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Gbhunter77
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I have been wanting to do some magic for people for a while now but for some reason after an illness I have become terrified of doing anything infront of strangers. Cards are more my forte but my hands shake and twich making cards difficult. So perhaps rope will be better. But in a walk around type venue what type of illusions would work well? Also is walk around a good way to go or is a hospital type environment better?
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Ring and rope is an excellent choice.

It will work in many situations and is so much fun to practice that you may consider it great therapy.

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I just attended Daryl's lecture. He has a few rope items he does in walk around situations.
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I will second everything Mary has said, including her recommendation of Aldo Columbini's DVD. I purchased this disk from Aldo and Rachel at what, sadly, was one of his last lectures. It is FULL of strong magic--it's like having the best parts of the Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks taught to you in plain, simple style. Nothing fancy, and you will need to routine the work yourself, but much to learn here.
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Aldo and I worked a regional convention about 15 years ago. He was a gentleman--and a fine magician.

I haven't seen the routine to which Mary is referring, but, I know her well, so, I'll join Motley, and also "second the motion".

I started using some ring and rope bits about 1964. My late pal, Denny Loomis, got me interested in SEFALALGIA. (Stewart James' concept) Jack Chanin had some fine ideas, as well as Walt Robbins. I threw in a few knot flourishes, and I use it often when doing ANY SORT of strolling.

Ring and rope bits are often angle proof, visual, simple, etc. Generally, ring and rope (props and effects) fit my criteria.

A good ring will cost about five bucks, and a piece of rope is cheap, too. The ring will last a life time,and the rope is washable!
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Of course none of this address your real issue in that you fear performing to the point of shaking. Honestly the shakes will impede some of your ring and rope work. Your anxiety will be transmitted through any number of small ways (speech, eye contact, posture, and of course the shakes). Part of the good old Fight or Flight arousal mechanism at work. Learning any routine cold is great therapy. Knowing it well helps calm the nerves. The more you perform the same thing before the more different people the more relaxed you become in performing it.

You also ask "But in a walk around type venue what type of illusions would work well?" Walk around is unclose and personal with as few as one or two individuals and as many as can crowd around you. "illusions" should be pretty angle proof, bullet proof, visual, and easy to understand. Cards, borrowed finger ring on pencil/ribbon/rope/shoelace routines, quick and visual money tricks, and the like.

Much of the large ring and rope stuff (like much of Aldo's) is really stand-up, small venue stuff. Think parlor act more than walk around act.

You also ask "is walk around a good way to go or is a hospital type environment better?". I am not sure what you're asking.

I'm thinking that right now you'd do better in a Toastmasters group learning to talk to people and groups of people to control your anxiety. By all means practice fun tricks and routines. Rehearse them until you know them cold. The combination of the two (public speaking and mastering tricks and routines) will make you a much more relaxed performer.
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I used to have shaky hands and still may if performing in front of Magicians or in high stress.

Deep breathing helps.

Time and experience will help. With practice it WILL get better. It rarely lasts for long anyway once you get into the performance.

Most of the time it is more apparent to you than to the audience.

If you practice what level of tension in your muscles makes the shake better at home then you can learn to relax or use more pressure to make it better in the field.

If you touch a surface or object it can steady the shake somewhat.

Remember that the audience really wants you to succeed. Once you know they are on your side it will make it easier to relax.

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