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Walsh Cane.
When I was twelve, I came home with an appearing cane, told my father I wanted to be a magicians when I grew-up, and opened the cane. It flew out of my hand, breaking the front window and he yelled "You are NOT going to be a magician"!

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I left my lavaliere on when I went to the little boys room - someone in the front row said something about the incident - so I tried to act like it was a joke by making donald duck sounds. (Didn't fool anyone).
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Was it a #1 or a #2 Jay?
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THAT sir, is a really crass and crude question. Why would I answer that. Why would anyone? It's way too embarrassing and uncouth........ It was #1, which makes the duck impression, even more ridiculous because it didn't fit.

I'm not the only person who has left their microphone on either. I've heard several people from bands, DJs, announcers and other acts tell the same story.

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Now it's your turn Aaron. Surely you've dropped your assistant off a 6 foot floating thing.... Oh wait, That was me.
Actually it was the girls boyfriend who (Why, no one knows) decided he didn't want to play the role of counterweight any longer so he walked "off" his spot early, letting her take the fall.. Take the fall lol. It's funny now, but it wasn't at the time.
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I sure have messed up quite often, but some of these are real doozies!

I injured myself trying to do a crash link with the linking rings before...my thumb turned black and I did my best not to scream out loud during the show. But the grimmace was unavoidable. Smile
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I like your style Jay. Smile Scott and I share the same embarrassments since I work with him on his illusion show. From my own stand up shows... jeez there are too many to list. From Cardiograph not rising, to my silk to egg breaking in my pocket. Usually I just whistle the theme song to Magnum PI if I can't recover and move on to the next routine.

Although, I will admit that I've accidently left Scotts mic on before when I was running his sound. He was backstage talking to the crew and the audience heard him briefly. It would've been funnier if he was going #2... then I may have left it on purposely. Smile
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Silk to egg. Flawlessly executed 100+ times...Except the one time when during the explanation phase,I reached into the pocket and pulled out the scarf a liitle too agressively. Along with the scarf, egg No 1 flew out of the pocket, bounced across the stage, dropped to the floor and landed at the feet of a first row spec who picked it up.

I ignored the errant egg, finished the routine and went to the closing routine. I wrote the egg off as a loss since I wasn't about to try and retrieve it, but after the show the new owner of the egg found me and offered to return it if I would tell him how the trick was done!

I explained that scarf that I put in the egg in the second egg was made of material that would dissolve squeezed tightly, thus disappearing. He gave me the egg back and said, "I thought it was something like that." I swore hime to secrecy, he agreed and smiled broadly as he gave me back the egg.
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WAY too many to mention.

My biggest one would probably be when I was about 16 or 17 years old. I was doing a few minutes of magic in between a set change at a dance recital. At the end, I used to pretend to "shoot" the mischievous hanky with my fingers formed like a gun. The T****D was supposed to break, and I would pick up the hanky, untie the knot and take my thunderous applause. On this occasion, however, the T****D broke a little to the left, and as my assistants began to pull it off the stage, it had wrapped itself around the hanky, and began pulling the hanky with it. I started to act as though I was chasing it. Luckily, my assistant caught on and animated the hany to look like it was "limping" offstage to get away from me. I ended up getting a standing ovation...all over a screw-up! Smile

The theater seated around 1700...we probably had close to 1000 there that night.
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I also have too many to list (comes with the territory when performing 1,000's of illusion shows), but here are the the biggest and most painful. My new assistant stepped off the neon suspension and her dress caught the light bulb and tore it off so everyone could see the p**e. The funny thing is, several people after the show commented on how much they liked that trick! It was the first and only show that I used that assistant for (by her choice - it was too much pressure for her).

