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magicwatcher2005
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Most embarrassing moment for me was when I was hired to do walk-around close-up at a big bachelorette party and I had to follow a local version of the "Chippendale Dancers". After them every table I worked kept responding to me with innuendos, double entendres (and worse). Later, after the party wound down, one thing led to another and I eventually found myself having to very quietly put my pants in a dark closet with a pocket full of change. Boy was my face red the next day when I followed up with the hostess.
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One of the best routines I do, is a linking ring linking rope routine. I can do it in my sleep. Anyway, I was doing a kids show and I had one of my Grand-daughters as an assistant. She is 9 years old, and has only helped me for just a couple of months.
I use 4 rings for my linking ring routine. At the end of that routine I put the 2 linked rings, and the key ring under my table top, and the 1 ungimmicked single ring on my table top. Then I go into my linking rope routine. At the end of the rope routine, I then show that a metal ring will also link onto ropes. I look for the ring on my table and it's gone. I look to my left and there is my Grand-daughter holding a ring. I think it is the ungimmicked ring and I ask her for it. She hands me the key ring instead and it is exposed for everyone to see.
If there is any magician that says they never had a mess up, then I'd say they are lying.
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I had a bottle of coke in my back pocket that was going to be a final reappearance as I walked off stage, but while I was doing the zombie ball, it fell out. I had to just pick it up, and skip the final reveal at the end. I thought everybody knew something was wrong, but everybody just thought that the coke bottle appeared out from under the zombie cloth intentionally.
Reality is a real killjoy.
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A long time ago I was doing the TT silk vanish for all of my family. Was doing it for a month or so and my mom asked me to do it for my little cousin. I slayed the family with this. I was so proud. Well I did it for my cousin and she freaks out and runs toward me and pulls at my hands. it was so fast that I didn't have time to comprehend what she was doing. she grabs the TT and starts laughing and the whole family was watching. I was crushed. It took me a long time to get over that feeling of failure. I was 16 at the time. It will still ender my mind on occasion and brings back the feeling of dread.

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My trousers were too big and I forgot to wear a belt, I think you can imagine what happened next.

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On Aug 30, 2014, ZakKnapper UK wrote:
My trousers were too big and I forgot to wear a belt, I think you can imagine what happened next.

Zak



That's funny! Mine was when I finished my show in front of 500 people I went back stage and realized my fly was down the whole time. Needless to say, I waited extra long to make sure everyone left before leaving.

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I was doing walk around magic; I asked a blind person if they'd like to SEE some magic (couldn't tell from how I approached that they were blind).
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The openning act of my stage show was supposed to be the appearance of my assistant from the Crystal Casket.
However when I removed the large foulard she didn't appear.
I had to carry on thru the entire show without her
Which meant I had to keep leaving the stage to get various props.
Another show.
My colour changing waistcoat decided to undo itself and exposed the method.
Another show.
My slush powder didn't set properly and when I removed the upside down cup
from the volunteer's (school principal's head) her hair was caked in powder.
At these times the brain goes into survival mode
and you just have to bite the bullet and swallow your pride.
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A few months ago I was doing a few card tricks for some kids and their parents. One kid had an insanely attractive mother who was very well-endowed and didn't mind showing it off with clothing revealing enough to the point where I actually thought it was comletely inappropriate in the presence of their "tweens.". At one point between tricks I was shuffling cards, and without warning she fell out of her top. All my dexterity and coordination vanished mid-shuffle and the cards went everywhere.

The only upside to the mess of cards on the table and floor is that the parents were standing behind the kids, so the only people who knew about what happened were she and I - but on the other hand, the fact that everyone else missed the wardrobe malfunction made me look like an incompetent dolt that was handling a deck of cards for the very first time.

I do my best to inject humor into my performances, but the kids got a much bigger laugh out of my thorough fumble of the deck than anything else. Not a reaction I enjoy remembering. Further, the way I fumbled the deck made me look and feel like a pimply-faced teenager who had never before seen anything R-rated in real life. Not a feeling I enjoy remembering. Worse still, with all the practice I've put in I should have been able to maintain a shuffle during an earthquake, but three seconds in the Penthouse Forum made me lose the entire deck on the spot. I felt like a stereotypical high school loser from a bad 80's teen movie.

And every last one of my friends who knows this story had the same reaction: "But the view must have been worth it, right?" Under almost any other circumstances I'd probably agree (I cannot stress enough how attractive this woman is), but not during a performance. I guess only a magician or someone who cares equally about his / her art would understand. I felt like the east side of a westbound horse.
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Easily had to be my "little bang" performance a few years ago...the prop failed while surrounded by about 100 folks at a shopping mall in China.

now when I say failed I mean the l!ghtbulb stopped the gimmick dead in its tracks...oh right there was a TV camera there filming my promo for a local show...boy was my face red...

lesson: buy original props even if you need to wait a month or two for their arrival.
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I love this post. It shows we are all human.

I have to share what happened to me just last Saturday. One of my favorite routines I do when there are a lot of adults, is The Gene Andersen's Torn and Restored Newspaper. Sometimes I make several of these in advance. I grabed what I thought was already made, actually turned out to be a Newspaper I had already torn and restored. After tearing the Newspaper, all I had was a bunch of torn up newspaper.

I know there was one guy that caught on to what happened. Others, I hope thought it was just a joke I did to open my show.
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