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I was going to post this in the "Cards" forum but decided not to because it's an elementary question. I'm right-handed but yet I always deal the cards with my left hand, ever since I was a kid playing poker, which seems against the norm. Many of the cards effects I've purchased over the years always have instructions seemed suited (pardon the pun) to right handed folks and I always have a problem because I have to reverse the the handling instructions, which isn't always easy. Which begs the question: Are you left-handed or right-handed, and how do you deal cards? If you're against the norm, as I seem to be, how do you deal with that, pardon the pun again Smile bob
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I'm left handed but I'm dealing with my right hand. I.E. I hold the cards in mechanics grip in my left hand and toss the cards out with my right. From what I've heard it's best to learn right handed for various slight, peeks, etc. It's taking some additional time for me to learn it, but I figure in the long run it'll pay off. Not to mention once I learn the fundamentals I'll be able to follow the directions in books and DVDs much easier than if I dealt left handed.

I'm REALLY new to magic, so I probably have no weight in my opinion, but I'd suggest try teaching yourself to deal right handed to make things easier in the long run, that is if what I've heard is accurate.

Also, they have left handed card decks, I just didn't want to get them because I felt like if someone saw that the cards were reversed that it'd be obvious it was more of a "trick" or people would be suspicious of the deck. I know that's not really your issue you're describing but I just figured I'd add that.
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Welcome aboard Minusthebear, and thanks for your response! EVERY opinion in here has weight, so don't sell yourself short! You, in fact, are probably on the right track, and better read on the subject than I am! But at age 62, I'll simply not be able to re-learn how to deal. I'm also NEW to magic in the performing aspect, being a collector for years, so despite my 171 or so posts, it's taken me this far to post this question! So jump in and enjoy the fun, and thanks again for your suggestions. Best, Bob
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I am right handed and I go against the 'norm' an deal with my left hand whilst holding the deck in the mechanics grip in my right hand. I don't know why I do it this way round and am annoyed that I didn't start the normal way as now it would take a lot of practice to get my sleights such as the second deal up to scratch holding the cards in my left hand. I don't think I will attempt the switch.
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I'm left-handed, and I deal right-handed. But this seems normal, because the hand doing most of the work is the one holding the deck, not the hand depositing each card.
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I've had quite a few left handed students. Learning to read right handed instructions is just habit. You'll learn to do it automatically.

Also, there is a very little known, but totally cool 'glimpse' that only someone holding the cards in a right hand grip can perform! On the other hand....it makes doing more commonly useful things like having a spectator 'peek' at a card and then taking a break from the peek not impossible, but quite awkward, etc.

Although not necessary overall, if you can switch to a standard right handed grip you will probably be happier. It will take some time to adjust, but here's a way to make it easier: Spend about a week or so doing nothing but DEALING from the L.H. Nothing else. Go very, very slow at first to build up muscle memory and to establish the correct 'feel' of the cards. When dealing with your L.H. feels comfortable you are almost there.

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Thanks for the suggestions folks; I'll give the switch a try; not sure if this old dog can learn a new trick.....we'll see.
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

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Just out of interest, Darwin Ortiz is lefthanded. His DVDs show all his moves from a left handers point of view.
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I'm left handed and I hold the cards in mechanic's grip in my left hand. I can't imagine doing anything else.
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I am lefthanded and every time I hear someone refer to dealing cards the 'normal' way with the right hand, I cringe. If it feels 'right' to hold deck in righthand and deal with lefthand, then do it that way and vice versa. Left hand right brain, right hand left brain.
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Thanks Houdini, that's just what I've been doing even though I'm a righty. Works for me! best, bob
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...Ah, it's nice to read here that I am not the only one!

I am a totally Right-Handed person.....but when I deal/handle cards - it's in a "left-handed manner":

I hold the deck in my RIGHT hand, as I deal with cards with my LEFT hand.

(Holding the deck in my left hand, and trying to deal cards with my right hand...I find extremely awkward & near impossible.)

Everything else in life, I do in a "right-handed manner".

This explains why I do very few sleights with playing cards...My way of handling the deck never quite "fit" with the descriptions & photos in the card sleight books, that I read as a youth.

Physically, there are several "names" for those of us with this "affliction":

From Wikipedia:

"Cross-dominance", also known as "mixed-handedness", or "mixed dominance", is a motor skill manifestation in which a person favors one hand for some tasks and the other hand for others. For example, a cross-dominant person might write with the left hand but throw mainly with the right one."

So, we're perfectly normal..in an odd sort of way Smile
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I forgot to mention...

when I hold a deck face-up between my hands, and 'ribbon spread' them (so that a spectator can see that the cards are all different)....the face-up deck is held in my right hand.

My right thumb "pushes/slides" the cards into my left hand - as I go through the deck.

My Advantage (and that of a left-handed card player)--is that the "pips" seen by the spectator are all correctly-oriented to read easily (they see the "pips" on the top left corners of the cards, from their point of view).

If I was to spread the cards as a "normal" right-handed person would...all of the "pips" would be UPSIDE DOWN, as seen by the spectator.

Score 1 for "mix-handedness!"
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I'm right handed and have always dealt with my left hand out of my right hand. Yes; most deal the other way 'round - and it is always a bit of a problem when I'm doing a book. But I think I've managed. But I do whatever sleight I have to do without a problem, Moxahalla.
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Mr. Lorayne: Well, NOW I really feel exonerated! Smile


Note to Newbie guys & gals: Be far ahead of your peers - by reading Everything you can find on one of THE most creative "minds in magic": Mr. Harry Lorayne.


On another note - I want to personally THANK Harry Lorayne for his many positive anecdotes & stories regarding his friend, RICHARD HIMBER (yes readers, "the wallet guy").

If the name "Himber" means nothing more to you than a "wallet" or a "finger ring"....then you have a lot more serious studying to do in Magic, after you've finished reading Mr. Lorayne's material.
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Thanks for "them kind words," Moxahalla. Always nice to receive bouquets while one is still around to smell 'em!! I devoted a bit of space to Richard Himber in my "rememoir," BEFORE I FORGET. He was a close friend, and the last of the "characters"! I wrote a couple of books for him - BILLFOOLED and THE HIMBER WALLET BOOK.
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