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nucinud
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After 20 years there were plenty times, but the one I remember most is when I forgot the routine for a card trick that I was using to impress a client.
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I also have several. here are a couple.

Performing the No Tear at a Senior show. I do the flash restoration and all of the pieces of paper plop out onto the floor. I just said "Ladies and Gentlemen! When magic goes bad!" laughed and went on the the next routine.

I was performing a 3 Kid Monte type trick(with coloring books). At the point where I put the funny glasses on the kids, I also would put paper hats on them that I had laying around from paper hat tears. After the a kid come up to me and said "Look what the hat did to me!" The blue color had bled all over the sweaty kids forehead and down the sides of his face. The parents are still looking for me.
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I once did a bottle production from balloon (popularised by David Stone), and for some reason the balloon did't pop. It looked really bad, not exactly my best opener.
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I did a "Scotch and Soda" effect and believe it or not I had the wrong matched coins from a previous effect I did. I felt like I had too many scotch and sodas and I started laughing and told my spectator "Now that does not look magical does it?" I have since learned what I should have already known---as SOON as you can get your effects reset.


Good magic to all,


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On 2012-01-17 13:59, that'sJustWrong! wrote:
I almost kept my composure until I heard a loud female voice say, "No, honey, that's how rabbits do pushups" and I was finished after that.


That made me laugh out loud! Thank you for posting.

In my early teens I had a TT fall off and roll into the front row. The kids actually thought it was great!
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One time, I was performing a card routine for somebody. She was staring at my hands and was apparently zoned out. I asked her to pick a card, and she just stared at my hands. So I asked her again, and she did. She put it back in the deck, and I completely forgot what I was going to do next. I stalled for a moment and said, "Okay, that was how most magicians start off a card trick. Now let me show you how I start off a card trick." and went on to something totally different. She didn't even notice. Smile
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Metamorphosis, pants split all through the crotch. An embarrassing yet breezy moment.
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I performed at a little girl’s birthday party and her name was unpronounceable, to me at least. Every time I called her name incorrectly, all the kids in the room yelled out her correct name; I just could not pronounce her name as it should be pronounced and looking at her mom, she was not amused
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I had my Zombie fail on stage at Bates College Auditorium. I don't know how many hundreds were there that night. The silence, then "knowing gasps" as that freakin' gimmick popped up...I will never forget it. I have not performed on a stage since... Smile

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At a party levitating bills and napkins and things, somebody spotted the thread (bad light - shouldn't have pushed my luck)

You would think I would be glad she didn't say anything...

Instead she went and got a pair of scissors and snipped my "loose thread" - bringing my napkin crashing to the ground...
Dougini
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Ya know, having a spec Google or YouTube ya during your performance and call you out is pretty embarrassing. That really kills it, in my opinion. Gotta be more selective in effects and specs.

Doug
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On 2013-02-27 10:03, Dougini wrote:
Ya know, having a spec Google or YouTube ya during your performance and call you out is pretty embarrassing. That really kills it, in my opinion. Gotta be more selective in effects and specs.

Doug


That is true and I never thought about that. With technology everyone is constantly on their phones. I see this becoming a bigger problem in the future.
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I was trying to do a bottle appearance for the first time (Bob Read style) and the bottle slowly fell down my pants and out my pant leg onto the floor. I played it off as some kind of weird gag and milked it for laughs.
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Just about anytime on the street when my thumb!@# comes flying off and lands at their feet. I have to go into "oh crap my thumb fell off again" routine and get it and put it back on. sigh.
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I have a number of really interesting bits. One partner I had a number of years ago, did a coin production and it went really well until he attempted to move a certain way to flourish. Unfortunately, the jumbo coin that was clipped to his left back pocket was not properly installed and as he bent down to bow, it shot out accross the room looking as though he pooped the coin out. The coin deflected off a wall and took a while to settle. This was even more noticeable because this show was in a mall and the tile was ceramic making for a very loud and continuous "clang" sound. What was funny was not merly the event, but the surprised look on my partner's face when it did happen. He found it difficult to finish. I totally understand.

