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A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.
-James A. Garfield
I can't stress this one enough: Never let them see you sweat. You must be a bastion of stoicism while on stage. Always be prepared with an out. If a classic card force doesn't work out, simply control the card to the top and change the effect. If the revelation doesn't work out, turn it into a comedy moment. Never admit defeat!