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The feel method is the most reliable, but is time consuming until you get adept at identifying the unique pieces in each set. Here is a guide: http://www.brothers-brick.com/2010/11/19/how-to-identify-series-3-collectible-minifigs-by-touch-through-the-bag/
It's helpful to use one method and then confirm it with the other, i.e. feeling what you think are the maracas of the hula girl, and then checking the dots on the package against the pattern now that you know specifically what to observe.
If this still doesn't work for you... then I suppose as a last resort you can visit the Marketplace (http://www.bricksetforum.com/categories/marketplace), eBay, Bricklink, or any other site where known minifigures are available.