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J773
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As I am new to magic, and want to be good at card magic, I was wondering something.

Is the size of your hands important to do card magic. And is the length and thickness of your fingers important ?

When I see what magicians can do with cards, I can't help but think that they all must have big hands to be able to pull off some tricks.
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You don't really need big hands to do magic.

Look at me, I have very small hands and I can do a lot of things. Jay Sankey also has small hands.

So don't sweat it man, as long as you practice or rehearse continuously, you'll do just fine.
J773
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I was wondering how you did magic, with your hands.
Don't you have limitations in what kind of tricks you can do ??

The fans look cool. I hope I can do that one day.
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The ONLY limits I have so far is reaching over with my thumb to do Triple Charlier cut, Reach Over Cut, Daryl's Super Duper Cut, etc.

But for every other sleight I've learnt so far, no problem at all.

Are you a REAL beginner? What do you know so far?

PM and I'll help you out.
J773
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A REAL beginner, yup.

in 'new arrivals', you can read my little story, about me and magic.

I'm really green behind the ears, like they say here.

I love magic, always did. but always thought it will be too difficult to do. Had a book once, but it was sooooo bad, that it discouraged me
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My hands are fairly small, but I can do a quadruple cut with my left hand, as well as a one-handed shuffle. As long as you can cover a card with your hand, you can p**m.

Max Malini had very small hands, abnormally small hands, but he fooled everyone.
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My hands are pretty small and I have had problems getting the hang of a couple of things but I get there eventually. It's no real big deal, as Bill pointed out the classic example of Max Malini.
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Size doesn't matter, it is how you use it, I mean your hands of course
abc
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I am "blessed" with sleightly larger hands but one of my magic mentors "Graham Kirk" had small hands and he was a sleight of hand pro with card and regular size CD manipulations with NO gimmicks. He was also a master at Jumbo coin manipulations.
He said that the size of your hands doesn't matter. He said that if something looks and feels impossible you just haven't practised it enough.
Good luck. Smile
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My hands are also smaller than most of the other magicians that I personally know, however card sleights are not just about the move itself. Misdirection and timing for your moves are also invaluable tools.
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Being a girl, my hands are very small. When I first started magic I thought that I would never be able to do many sleights because of my hand size. And it did always seem that most magicians had HUGE hands.

But I have found that that is not true. I think that the problem of hand size is more of an imagined one than an actual one. I don't have much trouble with most sleights and moves (other than some of those fancy cuts, but I've never really wanted to learn those anyway).

Many magicians have small hands but haven't allowed that to stop them from becoming good performers. I think it really just boils down practicing enough (and practicing correctly).
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This is interesting question. I have learned many flourishes with casino chips, which are bigger than most coins and _always_ when I start practicing a new one I feel like my hands are too small or my fingers too short. That is also the case when I try to teach those sleights to my friends.

So have faith, practice hard and you'll be rewarded.
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J773
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In general, my understanding is that it's not the size of hands that counts, but the amount of practice you put into it.

OK, thanks everyone. I will take this advice and start practicing
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I just started too myself within the last couple of months and I really ejoy it. Its relaxing. In reply to your question, I also have small hands and find it hard to handle a bicycle deck and easier on a poker deck! I also make my cards. In other words if you find it hard to buy or find poker sized double back cards get some doublesided tape and put two cards back to back. some tricks I know you can do with these and no one will know they were thicker than the rest!

Hope this helps!

Happy New Year!
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You can buy bridge sized bicycle cards.

These are a little narrower than poker sized cards.
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My hands are small so I thought bridge size would be awesome. My advice would be to stick to poker size and keep working at it. Poker size is what most of the gaffed decks and cards are made from, so you would be limiting yourself to ungaffed tricks. There are certainly thousands of things you can do without gaffed cards, it is just fun to use them.
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I have to tell my Paul Harris story here. At a lecture of his we were having lunch and I told him I was very self-conscious about getting caught doing card sleights due to my small hands. I basically had shied away from cards in public due to this very reason. He asked me to hold up my hand to his and mine was actually a little bigger. This was a huge confidence builder for me as Paul's card routines are among my very favorites. I still have not achieved the prowess to be totally comfortable with cards, but practice, practice, practice...has made such a difference.

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The size of your hand doesn't have an effect on whether you can perform good magic or not. Given, if your hands abnomrmally small, there might be some limitations, but one person's limit is another person's beginning....it could be a blessing in disguise. Generally though, most peoples hands are big enough to do many many great sleights....saying your hands are too small is mostly stated as an easy excuse for giving up.
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For over forty years I have listened to the argument that card tricks should be learned with poker size cards. The only reason I would agree with that is if it were all that you have or can get. The audience could care less. Magicians seldom pay to watch. Gimmicked cards are about as available in bridge cards as they are poker cards. Use Aviator backs and you can match almost anything. There are plenty of off brand poker cards that don't match anything. Haines House of Cards sells both bridge and poker size cards in Aviator and Bicycle backs with gimmicked cards. Fool the audience, not yourself.

I do think poker size cards show indexes better. And I'm sure that you will have no problem using poker size cards after learning to use bridge size cards. Stay in the business long enough and you will have plenty of both. The investment gets to be large but it has to be cheaper than playing golf.

Learn the magic. The cards are disposable.

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I have small hands also. What I do is use poker cards as often as possible. A few effects I find are easier w/ bridge decks, so for those effects I use the smaller deck.
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