I just had to share this embarrassing story with you!
Today, I was booked to do a few hours of strolling magic at a corporate luncheon. I arrive rather early as usual to get a feel for the layout of the room. As I am making small talk with people involved with the event (caterers, corporate planning staff, etc.). I decide to get my props and supplies ready. As I crouch down to grab my case off the floor I heard the most frightening sound.
I had split my pants all the way up the back side and the guests were to arrive in less than 15 minutes. I momentarily went into panic mode. How can I perform for these people with my bum practically hanging out the back of my pants? No matter how cute my rump may be, I was not hired to show it off. After speaking with my onsite contact, we agreed rather than cancel my performance, I would stay in one spot in the room (with my back against the wall) and have the guests come up to me, instead of working the entire room as planned.
Needless to say the event went great, the guests had a wonderful time, and none of them knew about my wardrobe malfunction. Best of all I learned a valuable lesson. Always keep a spare change of clothes nearby because Murphy's Law is unpredictable.