PhotobucketDear Leodini,

One thing I really need to exorcise is my introversion. Any tips you could give to an introverted magician? I can perform to a three-person group, provided I know who they are. However. I find it difficult to approach strangers around the school and perform magic for them. This difficulty is preventing me from reaching my goal of busking. I have done a few bits to strangers, but the courage to perform for people I don’t know isn’t there all the time. I hope to hear from you soon!



Dear Gerard,

In psychology, introversion means etymologically “looking inward”. An introvert is concerned more of his feelings than of his environment. I’m not a psychologist, so I can’t give you any advice on how to lick it.

PhotobucketHowever, let me break a good news to you. I suspect you are not really an introvert. Otherwise you wouldn’t have taken a performing art like magic that requires you to perform to a live audience.

I think your condition is just a lack of courage, which is caused by an absence of confidence in your ability to perform under real-world situation.

This is a natural condition for beginning magicians. Even seasoned magicians, athletes, speakers and other live performers suffer from stage jitters, that pesky feeling that holds them back and prevents them from giving their best.

The only way to fight pre-show jitters is to keep on performing. Don’t be afraid to fail, because you will. Every green performer does in the beginning. Just console yourself with the thought that the more you fail, the more you will learn about the craft of performing, and the more you become proficient.

Buy stage skills with the performing currency called “bombing”. In stand-up comedy, “to bomb” means to utterly fail to please the audience.

failureIf at first you bomb, go back to practice they try again. If still you fail, go back to practice and try again. That’s the process of growing up as a performer. There’s no going around it. You have to rack up stage time in suck mood to become good.

For my thoughts on stage fright, please read an earlier post of mine: 9 Ways to Beat Stage Fright.

Stay magical,