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tigerman21345
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Sometimes I'm just not brave enough to show my tricks to other.....maybe I'm afriaid of any mistake that will make when I perform .... please help.... I have performed to friends/lay people before (not the show of course) but the problem still exists .... how can I overcome tihs ... ?

sorry for my bad english .
Jim Poor
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As an introvert turned closet extrovert, I can say JUST DO IT Smile

That, and lots of practice are the only things that really help. Practice a lot so you can be confident in your abilities. Just do it to get over stage fright.
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Practice in front of a mirror till you're comfortable with the trick. Then perform to those close to you who will not be critical if you fail. As you build your skill and confidence, move on.
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I got into magic just so I could get over my fears of being nervous (that was many years ago). I had stopped doing magic for a few years and just recently got back into it. I had my first show yesterday and was pretty nervous. I don't think nervousness completely goes away, but there are several things that can help. Know your tricks and practice them. I actually did a run through of my show the day before and video taped it. I watched it and critiqued myself. I think it helped a lot. Only after a few minutes of starting my show, my nervousness went away. I had the kids laughing and having a good time. I forgot all about being nervous.
I'm sure you will hear a lot of things from members about over coming your fears. Good luck and remember it takes time to get over your fears. Don't expect it to happen over night.
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It will never go away. There is always the thought of What if I make a mistake regardless of how many times you practise something. I can do the pass 999 times or more in a performance flawlessly but I still have the one time where there is a slip or whatever. Almost all if not all magicians are like that. Nothing will ever go 100% smoothly. When you perform often enough you learn how to correct or overcome mistakes and that can be done flawlessly if you have enough experience.
You can only gain that experience from performing so it is kind of a catch 22 situation.
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The important thing to remember is that this is not unusual. Many magicians (new and old) find that performing can be a nerve racking experience. As time goes by, your confidence in your abilities and in yourself as a person will improve. Both you and your magic will mature.

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Tigerman, I have had the same problem. I used to perform all the time when I was younger. That was how I made money to buy my toys. However as I came into adult hood I found that I couldn't bring myself to perform for any one. I am still in the process of getting over the fear of performing my self. I do some stuff upon request. Or if I am working on a new effect I may try it out on a few people. But I still don't have the guts to advertise my services. You may also want to do a search on the Café Using my name. I started a topic like this a while ago and had some great advice on it.
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Early on, begin your opening effect with this line:

"I saw a guy do something strange..."

...then go into your act, describing the "trick" as you saw it:

"...then he took the coin like this, and put it under a handkerchief, like this..."

At any point, if the trick fails (so badly that you can't recover) you simply shrug and say "See? It's impossible... I don't know how he did it..." and then simply describe the effect and how amazed you were to have seen it. It will seem like it was just you telling a story to a friend. No pressure.

If you DO get through the whole trick successfully, grin wryly and STILL say:

"...and I have no idea HOW he did it!" The spectator will realize they've been led along and smile with you.

My "cold opener" for any social situation today is STILL to set my Okito Coin Box on the table next to my drink. Somebody WILL ask about it eventually, to which I reply:

"Oh that? An old guy sold that to me, but I think he tricked me. He opened it up and it looked empty, but he started pulling coins out..." You get the idea.

Be confident in your trick, and be prepared to bail out gracefully, and you'll take most of the pressure off yourself.


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I'm still fairly new to performing but...

my hands used to shake like I had turrets syndrome. It was so noticeable people noticed..i was still able to perform but I felt it ruined the effects..

solution:

Learned my material inside out: also I perform for 11 year old sister first..in fact I perform for her to the point where she gets sick of the effect..each time I say..is that better? is this more convincing?

Then move up to performing for a co-worker..and eventually for anyone..

Once in a while my hands will still shake..I then move to another effect because this tells me I'm not ready to perform this one just yet.

Hope this helps..

