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aby9plp
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I have never worked in a bar or restaurant until now, but I have been thinking of horrible things that can happen when performing for people close up on a table. What if suddenly, when performing a coin trick, you drop the coin in the bowl of soup that a guy has just ordered? What would you do when you do your first trick to a table and that the spectator drop his glass of red wine on you and that your costume is ruined for the whole night?
What are your most embarrassing moments when you worked at bar or restaurant?
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I once had a lady vomit in my coat pocket. All you can do is excuse yourself and move-on.
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I've had a little girl start uncontrollably crying when I was at the table. The entire restaurant looked over like I did it...lol
"The experience of astonishment is the experience of a clear, primal state of mind that they associate with a child's state of mind." ---- Paul Harris
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When I was a beginner, I only had tricks with double lifts. lol, so when I was doing a trick, someone caught my first double lift, I messed up badly, and I had no other tricks. Smile

But now I do! Smile
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One night I went up to a table with two older patrons sitting at it. I said, "How are you ladies doing tonight?" The lady looked at me and said, "That's my husband!"

Dooooh!

I now always say, "So, How are you FOLKS doing tonight?"

(In my defense, the husband had long hair and was sitting facing away from me and didn't really look like a guy. No matter though, I felt like a @$*&$^*%!)
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Recently I went up to a large group of people that was having a party, and after I introduced myself as the magician, a gentleman that was extremely overweight asked if I could magically make him lose 200 lbs. Now I never want to embarass any spectator, but I also never had anyone ask me that question, so I thought I'd say one of my clever lines that usually pokes a little fun at myself. I said, "Unfortunately I'm not that good," which was just terrible in this case. I ended up making him the magic hero in one of my effects to help ease the situation.

When I got home, I thought of 100 better things I could have said. The following week, believe it or not, I was aked the same thing from a very heavy woman. This time I said, "Now why would you want to do that? You look great just the way you are." The table then loved me and the women asked what I was doing after the show.

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"a gentleman that was extremely overweight asked if I could magically make him lose 200 lbs"

The perfect follow up would have been, "Yeah. Cut off your head."

Maybe that wasn't such a good line.

Actually, that would be a tough situation to be in because there is almost no correct answer. Or should I say, there seem to be more wrong answers than right ones.
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Mark Ennis, you're sick, and I respect that in you.

I recently performed a card effect while table hopping at a restaurant, and a very overweight man said, "Hey, make me float and I'll really be impressed." I laughed out loud, and then responded with the standard, "You know I'm reading a book on levitations, and I just can't put it down." I find my best ad libs are the ones I've prepared.
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Hee hee, cut off your head. Or just give him a sticker that says, "Save the whales" and say, "You might want to call this number instead." Hey, I'm just joking! Don't hang me!
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Jim Davis
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Speaking of embarrassed..

While performing "How I Met My Wife" I dropped the "eyeball" on the table and it bounced into a gentleman's plate. I (flustered) didn't know what to do or say. The patron removed it from his plate, covered in steak sauce, and thrust his hand into the water pitcher. After a vigorus rinse he handed it back, and went right back to eating.

I finished the performance and was ready to split in a hurry. He handed me $20.00. So I guess it turned out ok after all, but I wouldn't recommend doing it again. Smile
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I was working a trade show. My experience with slush powder was very limited at the time . I filled the styrofoam cup with water ( on the bottom was a spoonful of slush powder). I stuck the pencil through the cup and proceeded to let it pivot upside down above a very properly dressed businessman whom I had just amazed .He trusted me. KAPLOP the gooey glob dropped right out of the cup and started sliding down his face .I was in shock.That's when I learned the greatest thing about working tradeshows,everyone is very well behaved . Had that had happened in my regular restaurant I worked I might of had to leave town and go into a secret witness protection program. This guy just started laughing .I cleaned him up pronto leaving a little wet spot on his collar all the time thinking what a shmuck I am.
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I have seen a magician like that before, he said to the audience, " Look! Water becomes ice! " Smile

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When I was young and doing a show for a cub scout banquet, I produced a dish of candy. Without thinking about it first I tossed a few pieces to the cub scouts sitting in the first row. The next thing I knew I had about a hundred cub scouts diving on to the floor in a big pile trying to find some candy. I no longer toss candy into a group of kids. Smile
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I once referred to this gentleman's "daughter"- she was his wife. Boy did I feel like a complete idiot. This is a beginners mistake but at the time I wasn't a beginner.....never again!! Smile
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Isramagia, something similar happened to me. Two ladies were sitting, and one of them was much younger, so, in my show, I said something like: Now tell your grandmother to open her eyes. Actually, it was her mother. I was red, and I didn't know what to say. I won't make this mistake again Smile
Salazar Magic
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Did you ever go up to a table where there's a kid, and you couldn't tell wether it was a boy or a girl?!
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Salazar Magic - This happenned to me a lot with babies... Sometimes you can't tell the different between boys and girls, and it *sometimes* leads to strange situations.. Am I the only one like that?
Mark Ennis
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If that's the case you may want to say "OK Pat, please take a card".
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I have had two really bad experiences, both with ring flight but both very different.

I work in a very busy night club and I was doing some tricks for a group of people. I took the girls ring to perform ring flight. However when I pulled the wallet from my pocket I couldn't locate the ring. It wasn't there? This really puzzled me as I knew I had clipped it on correctly and couldn't see it any where. This girl started getting really angry and I spent 10 mins on my hands and knees before I finally found it. When I picked up the ring I noticed it was a fancy one with a gap, that's how it had come off. Now I always take a closer look at the ring before performing.

The other bad experience was when I was working at the same club. I was walking through a crowded area when I suddenly came to a halt. Something was pulling me from behind. When I turned round I found that I had a girl tightly attatched to my rear. Somehow she had managed to tangle her belt buckle to my ring flight which was set up and tucked down the back of my trousers. After many attempts by passers by to free us three security officers were called who managed to free us.
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On 2003-01-13 23:52, sebastian wrote:
When I was young and doing a show for a cub scout banquet, I produced a dish of candy. Without thinking about it first I tossed a few pieces to the cub scouts sitting in the first row. The next thing I knew I had about a hundred cub scouts diving on to the floor in a big pile trying to find some candy. I no longer toss candy into a group of kids. Smile


I remember watching a similar situation a few years ago at our local magic club, I was the time keeper during a magic competition where the theme was kids magic, one of the competitors decided that he had a novel way of choosing an assistant from the children, he threw his magic wand into the group of kids and stated that the kid who catches it would be the assistant.

You can imagine the scramble of bodies in the rush to catch this magic wand and one young lad got caught on the bottom of the pile and was crying his eyes out. Luckily things turned out ok for this young lad in the end.

But the eventual assistant chosen however, turned out to be like the kid from hell as he proceeded to question everything the performer tried to do, by this time the performer had lost complete control and the audience of children were on the assistant's side as they chanted that its up his sleeve, its up his sleeve.

This young assistant even managed to bully the performer into removing his jacket to prove them wrong. It was a total disaster and I was extremely embarrassed for this performer and for the terrible performance that he even considered putting into a competition. Smile
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