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I learned something huge yesterday at a medieval event where I did some magic. when it's warm and humid outside, the change in my ability to handle coins changes radically - and not necessarily for the better.
I do 95+% of my coin practice in my house. Normally I have to put stuff on my hands because they are almost always too cold and dry. But even the mixture I have settled on for moisturizing my hands (a mix of glycerin and rose water), doesn't create the same conditions as being outside on a warm and humid day. I WISH I could purposely make my hands be like they are when outdoors on a day like that. but all my (considerable) research has led to the conclusion that you just cannot artificially duplicate that. Okay, so what's my point? Some things were easier under those conditions. CP works better, for instance. but some things were more difficult, especially Tenkai Pinch. I was shocked at how much I flashed when my hands were naturally moist and warm. I've developed TP for tricks like Mr. Clean Coins Across and Tenkai Pennies indoors, and apparently I leave some margin in the TP hand, to be adjusted almost immediately or concurrent with opening that hand from a closed fist. What happened when I opened my hand yesterday was WWAAAYYYY too much margin that could not be quickly corrected (against slicker, colder skin). Hence, the flash. So in between tricks I did several reps of putting the coin into TP and closing my hand into fist, and then opening that hand. What I discovered was that I could get away with pinching a much smaller bit of real estate on the coin. In fact I HAD to do it that way. And if I could rely on always having hot and humid conditions, that would be terrific! I'd never flash again. But when indoors, my hands are drier and I would absolutely drop the coin every time pinching that thin a slice of coin. My point here is not necessarily to complain about my inability to keep consistently moist hands (I've done that in another thread :-P). But rather to pass on the necessity of knowing how to adjust handlings under different conditions. If you know how to make the adjustments in handlings under different conditions, you can avoid messing up a trick. Of course, if someone could develop a treatment for the hands that ABSOLUTELY duplicated natural sweat, that person could probably sell a lot of product to magicians :-). I wish I were a chemist.
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Thank you for sharing your experience Ken. Strangely enough, I have the complete opposite experience. My hands are so sweaty when I practice at home, but usually when I go outside, they become bone dry. I've been trying to figure out the cause of that for years. Not sure if it's my diet when I'm at home, or what not.
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That is super interesting, Will.
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Cold weather sucks!!!
My wife and I perform at a haunted farm in October. The past two years (including this year) we've been lucky with the weather. We perform outside on a wooden stage. When the weather dips,and you can literally watch the frost forming on your gear: table, speaker, etc., your fingers start to move slower as well. Hand warmers help a little off stage. But when you're in the middle of a routine and your digits are exposed to the air even basic ball handling for a cup and ball routine because difficult. Cards are nearly impossible. Not only are your fingers cold and moving slow, they're very dry and have no tack to make card handling easier. That's when you dump the difficult sleight of hand and are glad you read The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne.
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Humidity would work for me because are always dry as hell. I dont perform anymore, but when i did i had performance anxiety on my side, and my hands would become a little moist.
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I know what you mean. Some of my coin tricks prefer the moist hands. i always thought that was best. Then as I progressed to some other coin tricks I found out that was bad. So I know it doesnt solve anything but I can assume at some point I would have certain tricks I did depending on the weather or I should say condition of my hands. Although I have found a few remedies to replace some sleights with others to help depending on the condition of my hands.