I, for one, never had a magic show. I once did a magic trick on Grandparents’ Day when my grandchildren were in daycare, and it went over big time, although the surprise was on me. I did the Thumbtip Blendo whereby they watched me place 4 tiny different coloured silks in my fist and told the the kids that I only had one silk in my hand and they had to shout out what colour they thought it was. I expected them to yell out all different colours but in unison they all screamed red. I was in shock and looked at my hand and saw a piece of red silk sticking out. I had to laugh. And I told my granddaughter to pull out the silk and it was one silk that had 4 different coloured squares on it. I think I wrote this before. It wasn’t a disaster, but it was funny, to me at least.
Another time, I was in the shop showing someone Kurious Kords (Professor’s Nightmare) which I have only done 10 million times, I’m sure. I hadn’t done it for awhile and when I tried to demo it, it just didn’t work. I tried over and over and just couldn’t get it. I started laughing. Then I realized I had started with the long cord instead of the short one and did the trick. The father pointed out to his son that i did not panic, even when I was in trouble. Of course what he didn’t know is that I giggle when I panic, but that’s beside the point. I may have written about that too.
But I wanted to refresh your memory because someone came into the shop to buy magic for his grandson. He asked for specific things and told me he used to buy stuff here years ago. He was a teacher and sent many kids our way, for which I thanked him. He really liked magic but one day he did a trick and it went wrong. He said he never did magic again and got rid of all his magic He told me what it was and it wasn’t even terrible but he was embarrassed and lost confidence. We had a talk about failed tricks and I think maybe he’ll get back into it. Everytime I went to ring up the items, he’d say, wait, maybe I’ll take this too.
The point is, we all goof up one time or another. We just have to get over it. Ever hear of “Outs”? I don’t know if it’s still in print but it was written just for such occasions. I hope it doesn’t happen to you, but if it does, trust me, It’s not the end of the world!