| Skilled, Clever & Very Stupid Penn - 11/29/00
Wizard went in again. We put it up once in Vegas, but this
was the first time in a proper show. We rehearsed it in the
afternoon and it seemed pretty ready. I don't really have
all the patter down, but I have the ideas and that's a good
place to start. We didn't really take anything out of the
show; we just added this 10-minute hunk. It's a card trick.
So, I'm on stage, and I'm rocking. I got in and out fine.
The trick was perfect, and then I miscounted. I don't mean
in the trick. I don't mean sneaky. I don't mean not
skillfully. I mean, there's a place where I have to count a
stack of cards, and I got messed up and I counted wrong! No
kidding. Really. Idiot! It didn't hurt the trick. All
the big, beats were there. I got the laughs and the trick
worked, but there's this one little moment that I ruined.
And I did all the skill stuff right. Perfectly. I did
everything right except counting in public.
Do you know how hard it is to go through life with a great
deal of skill, being very clever, but more important than
all that being dumb as soil samples?