The magic in a performance is obviously important, there is no doubt about that. Having said that, a magician’s confidence is almost equally important. Even the best sleight of hand expert can struggle to entertain people with the magic they have been practising for years if they can’t turn their magic into a show. The difference between a good magician and a great magician is usually just how they present their magic.
Even after many years of performing magic, many magicians will still get nervous, especially if a gig you are doing is out of the ordinary or if you are doing something that you have never done before. There are a number of things you can do to ease your nerves. One of the most popular ways is simply wandering around the venue, sitting in a number of seats that the audience are in to see what the tricks would look like from their perspective.
Nerves take over the body, therefore it can often be hard for you to show your true personality and confidence, so we decided to give you some advice on how to remain calm to ensure your show goes perfectly.
Breathe and Relax
Suffering from nervousness before you perform can really get in the way of your performance – especially how you present your tricks. But it can also get in the way of your sleight of hand. If you are stressed, your muscles won’t be relaxed and that is not good for your performance. Take a few moments to try and compose yourself. Slow breaths in and out can really help you relax.
Many magicians also find that a simple visualisation can help. As you breathe out, imagine all the fear, negativity and doubt being taken away with the breath. As you breathe in, imagine confidence and positivity are flowing into you.
Use an Affirmation
Lift both your arms up as if you have just won a marathon. Say to yourself, “I feel great, my show is going to go perfectly and everyone will love my magic.”
Now, this may sound silly, but you will be surprised how well it can work and there has been a lot of research done to prove that this actually works!
Have a Laugh
Before you perform your first trick of the performance, take a minute to tell yourself a joke or remember a funny story. Remember to keep a happy expression on your face throughout your show. It is important to smile whilst you are performing. Even if you are focused on your trick or the situation around you, always keep a happy expression. You need to show those around you that you’re having a good time so that your audience do the same.
You may have had a really stressful week and as a result, you are very tired, or even feeling slightly ill. But you can’t show it. If you do feel tired, fake it! You become how you act. So bound up a few steps to the entrance of the room and check the mirror before you walk in. Imagine feeling fantastic and full of energy and you will.
Remember that it’s not that important. You aren’t a surgeon and you definitely don’t have someone’s life in your hands. You are just simply performing magic. If anything goes wrong, have a laugh with the audience – it’s simply a bit of fun for you and the audience. Remember, no one you’re performing in front of is taking your act as seriously as you are. If something does go wrong, try not to beat yourself up, just shrug it off and carry on.
One of the most common reactions from magic students that do their first ever live gig is a sense that all the worry was for nothing.
Oliver B is a London magician who has performed all around the world for a number of impressive, happy customers including Sony and Apple. If you are interested in hiring a magician in London for your event, wedding or show, get in touch with Oliver today.