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Mary Mowder
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Surprisingly hard and mildly uncomfortable. I'll be careful with this but it does seem that it would be useful and it is a challenge.

Thanks tabman.

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I'm not into magic, but I found this site while searching the 'net for Cowling Institute. As a keyboard musician, I bought into the Cowling program back in the mid '70s, wanting to strengthen my fingers. It worked for me!

On 2004-12-09 15:10, tabman wrote:
Many years ago I responded to a small ad in the Musician's Union newspaper for The Cowling Institute of Finger Dexterity. It was a series of isometric excercises designed to keep the hands of pianists, guitarists and violinists in shape. Mr. Pickles (I'm not kidding about this), the director, told me that ten minutes a day was physically the equivalent of two hours on instrument practice as far as the muscles of the hands and fingers were concerned.

In those days I lived on a tour bus and had precious little time to practice so I bought in and have been a devotee ever since.

I don't play much music anymore but the excercises have kept my hands in great shape and the benefits have transferred over to my card play.

I'm wondering, since there are so many musicians doing magic and magicians doing music, if anyone else bought in to this system???

I have long been grateful to this little correspondence course from Mr. Pickles and The Cowling Institute of Finger Dexterity.

The Institute was/is located in the U.K. Do any of my U.K. bretheren know if it still exists???

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Hello all: Just wanted to let you know that I've published THE COWLING SYSTEM of hand strengthening exercises, in its entirety in book form, it's available on CaféPress; Here's the link. [copy and paste into your browser]

The remarkable results reported about the Cowling System ARE true.

You have to DO the exercises, of course, and do them CORRECTLY, exactly per the instructions. However, they are NOT at all time consuming and will result in an enhanced control and strength in the fingers and hands which has to be experienced to be believed.

You can contact me through the links on my profile for more info - Looking forward to hearing from you!
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Will be getting it
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I play guitar, and have used everything that exists, but I'm open to something new!
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I am very surprised and impressed with how difficult these are! Also, to my astonishment, my left hand has more control and dexterity than my right hand - especially with my pinky finger! Thanks for posting this.
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