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Fingers
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Yes, I too have this problem, but I tend to turn my head at the critical time a move is made and temporarily shut my eyes, but not a blink, actually longer, say until the move is completed. It seems to happen at the time I know the move should be hidden from the audience or is in a very critical phase.

As soon as I realized I was doing this I just concentrated more at those moments and I cured the problem. It took some practice, but it wasn't too hard and I overcame the problem and every once in a while I would catch myself going back to the problem.

I did notice, however, as I get better at mastering the moves in question the problem goes away by itself. This leads me to believe more practice give you more self confidence and at least lessens the involuntary blinking, eye closing or head turning. It seems if I know I am doing it or trying to do it I just need more practice. I do watch for the problem and always concentrate at those moments
until my skill improves enough to counter it, more or less, automatically.
Where I go, so do my coins.....
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That was something that I spend a lot of time getting rid of. Sometimes I have to really really force myself to keep my eyes opan and looking where I want them and like everything, it becomes a behavior learnt and then done subconsciously.
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Woa! lol, this happens to me as well. If I do the move with skullcracker I blink, along when I do the move with Punctured. That's weird.
tangle
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Lol
I was just about to start a thread on this, luckily I searched first.
ah, its nice to know I'm not alone in this!
for me its when I'm practicing something like an rv that I'm still learning but really want to work.
I think like laurie said awareness is the cure, then like others said directing your attention to people watching, vibe your creating etc.
how funny!
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Hi!! if in any form I can help....
I rec a video when I perform this problem jajaja
later that I had a good lesson to correct that
I hope do you enjoy

http://www.vimeo.com/3744123

bye!!
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Have you noticed how many performers have flawless patter, only to stutter when they make a "move"?...
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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I attended a Jeff McBride secret session, and he pointed this out to us. When I got home and started practicing, I saw that it is true. I tend to blink or flinch or something when I do the work. I guess just being aware of it will help us correct it. It's just a natural thing that we must overcome!
Sammy J. Teague
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On 2009-04-23 13:23, tangle wrote:
Lol
I was just about to start a thread on this, luckily I searched first.
ah, its nice to know I'm not alone in this!
for me its when I'm practicing something like an rv that I'm still learning but really want to work.
I think like laurie said awareness is the cure, then like others said directing your attention to people watching, vibe your creating etc.
how funny!

Understanding is the key...if you understand why you are doing it, then you can stop it. Easy.

For a laugh, watch out for the 'Guilt Stop'. This is when performers (usually close up) do a move and then physically stop, while they check to see if they've been caught, before carrying on. They don't know they are doing it, but it's like holding up a large neon sign sign saying "SECRET MOVE TAKING PLACE - WHOOOO HOOOOO".

Everybdy knows about the blink, but few have the self awareness to spot the 'guilt stop'.
tangle
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Ha, thanks I'll look for that Rolyan.
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I have a different approach. I totally ignore that I am even doing a sleight and concentrate on how I am going to make the magic happen. In a retention coin vanish after I have introduced the coin I place it in my other hand. Then I say, "watch closely" (very original). Then I begin to concentrate on exactly how the heck I'm going to get the coin to vanish. Then when I finally feel it dissolve I open my hand to reveal to the audience it is really gone.

Tommy Wonder called it a mental script. I am by no means to the caliber of Mr. Wonder, but several people have commented that I seemed to just get better all of the sudden. It is the mental script that makes all the differnce. The idea scenario is that you believe your whole show/routine that you are doing real magic. What you believe carries over directly to your audience.

The other thing that helps is working for real people. For some reason when the audience views you as a professional magician they really just don't tend to burn you as much.
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As others have mentioned above, perform for the camera, and then study the film. Doing it in the mirror won't help, because if you blink, you won't see yourself blink. Smile
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I've caught myself doing this so many times, during the "sleighty" parts of tricks. It's like a subconscious blink in hopes that others don't see "the move" haha.
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Perhaps it becomes easier to manage, when you understand, that the blinking has understandable reasons. It makes your magic look better - to yourself.

When you blink at the exact moment your hands make a suspicious move, everything wil look better in the mirror. Your mind erases the black moment, and your sleights look smooth and natural. Unfortunately you can not force the audience to blink at the same moment!

In fact you can use shutting your eyes as an exercise to get an impression of what you want to accomplish. And then practice the sleight trying to get as close as possible.

When the sleight is learned test yourself: force yourself to look intensely at your hands in the morror at the exact moment of execution to see if everything looks correct. That is sometimes difficult!

When satisfied, take the final and most important step: practice the sleights in their natural environment: while talking and looking at your audience without thinking of the sleight. Rehearse whole trick - not just the sleights.

Just the results of my own experience.

Troels
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On 2009-04-28 21:00, dilan_thomas wrote:
I have a different approach. I totally ignore that I am even doing a sleight and concentrate on how I am going to make the magic happen. In a retention coin vanish after I have introduced the coin I place it in my other hand. Then I say, "watch closely" (very original). Then I begin to concentrate on exactly how the heck I'm going to get the coin to vanish. Then when I finally feel it dissolve I open my hand to reveal to the audience it is really gone.

Tommy Wonder called it a mental script. I am by no means to the caliber of Mr. Wonder, but several people have commented that I seemed to just get better all of the sudden. It is the mental script that makes all the differnce. The idea scenario is that you believe your whole show/routine that you are doing real magic. What you believe carries over directly to your audience.

The other thing that helps is working for real people. For some reason when the audience views you as a professional magician they really just don't tend to burn you as much.


Spot on advice. The mental script is the solution to so many problems.
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I have a problem of flinching or blinking when learning a new trick. It stops once I've perfected the trick. I think a lot of it is over concentrating and things while practising, because you don't have an audience to fool, you're trying to fool yourself but because you know the secret, your body is making up for that by physically blinding you from the moves Smile
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