What You Can Learn from a Busker

Humour can help you win back an audience after you've made a mistake

Written by Brant Matthews

Illustration: Kagan McLeod

Brant Matthews, a.k.a., “Fireguy,” has juggled professionally for over 20 years. His signature trick: juggling flaming devil sticks while riding a motorized skateboard. You can catch him at Toronto’s BuskerFest, August 27€“30.

Here, Matthews explains how he wins back an audience after fumbling a trick.

There are these things called drop lines. If you drop something, you say, €˜Ladies and gentlemen, that was a mistake’—and people often applaud. Then you can follow up with something like, €˜But if it weren’t for mistakes, some of us wouldn’t be here.'”

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Originally appeared on PROFITguide.com