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Topic: Sore hands.
Message: Posted by: Kong (Jul 10, 2019 07:30AM)
Over the last couple of weeks I've started studying coin moves and I've been practicing in earnest in front of a mirror for about 2-3 hours most evenings. I really enjoy it and it's paying off (my Eaton's Spellbound is now very nearly there) but I have one problem: my hands ache, especially my thumbs.

What should I do? Is it best to work through the soreness or rest for a few days? Is there something I can do to prevent it happening?

Any advice much appreciated.

Message: Posted by: JoshP06 (Jul 10, 2019 08:07AM)
Hello King Kong! Just kidding haha.

In all seriousness, it really depends on how sore your hands are. In my opinion, I would take a few days off. Basically, you are giving your hands a workout, which means small tears in the muscle. It's the same thing if you work out and lift weights. There really isn't anything you can do. Your hands just need to build up their dexterity. Eventually, your hands won't get sore as often.

The same thing happens with me when I begin to learn a new sleight/shuffle etc. since I work with cards. It's all part of the journey!
Message: Posted by: davidpaul$ (Jul 10, 2019 08:13AM)
You are using muscles / tendons / ligaments that aren't used to your newish demands on them.
Yes, give your hands a rest and slowly go back to practicing. Pain is your body telling you to take it easy. Over time your hands will compensate the demands on them and recover depending on your age.
Message: Posted by: Kong (Jul 10, 2019 11:05AM)
Thanks guys, I'll cut it down to 30 mins for a few nights and see if that helps. Do any of you do finger stretching before and/or after a practice session?

[quote]On Jul 10, 2019, JoshP06 wrote:
Hello King Kong!...[/quote]

Them were the days. "You have to stop climbing the palace tower!", they said. Abdication hit hard but I'm not bitter.
Message: Posted by: Kong (Jul 11, 2019 04:54AM)
The hands are better today, the rest seems to be doing the trick.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jul 11, 2019 07:20AM)
Short practice sessions, frequently, for me were the most helpful, when I was first learning (in the '40s and '50s.

Message: Posted by: Kong (Jul 11, 2019 07:48AM)
Good advice there, cheers Dick.

Funnily enough I've been trying to think ahead to the rehearsal/performance stage with the Spellbound routine that I've been learning. I've been playing with an idea based on the Cinderella story, with a plain/scruffy coin changing into a bright shiny one, and back again. Unfortunately, Cinders only changes twice in her story so I've made it a comedy routine with more changes to fit the routine. I don't know how original it is (possibly not very) but it keeps me amused when practicing!
Message: Posted by: kShepher (Jul 11, 2019 07:22PM)
Eaton's Spellbound is great, good luck. It's that final move that got me.
Message: Posted by: Kong (Jul 11, 2019 08:28PM)
Thanks, Shepher. Yes, it's a fantastic routine, isn't it?

I'm 90% there with it now with the half dollar & English penny and about 70% there with the smaller 10p & 2p coins - they make the last move a bit harder as I'm sure you know.

Without getting too much into the method, something I've found with the last move is that I find it easier to make the half dollar appear than the penny. I think it's because the half dollar's heavier weight makes the move easier (momentum/inertia?). Unfortunately, performing it that way means the first transfer, which I find slightly easier with the half dollar because of its milled edge, has to be made with the penny. I'm sure with practice I'll be able to perform all moves equally with both coins but for the moment I definitely find it easier over-all to start and end with the half dollar.