Another story that I found rather embarassing for me happened quite a number of years ago when I did the square circle and took both the cylindar and load chamber out at the same time and put them both outside of the square (I missed it) and then showed the cylindar empty while exposing the load chamber. I did this rather stupid move because I was distracted by the fact that I was not in sync with my music. The audience caught on...(Pay no attention to the load chamber on the table)

Another embarrassing story happened quite a few years ago also when I performed at a night club. It was burlesque night but I had limited experience at the time as to the business and to what that meantby "burlesque". I simply assumed that I got hired for the gig, and would get paid for two sets of an 8 minute act, and was ready to go on stage. but before I went, the MC introduced "sinful Cindy" and she did a strip act. I followed her act and when I came out on stage the audience hollard for me to strip. Obviously, they were not sober. After my manipulation act, the MC came out and asked the dj to play my music score again because it sounded to him like music to make love to and so the dj complied and the MC kept saying words such as "Oh baby, you know what I like"...etc. The really embarassing part to this was that I was hired to do two sets at the club and by the time "Busty Dusty" left the stage, "Sinful Cindy" returned followed by me. I couldn't replace my music in time and so when I did my manipulation act, you can guess how the audience reacted. I did the entire act undery very stressful conditions but took comfort in the fact that I was getting paid at the conclusion. The manager however, refused to pay me as agreed (again, lack of business experience on my part)and instead offered to get me a cold drink instead.
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On 2013-02-09 12:01, Escape Artist wrote:
I performed at a little girl’s birthday party and her name was unpronounceable, to me at least. Every time I called her name incorrectly, all the kids in the room yelled out her correct name; I just could not pronounce her name as it should be pronounced and looking at her mom, she was not amused


I think I performed at the same house the next year, I could not pronounce the little girls name, kids kept correcting me and the mom still was not amused...LOL
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I usually open my kid show with a T'n'R balloon. I play off of "Needle through balloon"(which all the kids seem to know how to do, for some reason), and attempt to push a knife through a balloon. I inflated the balloon, changed my grip and the gimmick, which had gotten clipped in a fold in the balloon, shot off, hit me in the face and bounced into the audience. I immediatly popped the balloon, put it in my pocket and moved on with the show. I was so surprised I couldn't think of any other save than to just ignore the 20 kids shouting about the gimmick on the ground.

I also performed at a senior centre. I came into the room, in front of about 30 senior citizens. My entire background was a wall with two large windows on either side of a giant mirror. It was early afternoon and the sun was flowing in through the windows. I'm pretty sure the audience could see straight through my chest. Worst part was, after I delivered a terrible show, exposed every single effect and stuttered my way to the end, the old geezers had the audacity to applaud enthusiastically and thank me for a great show.

- Ffojt
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On Feb 12, 2013, joesquire wrote:
At a party levitating bills and napkins and things, somebody spotted the thread (bad light - shouldn't have pushed my luck)

You would think I would be glad she didn't say anything...

Instead she went and got a pair of scissors and snipped my "loose thread" - bringing my napkin crashing to the ground...


Pretty sure there's a special hell for people who do this.
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Windy day and most of my props were lightweight. Lot of chasing involved.
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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I was doing a Bob Read bottle production for the first time and the bottle slips down into my pants leg and I didn't realize it till it was mostly down my leg, then it fell out onto the floor - it was a tall thin plastic pop bottle. I played it off like it was some kind of weird joke and it got a few laughs.
I used to do clowning a long time ago and I was pulled over for a speeding ticket (in full head to toe very pro looking clown getup, including giant shoes) the cop didn't even flinch or say a word, as though he pulls over clowns everyday.
One of the most embarrasing things was when I did the growing/shrinking head illusion twice at a show, and it didn't work on a single person either time.
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