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I was doing Dan Watkin's Sticky Coins routine for my brother and a friend, the 3rd set of people I've shown, for the first coin routine I known (and the only one at this time).

In the middle of it one says.. "let me see whats in your hand".

We'll I kinda just ignored him and kept going, cause if I did what he asked then of course I would have been 'caught', so to speak.

It got me thinking though, that this won't be the last time someone does that... how do you seasoned pro's handle it?

Is this something that happens more with friends and family (I would think) than people you don't know?
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Yes! Friends and familly will 'call you out' more. As they know you better, and feel as though they can. But don't think of this as a bad thing. This is a GOOD thing. This means that you have a weak spot in the routine. Maybe some more patter to cover it. Afterall, if your talking, they can't!

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In this case I was talking.

I'm curious, lets say they want to check your hand and its clean. Do you go ahead and show it or not? If you do, does that then give the people an 'ok' signal about doing that.. meaning they'll feel more comfortable doing it more often.

Also, I'm guessing there is a rule about length of post subject, since mine was edited. Guess I need to read those post guidelines again. Smile
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There is not a rule about length of posts, however there are Grammar hosts that may fix a post to make it read better I think.

ChessMess as for your issue with the people checking your hand. These are some things to think about:

1. Keep the proper pace of the routine going. This does not mean do it lightning fast, but keep the routine moving. If the routine is in process, and not filled with space where you are doing nothing else than talking, you are less likely to get questions.

2. Perform with conviction. This is an attitude thing. If the spectators sense that you are "trying" to hide something in the other hand, they will suspect it. If you are performing and care less about the hand you are holding out in, you tend not to cast suspicion on the hand.

3. Know your next step in the routine. If you are holding out and you don't know where you are supposed to go with that hand next, it gives people the chance to wonder what is in it.

4. Practice your sleight of hand so that it does not look suspicious when you perform a false transfer. People should believe the coin it was placed in the hand you want them to. This takes proper skill merged with proper attitude.

5. If all else fails have the ability to recover. If someone really wants to see my hand, I can typically show it to them using a behind the hand concealment, a hand wipe, or secretly load the non-suspect hand.

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Thanks Dan! I thought I did pretty good and keep the flow going (though I did stutter around a bit at one point). It was at the phase where you 'slowly repeat', after the first jump. So either I did poorly on my utility switch, or I suspect he was just kinda saying it to say it (he wasn't really convicted for me open the hand).

For anyone curious about the routine you'll find it at Dan's excellent site: .

I'm also a bit weak on the last click pass transfer. It seemed to go fine but when I showed my wife the routine she said the way I put the second coin in, it looked 'funny'.

Hmm after a review of your video I can see some points where I didn't even realize I had modified (guess being nervous does that to ya). For instance you utility switched with two, where I did it with one coin (must be habit because I've been practicing that with only one coin).. and your click pass had the right hand at the tips of the left hand when it clicked, where as I keep having a tendancy of putting my right hand down past the open fingers of the left.

Ahh its the little things that mean so much. Smile

I'm getting better though, and thanks for making the routine and video available!
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