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Bin
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I've noticed that I have a problem. When I do a trick with a contrasting coin, my hands will often shake, I'll get nervous, and I'll screw stuff up. It seems like I have a special dose of fear when I have to hold out a copper coin in the midst of silver. If they're all the same color though, it's not a problem. That is, I'll get a little nervous as we all do when performing, but my hands won't actually shake.

I guess it's just a psychology thing, and only practice will rid me of it. I might be having some issues getting the coins to fall into finger palm position from spellbound, but I don't think that's the main issue. (Still worth looking into, though.) Still, has anyone else had similar experiences early on?
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Performing is the only cure. And yes, I think most here can admit to similar nervousness at the start... Maybe not specifically with copper/silver routines, but generally.

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Bin,

Yes, practice will still your hands. I've been nervous many a time but I am much more steady nowadays than not from the journey of it all. Smile

Also, your hands will do more of what you call on them to do as they become more and more familiar with actions they have not known until now in your life. Muscle Memory is a great part of all this, as it causes/builds reflex actions that come to respond upon the new instructions you give your hands, fingers. This is all the mechanical part of it, there is more to come, as you better mix-in things like mis-direction, deceptive patter, overall body positioning, etc. There's a lot to think about and command to do your bidding, and it all takes to time to cook and mix well together.

Don't worry, you will get better and better at it, and your confidence will grow and you will feel your own improvement. Keep practicing and putting it to the test by performing, trying it out, succeeding and failing sometimes…It's all a part of the soup. Smile

Keep Moving Forward! (KMF!)…You're going the right way. Smile
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It's like I've retained the irrational fear that new coin magicians get at being caught holding out - but only with copper coins. Bleghhhhhhh.

I'll sort it out.
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Though I have been performing 40+ years
I still get nervous.
My wife has a gauge.
She touches my hands.
The colder they are the more nervous.
This goes away quickly as I begin the performances
Harris Deutsch aka dr laugh
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I don't know how old you are, but if you still go to loud parties and bars, then the next time you're attenting such event try performing for drunk strangers, they'll be happy to see your magic, and as long as you keep smiling they won't mind if you mess up, because it's not like someone promised them a professional magic show.
You'll gain tons of mileage to your confidence that way, and maybe even a few phone numbers from the ladies!
Not very long ago I really wanted to get better at stealing watches, but rarely did I find the chance to try it, and so every time I found myself performing to someone who's wearing a watch, I'd get so eager to make the most out of this opportunity (people don't wear watches as much as they used to nowadays) that I'd get nervous and almost always mess the whole thing up, even though when practicing at home I was ace!
So one time, after having a drink myself at a party with tons of people I didn't know, I just started walking around searching specifically for people wearing watches.
The first time I was really nervous but I made it, the second time that night I wasn't nervous at all anymore, and after about four or five watches I got so confident that I had myself caught, but it didn't even matter; everybody was having a good time, I just laughed and said that I'm too drunk for this trick (even though I only had one beer, but they certainely had more!)
So yeah, practice on drunk people you don't know, good luck!
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