himself says that he’s never seen any other move that launched a card from a packet, on the back of the hand. I was glad to see more bullet work as it’s such a good looking flourish. This move is not as pretty and flashy as the original bullet but that’s not the point. It’s an effective, versatile way to shoot a card off the back of your hand. The mechanics are a lot like the Thumb Propulsion.

Backhand Bullet Shot

Card in Fan (Recovery): We first saw this move as one of the little preview clips Theory 11 posted before Genesis was released. This move is a stylish way to recover from dropping a card. Hell, after you get it down you might drop one a purpose so you can show this to laypeople. The mechanics aren’t hard, but timing them in sync is. Once you can get everything flowing you can increase the distance the card is shot making the move more and more impressive.

Classic: Take the Widthwise Triangle and put it together with the One-Handed Shuffle, and out comes Classic. As Andrei said, he took a common problem people have when first learning a shuffle and turned it into a viable flourish. Inspiration can come from anywhere, even mistakes. When Classic is done instantly it has a nice “pop” to it once the triangle appears. If you’ve got the One-Handed Shuffle down you can already do this move.


Interlock Deck Split: Yet again, Andrei created his own way to do a common move. The Interlock concept is based on doing something with your fingers laced together, making everything extremely difficult. However, it looks bad-ass. This first video teaches it just as a way to separate the deck in half. The next move does a little more with it, but you can tell Andrei has a whole host of ideas up his sleeve with this one. I feel that Interlock has been the hardest concept to get down on this DVD because it’s a completely new and foreign concept; my hands aren’t used to moving and working that way yet. It looks extremely impressive though and I think it’ll be worth learning for what he has in store with it later.

Interlock Delta Formation: This is just a tease of what the Interlock Concept can look like. The Delta Formation is making a triangle on the back of your hands. It’s basically adding an extra step to the Deck Split. But with just that one extra move it looks even more impossible. It just kills laymen; they don’t believe someone could make a shape on the back of the fingers.

Interlock Delta

Jeff McBride: I always enjoy Guest Submissions on DVDs and this one does not disappoint. Jeff McBride was, for the most part, the creator of once-card twirls and flourishes. He teaches the basic one he uses. If you learned the one card flourish the Virts put out when you subscribed to their mailing list, it’s the same exact mechanics. He teaches a few other ones, as well as cool combinations. These are a great way to enhance your flourishes with a small amount of effort.

ONE Delta: This flourish builds on the ONE concept from the first disc of Genesis. It’s also a cool-looking way to close a Widthwise Triangle. It’s somewhat difficult to keep all three packets balanced and aligned but this goes away with time. ONE Delta shows how versatile Andrei’s concept really is and where you can take it.

ONE Delta

Pseudo Card in Fan: If you love the Card in Fans but can’t seem to get the hang of them, this flourish is perfect for you! Pseudo CIF is quick, visual, and flashy. When you perform it, it appears to have the same mechanics as the original CIF flourishes but in reality is a lot simpler. You also need to have the Bullet Shot from Genesis v1 down to perform Pseudo Card in Fan.

Rain Dance: Rain Dance looks like the child of the Continuous Bullet and the Jones Change rotations. That’s basically what the move is at its core. Doing these two kinds of flourish together and at the right speed creates an infinite sort of look. Timing and rhythm are key here. Definitely a pretty flourish and, if you have already learned bullet, not too difficult.

Rain Dance

Revolving Angel: I really like the idea behind this flourish. Rather than just getting the motions down to make it look good, you need to have style. If you were to perform Revolving Angel without any kind of flair or other movements in it you would look ridiculous, as Andrei points out in the video. So it’s much more about the performer and how that specific person does it rather than copying the same moves as everyone else. I’d love to see more work like this.

Shapeshift Sequence: Easily my favorite flourish on the whole DVD. I first saw this sequence a while back on a YouTube Video Andrei posted and I’ve wanted to learn it ever since. Doing a twirl and making a triangle, then a square, and a second triangle all in a couple seconds is nothing short of incredible. The grips and moves are less than conventional but once your fingers have gotten used to them speed comes quickly. I’ve been practicing it for about two or three days now and go through without any hiccups (usually) and at a decent speed. I hope Genesis v3 offers more with this shape-shifting idea.

Shapeshift Sequence

Stardust: Like a lot of other moves on here, Stardust is a combination of two other flourishes. It’s composed of a card spin through the fingers and Bullet. When you put these two together it flows great and looks like the card is moving of its own accord. If you’ve mastered the two pieces of this one then it should come naturally. I can already see other flourishes where Stardust could fit right in.

Trinity: Back in Genesis v1 Andrei stressed that the alignment of the packets when forming a triangle would be important later on. This is one of those times when it’s important. Trinity is a triangle production. You make one Widthwise Triangle and then strip another one out of it, creating two instantly. It’s extremely visual. Another knacky move but that’s just because it’s a different type of move.


Twitter 2.0: This is Twitter from the first volume along with a card shot and some Bullet action. It’s a unique move in the sense that you’re shooting two cards off the deck at the same time. Andrei said that it was discovered by accident; even his accidents are creative. This is definitely a cool move and, yet again, requires prerequisite knowledge from the first disc of Genesis.

Winged Castle: The Winged concept was taught on the first volume and utilized a little bit. This flourish show more of the possibilites Winged can accomplish. To laymen this looks 100% impossible. It seems like your balancing 4 packets of cards on just the edge of your thumb, while also holding a one handed fan. It’s an impressive display as well. Again I think Andrei is going to build on this concept even more in the third installment.

Winged Castle

That’s all of ‘em. After watching this whole thing I’ve become impressed with Andrei’s originality. I wouldn’t even just call it style since he comes up with totally new types of moves that haven’t been seen before. Instead of putting his own twist on existing ideas Andrei just creates his own concepts. The only thing I didn’t like about this disc was the fact that it’s the middle one. The moves in here aren’t quite as cool as the ones released in the first volume, and I’m sure the third one will be even better. Don’t get me wrong, these flourishes are fresh but you can tell this is the in between step. These are setting the stage for what’s to come, and I can see some exciting things over the horizon for Andrei and Genesis. Until then make sure you’re ready by practicing Genesis v2.

Images from T11 & Genesis v2 DVD

Posted: April 7th, 2011
at 12:08pm by Robin Carey

Categories: DVDs - Flourishing - Genesis - Reviews

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