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DMG
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Well - a little over one month in and I am doing a couple of simple tricks for friends and family - all from Royal Road. I am doing Thought Stealer, Do As I Do and Poker Puzzle. The results have been good and a great amount of fun.

The issue I am having is nervousness. My hands shake like crazy when I am performing. Sure hope this goes away someday...
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Here are some topics on this problem.
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/searc......=3518140
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Nervousness is something pretty common. More practice and more familiarity in giving performances will get you over that.
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Jaz is right, use the seach engine and you will find a lot of insights into this subject.

On another note, being nervous is normal - especially if you are new to it. It will go away.
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Thanks all.

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I found long ago that practice really helps on the nervousness. Practicing the entire performance again and again and again before you're actually performing before an audience. When you can do every little move with confidence, lots of the 'bad' nervousness goes away.
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There are two things to remember about this problem. One has been covered and its practice, unless you have all the moves perfect, you'll worry that it might not come off and that's when you can easily make mistakes. The other thing is setting too much importance on a trick, or an effect. I know it sounds foolish, but the best way I find is to practice very hard, to the point of knowing I have the thing, believing in the magic myself and then when presenting it relax.

You see if you're tense, the other person/people pick this up, its like when someone is scared of dogs, it becomes a two way street and the dogs sense this and become scared themselves. Believe in yourself and your magic and remember that even if anything did happen, its no big deal, nobody will get hurt and it won't hit the front pages. Don't worry. I used to be just the same, it was funny I could walk out on stage in a play in front of a large audience, but would be nervous as anything showing a friend a simple card effect. Then I heard the secret from Paul Daniels. He said that if you make a mistake, so what? The world won't come to an end. The next morning the same politicians will still be in power and nothing will have changed, so relax and don't worry. I applied this to my magic and bingo instead of tricks I was performing real magic, well almost Smile Just enjoy what you do and relax.
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Practise is not the only way you can loose nervousness. You can become nervous also. You must perform in everykind of sitýation to to become relax.

magicially yours,


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Nervousness is a sign that you care.
Shaking hands are a sign of ungrounded energy and the mistaken belief that you need to stay still.
Knowing the route in your routine will help you keep it flowing to the end.
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Ease into your routine by starting with some very basic, sleightless tricks, or perhaps a gag trick to get people laughing and lighten the mood. The pressure of having to nail a sleight will thus be eliminated and you should feel more relaxed. Then, as you get good reactions and your confidence grows, you can attempt more challenging tricks. But everything mentioned so far is great advice. The main thing is to keep at it.

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It might help you to realize that even the greatest among us flubs up from time to time. It's part of the human condition. Only practice and actual performance in front of others can help lessen the condition.

I have to admit to being nervous every time I perform Alien Autopsy for lay people, but once I start into the trick, my nervousness seems to vanish. It is one of the best and most fun tricks I do. Performing it for others gives me a great sense of satisfaction.
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Nervousness is not overcome is a hurry - but you might be surprised how quickly you get over it. The solution: perform, perform, perform.
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Getting over nervousness can be a long journey. Some of us will take a longer time to make that journey than others, but we can all eventually get there. We tend to rush into showing our tricks before we have really got them down - that's natural. But it will induce nerves! That in turn will reinforce to you that you are a nervous performer. Infact, there's a very confident and competent performer waiting to bust out, you know there is! Thus, starting with a self worker that you know inside out that you can do without thinking or do something that is virtually as simple with as few moves that you can also do without thinking is the way to go: As tipped by other wise counsells above, this is what I'd strongly advise. Do 2 or 3 effects like this and follow up with something a little more challenging. By then, you will have got into the groove, confidence raised, adreleline and nerves under control. The other great tip, undoubtedly, is to perform as much as possible. Try voluntary and charity work.

To this day, when I am working in a new effect into my repertoire I will never use it at my first few tables. I will be well into the gig & and the groove - before I attempt it. Even then I will not open with it, after all I am in front of a new set of people with a host of new dynamics to consider. Trying a brand new effect is not that great an idea to start off with. I hit them with a couple of my best that I know cannot go wrong (these days they are not self-workers!), and then I try out my new effect. So you see, even I, 20 years on, follow this tip to a modified degree.
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I have done magic for three years and I get nervous to the point at times where I will simply say "No not now, bad time" etc etc... while laughing of course. I never want to repeat a trick twice and often I feel like I gave the secret away. This is due to the lack of practice. I perform magic on and off and don't practice very much, so when it comes time for performing I get nervous and it shows.
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Lets look from a different side. When we study a trick or routine we think that audiences can understand the secret or how we do it. It becomes easier whle our performances. But really they can't. that's because of we know the secret.Smile When we think like that we want to do our best(of course) and we become nervous. But don't forget this sentence, "audiences never knows what we are going to do"...


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On 2007-11-13 21:25, Nedim wrote:
Lets look from a different side. When we study a trick or routine we think that audiences can understand the secret or how we do it. It becomes easier whle our performances. But really they can't. that's because of we know the secret.Smile When we think like that we want to do our best(of course) and we become nervous. But don't forget this sentence, "audiences never knows what we are going to do"...


magicially yours,


Nedim Guzel



I really like this piece of knowledge.
Thanks for sharing that. When you come to think about it you do relaize the audience never knows whats next and thefore you have nothing to hide. Good point.
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Exactly. Also we just have to fun when we are performing.Smile


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When you can perform your routine without much thought you will begin to loosen up. In most instances, a beginner will worry that he/she will fail and thus concentrate on flawless technique and stumble in presentation. A piece of wisdom from the past... "Never perform an effect in public that you cannot perform flawlessy in private". When you are satisfied with your technique, work on your presentation and keep this in thought..."I am the entertainer, you are my audience, get ready to be amazed". After all, you are in control.
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Thus, starting with a self worker that you know inside out that you can do without thinking or do something that is virtually as simple with as few moves that you can also do without thinking is the way to go: As tipped by other wise counsells above, this is what I'd strongly advise. Do 2 or 3 effects like this and follow up with something a little more challenging. By then, you will have got into the groove, confidence raised, adreleline and nerves under control.

I like this advice - thanks. I always start with Do as I Do which is virtually a self worker (and popular-my wife still can't figure it out) and I can do it without shaking.
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Try voluntary and charity work.

What a great idea! I actually have never had any aspirations to actually perform for anyone but family and friends - but this is something I think I could endeavor to do (eventually). Thanks.
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We're talking family and friends here, right?
Why do we get nervous?

While a lot of practice helps confidence, that confidence can get shook loose when in front of family and friends.

Is it fear of accidental exposure?
Fear of forgetting the moves and patter?
Fear of heckling?

I think so.

Relax.
Family and friends know you and that your doing 'tricks' and not real magic.

If you blow the trick then stop admit it or have an out.
If you forget the routine half way thru then admit that you forgot the rest.
If you get heckled then tell them to shut up. Smile
It's all a part of the learning process.
Keep the tricks simple and make it fun.

If it's a new routine involving several moves then practice until you fully understand it and it's second nature before showing it.

Good luck,
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