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BobGreaves
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I find that the first thing to help is not to use any sort of detergent or strong soap. Washing up liquid takes away oils and what seems like the top layer of skin. Goshman, I understand, recommended not washing your hands. If you can get away with that it's best - I find that the best condition my hands are in is when I wake up (nothing to do with Vagisil either!).
If my hands are not grippy enough I use a mixture of 1/3 tap water; 1/3 glycerine; 1/3 surgical spirit (= rubbing alcohol in the US). This is non-greasy and is very thin, so it's difficult to over-apply. Michael Close I believe has recommended this. It's cheap too (600 ml for £1.50 each of surgical spirit and glycerine).
icentertainment
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If all else fails, go the Cardini route, and use gloves with spit.
SeaDawg
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Great ideas guys,

When work out in the intense sun for hours, I dry up bad and was looking for some ideas. My hands get so dry I cant even do an erdnase.

And that my friends is dry.
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Paul Jester
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For Card manips I quite like dry hands, but for everything else I use Violin Rosin.

Highly poisonous if you eat it, so wash your hands, but this makes wooden balls grip like silicone, even with dry hands. So I can still do my cards, and balls, in the same act Smile. I've used it in close-up to pick up coins in a chink-a-chink too. It's so reliable, and as used by Jeff McBride, and Roy Davenport.

I swear by this stuff.
Paul
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Wow! The answers are as diverse and unique as each performer. I will throw one out there - Witch Hazel. Not only does it cut any oils/dirt/sweat that maybe present it also gives the tact you want/need for billards, cards, coins and thimbles. Not so much so that it is difficult to work with your silk/poly scarves, rope or any other material.
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I would go along with Bob's suggestion. I read many years ago, probably in a magic book I think, about a similar recipe for hands: 1/3 surgical spirtit, 1/3 glycerin and 1/3 witch hazel. These are quite cheap to buy, simply mixed and great for the hands.



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On 2005-10-09 08:21, BobGreaves wrote:
I find that the first thing to help is not to use any sort of detergent or strong soap. Washing up liquid takes away oils and what seems like the top layer of skin. Goshman, I understand, recommended not washing your hands. If you can get away with that it's best - I find that the best condition my hands are in is when I wake up (nothing to do with Vagisil either!).
If my hands are not grippy enough I use a mixture of 1/3 tap water; 1/3 glycerine; 1/3 surgical spirit (= rubbing alcohol in the US). This is non-greasy and is very thin, so it's difficult to over-apply. Michael Close I believe has recommended this. It's cheap too (600 ml for £1.50 each of surgical spirit and glycerine).
lynnef
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Back in my days of sorting mail, we used a little moistened sponge in a small bowl when hands got dry. Lynn
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