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Ron Reid
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Speaking of major mishaps, I remember one where I couldn't go on. This happened about 20 years ago. I had a large cylinder/table where I threw all of my items as I finished with them - I had silk display fans from Japan and a Silk King Studios Blendo in that can. I also had two Harakhan Canes and a couple other items.

I got to the part of my act where I did a little bit of cigarette manipulation and had a fickle fire cigarette pack where the pack lit on fire and I used it to light the cigarette. I then closed the lid of the pack, extinguishing the flame. I then would toss the pack into my canister along with all my other stuff.

Well, one night I guess I was extra careless and didn't close the pack all the way when I tossed it in the canister. I was doing a linking ring routine when I looked over and saw smoke billowing out like a chimney. My keen mind immediately figured what had gone wrong. The only thing to do was take a bow, grab the canister and walk quickly off stage. I think everyone knew a mistake had been made.

All my items were burned up, but the manager at the restaurant where I was working gave me $100.00 to help with the costs of replacements. That's the part I remember the most - the kindness of the manager.

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Chances are the audience doesn't realize it's not a part of your show. The best make the best out of their mistakes and work through it.
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