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Peter Marucci
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Durnnit, Ed,
You beat me to it, with the southpaw explanation.

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^ your typical lefty!
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Lefty. For you other lefties, doesn't it get really annoying when written down magic instructions are always written for right handers? I hate it.
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
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BroDavid
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I am amplely dexterous. I read both right and left handed.... Oops..

But I really do write with either hand and some of my card handling is better left handed, than right handed but are about the same either way.

I was a natural right hander until my teens when I broke bones in my right hand, and later tore the right rotator cuff, forcing me to learn to "lean left" to survive.

I still often have painful reminders in my right shoulder that encourage me to use my left, if I overwork the right arm.

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Hi,
I am a 'lefty', and I recently took an IQ test (it was probably not the most acurate). However, my IQ, was said to be 167.

Somehow, another IQ test reported that I was a '171' (Not that different, but I am a fussy person)!
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I guess I'm ambidextrous. I'm sort of a righty because I write that way, but that could be just habit and the fact that in English we write from right to left. Most of the more challenging card and coin sleights I practice are easier with my left. For computers, I also "mouse left" about 50% of the time. On those "are you right or left brained" quizzes which supposedly has something to do with all this, I usually come out about 50/50 as well.

As a side note for bizarrists and others looking for a way to exploit their "leftedness" (?), left handers were often thought to be witches or in league with the devil in old Europe and other areas. In fact, the word for left in latin is "sinister", the source of the current word usage.

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The latin word for right is 'Dexter' and this word (in English) is asscociated with 'cleverness'.

That's just handist if you ask me!

I could go on for ages on how leftys are mistreated (but I won't as it would probably bore everyone).
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I recently took two IQ tests and they both rated me a 168. I'm also left handed, a coincidence...
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
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Why are so many left handed people called "Lefty" when you hardly ever hear of anyone called "Righty."

I am not sure whether I am left handed or right handed. I'll pay more attention in the future and report I have sufficient information.

As for intelligence tests, the only time I ever took one they made me put it back.

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Woah, Sid Mayer...how in the world do you not know which hand you use to write? Either you are definately kidding or you must have ambidextrous so ingrained into you that you don't even care. Sorry, I just find that weird. That's intersting about the "Righty" thing. Probably b/c we left handers are the "weird" ones, so the normal people don't need a nick-name.
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
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You think it's bad that some of us don't know which hand we write with? How about not knowing the difference between right and left while driving! Smile Seriously though, give me more than 4 directions and I'm bound to get lost. Smile
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I sat in on an IQ test once but they gave me a left-handed pen by mistake so I couldn't complete it. Smile
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Righty.

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(actually he is waving the wrong hand Smile )
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I am weird...
I write and throw a ball with left hand...
swing a bat or racket with right hand...
can use a hammer or a fork with either !

GlenD

btw- always pretty much considered myself a lefty because of the hand I hold a pen or pencil in!
But none of the above is why I am weird...
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I also took 2 I.Q. tests. One had me at 160 one had me 43. Go figure.



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That same thought came into my head when I took mine. I don't think I'm cocky about it, I don't even mention it unless someone asks. There are poeple that like introduce themselves with their IQ. Anyways I don't think my score constitutes genius so what's to brag about?
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
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I also naturally was a lefty, but when I was eight or so I broke my left arm completely and learned to use my right. I write with my left, but do most things with my right. And the strange thing is I have better handwriting with my right even though I don't use it often enough.
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I just read that 1 out of 4 astronauts were left handed and 1 out of 10 for the rest of the population. Just useless trivia...
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
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Sinistral
- my favorite way of saying I'm left-handed
same latin root as sinister

But...
I have strong cross over between my two sides. Some people like to call this being ambidextrous but I find a more accurate term to be "mixed-dominance".
I use my computer mouse with my right hand but this actually is partly to leave my left hand free for writing - same reason I keep the phone on the right hand side of my desk. I can use either hand comfortably for this task.
Eating with fork or spoon - left hand.
Throwing a ball or bowling (both which I am embarassingly lousy at) only feel natural with my right hand.
Scissors - right hand (never any decent lefty scissors around)
Hammer and screwdriver - either hand

And the million dollar question... Magic...
? I don't know...
If I'm doing a French drop and start with the coin in my left hand and pretend to take it with my right, am I performing this sleight left or right handed?
Which hand is doing the more difficult task? The left hand is acting empty and aiding in the misdirection while concealing a coin, but the right hand has to perform the false take, act like it has the coin, and do the magical gesture when the coin "apparently" vanishes.
In doing an Elmsley count I move the cards from my left to my right hand, is that left or right handed?
I can cut a deck one-handed equally poorly with either hand.
Magic instructions don't really bother me as to their orientation. I perform "Once Upon A Time" exactly the way Guy Hollingworth illustrates it in the manual so I guess my double lift is right handed.
so far the tally is:
10 left
13 right
2 ambidextrous
I think Peter is right about the results being skewed - most lefties are hyper-aware of this issue - as they should be, we die statiscally younger and it is speculated that this is because we live in a world where function and design of many dangerous tools favor right-handedness.
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