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Topic: Flubbing a trick
Message: Posted by: Dan Monroe (Dec 16, 2006 09:21AM)
I just want to say thanks for being here.
My Q is this : As we all perform through the years I'm sure at one time or another we have all flubbed or goofed on a trick for one reason or another. I was wondering if you have one of these moments that you remember and if you could tell us about it? If so how did you recover or not?

Message: Posted by: R P Wilson (Dec 16, 2006 01:07PM)
I've had many, many flubs. Some I could weasel my way out of but some were just dwad in the water. I try to remember that, if you take it well and show a little humility (and humour), the audience is still entertained. The rule is to make sure you always have a killer ending in reserve.

A couple of years ago I was doing the bar at the magic castle. I had my usual set but I also had a few items on reserve, should the mood take me. Luckily for me, Bob Sheets was there every night with some fantastic advice about loosening my grip and letting things seem more random.

In the spirit of that advice I found myself giving an audience member too much rope to hang me with and a very complex two deck effect went bye-bye.

I made a few gags - blamed it ALL on the guy who shuffled (for fun), put away the cards and it played like an elaborate gag. I then used the same guy for the next trick and got back on track without the audience feeling that I had lost control.

The fact is I just learned to run with mistakes and make them fun for the audience. Just remember to end with a strong, reliable trick so that any mistakes are over-ridden by strong magic.

Message: Posted by: Smiffy (Dec 16, 2006 01:26PM)
When you've messed up, have you ever just pulled out an invisible deck and used that?

I did it last week... Worked marvellously!
Message: Posted by: R P Wilson (Dec 16, 2006 02:36PM)
Actually I advise exactly that in the Restaurant act DVD.

Message: Posted by: Smiffy (Dec 16, 2006 03:41PM)
Alrighty!! Go me.

Okay... Daft question. Is it worth me buying? In fact, I think I'll go look into it.
Message: Posted by: R P Wilson (Dec 16, 2006 04:20PM)
Not for me to say. I think I give some valuable advice - the routine illustrates that advice.

I would also look into Live At The Jailhouse - the names on that DVD tell me it's got to be worth your time.

Message: Posted by: Dan Monroe (Dec 17, 2006 09:32AM)
I think the Restaurant DVD is great. Some very good routines on there.