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Jake12
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I'm here to ask what any of you have done to get over stage fright and what you think is the best to do so. Thanks
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Jake, when starting out I focused on person and kind of blocked everyone else out and thought I was doing my effect for just that one person, then for the next effect I would pick someone else out. Also remember to feel comfortable with your routine so you do not have to think about the effect or what you are saying. These helped me out, but the most important part is going out there and preforming and you will feel comfortable.
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Jake,

here is my method.
Breath deep and slow. Then picture the audience and how they love you and your act. Picture the applause and the cheering - and how much you want it. Then get out and get it . . .

After a couple of performances, you will be alright.

Also, use the search engine. There are a couple of great thread on the subject.

Andy
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Ron Jaxon wrote a pretty good little bit on this and getting over the shakes, do a search on that, think you will enjoy the read.
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This is a given>>>> You will be nervous. The ONLY way to get over it is to just do it. You WILL make mistakes, and then you will find that the sun will still come out the next morning. The next time you perform, you WILL be nervous, and you WILL make mistakes and the sun will still come out the next morning. Then something starts to happen....The stage fright will start to diminish, the mistakes will be less frequent and your audience will be more relaxed and enjoy your show all the more...........

By all means heed the advice of breathing techniques, and focus, and read all you can about the subject. The hard truth is after you learned all you can and practiced and rehearsed your routines, when you go out on stage forget it all!!
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I picture myself naked.

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Hey Mark Wilden - isn't the advice to usually picture your audience naked instead of yourself? Smile

Seriously though Jake12. The more you perform the easier it will get - you'll be fine.
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On 2007-03-28 02:30, MagiCanada wrote:
Hey Mark Wilden - isn't the advice to usually picture your audience naked instead of yourself? Smile

Right - that's the joke (which I must credit to my wife).

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Jake,

I can tell you that the best way to get over stagefright is to perform. You will and should always have some fright or anxiety before a performance. However, experience and getting up to perform will help you. The fright is directly tied into confidence. Once you have some success in performing, you will become more confident and have less stagefright.

Also, try not to think about the crowd, failure, or other things. Try focusing during the show. Practice your act, focus and concentrate on performing it the way you practiced.

Hope this helps.

Steve
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On 2007-03-27 23:19, Mark Wilden wrote:
I picture myself naked.

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Reding the above comments I wonder if we all have different ways which all work, and there is no one "best way".

My method was not to shut out the audience and only concentrate on the trick, but the opposite.
Look at the audience, talk to them for several seconds before starting, work very slowly, looking and talking to them.

I also opened with a trick I knew very well, which couldn't go wrong.
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Hello,

What I do is I picture myself before the performance, during my best dad where everything just flowed out of me. It brings me to a state of relaxation before I perform. Then during the performance I keep in mind the fact that I'm the expert these people paid to see me, and if I make a mistake chances are it will be a someone and unless theres a magician in the audance no one will catch it anyway. The trick is to put the least amount of pressure on yourself before and during a preformence and let everything flow out of you.

Hope this helps

Gardini
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I picture Claudia Schiffer naked.

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My only sign of nerves is my hands trembling slightly but only initially. I agree with Gardini; "...put the least amount of pressure on yourself..."

It's not the audience who put me under pressure, (most of my effects are very well received) it's myself. I'm sure it's just adrenaline so the more relaxed you are the better.

Don't know why sometimes I'm hyped and other times I'm not... Oh well, here's to fewer shaky starts!!!
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Jake12
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Thanks to all of you, this advice is great and very helpful. (Probally going to print some out)


Thanks, again
Jake
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On 2007-03-27 23:01, davidpaul$ wrote:

By all means heed the advice of breathing techniques, and focus, and read all you can about the subject. The hard truth is after you learned all you can and practiced and rehearsed your routines, when you go out on stage forget it all!!



And let me tell you, that's easy to do. I've been in situations where stage
frieght hits, all the rehearsing, patter, and routines go right out the door... Smile

No seriously, I had to say that, but it goes away with more performance.
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I think all people experience stage fright at first. But through experience, it can be completely turned around. My dad has been in the entertainment business for decades (in music - not magic) and his stage fright left him a long time ago. He loves being on stage now. He almost needs to be on stage. He yearns for it. I think the important thing is to start off with the right crowds. For instance, in magic, don't start off performing walk around. If you do walk around you will be pushing magic on people who might not be interested in the art, so you will have a greater chance of getting hecklers in your crowd. Try to perform shows where the audiences WANTS to see magic. That way, you know that your audience appreciates your efforts. I started off with kids' shows, mainly b-day parties, and it was great. Kids love to see magic. The only downside to kids' shows is that they can be a hard audience to manage. But if you're good with kids, then it's a great way to start out.
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When in front of an audience, if you are nervous looking directly into people's eyes on a stage, you can look a little above the eyes, at the foreheads or a little over their heads. People will think you are looking at them, but you won't feel the tension of direct stares at you. Jeff McBride has shared that to make an audience feel that you are interacting with each one, while performing, look at one particular person for a few seconds, then move onto another one, and another one. This may make it easier to forget about the large number of people in the room and concentrate on one on one interaction.
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You have to focus on your trick. Watch video of yourself. Remember, people are there to watch your trick, not you. Once you've got a trick down it should be second nature. Just let it happen. You have to realize the crowd is at your mercy and they are hanging on your every word. Being in front of a crowd should be euphoric and fun. Think of it like be able to roll around in the attention. I find that once I get on a roll I pull out tricks I'm still developing to give them a little treat and they may even figure it out but the next time they see you, you'll have perfected the trick and they'll love the fact that they get to see you improve as a magician. 99 times out of 100 people will want to see you succeed and be supportive and say things like "it's okay, try it again, I want to see you get it right." People want to be amazed. Giving them an opportunity to see you're a normal guy will add to the underdog mystique. This is a good place to be in while you are just starting out performing to larger groups.
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Fact - performance anxiety also called stage fright is common. Many people fear public speaking as much as death.
It is something you can get used to and control but you may not get rid of it altogether.
Practice, Practice, Practice is the best advice you can get. I don't mean just stand in front of a mirror and go over the same moves a 100 times, you need to suppliment that will 100 in front of people.
Don't try to go out for the first time an do a 1 hour show, start small. Also don't try to do 20 tricks, start small.
Don't expect some magical advise that will fix stage fright overnight.
In time your skills and confidence will build, but it does take TIME.


Good Luck.
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