Is It Possible to Coin Snatch in the Freezing Cold
This might be the only way to succeed ...

Don't Mess Up Your Performance

Coin Snatching in the Freezing Cold Revisited

by Kip Pascal

Are You Coin Snatching in the Cold?

Right about now, you're either asking yourself:

•Is it actually possible to coin snatch, when your hands are freezing cold?


•Why would there be any problem performing this feat in weather where you can see your breath?

Let's answer the second question first ...

In some of the special articles for subscribers to my other ezine, Martial Arts Mastery, we discuss practicing in the cold. Specifically, we talk about cold hands.

It's true that if your hands are freezing, then punching could be very painful … to you!

The colder your hands, the more you’ll concentrate on larger, less precise movements. If your hands are too cold to get a grip, then many think, you shouldn't even bother trying.

Instead, they think shin kicks, elbow strikes, and other movements that don’t involve finger or fist dexterity.

It's the finger dexterity part of the problem that we're concerned with.

Standing out in the freezing cold is NOT the time to practice coin snatching:

  • You’ll have a harder time moving fast in the cold.
  • Your participant might be too jittery from the cold.
  • The cold seems to exaggerate telegraphing motions.
  • The demonstration doesn’t seem as effective if your success can be partially attributed to your participant’s lack of feeling in his or her hands.

What If You HAVE TO Coin Snatch in the Cold?

If you want to impress people with your raw, coin-snatching speed, then I suggest you follow the detailed guidelines in the book of the best place and time to snatch or switch a coin.
This means NOT coin snatching in the cold.
My guess is that you have other effects you could perform, instead. Yes?
But what if you absolutely feel the need to coin snatch at a specific time, and you ... are stuck in the cold.
Now, what?
Well, the easiest, best answer I can come up with is ... to choose the best coin snatch for the occasion....
Don't trust yourself to be able to switch a coin, if your hands are almost numb from the cold. You'd have to:
  • palm the hidden coin and feel the sensitivity in your hand to maintain that grip
  • be able to release the hidden coin, AS you grab the participant's coin
  • "pop" their hand with the correct force of your freezing cold fingers
  • have the participant close their hand fast enough to trap the coin that you are secretly leaving in their hand

That last one is a BIGGY.

Your coin switch would be pointless if they can't close their hand.
So, switching is out.
Instead, if everyone is really cold, and you're worried about hands not working, then try the ... drum roll, please ... The Upside-Down, Impossible Coin Snatch.
Why is this snatch different from the others?
Because you don't even have to close your hand, in order to steal their coin.
In fact, when I teach the Upside-Down Impossibility, I often demonstrate the correct snatch with my hand left open ... so the student can see what's going on.
In fact, you can perform this coin snatch 100% palm up, if you want to.
This means that you can close your hand as slowly as the cold impedes you.
Still, if I were in the cold, I might try The Balducci Float, instead.
But do give the Upside-Down Variation a try. (Found in Coin Snatching: The Reputation Builder)

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