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DuncanC
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Hi. I'm a retired physician, married to the same delightful gal for 50 years, and 72 years old.. We live out in the country in New Hampshire in a nearly 230 year old Colonial farmhouse, heat with wood fired boiler, grow our own vegetables, apples, cherries, blueberries, and pears. Share are home with two cats and a non thorobred Golden Retriever.

Back when I was in Junior High my Uncle Duncan who I was named after gave me a copy of Hilliard's Greater Magic. I was utterly fascinated and began fabricating my own performance equipment using nesting tin cans, a black velvet covered table crossed with red velvet ribbon disguising a drop hole, and a bunch of other stuff. I mostly entertained my family, but before being sent off to boarding school I put on a reasonably successful stage show at school. Then things went fallow for decades. The book was stolen when I was at college, but I found a replacement at a magic shop while in Paris 10 or 15 years ago. Over the last several years my interest has reignited and I'm rife with all sort of closeup gear, but my proficiency is not ready for any thing beyond amusing my wife Or grand children. My hands are a bit arthritic now and my right thumb has a mild but slightly suspicious deformity that makes it look like I'm holding something pinched at the base of my thumb. The skin on my hands is not as elastic as it once was so palming and manipulating things is clumsy. I suspect with time my facility will improve. I'm going to try to keep my hands in a less dried out condition by applying a very light coating of petroleum jelly after washing to prevent drying. I imaging that thatnwill not be particularly good for playing cards, It will likely take a while to see improvement in the elasticity. Anyway it is great fun to be getting going again and I'm looking forward to adding wonderment and fun into other's lives. Well mine too of course. Best regards to all, Duncan
Mary Mowder
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Welcome DuncanC,

There are several threads in "The Workers" forum about hand lotions. That should put you on to a few of the best ones to try.

You may want to read some threads outside of you former Magical interests. There are many kinds of Magic to choose from and some have larger props (or none).

I do know that practice with your hands may not feel good but if you don't overdo it, it is good for your hands.

Best of fun Duncan.

-Mary Mowder
HenryleTregetour
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Hello Duncan,

I got to say I love it when older folks get involved. I am 54 and I have dabbled for about the past 5 years. No, I was never inspired when I was younger (I just did not care for Copperfield and Henson), and it was my younger brother who got the magic set for Christmas! (I got a chemistry set that was kind of magical, but anything more than putting a couple of chemicals together and holding it over the bunsen burner was a bit much!)

But as I was saying, seeing older folks (especially "rank" beginners like myself) get involved makes me feel like I am not too late.

Curmudgeonly yours,

Henry
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Welcome Duncan. If you’re looking for things that are not knuckle busters but solid effects, check out anything by Scott Guinn...who nailed himaelf has having palms of putty. You can find his material on Lybrary.com.
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Chris
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Regarding dry hands I have a different suggestion which has worked for me. Wash or soak your hands in water for a while. Then use pure glycerin and wash your still wet hands with the glycerin like you would do with soap. Rub it all over your hands and fingers for a good minute or so. Then rinse your hands like you would wash off soap. Dry your hands. Done. Do this about once every week. It has worked for me, and it has worked for typesetters more than 100 years ago.
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Welcome to the Café! I started magic 37 years ago and luckily I have not stopped since, and it became not only my passion and hobby but also my career. I also loved doing all the hard stuff and still do, and living in area where the winters are long, cold, and dry I also have dry hands occasionally. But usually once you start performing live your hands should sweat up a little, or a lot depending on your experience. Smile But you can do a lot of great magic out there that does not requite a lot of knuckle-busting sleight of hand. Much of it is more about presentation and showmanship. I personally wanted to become very proficient in sleight of hand first thus allowing me to focus even more so on presentation. But there is plenty of magic and especially mentalism out there that do not require hard moves, and a lot of parlor and stage magic etc. Unless you want to do a lot of difficult card and coin moves/palming you should have any issues usually, and any issues that you do have should become easier over time.

I also love Greater Magic as well and had several copies over the years. I started out back in the late 70's as a kid with The Amateur Magician's Handbook by Henry Hay, Mark Wilson's Complete Course, The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne, Several Bill Severn Books, Scarne On Magic Tricks and Card Tricks, and The Tarbell Course; which is by far the best and most complete course available on the entire art of magic. You can also get specialized books/DVDS such as Card College, Bobo's Modern Coin Magic, Royal Road To Card Magic, Card College, Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks, Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic, etc. I love them all. So much great stuff out there and I especially love all the giant magic magazines/periodicals in big book form and PDF now.

You can also get a lot of great "self-working" books/DVDS on the subject as well as you work on sleights to add later on for maximum impact. Great sources from Karl Fulves, Jean Hugard, Bruce Elliot etc. So really the opportunities are endless and will serve all skill levels. Enjoy the journey!
The great trouble with magicians is the fact that they believe when they have bought a certain trick or piece of apparatus, and know the method or procedure, that they are full-fledged mystifiers. -- Harry Houdini
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On Dec 13, 2017, Chris wrote:
Regarding dry hands I have a different suggestion which has worked for me. Wash or soak your hands in water for a while. Then use pure glycerin and wash your still wet hands with the glycerin like you would do with soap. Rub it all over your hands and fingers for a good minute or so. Then rinse your hands like you would wash off soap. Dry your hands. Done. Do this about once every week. It has worked for me, and it has worked for typesetters more than 100 years ago.


Cool I might have to try that. I only get issues sometimes in the long, dry, cold winters here in PA so I might have to try that out.
The great trouble with magicians is the fact that they believe when they have bought a certain trick or piece of apparatus, and know the method or procedure, that they are full-fledged mystifiers. -- Harry Houdini
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Hi Doc!
You are a retired PHYSician, and, I'm a retired MAGician! --Both of us "practiced" all our life! So, we have SOMETHING, in common!

Let me reduce this, to "utter" simplicity!

Magic is "produced" by 5% sleight of hand skills, 5% perceptual illusion, 5% esoteric principles of science, and 85% PSYCHOLOGY!

So! one's "bedside manner", is a big factor in magic, as well as medicine!!!

I was a professional magician, for over 50 years. I've had the privilege of knowing a number of professional '"physicians"! (a dentist, a dermatologist, et al.

If my "explanation of magic, raises a question, feel free to PM me, and, I'll be happy to "extend my remarks"!
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Luke Jonas
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Welcome sir, it sound like you are living the dream on your farmhouse. I hope you come to enjoy this platform its a great place to research, read reviews and just making connections within the magic world.
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