I have another one similar to Jay's. I had a reappearance at the back of the audience. It was an outdoor show and quite a long run. I asked the custodian to make sure the gate was unlocked. Of course it was locked. It was a 6 foot gate. I hopped the fence, but it was dark, and I didn't notice that it was 8 feet on the other side. I didn't land when I expected to and tore a meniscus in my knee. I hopped out for the reappearance and final bows and then fell through the curtain in agony. Because of the injury, I had to cancel two weeks of shows in my busiest season, and then had to have knee surgery that cost almost as much as I made on the show. The final insult was I had to pay for the custodian's overtime because it took us two hours longer to get out because I wasn't able to help load-out.
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I did a traveling stage show years ago. One night my assistant was complianing of an upset stomach minutes before curtain. She was a trooper and hung in there despite the discomfort.However, while she was in the sub trunk,she released some gas that to this day I have never smelled anything worse...anyhow,when I entered the trunk, I was so overtaken with the stench that I began gagging. By the time she had unlocked the clasp to the lid I was feeling more than nauseous from the dreadful aroma in the confined quarters of the sub trunk. Once I made my reveal to the audience,my stomach could not hang on to my lunch. The unfortunate audience witnessed me projectile vomit during their applause ( which was quickly replaced by sounds of disgust,gagging, and parents escorting their young ones to the nearest exit).Needless to say,the show ended right then and there and despite my assistants horrendous flatulence, I went on to marry her.
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On 2013-07-25 12:45, Rocky wrote:
I did a traveling stage show years ago. One night my assistant was complianing of an upset stomach minutes before curtain. She was a trooper and hung in there despite the discomfort.However, while she was in the sub trunk,she released some gas that to this day I have never smelled anything worse...anyhow,when I entered the trunk, I was so overtaken with the stench that I began gagging. By the time she had unlocked the clasp to the lid I was feeling more than nauseous from the dreadful aroma in the confined quarters of the sub trunk. Once I made my reveal to the audience,my stomach could not hang on to my lunch. The unfortunate audience witnessed me projectile vomit during their applause ( which was quickly replaced by sounds of disgust,gagging, and parents escorting their young ones to the nearest exit).Needless to say,the show ended right then and there and despite my assistants horrendous flatulence, I went on to marry her.


This cannot be true...please tell us this was made up...

If not, I wish you luck in staying married. Smile
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Rocky Wins!!!!
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Rocky, that was the best story I have ever heard!
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YES Rocky Wins.

I can't stop laughing!

Please let it be true.
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The Steve Spill bad mess ups posts on this old Café thread are among the funniest I've read: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......um=246&8
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Rocky...I...(gasping)...laughed so hard at that...OMG. My stomach hurts...(more insane guffaws)...ROFLMFAO!!!!

Her "flatch" made ya PUKE! ROFL!!! Oh, man...I can't top that...haaaa ha ha! Smelled kinda "feeky", eh? Haaa haha! I always thought women didn't fart. Until one day I heard my girlfriend poppin' and snappin' one morning...

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The missus and I can finally laugh about it now,but needless to say,it haunted us wih humiliation for many years after. Several years after we did that show,the story became circulated among local magicians in my area.One year my wife and I were asked to perform on the bill at an IBM ring banquet. Since the sub trunk experience had become a running joke among the fellers,we decided to perform it that night. Before I raised the covering I reached into my pocket and retrieved a clothes pin, clipped it onto my nose and commented," I cant take any more chances since that night 5 years ago in Philly"...it brought the house down!
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Way to take and oops and turn it into entertainment! LOVE it!
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That's a very smart way to handle the situation Rocky.

I hope you do not take offence in some of us finding this funny, the way you wrote the story was hilarious.

Thanks for sharing it with us.
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On 2013-07-25 12:45, Rocky wrote:
I did a traveling stage show years ago. One night my assistant was complianing of an upset stomach minutes before curtain. She was a trooper and hung in there despite the discomfort.However, while she was in the sub trunk,she released some gas that to this day I have never smelled anything worse...anyhow,when I entered the trunk, I was so overtaken with the stench that I began gagging. By the time she had unlocked the clasp to the lid I was feeling more than nauseous from the dreadful aroma in the confined quarters of the sub trunk. Once I made my reveal to the audience,my stomach could not hang on to my lunch. The unfortunate audience witnessed me projectile vomit during their applause ( which was quickly replaced by sounds of disgust,gagging, and parents escorting their young ones to the nearest exit).Needless to say,the show ended right then and there and despite my assistants horrendous flatulence, I went on to marry her.


Proof love is blind. Smile

I admire you for just sharing that!
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I once misplaced the keys to to a locked subtrunk, with assistant in it. It didn't go over with the audience very well.
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