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Has anyone ever palmed a coin secretly but have a spectator ask to see that hand. what do you say and do. Has this happened to You, it happened to me me last night and I am performing again tonight and would like to be ready for it this time.

Thanks, Lukas
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Depends on where you are and what you are doing.

Perhaps you could just produce the coin and then vanish it again(cleanly)

Or maybe you might have to go right into some creative handwashing... it depends on the conviction that something is actually in your hand.

If you are setup for a jumbo steal, then it might be a good oppertunity to direct attention to the dirty hand, steal the jumbo with the mondo misdirection("oh you want me to open up that hand?"). Then you could say "Well yes I usually keep one in that hand, but it doesn't explain where this BIG one comes from" and then change it into a jumbo...

Also, there should be no "pauses" in your routine for them to ask to see your hand. Anytime you are dirty there should be a direction or something to hold their attention.... you don't need to distract them, just keep them mentally occupied.

Practice makes perfect and you just need to pay your dues performing until situations like those take care of themselves with experiance.
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Depends on if you're sitting at a table, using an extra coin or gaff, standing w/ surrounded or w/ no one behind you and at what point in the routine you're in when challenged.

Lapping techniques, backpalms and back clips comes to mind.

Daegs makes very good suggestions.
With a steady pace, the proper conviction via handling and You yourself believing the hand is empty there shouldn't be challenges.

There are however those who are in the know and will try and ruin the whole thing.
I hope the suggestions here help you find outs at any point in your routines where you may be challenged.

Good luck,
Dan Watkins
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If you can't ditch it, or you don't want to use a behind the hand concealment or hand washing sequene to show it, just quickly proceed into your routine. They will get over it.

I have had this happen before, at the beginning of a coins across routine, and I just said, well let me vanish a coin from here, and make it travel to here, so I actually have something to show you in my hand.

So making the first coin go across, and then showing her uses the routine to clean up the situation.
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Always be ready to jazz. Have a flawlessly rehearsed and routined one coin flurry on the bench ready to call up if you get caught. Somehow, find a way to bridge it as part of the routine, as if you meant to be caught, and then nail them with the out.
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On 2005-07-16 04:40, Lukas happened to me me last night and I am performing again tonight and would like to be ready for it this time....

Lukas, would you tell us more about the situation? We can offer better suggestions when we know more specifics. all the coins I've dropped here
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