How to Develop Magical Confidence – Secrets of a Magician (Maxim #4)

Two more maxims to go. Today, we’re already on Maxim #4. To read on my earlier posts on the series, here’s Maxim #1, Maxim #2 and Maxim #3.

 

Maxim Four: Practice, Practice, Practice

One of the lessons that all magicians learned early on is to make the difficult look simple. And the only way to do that is through lots of practice. Mastery is only a matter of practice away. And they have to put in the hours to reach the level of mastery to be confident in front of the crowd.

Done poorly, a magic trick can be seen across the room. Done well, it’s invisible even to the person nearest to the magician. To do that, his technique has to be so effortless that there’s no “tell”, no extra tension in the muscles of his hands. Truly invisible.

That’s what magicians do. They devote many years of their lives to practice so hard to perfect techniques that no one can see! They use the mirrors, they use video recordings, and they use real people to practice with. Until they develop the right habits in movement, that they can flow effortlessly during performances.

Nobody wants to watch a performer make something difficult looks difficult. The audience won’t have much confidence in the performer. They like to see perfection, they like to enjoy masterpieces, they expect you to be at your peak and at the top of your game. To wow them at every performance.

How does a top magician like Steve Cohen practice? In his book, he let his readers in on his secret practice routines. Here’s a summary:

 

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How to Develop Magical Confidence – Secrets of a Magician (Maxim #3)

Ok, here we are on Day 3 of the series. To read my earlier posts in the series, here’s Maxim #1 and Maxim #2.

 

Maxim Three: Don’t State – Suggest

Magicians do not directly state that they have magical powers, but they skilfully and subtly “suggest” that that’s the case. They’d lead their audience to come to this belief, and form this conclusion in their own mind.

Who will the audience believe more, you or themselves?

People will believe their own opinions and conclusions than yours. When you flat out make a statement, it’s often open up for debate. People may agree with you as much as they may disagree. Instead, if you give a suggestion, people may reason it for themselves and form their own conclusion and judgment based on your suggestion. And that’s more believable to them, because it’s THEIR conclusion, and they arrive there themselves.  Once people feel they’re drawn to their own conclusion, you’ve planted in your intended message without ever stating it outright.

 

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How to Develop Magical Confidence – Secrets of a Magician (Maxim #2)

This is a continuation from yesterday’s post. So, here’s the second secret.

 

Maxim Two:  Expect Success

When a pro magician performs a trick, he knows it’s surely going to work. He’d practiced it countless of times that he’s so confident showing it to others. What people normally would not realize is, that there are several possible endings to a trick. He’d plan for multiple scenarios and different endings so that he’s flexible to changes in case things go wrong, or certain secrets were accidentally exposed. Any bump or obstacle can be used as part of the show with an alternative ending. But the audience, of course, only sees one ending, and they’d thought that’s the only possible ending. They’d never know how the trick is supposed to end.

The concept of “knowing the endings” and taking charge of them, gives great confidence to magicians. They can always expect a positive outcome no matter what happens during the show and how the audience responds.

It’s the goal of the magicians, then, to begin their performances with the expectation to succeed no matter what. They way to do this is to think ahead for every possible desirable outcomes.

 

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How to Develop Magical Confidence – Secrets of a Magician (Maxim #1)

There are few better people to learn how to develop confidence from than top-class stage performers, particularly magicians. Over the years, I’ve picked up many self-help books on how to self-confidence. Many of them remained unfinished, on my shelf. No wonder someone called them shelf-help!

However some books did provide real value, and a few were notably useful. I am embarking on a serial writings on developing confidence starting this week, especially on the ideas that worked for me.

One of those useful books that I truly learned from is Win the Crowd by Steve Cohen. As a professional magician, Steve had spent his life time collecting many secrets and psychological principles that make magic work. If you remove the illusions, sleight of hands and tricks, magicians are masters at attracting interest and creating awesome impressions on the audience. They’re masters of peak-levels of confidence.  At the center of his core principles, Steve had designed five guiding rules, what he called – The Maxims of Magic. Magicians follow them to convey confidence during their performances. He shared his maxims with the readers so that they can think the way magicians do, super-boost their confidence and get into peak-level performance state. I will share one maxim a day in my blog this week. Let’s begin.

 

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Where to Buy E-Books? I’m Giving Out Free Audio Book And Other Freebies!

To follow up on my previous post on e-books, here are my favorite sites where I’d normally purchase them.

where to buy e-books

eReader.com was the first site that I bought my e-books when I was still using a Palm device. Being a Barnes & Noble company, their ereader software can also be used on devices running Windows, Windows Mobile, iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Mac, Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Linux platform. You only need to buy the books once and you can read the same title from any device.

Beside the interoperability, they also offer credit points each time you make a purchase. The credit points act like rebates to deduct from future purchases. Every now and them, they offer huge discounts and seasonal clearances. You can always hunt for many free or cheap ebooks under “Free ebooks” and “Cheap ebooks” categories found at their site.

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