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aznviet6uy
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Well I am now entering my senior year in high school, and the students and teachers want me to do a show for graduation... but one itsy... bitsy problem.

Too many people make me nervous, I drop the cards and mess up when there is more then 20 people looking at me, and this will be my first stage performance. I ma usually a close up kind of guy.

Any ideas on how to fix this problem?

Thanks,
Chris
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TheAmbitiousCard
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Start doing bigger shows.
Do some stage performances.
Volunteer at retirement homes,
classrooms, Cub Scouts, birthday
parties. Do as much as you possibly
can.

Come up with a good act that you feel
comfortable with that plays well as
a stage act.

You're not going to do Jumping Gemini
for the whole school, so you need to
decide what you will do that will work
on stage.

Good luck. 9 months to go?
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Steve Brooks
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Frank makes a valid point, the more experience you have, the more confident you'll become. As long as you have the mechanics down, you will be able to concentrate on the presentation.

I gather from your post you have no big stage illusions, so what you will be doing has to be standard stand-up material.

I would recommend learning a good solid rope routine, audiences love them, and they work well, even on a stage.

Try effects using newspapers (Torn and restored, water from, etc)

If you do use cards, try some effects that employ jumbo cards, there are many out there.

Some kind of escape effect might be nice (Handcuffs, chains, ropes,etc)

Try effects that make the use of volunteers.
This will let you interact with the audience, always a good thing to do.

Finally, in choosing your effects, think about this:

Can they be seen in the last row?
Nothing worse than watching a magician that you can't see performing.

Do they fit you and your style?
If you're a comical type performer, mindreading may not fit the bill...but then it may. You must decide.

Think about your audience
Obviously effects for small children may not be the ticket, so do give that some thought.

Just a few ideas.
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Go to the "Sidewalk Shuffle" area here at the Cafe and read the thread titled "To Scared!" there is some good advice on being nervous.


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Peter Marucci
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Chris,
The best advice I can give is for you to know your material so well that you can do it in your sleep.
This will go a long way to alleviating some of that stage fright.
And the more you perform, the easier it will be.
But remember, even the best sometimes can't conquer it completely: Sir Laurence Olivier used to get physically ill before he went on stage!
And they don't come much better than him!
cheers,
Peter Marucci
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I think Peter said everything I was going to say!

Just know your material. You will come off so much more confidant when you know exactly what you are doing, exactly what is coming next, etc. Put your show together and then rehearse, rehearse, rehearse, and then perform that same exact show for your church, or for different volunteer org. in your community. But it's important to rehearse so you know your material like the back of your hand, and to rehearse in "full-dress" as if you were doing the actual show so that you will encounter any obstacles that can occur during the show.

And most of all...Good Luck!

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Chris,

What everyone says is absolutely true. I recommend picking one trick and learning doing it over and over and over again. Like Peter said, once you can do it in your sleep, them is is probably close to being ready to perform. For a trick that has worked very well for me on stage, check out the link in "Secret Sessions" called "Andi Gladwin Trick." This is a great trick from Andi Gladwin with some alterations or ideas by yours truly. I use it every stand-up show. If you have any questions, let me know.

Brandon
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There are some close-up kinda tricks that can be adapted to the stage rather nicely

I just watched Jeff Hobson Live Video.
It had some good stuff on there. His
humor is much different than mine but some of the tricks were pretty good...

You should pick up a video like that.

He did...

Slight Of Tongue very well. Pretty Darn Funny and worked well on stage.

Signed Silk from Apple

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Chris, In the posts above I believe that you have all the advice you need to combat your stage freight. One suggestion for effects would be to consider silk magic. It, along with rope effects make good stage presentations and are usually pretty inexpensive. Keep practicing and good luck.
aznviet6uy
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts, I guess I will find a good manipulation trick, or something with cards because I am used to them already =)

Chris
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If you were to want to do any illusions, I found a video from MagicSmith called "Darwin's Inexpensive Illusions" that only costs $20.00. I'm about to order it, so if you're interested in it let me know and I'll let you know if it was any good . . .
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The ONLY (repeat, ONLY) way to overcome this issue is to practice and perform.

I used to be an opera singer - the better I knew and had practiced my role, the less nervous I was, and I GUARANTEE it's the same with magic!

It might help to start out performances like these with less demanding effects, until you get more used to being in front of folks.

Til then, the three most important things are:

1)Practice
2)Practice
3)Practice

The 3 other most important things are

1)Perform in front of somebody (ANYBODY!)
2)Perform.... you get the idea.
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