If you plan it right, have the right magic for you, (and your audience of course) the right assistant, the right lights, the right music, the right sound, the right script, etc. and everything goes according to plan, its easy to look professional, to be professional. But what happens if something goes wrong? I mentioned in an earlier post that Phil performed at a clown convention many years ago. He was the only magician in a show full of clown acts, some which were hilarious. Phil closed his act with the Multiplying Bottles. He did well up to that point, when he lifted a tube and saw his glass was missing. My heart sank, but he leaned into the mic and said in a sort of secret way,”Somebody stole my glass! This was followed by something like ” we’ll pretend its there or invisible” and went on with the routine. He got an tremendous applause. No one cared about the glass.
Last week we were at a magic show, which was great, and then something went wrong, but I guarantee that 95% of the audience didn’t know that. In retrospect, when discussing it after the show, I remembered there was a part that looked like a levitation was going to be performed and it didn’t happen so I guessed I was wrong. I never for one minute thought there was a problem on stage.
Years later when the performer sits around with his cronies like Phil and I did after Father Cyprian’s 50th Anniversary, no one talked about all the wonderful things they did on stage. We all talked about all the things that went wrong and we had such a good time, laughing at ourselves and with others. That’s the beauty of live shows. You have to go with the flow, go where it takes you. It’s not the end of the world.