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Burt Wondersone: Mistake

Saturday, March 16th, 2013
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Let me share with you a story that is a great example of what one of my mentors taught me. Here’s what he told me. You have to make mistakes to succeed. The more mistakes you make, the more you will succeed. The bigger the mistakes, the bigger the success…

Babe Ruth held the home run record and the strike out record all at the same time.

Burt Wonderstone made a bunch of mistakes. Really Big Mistakes. Watch the movie and see.

Thin is, we all make mistakes.

Here’s my story about my mistake last night.

I was invited to perform magic at the Local  “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” Premiere.

Big Guy, Of “Big Guys Magic invited me and a group of other magicians (Anthony Bacca, Jailhouse Jonny, David Swoboda, Paul Kastle, to perform feats of prestidigitation and legerdemain for the patrons in the Theater Lobby. What fun, right?

Driving to the theater, I took my phone out of the holder on my belt and put it on the seat next to me. When I arrived at the theater, I put the phone in the pocket of my wool winter coat, grabbed my bag o’ tricks and headed in.

I had a blast performing magic for the patrons. And check this out. I even came up with a new magical effect I think is really cool. The guys I did the effect for are probably wondering if they experienced real magic. I know they did.

As part of our compensation, we got  to see the movie. We got our drinks and popcorn and headed to the theater. I took a short detour and headed for the restroom. When I came out…

Get this: the magicians had disappeared.

I didn’t see them. I figured they had gone on to the theater. When I got in, the movie had already started. I looked for the other magicians a bit, didn’t see them, and sat down to watch the movie.

I was going to watch the movie with my wife. She had arrived while I was performing and we went to the box office to buy her ticket, They were sold out.

I asked the Manager who happened to be right there if there were anymore seats, and he said there was one seat left… but we wouldn’t be able to sit together. My wife just said we’ll see it together another time, we said good bye, like ya do, and I went back to performing.

So, as I was sitting and watching the movie, and it just so happens that there was a seat open right next to me. I thought she could’ve come and we could’ve sat together.

The movie was over and I went back out to the lobby where Big Guy set up his table. He said I was out pretty quick.

So, here’s where the mistake part comes in. I usually look at my phone to see what time it is. I left my phone in my coat. My coat was under the table and I never looked at a clock the whole time I was there. I thought of getting my phone out a couple of times, but I just kept performing without looking and lost track of time.

Get this… I went into the 6:40 show like we said we would. I didn’t realize it was closer to 7:30 – remember, I lost track of time – and the other magicians went into the 7:20 show.

I sat down half way through the movie and didn’t even realize it. I thought the movie was a bit short, but still enjoyed it.

Pretty funny right? Great Magician can’t figure out which theater to go into.

Okay, so my mistake led to me failing to see the first half of the movie. But I succeeded in giving Lisa a very big laugh and a better feeling knowing we get to see the first half of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone for the first time… together.

So I made a mistake. We all do. And by making more of them, we’ll succeed more, and have funny things to talk about.

Prestidigitationally,

Dan Pollack

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