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 #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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