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Last night's gig was the worst experience of my performing career so far. To paraphrase "Po" from "Kungfu Panda", "I probably sucked more than anyone in the history of sucking".

I entered with a Fantasio candle and tried lighting it with an igniter gimmick hidden in my fingers. It wouldn't light so I took out the backup lighter in my right jacket pocket. Then to my horror, the "Invisible Hand" holdout loaded with a ball dropped out of my right sleeve.

After that, there seemed no point in continuing the multiplying ball routine but I pressed on. When time came to take the ball from the holdout, it was too tight and I was fumbling to remove it. I ended my manipulation segment with an appearing cane that flew out of my hand when it opened and landed on the floor.

My next effect was a Professor's Nightmare rope routine using a magnet gimmick. I performed that flawlessly. The 3 ropes joined into 1 long rope at the end. However, as I stretched out the rope to strike a final pose, I must have accidentally jerked the rope because the rope fell apart at the point joined by magnets.

Nothing else happened after that but my focus and mood was totally ruined. I had been practising my routines for days and everything seemed perfect. I don't know why the actual show was a disaster. It was like a magician's nightmare.
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Yow! Sorry to hear this!

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I think we have all had shows like this at one point in our lives. The greatest advice (beside practice, practice, practice)is: - What makes a great magician is how you come around from a mistake.
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Look at the positive side, you now have an opportunity build in more backup. Sounds like a rethink of the ropes might be warranted. Unfortunately, stuff happens.
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