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mindfreak2.0
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Hey, when ever I'm gonna do a trick, I always get nervous. How can I get over this problem?
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Quite a few posts on that topic around here previously. The nerves thing largely takes care of itself with experience. The more you perform and the longer you practice the more confidence you get in what you are doing, then the nerves go away.

Even the most experienced performers have a little case of the jitters before a show.
"Now here's the man with the 25 cent hands, that two bit magician..."
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It is good to be nervous. That shows you are concerned about you act.
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Yep...just keep on doing your magic. As you get more experience, your confidence will increase and your nerves will calm down. You'll always have a little bit of the "jitters," and that's OK. It's normal.

Just keep having fun!

Mark. Smile
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Yep, ditto to all said! I think as long as it's just nervous/jittery ok.Shear terror is another story! Smile
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For me it helped to present tricks in front of other magic apprentices. We all are about to join the local magic club. We practice together, we have to design our own little show for the magic exam, and so we are constantly showing each other tricks and get feedback. Over time the nervousness decreases.
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Very often when I am about to perform a trick my hands will start shaking. I have had them shake so bad that I dropped my cards! I am hoping this issue will go away with more practice.
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Being nervous is for suckers!

Get out of the game, go home and don't come back until you have the confidence.

You are nervous because you don't know what the heck you're doing yet. And you know it, so therefore you know that your audience WILL know it...and that is what makes you nervous.

Either that, or you got no guts…
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Have a good opener, joke, trick, something. Getting the crowd on your side will help you be more relaxed. I have a few openers that always get a good reaction and I can do in my sleep, but I only found what works for me with experience.
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If you feel nervous, its good. This shows you are still alive. LOL.

Jokes aside. Practice, practice and more practice would help. If you have enough practice you would be able to perform those effects without even thinking about it. Practice helps you get those effects into auto-pilot.

The great effects you see performed effortlessly by great magicians shows one thing. They spend hundreds of hours practicing and perfecting what they do.
mindfreak2.0
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Thank you guys so much
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I'm new to this too and I get very nervous also. I think practice is the only answer though.
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On 2008-11-23 15:01, crnet123 wrote:
I'm new to this too and I get very nervous also. I think practice is the only answer though.


Without a doubt practice is important BUT it's a whole different ballgame when you are performing for others. Practice!! Know the routine without thinking what you have to do next and then you MUST perform it for others. You have to experience failure as well. Everyone fails. I was in Vegas not too long ago and Lance Burton
had a mishap on stage with a prop. He went on as if nothing happened and continued on.

Once you realize that the sun will come up tomorrow after you have experienced failure, and nothing cataclysmic happened, that the earth continued to revolve you will have grown and chipped away at the nervousness. Sure you should try and avoid failure, but that's where the source of nervousness comes from. So when you experience it, deal with it. learn from it, then you are on the right road. Murphy's Law: What can go wrong WILL go wrong. It is inevitable.
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On 2008-11-19 13:28, Justin Style wrote:
Being nervous is for suckers!

Get out of the game, go home and don't come back until you have the confidence.

You are nervous because you don't know what the heck you're doing yet. And you know it, so therefore you know that your audience WILL know it...and that is what makes you nervous.

Either that, or you got no guts…


Will you please stop trying to "help" people in the New to magic forums? Please? Aren't there anywhere else you can go and play elementary school bully?
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Hihi, I think you should perform with people you're comfortable with e.g. family and close friends. You can start by performing in front on one person, then gradually increase the number. You'll gain experience and confidence as you progress. Don't worry too much if you screw up initially, because you'll learn a lot from it (e.g. angles / audience management / presentation).

The other thing, if you're not confident, just pretend you are. Smile It works!
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As a newbie that has messed up several tricks in front of a classroom of children, I have found that I need to practice a trick at least 25 times until the moves seem to be automatic. Until I do the trick 25 times properly I can't relax.

I am used to public speaking but if appearing in public makes you nervous, then maybe something like Toastmasters would be useful. A few performers may be born as good performers but most learn through practice and experience.
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