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xslider
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I have a condition called hyperhydrosis, that is when your palm and feet sweat excessively. How do you guys deal with it?

Something else I also want to bring up, (note the subject) is that when my hands are dry, they are really dry and I can't grip the cards for production with the tip of my thumb. Like the perfect production for example, my thumb would be too dry and I can't grip the card so well.

Thanks.
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Same here, sometimes I'll douse my hands in water and then some skin moisturizer. After a while, they become dry again. Works for a little bit though.
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Wash you hands with cold water 10 minutes before you perform your card manipulations, this usually solves the problem. (It's what I was advised to do.)

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For dry hands:
  • Rubbing alcohol (not Isopropyll!)
  • Rosewater
  • Glycerin
Mix these three ingredients in a 1:1:1 ratio and apply 10 minutes before practice/performing.

You can find a rosewater-glycerin lotion, but I don't know what the ration of this two-part mix is.

Instant "Spiderman"!

Cheers! Smile
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Prior to performance I keep available Neutrogena hand lotion and a towel. No matter how much or little sweat the nerves produce, I'm ready for dry or sweaty palms. Lotion/towel moments prior to production exercise.

I would avoid that necessary evil if I could predict the condition of my hands prior to performance but it seems to vary.
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Lewis Ganson in Routined Manipulation suggests simply a run under cold water to cure sweaty hands or warm water to adjust dry hands. But, again it's a temporary effect at best.
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Try U. F. Grant's Manipulation Lotion. It helps you grip better. They sell it at Steven's Emporium.
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Thank you for all the feedback guys.
Namzyr
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I seem to remember someone years ago recommending "Corn Husker's Lotion".

Anyone ever try it?
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I would not reccomend using cold water or getting your hands cold before a performance. if anone has been outside in winter and then came inside and tried to do manipulations with cold hands, you soon relaize that it feels like your hands are in super slow motion.

If anything you want your hands to be warm and at least at room temperature.
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I decided to go out and pick up a bottle of "Corn Husker's Lotion".

I found that I could perform the Erdnase Color Change much more easily, and was doing it nearly 100% after 20 - 30 minutes of practice!

The effect lasted over an hour of constant practice.

The stuff is very available (try your local pharmacy or grocery store), and cheap. A bottle cost me $4 in New York City.

I expect that bottle will last me a while -- you don't need much!
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I discovered a very light application of fanning powder on top of Corn Huskers gives me a good non-sticky grip for wooden billiard balls and for card manipulations. But don't use too much powder, it will dry out the Corn Huskers and your back where you started.
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Nice idea Chris. I guess one must experiment as to what works best for the individual.

No matter what you use, remember several key factors before beginning an act or going on stage:

1) Keep your hands warm or at least at room temperature before a performance. Cold hands will make your hands feel like they are moving slower and you will lose some of the touch in your grip.

2) Keep your hands tacky but not wet or too dry.

3) Do your finger exercises long before going on stage. Like a gymnast, your hands need to get warmed up for the moves you will be doing.

4) Work the cards in and get the cards at the same temp as your hands are.

5) SMILE - This may sound stupid but so many perofrmers look like they are in torture on the stage. Go out there and have fun. Enjoy what you are doing.
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Thanks, Chris and Kyle!

It's nice to see others are using Corn Huskers, since I believe it was originally suggested to me by a friend who has since left my circle.

Fanning powder is something I hadn't heard of before this thread, but I will check it out next time I'm in a magic shop. Anyone know what's in it?
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I am not sure exactly what makes up fanning powder but it allows the cards to basically glide over the others. It really is essential if your going to be doing fans with manipulation style cards.

If you use regular cards like Bees and Bikes then you really do not need much fanning powder.

The best way to get the powder onto the cards is to place a little bit of powder into a clear bag. Place your cards inside and give them a shake. This helps to evenly coat all the cards.

Hope this helps.
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I realize this must be pretty basic for you guys, but what is the advantage of the manipultion cards if you need fanning powder with them, and not so much for my regular Bicycles?

:bluebikes:
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The advantage of the manip cards are:

1) they are thinner then regular cards which allows you ease of control and you do not have to break the cards in as much as you do with a regular deck

2) they are colored to match the shadows in your skin so that the edges blend in better on stage

3) They are smaller in size allowing you to control them better in a back palm position

4) they have a quadruple pip so that no matter how you produce them or fan them the pip of the cards can always be seen

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the info, Kyle!

I think I'll stick with the Bicycles, at least for now.

I'm afraid if I get used to the manipulation deck I'll be spoiled for the standard cards!

By the way, I went to Temple in the day. Go Owls!
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Namzyr:
That is cool. I also graduated from Temple University and the Typer School of Art and Design. A tough 5 years but I made it and I enjoy what I do for a living.

I would try both types of decks and get used to both of them. Then decide what works best for you and what your doing.
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UF Grants manipulation lotion!!!!
Try it and you'l like it.
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