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Performance difficulties

Postby katterfelt0 » November 2nd, 2021, 11:05 am

I was performing a routine last night when my essential tremor decided to kick in hard and caused me to mess up a portion of the effect. :( I knew, however, there was a payoff at the end that would salvage the performance, so I soldiered on and did indeed pull off the finale. Fortunately I had addressed the elephant in the room prior to my performance and explained about my essential tremor, so it kicking in came as no particular surprise to the audience.

Now if I could just figure a way to use my shaky hands to accomplish some cool magic. :)

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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby Peter Ross » November 2nd, 2021, 1:08 pm

I too suffer from essential (or kinetic) tremors in my left hand. For me, it seems to show up when I'm gripping something of a certain weight at a certain angle. When it happens I fear the audience thinks I'm nervous, and I want to say, "I'm not nervous! I just have this little tremor."
You're brave to address it upfront. My 'solution' is to make it part of my character to some extent - the audience sees me smoking a (fake) cigarette before I begin, so maybe they think it's a nicotine thing. I'd rather have them think that rather than I'm nervous, or maybe they think I'm just old, which is also Ok with me :)

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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 2nd, 2021, 1:58 pm

I've never heard of an "essential" tremor.
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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby MagicbyAlfred » November 2nd, 2021, 2:42 pm

It certainly is an odd name for something that's practically the diametric opposite of what would be deemed essential by anyone afflicted by it. An antithetical term, to be sure. It's kind of like saying "indispensable anxiety" or "desirable headache."

But it sounds like you prepared for the onset of it, overcame it, and didn't allow it to prevent you from wowing your audience, Ketterfelt0, so good for you! The love of magic and the will to perform it has the power to overcome obstacles.

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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby katterfelt0 » November 2nd, 2021, 5:14 pm

Peter Ross wrote:You're brave to address it upfront.


I'm not sure where I read or heard the advice, but it has always stayed with me: Address the elephant in the room up front so the audience doesn't get uncomfortable or (heaven forbid) feel pity for you. A good way to do it is with humor, but I haven't come up with a tremor line I like yet.

And I agree with Richard - "essential" tremor is a fairly ridiculous name for it.

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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby katterfelt0 » November 2nd, 2021, 5:20 pm

MagicbyAlfred wrote:It certainly is an odd name for something that's practically the diametric opposite of what would be deemed essential by anyone afflicted by it. An antithetical term, to be sure. It's kind of like saying "indispensable anxiety" or "desirable headache."

But it sounds like you prepared for the onset of it, overcame it, and didn't allow it to prevent you from wowing your audience, Ketterfelt0, so good for you! The love of magic and the will to perform it has the power to overcome obstacles.


A mentor and good friend, Rick Maue, pretty much lost all use of his hands after a drunk driver crashed into him several years ago. He has gone on to create some brilliant mentalism with methods he calls "VdM magic", which is magic so simple in execution Venus de Milo could do it. Whenever I either feel down about my condition or want to discuss ways to get around my issues, I hit up Rick. He's a brilliant man and a great friend.

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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby MagicbyAlfred » November 2nd, 2021, 5:52 pm

The indomitable human spirit is what breathes life into the magic.

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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby katterfelt0 » November 2nd, 2021, 6:11 pm

MagicbyAlfred wrote:The indomitable human spirit is what breathes life into the magic.


My human spirit can be pretty... domitable sometimes.

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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby TerryTerrell » November 2nd, 2021, 7:08 pm

Jeremy Griffith noted in his Vanishing Inc Expert at the Card Table download that he suffers from hand tremors. He found working with the cards on the table helped to settle the shakiness and let him develop very good chops.

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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 2nd, 2021, 7:57 pm

katterfelt0 wrote:
MagicbyAlfred wrote:It certainly is an odd name for something that's practically the diametric opposite of what would be deemed essential by anyone afflicted by it. An antithetical term, to be sure. It's kind of like saying "indispensable anxiety" or "desirable headache."

But it sounds like you prepared for the onset of it, overcame it, and didn't allow it to prevent you from wowing your audience, Ketterfelt0, so good for you! The love of magic and the will to perform it has the power to overcome obstacles.


A mentor and good friend, Rick Maue, pretty much lost all use of his hands after a drunk driver crashed into him several years ago. He has gone on to create some brilliant mentalism with methods he calls "VdM magic", which is magic so simple in execution Venus de Milo could do it. Whenever I either feel down about my condition or want to discuss ways to get around my issues, I hit up Rick. He's a brilliant man and a great friend.


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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby erdnasephile » November 3rd, 2021, 7:00 am

The term "essential tremor" is indeed aggravating in today's English. Originally, the term "essential" was meant to imply "always present" (amongst other implications). We do continue (perhaps wrongly so) to use the word attached to other conditions (e.g., benign essential hypertension).

For reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3461999/

To those in the thread with this condition: I admire you for dealing with and overcoming it. You're rockstars to me!

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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby katterfelt0 » November 3rd, 2021, 7:55 am

Richard Kaufman wrote:
katterfelt0 wrote:
MagicbyAlfred wrote:A mentor and good friend, Rick Maue, pretty much lost all use of his hands after a drunk driver crashed into him several years ago. He has gone on to create some brilliant mentalism with methods he calls "VdM magic", which is magic so simple in execution Venus de Milo could do it. Whenever I either feel down about my condition or want to discuss ways to get around my issues, I hit up Rick. He's a brilliant man and a great friend.


"Venus de Milo was noted for her charms,
but strictly between us you're cuter than Venus,
and what's more you've got arms ..."


Richard, I hadn't seen that poem before. Thanks for the smile it gave me. :)

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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 3rd, 2021, 12:04 pm

LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
From the 1934 film "Here Is My Heart." & "Millions in the Air", a 1935 motion picture
Music by Lewis E. Gensler and lyrics by Leo Robin

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But strictly between us,
You are cuter than Venus,
And what's more you've got arms!
Let's go cuddle in a corner,
Any cozy little corner,
Love is just around the corner,
And I'm around you.
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Any cozy corner,
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But me I'm true to ten.
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Any cozy little corner,
Love is just around the corner,
And I'm around you.
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Re: Performance difficulties

Postby MagicbyAlfred » November 3rd, 2021, 2:22 pm

erdnasephile wrote:The term "essential tremor" is indeed aggravating in today's English. Originally, the term "essential" was meant to imply "always present" (amongst other implications). We do continue (perhaps wrongly so) to use the word attached to other conditions (e.g., benign essential hypertension)...


I realize that these are medical terms, and that it is a jargon that is understood by, and makes perfect sense to healthcare professionals. And I know that the word "benign" is a relative term in this context. (i.e. not good, but better than the alternative.) Still, I find it amusing that, while the word "essential" is already an oxymoron when describing a disease or other malady, adding the word "benign" before it, doubles the anomaly for the uninitiated (e.g. the patient).


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