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Brian Proctor
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What is your favorite way to palm a coin? Do you have your own way to accomplish palming that you would like to share?
Geoff Williams
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David Roth offered a great tip on one of his videos: when classic palming a coin, pinch your thumb and first finger together. It'll keep your thumb from shooting out like a hitchhiker's. Much better form, IMHO.
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cardguy
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Which palm are you talking about? There are many different coin concealments. The most versatile being classic and finger palms. I just palm the coins the way it is required for the effect.

But my three favorite palms are classic, finger (love that Ramsey subltey), and thumb. Those are the only three types that I use regularly. I hate back palms because my fingers are too thin and look obviously awkward when a coin is trying to hide behind them. The Downs palm is fun for manipulation, but I never use it up close because of it's angle limitations.
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thimblerig
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With palming, you gotta do what you gotta do as the effect requires. Classic and finger palm are workhorses. However, I REALLY like the Tenkai pinch if I can work below spectators' eye level. After using it for years, am ambidextous at it and palm up hands look quite natural. Han Ping Chien from Tenkai also works well and then you can spread the fingers to pick up the coins or gesture, etc. Have also worked out Downs' Eureka Pass to use the Tenkai Pinch instead of back clip which, in my hands, is less natural than Tenkai.

Thumb palm is useful: Takagi's 8 coin routine is a great example. I find loading a previously shown empty fist with a drop from a thumb palm to be very deceptive: Hands never pass over one another, no perceptible motion when the coin is released and it falls "vertically/flat" in plane with the thumb up closed fist, so that it slips into the closed hand with little opening required.

Haven't made much use of the Morritt grip but I can do it alright with my right hand.
Classic back palming is of no real value to me as neither halves nor my preferred silver dollars fit well.

Interesting question...
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MattSedlak
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Down Eureka Pass routine is a great routine to work on palming. I never liked it until Sol Stone showed it to me in NYC. Oblique palm is a great palm and this routine allows you to really develop it. All of the palming techniques have their advantages and disadvantages. If you can make your hands look perfectly relaxed, then the classic palm is the most versatile. Other then that I would say finger palm is good if used sparingly and thumb palm is the same as classic palm. If you can make your hands look relaxed it's great, otherwise, it's not.
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