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Ron Giesecke
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I think that street magic carries certain nervous baggage that other venues do not. Some people are afraid of causing too much of a ruckus--almost invariably bringing the constable round the corner.

The other thing is that you are interrupting a to-and-fro traffic, that had no idea you would be performing for them. So there is a certain tension that arises, that says "I hope I'm good enough to justify making them 5 minutes late for work"or something like that.

These are at least a couple of reasons that come to mind. See whether this may be what makes you nervous.

Cheers,

Ron
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Don't be scared, just go out and go to it. I have only done street magic one day and I was just doing tricks for a friends then a parent and kids passed by, they said look; David Blaine. Then I said so you like him they said yes, I said would you like to see a trick they said were in a hurry I said its short, and I did in a flash to them just be yourself and say just a short trick then they stay long. lol Any way, that's my 2 cents
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Part of the feeling is stage fright, which you can use to put an edge on your act. Then too, you are doing something nobody else is doing. This is unique to street arts, (so don't feel guilty about the bucks you get, few people can work up the gumption to do this) Sorry I cant provide exact titles and authors but I live the life now, instead of reading about it. I dont have a library anymore. Be a Street Magician by David (somebody besides Blaine) mentions excercise stretches and the Author says his hats are better after stretching and warm ups. Also try this. Stand heels together, bend slightly at the waist hands together at the palms fingers extended and joined pointing downward, held just in front of the groin. Relax and visualise a ball of energy in your solar plexus. Do not be rigid. Now unfold stretch your arms out straight legs apart raise your head towards the sky. While you do this visualise the energy reaching your extremities. Repeat two or three times. This movement is from Be a Clown again Ive forgotten the authors name. You should feel relaxed. Sometimes people will be staring at you. If you are embarresed, you are approaching things in the wrong light. If you realize that you have started to build a crowdf, you have the correct attitude.
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when i first started performing for people i could feel my hands literally shaking, id stutter my patter, and try and rush trough tricks, but the more and more i practiced and put this into my performing i found that it became 2nd nature to me, dont get me wrong if im doing a banquet night or table hopping in a huge party (which occasionally i do) i feel really nervous before hand, but once youve approached the first person/s and broke the ice then it all comes natural

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Make sure your routine is sorted, its terrible just standing there trying to think of another trick. try to have three types.e.g. cards, sponge balls and coins Smile
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