When the magic world is coming down on me, I let it go!
Too many magicians are so hung up on the concept of getting caught, they don't allow themselves any breathing room to care enough to entertain an audience.
Yah, I said it. Someone had to. You guys suck. Deal with it.
If you just let it all go, you might just discover something new about yourself. "Forget everything you know... or think you know" We worry so much about our sleights flashing or some complicated prop not working that we get lost in that chasm of helplessness.
Look at the pros and how comfortable they are. Most of them have streamlined their act down to the best moves, easiest to use props, and funniest lines. This is all so they no longer have to worry about the magic part and get right down to the nitty gritty of entertaining.
Eliminate superfluous moves and filler. All of that hand washing and BS tricks are not needed. Turn your 8 minute dove routine into a 4 minute powerhouse of personality and magic then no one will care how long it is or if you flub something here or there. They will be so drawn in by you and your nonchalant manner that they will like you no matter what.
If you care enough not to care your audience will appreciate you all the more.