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Aedryan Methyus
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Somewhere in another forum someone had asked how to over come stage fright and I went to great lengths to offer my learnings on the subject but it did not save for some reason.

I feel that this is a fascinating topic so I am starting a new forum on it.

I personally do not look at stage fright as a fear factor but rather as an adrenalin rush.

Many magicians will tell you that the only way to overcome it is through practice, practice, practice.

I agree that knowing your material well and being well rehearsed is a given for EVERY performance but for most of us, this does not cure stage fright. It will however keep you from coming unglued and build confidence in your performance.

This topic has been discussed at great length among myself and my local fellow magicians and it seems that we all come to the same conclusion....

Stage fright is natural and cannot be overcome!

I however, accidentally stumbled upon something that has helped me immensely.

All of us have certain effects that no matter how much we rehearse them, we are terrified to perform them live yes?

I have found that if I work those particular effects into an act I not only overcome my fear of them but I gain a higher degree of self confidence in future performances.

I look at it like: "Wow,if I performed such difficult effects in my last performance, this one will be a piece of cake." This works especially well for me in those shows where i'm not performing those difficult effects and if I am I still use it to my advantage by remembering how well it went in my last performance.

I feel that this, to some degree tricks my psychi.

This may or may not be good advice but it works for me.

Acting classes offer many different techniques and breathing excercises to help with stage fright. I have found that they do not work for me personally and in fact, the breathing excercizes un-nerve me even moreso.

Here is an acting site that gives you some of the tecniques and breathing excersises. Maybe they will work for you.

http://free.prohosting.com/~jez/

Jeff Mcbride once said that, if you no longer get stage fright, your act has become stale.

Hope this helps.

Till next time,

Aedryan
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I found that by pacing before I go on let's me rid myself of excess nervous energy. Once I go on, it all goes into my presentation. Pacing has almost become a ritual for me. Smile

Mike
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
Shakespeare
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