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I open my case to set up, and I grabbed the wrong one..It was my 45 minute mentalism adult show... ARRRRRRGH what to do..........

May I suggest different color cases?
Just a thought.

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I just did this on Sunday. I made some candy appear... some Tootsie Pops. One of the mom's yells "Ohh... I want one!" so I toss her one. I tossed it in too high of an arch, it hits the blade on the ceiling fan and gets propelled into a lamp, smashing the lamp to pieces.

I felt really bad but continued the show to keep the kids distracted while everyone cleaned up.

At the end, I asked my contact how much owed for the lamp and they said the show was really great and that they'd take care of it...

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Wow!!!! that's crazed.......... makes me feel better!!! hehe j/k

glad it went over well...
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Wowsers. That makes my cinema incident seem not as bad hehehe. In all seriousness, I want to say that you absolutely did the right thing. You kept the show going and distracted the kids from a potential danger. You still gave the client what they had paid you for and you were sincere about asking and wanting to pay for the damage that was caused. I think you handled it quite well if you ask me.

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What's worse than arriving late?

Not arriving at all!
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Very true, Dennis. A good job of thinking on your feet, Eric!! That is the sign of a true pro. Now to help in future situations with new locations I highly suggest using contracts with everyone. Double check them and bring them with you to each show. You might need it if someone makes a mistake in pay or wants to change the venue on you at the last minute.

Make sure your contract has a place that says: Time of performance...Date of performance...PLACE of performance. A simple contract spells out everything so there are no surprises for anyone.

And believe me, there ARE surprises out there.

Last year one library booked me and I gave them my "deep discount" for libraries. The contract spelled out "place of show" as the library itself. This was a large library with PLENTY of room to perform. When I got there, they told me my show was going to be held at the Convention Center Stage. They were even selling tickets. I had been brought in on a grant, so it was not costing them a thing.

This had only happened once before, with the Boy Scouts. (Now that's the way to teach the kids about honor, truth and fairness, eh?) The scoutmasters tricked me into doing a big show for the price of a tiny show. Same city, same convention center. It was a fully catered event. Sold tickets too. Boy, did I feel ripped off. Because of the Scouts, I wrote a "place of show" provision into the contract.

The head librarian was furious, but the contract was clear and binding. She said her 3,500 sq ft library was just too small for my show. They still managed to pack 150 people into the community room but they could not sell tickets because it was in the library and all programs must be free. Instant karma. You can't trick the trickster.

If you need a copy of my contract as a blank form to go by, pm me. I am happy to share with anyone. A clear simple really helps magicians look even more professional to your clients! Plus, you will end up at the correct place every time Smile
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