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Jimmy Lee
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It's normal to be nervous. I agree with what most of our magical friends have mentioned so far.

But remember, we learn from mistakes too! Once you have enough practice, try to perform to as many people as possible, that's the best way to overcome it.

But remember, if you are not nervous at all, you are one in a million. We are human after all.

Jim. Smile
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Rod Lages
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Just practice. You gain the confidence through performing. Start with friends and family. If you get caught, that´s ok. You know these people and they probably just gonna laugh at you.

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Hey I'll just add a couple of thoughts to what's already been said:
I found out that stress comes from the fear of the unknown (wow you all knew that, sorry) so try to prepare to the exact conditions. Once you know your routine and patter, practice with conditions close to performance. That is to say:
-Talk exactly as if people were watching (if you're to ask a question, ask it, pause and carry on with a typical response)
-Don't use mirrors. You will tend to look at a fixative point that won't be here when you perform. Instead picture a few spectators (your lamp, screen...) and move your eyes from one to another
-If you mess up, try to get back on your feet. A lot of experience comes from messing up, so try to save it for when you're alone.

Ho and I truly think starting with an automatic trick or a very easy one helps a lot.

Anyway good luck with that! Smile
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Pour yourselve one scotch...Smile It really works.
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I get the jitters with my family sometimes.. I blow it off and just keep going.. act natural. Sometimes its cause your pumped up with adrinalin.
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When I'm clogging, playing music, or preforming magic, To keep me from shaking as bad, I curl my toes up in my shoes, and since noone can see this, it's not ambarassing, and it helps realive some of the stress, and of course, like everyone else has said, the more you preform, the more you'll feel comfortable. It will never completely go away though, so learn to control it and get used to it. Best of luck, hope that helps!
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Realize that "fear" and "EXCITEMENT" elicit the exact same responses within the mind and body, use the same chemicals and neuro-pathways to affect the nervous system.

The next time you get the jitters, know that it's not fear, BUT EXCITEMENT!
You're about to perform and your mind/body knows this. It's getting pumped up.
Look at it from a different angle and you will react to it at a different angle.

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The funny thing is, I kinda lost the shaking part, but maybe this is just my feeling
but my performance seem to degrade as well. (my audiences didn't react as well as they used to be)

maybe they can't see the enthusiasm that I had in me when I was so excited to perform and I shook?

any clues?
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On 2002-04-23 08:56, danny wrote:
I know I may get some obvious answers but I am a card man and I practice my tricks and moves to perfection but when I perform I shake because of nerves. What do you guys do to get over your nervousness?
thanx in advance
danny



I VIVIDLY remember my first payed performance decades ago. I was shaking VIOLENTLY! And the effect was not cards, but an effect where I would suspend a glass of water on a glass rod! if that glass dropped, man well, you can imagine.

I learned an important lesson. number one PRACTICE until you can do the effect in your sleep! Number two, confidence, and the cessation of shaking comes with good ol' TIME!
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Oh yeah, I forgot, the glass was on the BOTTOM of the rod.
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In addition to practice, practice and practice, one can occupy oneself with say memorization of a dollar serial number so that your mind is not focus on the specs. Sometimes when I'm nervous and I tend to focus on some of my fav. magicians - in terms of their demeanors and quirks (if any) and I can carry myself confidently thinking how confident they carry themselves Smile
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I'd also suggest Ron Bauer's twenty-four performance scripts for magicians to gain confidence and how to use misdirection and direction. Website is at - http://www.thinklikeaconjurer.com/
One hundred percent of the shots you don't take don't go in - Wayne Gretzky
My favorite part is putting the gaffs in the spectators hands...it gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside! - Bob Kohler
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