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In Steven Pressfield's book on overcoming the resistance, The War Of Art, he says, " Henry Fonda was still throwing up before each stage performance, even when he was seventy-five. In other words, fear doesn't go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day."
Also in Sidney C. Walkers book titled" How I Conquered Call Reluctance, Fear Of Self-Promotion & Increased My Prospecting!" He tells the story of watching an opera diva being interviewed on 60 Minutes. She was a beautiful woman with captivating charm and a amazing voice. She made $40.000 per performance, and that was in 1995. The interviewer asked her if she had any stage fright. She replied that she was a emotional disaster before each performance standing there waiting for the curtain to open. She would wonder if she could do it again. She would wonder why she didn't choose to be a housewife and avoid all this pressure and madness. But she says the most amazing thing happens when the curtain opens and she can feel the audience and hear their applause. She said  she was taken to another world where she became a channel for the music, which was all consuming , and stayed there for the duration of the performance. "
It's normal for athletes, actors and singers to be an emotional wreck before they perform, and magicians are no different.
I know that there is another thread on here talking about Performance  Anxiety but I felt that these two stories drives home the point..." The Fear Never Goes Away ".
I've experienced stage fright and I've experienced anxiety just before making sales calls or went  looking for business. You know, once I got  that first NO#, most of the fear went away. Then I would have no trouble  prospecting the rest of the afternoon.
Have you ever experienced stage fright just before doing a show? How did you deal with it?  Have you ever got the "jitters" when showing someone  a card trick?
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The best advice I was ever given was to re-label any feelings of nerves/anxiety as excitement...
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People of all walks of life have to deal with anxiety.  Some suffer from it constantly, some periodically and some sporadically.  But most all have it.

One reason is that we care.  When you want something to go well, you get anxious.  It is normal behavior.  We often play things out in our minds in a perfect way and then when the rubber meets the road and something goes wrong, we panic.

I never suffered from serious stage fright, but I have suffered from anxiety or "nerves".  I think stage fright is a much more serious condition.  Some performers vomit before performing.  That, to me isn't just a case of nerves, but true stage fright.

In my stage performances in the past, I began with some fairly easy, visual effects.  They allowed me to take advantage of the beginning seconds of the act, to make some eye contact and not be overly worried about something coming off perfectly.  Later, after my blood pressure slowed down a bit, I would attempt the more "risky" manipulations.

I think it should be the same way in close-up.  I think you should always begin with something quick, easy and visual.  Focus less on the trick and more on gaining their attention and beginning the process of forming a connection.  Then after you've "primed the pump" you can dive into the hardcore stuff.

The trick to overcoming nerves is to realize that the audience wants you to succeed as much as you do.  They are your friends and so long as you respect them, they are rooting for you.  That allows you to relax a bit and focus on giving them what they desire.
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I always had the advantage of performing in front of "my people," so never got nervous...

However, in my very first great event, a wedding plenty of people (many of them unknown for me) I experienced my first encounter with the "stage fight."
It was in the summer of 1992 in Barcelona, in the wedding's party of one of my uncles.
I was so terrified that I told my uncle:
"I can't do it!
He told me:
"You don't need to do it, it's OK."
However I was angry with myself. It was a very bad time for me; a dilemma.
Since I wasn't a professional I had NOT to do it, but if didn't do it I knew I was going to regret it, considering myself a coward that can only perform in front of my relatives.
Finally (and fortunatelly) I recalled something that my elder brother told me once regarding doing school tests:
"You just have to do what you know"
So, I told myself once and again: "Just do what you know"...

So then I did it. I focused on myself and tried not to think too much in how many people were there and who.
Everything was fine. I felt so relieved.

Just after my show was finished an amateur music group started the concert livening up the party, and everybody forgot about "that young magician."

Were the music group members nervous?
No, they didn't. They just were doing what they know how to do; to play the songs they have practised a lot! The same as me with my magic show.

I think that stage fright is just lack of self confidence. Just trust in yourself once you have practised it and know how to do it.

During that evening, certain unknown person approached to me and told me suddenly:

"Hey! You're the magician; how did you know my card?!"

I said:
"It was magic!"

And I felt HAPPY.

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Great topic!
All I can say, is that I get nervous before starting a show, but that feeling usually translates automatically to energy as I step up on stage.
Don't know I would have that energy if I didn't feel nervous beforehand
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That's a very good point, Jed.

We can use the "nervousness" in our benefit making it even necessary to get courage!

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