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In the world of entertainment, “The show must go on” is a popular phrase. It is so popular that movies and songs are titled after it. The rock band Queen has an MTV with the same title. You can watch it on YouTube.
The larger the show (as in an open-air concert of a popular rock band) the harder it is to cancel. The logistics of returning the money of tens of thousands of patrons is close to impossible to do without getting torrents of complaints from the paying public.
We magicians in the Philippines don’t face the same logistical challenge should we decide to cancel our show. Just the same, we should not miss a show for trivial reasons. The booker will not look kindly at our non-appearance. The party shop or agent who arranged our gig will not be happy. They will probably not book us again. We will be marked as unprofessional for the rest of our career.
Yes, there are conditions beyond a magician’s control that will force cancellation of the show, such as an Ondoy-type typhoon and other Acts of God. But not showing up because one has a fever, headache or other minor ailment is not a valid reason. Gridlock traffic may delay one’s arrival at the venue, but it is not a valid excuse to not show up at all.
The mark of a true professional is to put on the show no matter how small or big the hurdle is, whether one is in the mood to perform or a bit low on energy. The show must go on to entertain the audience even if the performer is crying inside.
That is the rule. Follow it if you want to pursue magic as a profession.