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What is the best thing and the worst thing to ever happen to you while you were performing ?

The worst is a couple of things..I once dropped the " F " bomb to a room full of senior citizens while trying to fix a mircophone at the start of my show, not a way to start a show. Also, I was doing Larry Becker's Casino Caper..and I couldn't remember the one-ahead number..so i had to put away my props with a confused audience looking at me. And at one time someone yelled out " MAGNET " as I was doing the chop cup.

The best is I did a show at a hotel which went really well, after the show was over, I was hanging out in the hotel lobby when a well dressed women approached me and asked me if I was a magician, I told her that I was, she then asked me if I would entertain her group..she asked how much I would charge for a 20 mintue show and I told her just to send me a check for whatever you think the show is worth. A week later I received a check for $700, yup..$700 big ones. That was in the mid-90's.

That is my best and worst..what is yours ?
 


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Logan, you always inspire some great dialogue.

A few years ago, I was asked to work a fall fair. It was a beautiful fall day.  It turned out the specific venue was outdoors (ugh).  I proceeded to do an original 3 part mentalism routine that usually "knocks 'em dead".  I couldn't understand why I was not getting the reaction I usually got as the trick built.  Finally, as the trick peaked, I realized I still had my sunglasses on.  The volunteer couldn't really see my eyes and connect.  It was one of those eureka moments.  I took of my sunglasses and the show, very suddenly, got way better.  It was surprising the difference a little eye contact can make.

On the upside, I did a random think of a card with a very special client (corporate CEO).  It was going to go into a trick using a Omni Deck but the client picked the 8 of hearts.  Coincidently I had a 8 of hearts silk and TT in my pocket.  It was just one of those moments of serendipity.  I milked up for all it was worth, had him think of his card, and pulled it out of his ear.  Gasp from the audience, and my credentials were validated.  It was a good day, and I still think about it.  True magic can happen, about 1 in 52 times.
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Worst was when i was performing at a place, cannot remember the venue, but Santa was appearing after me and the kids were not into the magic. About halfway through, Santa looked into the big window behind me and all the kids ran over to him. I never felt so useless. But i still got paid.

Best was at a bookstore for a Harry Potter release. I was opening with a silk and silk to egg and a young girl, maybe five years old, ran up to my table and said, "excuse me, my mommy said she wants a boyfriend."

That set the laughter up just fine. I could say anything and get a laugh. 

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Logan, you always inspire some great dialogue.


 
Thank you, I just try to ask simple questions..nothing to detailed. Everyone who has got up in front of an audience or a group of people has memories of good and bad experiences. I think a lot of people would be interested in reading such accounts of these stories.

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