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I said then—and let me quote myself—“If you make a mistake, don’t blame somebody else. The magician is responsible for everything that happens in the performance—even the mistakes of the assistants, the sound man, stage crew, etc., are his mistakes.”

toiletritualThat’s a brilliant lesson! You ought to print and paste it on the bathroom mirror, so you can read it, contemplate it, and internalize it, while relieving yourself of your day’s burden.

PhotobucketUnless you are Criss Angel, you probably perform only live, not on TV from pre-recorded shots. In a live show, all kinds of  slip-up can happen.  I’m not in the mood for repeating myself today, so read my thoughts on this subject in my past article Blunders, Bloopers and Bungles.

No matter how seriously you rehearse and practice your act, or how long you have done it, one day you’ll drop a thumb tip, miss the catgut loop, expose accidentally the invisible thread and mess up your performance.  And since you are performing live, there is no rewind button for you to press to give you a clean slate and perform your act all over again.

What you can do is to take the embarrassment in your chin, cry a little, be agitated somewhat, mope for a few minutes, and do a lot of self-examination. Then accept the blame.

I’ve said that sometime in the past somewhere, but I’m stubborn so I’m saying it again.

PhotobucketIf you accept the blame, you constantly remind yourself to control all the circumstances of your performance. Self-flagellation might be bad to your psychological well-being, but it will keep you on your toes. It will instill self-discipline. It will make you more watchful in your next performance.  It will drive you to polish your show, get rid of the lapses in your performance, and exorcise the complacency that had set in after years of performing.

It will bring you back to your senses and remind you that you are only human.  As such, you are bound one day to make a mistake, because you are not invincible.  You are not a real magician.  You are only a pretend-magician.

PhotobucketSo go ahead, play the blame game and take the rap  for your mistakes. If you must pass the buck, pass it to yourself.

Stay magical,