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puggo
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Some great advice here, it's good to know that I am not alone! As a part timer, I normally get 'first trick nerves' at a gig, and start with an easy to perform, strong opener, that I know inside out to get me going.
Larry Davidson is being modest by not plugging his (excellent)'Scripted Insanity' DVDs. He really goes into detail regarding rehearsal and scripting. By far the most detail I have seen on the subject on a DVD.
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The best way to get rid of the shakes is to perform for as many people as you can as often as you can in venues where it doesn't matter.

That was said earlier on and I 2nd it a 100%.Shaking only comes from putting yourself in an unusual situation,(ie,when you first start showing magic to people)hence nerves.Once performing for anyone,anytime,becomes 2nd nature, like breathing,the shakes will fade away.You can have all the theory in the world,but getting rid of the shakes,well,the above advice works a treat,believe me (an ex-shaker!) Smile

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My personal preference when arriving at a gig, is to find an easy looking table/group, you can normally tell after a while whos readily acceptable, then as puggo mentioned I perform a self worker that kills, impossible to mess up but gets such a good reaction it gives you the confidence to go on to other material.
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Chit Chat with the table a little before preforming. It lets you see them as nice people and will make it a better when you start.
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On 2009-08-29 19:30, montymagi wrote:
Chit Chat with the table a little before preforming. It lets you see them as nice people and will make it a better when you start.


FANTASTIC advice. That can really calm the nerves.

Along those same lines, if you are early and have a conversation with some good people and find they enthusiastically want to see you once they're settled in, that's gold. You can start with them. After that, your nerves will be settled down considerably.
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Also consider an alternative or additional approach, which has worked for me: embrace the nerves. Don't try to hide them, in fact, point out that you're nervous, show your shaking hands, make it part of your performing character, make it work for you instead of against you. I found that the audience tends to find this endearing, and actually be more receptive that way. Maybe it's a function of you having just "humanized" yourself instead of presenting yourself as a superior being (something magicians are known to do from time to time...).

After a few minutes the nerves subside, and when you hit them with your first effect, they are all the more impressed because they weren't expecting it.

It's sort of along the lines of, it's better to not promise too much and then over-deliver, than to promise Amazing Feats of Conjuring and then pull out your hot rod... Smile

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Perhaps you should understand what is happening first, then it is not so scary.

First of all we are primitave animals. We have 2 responses to things, FIGHT or FLIGHT. Period. So to get ready for either possability your body will do certain things.

First, it shuts down your stomach and redirects blood. Many people inturpret this as "knots" or "butterflies" but it is NORMAL!

Next some adrenaline is nice so your hands start to shake a bit. NORMAL. More oxygen to the blood so the muscles get more oxygen. You start breathing heavier, and you start to sweat some. NORMAL!

This is all simply your body getting ready to be at it's very best. It is not anything to be worried about, it is energy you can redirect.

Too often people get spooked by this and in reality it is your body wanting to be at the very top of the game. Understand and USE it to your advantage.
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I can't add much to the sound advice that has already been offered here, but this thread reminded me of this:
I forget who it was that said something along the lines of "if you don't get a litte case of the nerves before every performance, no matter how long you've been doing it, then give it up, you suck."
The idea behind that thought is that in order to get nervous about your performance, and the act, and the audience reaction, and all, you have to care about it. If you don't get a little nervous, then you just don't care enough to be any good and you are just walking thru it.
So, getting a little nervous before you have to go on is a good thing - it means you're a performer that cares about is act and his audience. Just take a deep breath, go with that thought, smile and roll into it!
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My problem is that I naturaly shake when performing. This happened when I was doing Stand up comedy and improve. No one really noticed because I was moving around on stage.It was just something I did and got used to it while performing. This is the way I have been for 20 years. I still tremble after all of these years.
Now that I am trying my hand at magic the trembles are a big problem. I have given up on close up but I still hope I can do some parlor stuff. Any one with a simular predicament?
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On 2009-09-04 16:31, DDecae wrote:
I can't add much to the sound advice that has already been offered here, but this thread reminded me of this:
I forget who it was that said something along the lines of "if you don't get a litte case of the nerves before every performance, no matter how long you've been doing it, then give it up, you suck."
I love this! Smile
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