Originally posted by CHIRITE:
...What can you use so that your thumb and fingers can grab the cards better
What you put on your hands will contaminate your props and might not be good for you anyway. Some folks put a light coat of roughing fluid on their props. One guy had his coins milled.
Here is what I did... I used to carry around a plastic notepad case. about 12x18 inches. I carried to to class and kept my magic stuff in there too. I carried it wherever I went. The plastic helped my hands get into the habit of being moist. Drinking water helps. getting rid of carpenters type caluses also helps. The basic idea here is that you can NOT make your hands moist and supple for sleight of hand by putting stuff on. Skin damage can be treated. Ultimatly the moisture has to come from inside.
On the other hand you could put that nice rubber handle paint on your props... not good for cards and coins but great for club/stage props.