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love2laugh
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Whenever I perform the three shells game my hands sweat and the walnuts tend to slip out of my hands. Is there something I can do to prevent this?
ImpromptuBoy
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There have been quite a few threads on this. Do a search and you'll find what you need.
All the best,

Michael
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Given only my 25+ years with the three shell game I think that sweat is not your enemy really...the basic move should be only a matter of tension in holding and holding at the fingertips. I would say grip a bit harder...but my real suggestion is my own greatest fault... I go to fast most of the time.(I know I know I hear the psychological inferences on that trait... I just always had whether I fear being caught or not)... try to go slower and see if the shells "cling" to you a bit better.

A second question might be the surface you are working on.. I question sweat as the enemy.

Let me tell you in a short digression why you want to stay with this trick.. because to my mind it is the greatest trick that encourages interaction with the spec... you can decide how to play it with who you have to maximum success. I don't know of too many other effects outside of deck of cards that allows this.

stay with it ... it can be just the best

Marty
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It might also has to do with the shells you're using. Get ANY of the School For Scoundrels shells. They're perfect. No need for a close up pad. Just work on any surface. Somehow, the SFS shells work like a dream. You just put your hands on 'em and they do all the work for you. Sometimes, I feel guilty doing such an easy job, and still able to cheat the people.
All the best,

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As I have mentioned elsewhere, you can try a couple of things:

1. Paint a coat of spar urethane over the outside. This will darken the shells slightly but will give some tack. An old trick of billiard ball workers was to apply two coats. The second coat goes on while the first coat is still slightly tacky.

2. Using some roughing spray, also known as Testors Dull-cote (Krylon has a similar product).

Good luck!

Andrew
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Go for the School for Scoundrel's Shells! In addition, the La Maggiore shells handle like a dream. I have had some slipping problems with the metal shells but this is probably because my hands tend to sweat quite a bit and I'm probably more comfortable with the non-metal shells. I also wipe my hands immediately before performing the three shells game. I've noticed that recently my hands have been sweating less probably due to being less nervous about performing this effect. I have only been performing the three shells game for about 3 months now and the slippery shell problem tended to go away with time.

Good luck!

Kind regards,
Rich
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There is a relationship to hand size/shape and shell size/shape. Experiment with different shells. Find a set that fits you and that you can handle easily. Go back to the other set later after your skill has increased. Recently I went back to a set of shells I had the same problem with about a year and half before. Miraculously, they don't seem to be a problem now. Gee, who would have thought a couple hundred hours of practice would make such a difference?!? Smile
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I just recently purchased a set of the School For Scoundrels Colorado Silver Shells. These are wonderful shells, but I was having a problem with my right hand, due to excessive dryness of the hands. When I tried to execute a particular move, the shell would slip out of my fingers. I could do it fine left-handed, but the right hand was eluding me.

Then I recalled "Vernon's Secret." I brought out my bottle of "Vernon's Secret," applied a few drops to both hands, and I could do the move with no problem at all.

However, "Vernon's Secret" is often quite difficult to find. There is an alternative, which I actually prefer. I have a waxed handlebar mustache. I use a product called "Pinaud white mustache wax" to keep it in shape. When my hands are very dry, and I need a little traction on my fingers, I will twist my mustache and get a tiny bit of the wax on them. An application of just a tiny bit of this to the contact areas of your fingertips will make it very easy to pick up a heavy shell.

I hope this helps.
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Bill -

I am not familiar with "Vernon's Secret". I thought that Vernon always used "Chamberlain's Golden Touch Lotion". Is this the same thing? Anyhow, Golden Touch Lotion can be ordered from Chamberlain's Lotion, Des Moines, Iowa 50322. I haven't checked but one might be able to obtain it via the internet.

Also, I think there is another thread around here on slipperly shells. I know I got some excellent advice on the question and a similiar problem I was having with the Black Fox turtle shells.

Bill
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That's it. Same thing -- just an "inside" term. It is very difficult to find on the internet. I was going to set up a wholesale account with the people who distribute it, but the expenses would have been too much to justify it.

Maybe they could sell this in the lobby of the Castle as a way of raising money.
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Whit Haydn just gave me the tip I needed to make this work. There is a little bit of polishing wax on the shells when they come from S$S. Washing the shells with dish detergent removed this, and now they work just fine.

Thanks, Whit!!!!
"The Swatter"

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You're welcome. I'm glad the tip helped, and glad you like my Colorado Silver Shells.

They are my favorites, and the ones I use most of the time now. I like them because they are a "period" piece that goes well with my 19th century character, and because they are so beautiful to look at and to handle, and such a beautiful "ring" when they touch.
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I was having problems with the swivel move. Now that's all cleared up. Amazing what a little detergent and water will do!
"The Swatter"

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