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I just loved all the responses to my last question so much, I figured I'd ask another.

What do you all do, as magicians, to get yourself into the state of mind to preform magic tricks. Are you like a professional athlete who closes his/her eyes minutes before the big competition to visualize the perfect match, do you drink a few beers, or do you not even have a magicians state of mind?
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I meditate and practice. Simple and easy breathing to get my OBE (Out of Body Experience) and visual a great performence......well sometimes lol. Most of the time I'll just practice A LOT before I'll go out.
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I'll run through a few slieght to get my hands ready. I'll always slip into a fresh shirt and drycleaned suit for both professionalism and the FEEL of it.

I do a bit of breathing a finger exercise and jump around abit to loosen up
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I practice a few sleights to get used to the feelings and a couple finger exercises, like the exercises they make you do so you wont have carpeltunnel, and also drink alot of water, so my voice doesn't crack while performing.

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As far as state of mind goes, I don't think I prepare at all. Of course, I'm a bit of a meathead.

I guess I just find myself slipping into the role. I've always been a ham. Always felt like any interacting with people is a bit of a performance. Maybe I just haven't developed a "character".

Good question, though!
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I just think of what tricks will probably suit and entertain this audience the best. I do street and card magic, so I sortof go through all my tricks in my head and pick out a couple to perform. Smile Smile
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Before I do a show or perform in front of live spectators, I will ALWAYS warm up my hands first and my deck would have already been broken-in.

It's always a good practice to warm up your hands and yourself before performing.

When my hands get warmed up and I am cool, I'm ready. The warmness of my hands and the little moisture on my fingers will enable me to grip my cards MUCH better and I also wouldn't shake because of the adrenaline rush to know you are doing yourself proud while performing magic.

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I just try and relax.
But do not have a couple of beers as you suggest.
Do not drink while you are working.
You may not only not have full control, but you will smell of drink.
I take it you are young and you don't mean what you wrote but ask older people of big names who have suffered.
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I know my routines pretty well and have done them quite a few times, and since I perform casually almost everywhere and mostly at night, whenever I get the chance I do have a couple of drinks. If I'm performing something new, then I try to concentrate on it just before going into it.

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For stage work, jump up and down and build your energy just before you go on.

When I worked a comedy club a lot (Comedy Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, Calif.) I could sit in the audience with friends and enter from there (my props were in a bag just offstage, set there when I arrived.

No liquor of any kind. Dulls you, gives you false confidence.

Imprompto close-up. No prep or thought at all, just start fooling people--all in fun style.

Like I am as baffled as they are. Smile
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I just knock back half a bottle of vodka and put on my monkey suit! hahahahaha

but seriously, I just try and relax (deep breaths) and keep my fingers "warm" by doing a few cuts and shuffles (if I am in a show off mood, I may do this in front of my audience and throw in some flourishes but not always). I also go over my routine in my mind, but during the performnce, I find that I usually don't stick to it - depends on the audience! I just try to be myself when I perform so I don't think I really get into any "state" of mind!
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I do some breathing exercises before I perform. I also run through an exercise routine for my hands composed of a few flourishes and sleights. I often take a few sips of water to lubricate my throat, and I remind myself that these are just people I'm performing for. Most of all, I try to relax and clear my head so I can have a successful performance.
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No, I don't drink when I'm about to perform, learned that the hard way, in front of a couple of gorgeous ladies. Thanks for the responses, I'm going to try warming my hands up as many of you have suggested. I get shaky hands and if that helps, GREAT!
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Nothing beats practice and experience.
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