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Aug 26th 2013, 17:12


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MISTAKE! ( ouch!)
How do YOU handle making mistakes?
Mistakes do happen... onstage and off.
What do you do when a mistake happens?
Do you have a good war story?
Have you ever seen a pro handle a mistake?
What did they do to " make it right?" give us your POV and we will talk about it on tonights show.

" How to handle Mistakes!" 7pm pst www.mcbridemagic.tv

Jeff McBride also…send us any great video links would be appreciated..always good to learn form others mistakes! I have for sure and many have learned from mine too!
Brad Henderson
I believe it was Channing Pollack who said you can surmise the talent of a magician by how well they cover their mistakes. Was it Charlie Parker who took comfort knowing that when he played a wrong note, the right one is usually one note away. Or did he make the observation that the difference between the right note and the wrong note was what came after it.

The magician who seeks perfection in his or her act presents a shadow of lifelessness pretending it to be art. Art - magic - should be alive and responsive. Those who spend hours trying to replicate that drilled in the practice room may as well submit a video in place of their appearance. Choices, active choices, are the life's blood of magic.
Some choices are better than others. But sometimes wrong choices can be fun

Morris Poore ·When I first got out of the Navy in 1991 a new restaurant named Elliott’s Downtown opened up in Anderson Indiana and I was hired on as the house magician, the effect that got me the gig was “card on the ceiling”

I was performing for a table and had come to the end of my set and was closing with card on the ceiling; normally the effect went off without a hitch but this night I must have not been paying close attention to how I was holding the cards because when they hit the ceiling they exploded and went everywhere; and normally I am pretty handy with getting myself out a bad situation ; magically speaking, but the shattered deck was spread far and wide and to identify the chosen card was going to take way longer than was comfortable with.
Much to my chagrin an unknown ally had my back; literally!. Her name was Heather and she was a waitress at Elliott’s Downtown, we had spoken a few time because Heather had a very interesting background….She used to date David Copperfield after Claudia Schiffer and had spent time among some of the heavy hitters in magic; which I thought was kind of cool.

Anyway, Heather saw the card on the ground, picked it up and stuck it to the back of my vest, and the rest was just pure magic. I looked up at the ceiling saying “well your card should have been stuck to the ceiling, but as you can see its not there, give me a sec to pick up all these cards!, because honestly I have no idea where you card could have possibly gotten off too” and as I turned my back to pick up the cards on the floor the audience saw the selected card stuck to my back they went crazy, it had to be one of the coolest moments in my magical history,
It taught me that most moments good and bad can become a magic moments if you let them.

Craig Keith
I did a "think of a card" effect outside a restaurant in London. Usually the card "appears" about ten feet behind the customers which gets lots of oohs and aahs. Well it was windy and I couldn't see the card. The doorman (who was an amateur magician) leaned towards me and whispered in my ear "it blew into his overcoat pocket" I gave him a "Bull***t!!!" Look and he nodded affirmation. The rest is history, but seeing as I had not gotten within 2 ft of that group.....doubt they'll forget that moment. Sometimes Mother Nature has your back too!

Steven Steele
I was performing the T&R Newspaper and the gimmick failed. As I performed the flash opening, as the newspaper unfolded, the pieces fell gently all over the stage. I was stunned, to say the least. It was my opener. I just looked up at the audience and said, "That's what happens when you don't use union fleas." A complete non sequitur, but they loved it! They laughed, I continued my show without a hitch. I had several comments about how good it was and how much they enjoyed it, but they all said the highlight of the show was my Newspaper Routine. Go figure.

Naphtalia Leba My first real magic mistake came at the magic shop where the guys were trying to teach me the card trick Triumph. Cards never have been my strong suit, but I had just barely got the basics. It was one of those days with multiple magicians in house and just one layperson. I got pushed into doing Triumph and knew quickly I had messed up. So did all the magicians watching. I had just learned to do a ribbon spread so did that and then ran my finger over the top of the deck and dropped my finger on one card. I was planning to go with asking "Now have we met before? Did we plan this? Is your card ____?" and when I got all "No" responses saying...maybe next time. Instead when I asked, "Is your card the 5 of clubs?" I got a yes. The card gods had smiled. The biggest amazement (aside from mine) was the magicians watching. When asked later how I had done it, I told the truth. "It was a Marlo variation."

Josh Weinstein my go to comment is"Unfortunately this is what happens when you don't use video editing in your magic show"

Ryan Brown
Go to the bathroom before you hit the road, on a transit coach bus, that had no bathroom, i asked the entire bus..." does anyone have a bottle ?"

Charles Stonewick
Once, while performing Vernon's "Travelers", I revealed the final pocketed card and it was NOT the selection. I openly searched through the deck"pretending" to pretend I messed up. (Which I did). The final selection was still on the top of the deck. I did a top change and asked the gentleman who selected the 4th card to hold it over his chest and announce the name of his card. I then told him to hold it for all to see. The reaction was 10X stronger than ever. I now engineer that mistake into the piece.

