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 Post subject: What To Say When Things Go Wrong
PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2004 6:26 pm 
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17 Things To Say When Things Go Wrong
by Gary McCaffrey
Every magician screws things up sometimes, as humans we are naturally going to get things wrong from time to time. There are always days when things just won't go as planned. The most effective ways to keep the audience on your side is to either act like it was supposed to happen and make good from your mistake (if you can), or, my favourite, just say something funny and dive straight in to another trick. Here are 17 examples of things you can say, learn a few of them and apply them to the kind of mistake you made.

1. "jeez...thats weird, it worked in the magic store"

2. "Oops...did I say I was a magician? I meant musician! For my next song I'd like to play..."

3. "The real magician will be here shortly, I'm just standing in"

4. "It's all part of the show folks--the part that hasn't been rehearsed!"

5. "That's the first time that ever happened again"

6. "It doesn't look as bad from my side"

7. "I'm curious to see how i get out of this myself"

8. "What do you expect, I'm payed 3 dollars an hour, and don't even work for more than 10 minutes, you do the math"

9. "I knew I should've had decaf"

10. Stare blankly at the trick that went horribly wrong. Blink your eyes a couple times really stupidly. Then throw it over your shoulder and practically yell "...AND FOR MY NEXT TRICK..." Then just go on with your routine.

11. If you drop something, "Wow, good thing the floor was there to catch that"

12. "I forgot to compensate for the rotational effect of the earth"

13. "Did... did I show you the (insert last successful trick) trick?

14. "Wait - COME BACK"

15. "wow, its so quite in hear you could hear a career drop"

16. "Thats what we magicians call misdirection, I pretend to mess up, and while I have your attention, my assistant sneaked by into the next room with an elephant for a trick I'm doing later. If you don't believe me, go check."

17. "There is only one thing this trick is missing... talent!"

Gary McCaffrey, Performing Street Magician. Gary McCaffrey rugularly performs to both magicians and ordinary people in bars clubs & streets throughout Ireland and the UK. Check out the website for more great magic tricks and tips Available at:

http://www.learn-magic-tricks.com/

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2004 6:42 pm 
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please stop posting these articles not of your own... you are just copying and pasting its spammy and its getting annoying


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 12:32 pm 
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Ive already read that at that site.
Anyways heres a cool one I made up-

seeya! ( run away)


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Those are good Skate13- I definitely could have used one of those earlier this week...lol. I think we all [myself included] need to remember to always make a joke if we screw up. It's better than looking dumb and worried, that's how the specs are supposed to feel right? :)
~A.C.


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Next: a disappearing trick... (run away)


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if i mess up on a trick i say "i said i was going to show you a trick...i never said it was going to be good"


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I said I was going to show you a trick, I did. I tricked you into thinking that was a good trick.

It's not the best but, it is all I can think of.

-Freds


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This is posted above and is my personal favorite...
"Don't worry, it's all part of the show folks, the part that hasn't been rehearsed." that almost instantly makes the audience forget about the mishap and start laughing, that quote is a life saver.


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Simply hand the cards out to an audience member and say "Could you finish shuffling these for me" {If you have messed up a trick with a forced card, now would be a good time to palm the dupe}


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HEHE..I was doing a mentalism trick one time...Just forcing a card and reading their mind...but i had the wrong card in mind, anyway i didn't read their mind to say the least..here's somewhat of how it went...

"hmm, your cards black right?"

"yes"

"alright, it's not a spade, its a club, and it's a low number too huh?"


"yes"

"the 3 of clubs"

"NO"

i just looked at them, and jokingly said....
"Exactly, if i would have know which card you picked that would make me a mind reader, and i told you i'm a magician, see watch.." and continued with my next trick..it was kinda funny.

A.g


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do something like, "WHAT! you must the secret powers of the magi also! Have you studied your art for years?" And then just keep on going into another trick...


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