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Reis O'Brien
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Your name is Rob? Man, I never knew that!

Anyway, I thought over the past year I had gotten over the shakes. But the other night, for no reason that I can think of, they hit me with a vengence. Sometimes, a confident mindset is hard to hold onto.
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I think it helps if you get your mind off what you're doing, and think about something else.

I imagine the audience as being totally naked. Fool yourself into thinking that they're naked. Actually SEE them as naked. Have a bit of a giggle to yourself..but don't stare too much..

It works for me!
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Mike Walton
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Here's another tip. Go to your local magic ring and see the other members perform. I taught myself in a bubble and started performing on my own so I couldn't ever compare, except for the magicians in the DVD performances. I thought I was "OK." After seeing some of the others locally I realized that I was being too hard on myself and I wasn't half bad. I wasn't as experienced as some in presentation and technical ability and there were indeed some great magicians performing but I realized that I knew my personal routines better and could nail them consistently and strongly with thought out patter. Café Members taught me some lessions others weren't following and when you see those others, you realize the strength of your own magic. You should have confidence is what you're learning here from other Café Members.

My hands still sweat when I perform and will occasionally throw off my DL, but performing is just more fun after things were put into perspective from that experience and I don't seem to shake anymore.
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The shakes are something strange. Last Saturday I was M.C. for an evening show. 472 people in the hall, four hours of entertainment, magicians in the audience and all. I did some tricks myself during my presentations. And I didn't break a sweat. Dead calm, on top of everything even with things going haywire like a wireless microphone working only intermittently.
Yesterday I put a magnet in my back pants and tried to impress my wife by vanishing a pair of scissors. She was baffled alright, but afterwards I was shaking like a leaf.
As I said, the shakes are something strange.

Ciao for now

"The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything" (Alfred Borden in The Prestige)
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