Jericho Etienne
I once rolled my ankle and fell during a candle dance routine that ended up with me doing a back roll and only those who knew the act noticed. Go with the flow and adjust as needed lol

Deb McAlister
One of the things I like about my 12-year-old's performance coaches is that the build recovering from mistakes -- and just going ahead -- into every rehearsal, every practice, every performance. As a result, it's totally unphased when he makes a mistake -- he just incorporates it into the routine as a funny aside, and moves on to the next trick. It's carried over into other areas of life, too -- he used to be one of those worriers around tests, but no longer. He just does his best, and moves ahead.

Diego Deckmann
·I remember one 12" linking (key) ring escaping from my sweaty hand on a very hot day. I knew what everybody saw, but I also knew that some people didn't notice so I carried on!
I had an effort applause rather than a pity applause.
Pity applauses are the worst thing. The kind of applause you get when everything went wrong, had it only once! just remembering gave the chills!

Mark Ghia
Jeff funny you mention this topic. I had just watched this last night . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guNcOE4B2uE

Really Smart Child Ruins Grown Man's Magic Show!!!! EPIC FAIL!!! 
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Mark Ghia This is how he dealt with it 20 years later. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj81_KaPKgQ

Return of Murray 
www.youtube.com20 years after ruining/improving Dave Williamson's magic career, Murray returns to The 2011 International Magic convention in London to try again.

Danny Crook
I messed up nearly my entire act at the WMS stage comp many moons ago - afterward when Pete Biro asked me who I looked up to in magic I answered the best way I could. "I don't think they'd want me to say." Letting the audience in on it can go both ways but I've found it to be endearing. When you do well after that, they're with you all the way. Great question! Looking forward to tonight's show

Gustavo P Velasco
·Hi, once i forgot my rutine on stage. ( it was a stage magic contest, And it was the ver y first time for me performing for fellow magicians) Although i have Been practicing. In some point my head turn blanc. So take a deep breath And listen to the music And everything Came back to me.I think that it is important to remember that our eyes are not the same as the regular audience. Some times we see some details that regular audience don't.

Donna Budd Lovejoy
·I put them in the show just like it was meant to be there

Morten Deurell
·I made a blindfolded card trick with multiple selections recently. When finding the first out of 4 cards I realize (from lack Of reaction) it's the wrong card! - that I messed up a Control ealier and have no clue where any Of the cards are... I saw only one solution. I took Of the blindfold, and said it as honest as it was "I messed something up, but I really want you to experience this piece, so is it ok with you that we do it from the beginning again?"
They gave me a unison "yes"... And so I did.
The routine went well and several people from the audience told me afterwards that they loved my Down to Earth handling Of the situation...
It reminded me How important your petsonality and attitude towards the audience is in relation to get Them to Play with you instead of against you.

Jason WhiteEagle
channel your inner amazing johnathan and make it a joke

Ed Russe
No one knows but me, continue on.

Ian Quick
I was doing a motivational show at a high school. For my second last trick, I do the infamous "Spike" trick (In case you're not familiar, think playing russian roulettes with steak knives while blindfolded). I use this trick to illustrate that sometimes, despite the risks, you have to take chances in life. Of course, you try to minimize the risks, but in the end, you have to go for it. I had been doing this trick for about a decade with great success.
On that day, I messed up the trick and impaled my left hand on a steak knife in front of several hundred teenagers. Ouch! I ripped of the blindfold, pulled the knife out of my hand, and grabbed some tissues from my case to stop the bleeding. I said it doesn't always work and simply moved on to my finale. Needless to say the crowd was unsure how to react. When the show ended, I explained to them that sometimes, things go wrong. I said that I would use this as a learning experience and ensure that it won't happen again when I perform this trick in the future. After all, you can't let one setback stop you from doing something amazing. The crowd actually gave me the "slow clap". I felt like I was in an 80's John Hughes film. In the end, I was told my a teacher that acknowledging my mistake and using it as a learning experience inspired the students more than any other show they had ever seen.

Aaron Fisher
Fortunately - i have NEVER had a mistake on stage. 

Stanley Allan Sherman
When something goes wrong one usually tries to speed up. The thing to do is to slow way down. Sometimes even stop. Regain your base and move forwards taking advantage of what just happened. I am not coming from the world of performance magic but performance theater, clown, mime and mask

Max Somerset
Most mistakes are now just sucker tricks or magician in trouble effects they are only part way through an amazing ending. And if they are not I will damn make sure they. If I need to accentuate them or play them down they will serve for my altogether better as yet uninvented ending. I won't let them be the last word because they must not be the last memory. At times I have had tricks fail then without a beat I just plough on to the next effect as if it was a nothing and people just edited it out of their minds! You are the one creating the memories not them!

Mitch Harwood
I rarely make mistakes any more. But just yesterday I was doing a card sword and I forced the wrong card. Still don't know what happened. Maybe the force stayed in the cardbox. Whatever! I palmed off the selection and went through the cards with the spectator and said "Do you see your card in here?" He said"No". I said niether do I and wnt onto another trick using a spectator. It got a laugh and we moved on.

Kristie McKay
I learn my lesson for next time and after the sting is gone, I enjoy being wiser and more humble, that and I try to laugh with the audience about it because, I think people can connect to you as a performer when they see you are human. Sometimes mistakes can break the invisible wall, which I think is what we should be trying for anyway.

Greg Gleason
Wish I could do this show with you, after doing 9000 shows at the MGM you know if something can go wrong it will so prepare back ups for everything!

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