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Regarding SortKwik, Martin Nash visted out town last year and showed us what he described as a gamblers trick. You put a bunch of the SortKwik behind your ear, and every once in a while just replentish your tack by reaching back there like you are giving your ear a rub while comtemplating something.

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I've experimented with over 40 different brands of lotions
and the best I've ever found is Neutrogena Hand Cream. Just
a dime sized drop, rub it in and wait three minutes. Your
hands will be almost perfect for any kind of card work.

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Neutragena works great and last a long time. Thanks again, Steven. I understand it's also used by arctic fishermen when they do card magic.
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No,'ve got it wrong. The fishermen use Neutrogena when they do carp magic...and they just use it for the halibut. They also take Advil when they have a haddock.

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On 2005-06-10 02:27, Glenn Godsey wrote:
Oscar Munoz turned me on to Vagisil a few years ago. A few drops adds a very natural tack with no oiliness or odor. It takes a self-confident man to walk into Walgreen's and buy Vagisil, but the label comes off easily and it works well for most hands...although it has less grab than SortKwik.

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Glenn Godsey

Knowing my luck, I would be purchasing it at the checkout counter, and the person would suddenly scream into the mike (Loud enough for the whole county to hear) "Price check on the VAGISIL at counter number five, please!"
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The hand cream sold at restoration hardware stores works for me...not oily.
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Sortkwik is nice,
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I hate to do a sales pitch without the owner of the shop here- but I have to rant about this. sells a new type of substance that balances out the PH levels of moisture in your hands. Hence if your hands are too moist- it drys them to the proper moisture, and if you have dry hands- it moistens them to the correct level. And it doesn't have a perfume smell to it. It's non oil based. Best of all it works. Card manip, Erdnase color change- bang it just happens. Cheap too! 3 drops will do the trick. Made by a pharmacist. Visit

Sorry- didn't mean to do a sales pitch- but as a customer that bought it: I highly recommend it as 'the lotion to buy.'

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Thanks for the tip!! I'll click on the web site right now!
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About Skinner’s Edged Card Crème

I am one of two old friends of Michael’s who are responsible for bringing Skinner’s Edge Card Crème to market. I’ve read numerous posts about the product over time and thought it might be time to clear a few things up.

First of all, this product in not Sort-Kwik. It is made by the same company that makes Sort-Kwik, Lee Products in the Twin Cities. It is a different formulation that contains other ingredients that are better suited for skin care that Sort-Kwik. It was called Paper Crème and I don’t think the company markets it any longer as such.

Michael was religious about this stuff, always carrying a container in his sock so that, when called upon to perform, he would excuse himself to “wash-up” and then be ready to blow us all away.

He feared that the stuff might become unavailable, and since I live the Twin Cities, I would purchase cases of the stuff to send to him to allay his fears.

After his passing, John Deems and I decided to explore approaching the Lee Products company with the idea of repackaging the product under Michael’s name. This was an effort on our part to keep Mike’s name alive and as a tribute.

It turned out that the company had no problem with this idea, in that it was a regular practice of theirs. The same product was already repackaged and sold as both an aid for folks in the commercial lighting industry for a sure grip on light bulbs and, of all things imaginable, a solution for dog show people as a means to reduce paw slippage on indoor floors for their pets in the show.

We chose a slightly smaller container (the same package they use for Sort-Kwik) in an effort to make the item easier to carry and conceal. I think Michael would have really appreciated the lighter load.

The project was never intended to make much money, with no advertising budget beyond a simple web site ( This has proved to be true with the sales thus far, doing little more than covering production and distribution costs. The product sells the best in England but all told it has only done well enough to keep out of pocket expenses for the project to a minimum. This is exactly what it was designed to do. Nobody’s making any money here, but Michael’s name (and photograph) is kept alive and circulating.

Sort-Kwik, a great product for fingertip moistening, is not the same product as Skinner’s Edge Card Crème and does not have all of the benefits and nor does it perform as well as this product. I am hoping to stop these rumors, not necessarily to stop folks from using it or to drive them to by our Card Crème, but rather to stem the tide of misinformation so the integrity of Mike’s preferred formula can be maintained. There is actually a Magic vendor in Canada who is re-labeling Sort-Kwik as a counterfeit product.

We are not asking you to buy or use Skinner’s Edge Card Crème, but please, don’t mistake it for other similar products. We know, because of the way we are having it produced, coupled with the normal margins in the Magic distribution and dealer community, that it sells for more than the office products discussed. It lasts a long time and we believe it is well worth the price charged. This is America and as a free market society you can buy it or not.

The main point is that there are no scams here; no one is trying to rip you off. We offer the product as a tribute to Michael Skinner’s memory. I am writing this all out in an effort to straighten out the misconceptions about the product. The whole project makes very little sense if it causes feelings of being bilked by the Magic Community.

It is what it is. If you use it you will see in it what Mike saw, a remarkably helpful tool for card and coin manipulation. I am aware that many magicians feel this sort of thing is unnecessary and I can also attest to the fact that one (including Mike Skinner himself) could become dependant on the product, lacking the confidence to perform without it. I use it and benefit from it whenever I perform, but there are no implied requirements here.

I welcome any questions or comments although I do hope this explanation puts this small controversy to sleep.

Have a great day,
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Living in Vegas my skin can get hot and dry. That's why I use Lubriderm Advance Therapy. Lubriderm... when you want that oh so young feeling. ;-P
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That is often desirable!
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I have to stand by my trusty old 'Corn Husker's' lotion.

If they would just make an unscented version . . .

I have yet to try the 'Vagasil' as reccommended by Munoz, but I know several people who swear by it.
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I always use Corn Husker's after washing my hands. After it has absorbed, and before working cards, I then use SortKwik.

This combination seems to provide exactly the right grip/tack, and it lasts very well. I've blended the two together, but it does not provide the same results as using them separately as I suggest.

After two years of buying all the stuff everyone else suggested (I have to admit, I haven't done the Vagasil thing yet), and because I had, and was using, all this different stuff.... I just stumbled onto this combination. THIS IS the magical combination you have been looking for!
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The hand cream sold at Restoration Hardware (as previously mentioned but not identified) is excellent. It's called "No Crack" and it comes in an unscented variety that is truly without perfume. Good stuff, next time you're in the mall wander in and try out the Tester.
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