Freddie
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I used to have the same problem, still do in fact. But now, I don't let it win me over. I asked magicians this same question. "How can I get over it?" And they would say. "Just do it" I would think they are nuts. How in the world can you just do it without crapping yourself. But now, Im over most of my fear. I can perform for people I don't know. (Although, I don't approach them... Still working on that.) My advise is just like previous magi have told me. Remember the Nike slogan. "JUST DO IT!!! You will soon get comfortable with the audience you are performing for. Practice the effects until you cant get them wrong, and do them in front of a lay audience. Lay audiences are usually the easiest to perform for. Magicians are hard because they know how everything is done. But with magicians, if you screw up, they understand and know all about it. So I feel very comfortable performing for magicians. (Depending who they are.) But just do it. If anyone asks, get some cards, coins, or whatever, and do it with confidence. Trust me, Ive taken this same path, and now I am performing everytime I turn around.
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Cover for shaky hands:

"Isn't this exciting? My hands are trembling... look! Are yours?"

Whatever their answer, play it up like THEY are nervous and talk THEM down. You'll end up helping yourself:

"C'mon... relax... it's okay. Take a deep breath with me... Good. Let's try and go on... Stay calm though, alright?" etc.


Regards,

-jjg
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Do it step by step: Start performing in front of mirror first, then to a relative, next some close friends, then coworkers and so on, til you get confident and then...rest of the World Smile
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The key is to play a character. Many introverted shy people can act. Create a character for ur preforming self, either copy someone's style you have seen perform, initially you will indeed be a poor clone, but over time it will evolve into your own style. Or create a fictional character who is the magician and you play the role. It is much easier to play the part of a magician than it is to be urself doing the magic. In a lot of ways it is simply a mental trick ur playing on ur own mind, but it works.
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The thing is you never really get over the nervousness while performing. You have to learn to tolerate it & control it. I have lived in Florida for over 3 decades and I can never get use to the heat and humidity here in the summer...I just tolerate it. One thing is for sure the more you do it, the easier it is to tolerate it & control it. Be the one in charge and take command...you can do it. Good Luck!!
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Mistakes happen, let them and move on. Always start simple. You will get over it.
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Practice in front of a mirror. Try to find a friend that can learn magic together with you. Whenever I learn something new, I will perform for him first and get feedback from him. That helps a lot.
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I have been in performing magic since the age of 11 and I'm now 25. I can probably count on one hand the number of effects that I have performed to my family.
I think you sometimes need to take a step back and you need to perform and enjoy it for yourself. However, they say the best performers are just as nervous, they are just better at hiding it. Like the others say, just practice and enjoy yourself,

Diane
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Relatives scare me more than stranger people. If I mess up a trick with them, they eill remember it. If I mess a double lift with my brother, I won't never be able to do a DL for him because he will know what I'm doing. And if a layman knows a secret, I think he cannot be an honest counselor for your performance, either, because he won't have that astonishment needed to like the magic.
For the nervous, I have the same problem: trembling hands, babbling too much, and I fear to do errors. Also if I practice a trick until I can do it blindfolded, I always am afraid to do some errors. But the fear goes away the moment I begin the trick. I also play in comedies at theatre and it's the same thing. I don't remember a single line when I'm going to enter the stage, but when I step on it, everything flow without a problem in my mind.
As someone already said... Be brave and just do it!

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Another tip jeff McBride mentions in one of his series....

start out with material you have down cold..in your case even self working or super easy stuff (ie a "pen thru effect")

after you build up your confidence move to something you're working on..

THEN end with easy/selfworking stuff..

so basically you're starting and ending easy..if you messup or get nervous in the middle you having something less nerve wrecking to look forward to afterwards.
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Really really thank you to you all , thank you so much .

After reading the posts I immediately perform to my edler sister ,she's not quite interested to magic/watching magic , after I do a trick to her , she told me "wow , it's cool ,im sure you can impress some girls out there by it " , of course I'm not going to impress girls by magic , I wanna impress them by my own personality Smile

But of course she doesn't react like "oh it's impossible !" , although it's a good reaction but after doing this trick I do agree that perform to lay people is better than relatives , when I perform to some friends sometimes they will freak out , but after that they won't really impress becuz they know who you are ....

I'm sure will perform to lay people next time !

Really gave me so many good advices !!
Thanks all of you !
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