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Topic: When something goes wrong
Message: Posted by: NeoMagic (Feb 9, 2006 06:46PM)
Hi Peter... Have you ever had any moments during performances where a trick has gone wrong beyond repair and you just had to stop and start again or move on to something else? If so, how did you manage the situation? Or perhaps a trick went wrong without the audience being aware and you somehow recovered it.

Thanks in advance.
Message: Posted by: Peter Eggink (Feb 9, 2006 07:50PM)
Hi Neomagic,

It sure happens that sertain things are not going as planned, and It still happens today. I think as long as you make it a part of your act, no one will really notice that something went "Wrong". I never screwed up in my close-up performances that bad that it was beyond repair, as far as I can recall. Of course I make mistakes, but I did create a "safety net" for myself through the years, based on experience and knowledge, which allows me to create an "Out" in almost any situation.

However, I did screw up -I mean really- in my stage Illusion show that I used to do. To give you one example: One of the illusions in the show was Steinmeyer's "Hologram" illusion. In the middle of the performance, suddenly the front door fell open because I didn't locked it properly...the whole thing was exposed. Very painful indeed. In this situation there was not much that I could do, exept for continuing the show and smile :)

Best,

Peter
Message: Posted by: NeoMagic (Feb 10, 2006 04:48AM)
Thank you. Reminds me of a show I did whilst at school many years back. The finale went completing wrong! (I think it was a prediction-type effect.) All I could do was nod at the teacher and thankfully she got the message and started clapping and everyone just joined in! :)