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gordonmj
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Hello Chad I do not realy perform that often and would like to but every time I perform my hands shake no matter who it is for. I was wondering if you could give some sdvice on any way of building up confidence.
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Marc
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Marc,

You know, I used to be the exact same way. The first time I ever performed for a group of more than 6 people, I almost threw up! My hands were shaking uncontrollably, and I barely looked at them! I'll tell you what the cure is though- performing more! That's right, the only way to get over it, and get a lot better at the same time, is to perform as much as you possibly can. You have to realize that what you do is something most people haven't seen a lot of, at least in person. Combine this with all the practice you've hopefully been doing, and you'll probably knock their socks off! Honestly, if they could do it any better, they'd be showing you tricks! Now stop reading this, and get out there and perform! Good Luck!

Chad
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Thanks Chad
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On 2007-06-27 10:00, gordonmj wrote:
Thanks Chad


You're still here? I thought I told you to go perform...don't make me pull this forum over...

Chad
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I decided to post this here instead of starting a new post. I think it applies to having confidence.

Most of us here know that you change your audience and not your routines but that has always brought up an interesting question.

Who do perform for so you can learn, practice, gain confidence or what ever label you want to put on it, the routines that you want to do?
You stated in another post that you became serious out of High school so I am assuming that you had the same problem in school. I mean you can't change your classmates that often. Unless one of your parents were/are in the military and then you move quite often.
I remember Mike Close talking about a routine that he first performed at the restaurant he worked at before Illusions. I am at work so I can't look this up but my point is where and who did he practice this routine on before getting his gig. I can't remember the name of the routine but I think it was the one where all the cards become Jokers at the end. This isn't a beginners trick. It is a GREAT trick but not a beginners trick. You read in a lot of books, don't practice on your paying customers, you should already be ready.
Of course I don't expect you to answer the question about Mr. Close. I was just using that as an example.

I would really like to hear you experience, ideas and thoughts on this.

Thanks for putting up with my long winded question.

Tom
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