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1. TURN THAT ANXIETY INTO ENERGY
When it comes to performing — one of the best ways to overcome anxiety and nervousness is to USE the energy that your body generates as a result of you being so nervous. Most people are too busy being afraid to actually think about channeling their anxiety into energy and enthusiasm. Use that energy, it will always be there, even when you become confident. Nervous energy is your friend.
2. BE PASSIONATE AND INTERESTED IN THE MAGIC
When it comes to performing and life in general your passion must be equal to the effort that success demands. Have a white-hot burning desire. Have enthusiasm and want to amaze. Simply put, if you are not motivated and passionate, why stand there?
3. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE AGAIN
For spectators to see a badly performed effect is just embarrassing. Set aside time to practice, try it out on friends and only do what you are confident in doing. So schedule time and go through the whole routine, not only the “moves”. If you don’t practice, your anxiety will be much worse than it would be if you had.
4. KNOW YOU MAGIC WELL BEFOREHAND
Ensure that you are very familiar with every effect that you are going to do. Read up about the effect, if there is a nice history, add that into your routine. Do not watch a teen giving lessons on YouTube, but if it is a mentalism effect and there is footage of Max Maven, watch that instead.
5. USE YOUR PROPS WISELY - SPICE IT UP
Having nice (well made) props can help as a “crutch” if you are a nervous performer. Make sure your handling is confident. Having a good prop (even a cool pack of cards) to show can help you suppress that “all eyes on me” feeling.
6. KEEP BREATHING AND BE CALM
This is actually very important and you should get into a routine of doing it before you step up: Breath in deep through your nose (inhale), Release slowly through the mouth (exhale), Focus on your breath while you do this. It helps. Big time.
7. TAKE THE PLUNGE AND JUST DO IT
Just do it. The never-failing way to develop self-confidence is to just get up there and “do it”. With practice, you can begin to tame the fear. Even experienced public speakers get anxiety.
8. KEEP YOUR LASER FOCUS DIALED
Always maintain your focus on the audience, and serving them to the best of your ability. Remind yourself that you’ve prepared to the best of your ability. You can do this (not many people can). Self-confidence is a state of mind, it is a habit and in order to get into the habit, try to allow yourself to be confident in everything you do.