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PRINCIPLES OF SLEIGHT OF HAND APPLICABLE TO SMALL OBJECTS
Palming.—The first thing the neophyte will have to do will be to learn palming, i. e., the art of holding small objects, such as coins, balls, nuts, corks, etc., concealed in the hand by a slight contraction of the palm.
Practise first with a coin. A half dollar is the
Fig. 3.—Palming Coinmost convenient size, and is the coin generally preferred by conjurers, as its milled edge affords a ready grip to the palm. Lay the coin on the right hand as shown in Fig. 3. Then slightly contract the palm by pressing the ball of the thumb inward, moving the coin about with the forefinger of the left hand until you find it is in a favorable position to be gripped by the fleshy