Paganini - Played the Violin with 3 Broken Strings
A story is told of how Paganini once came into the concert room, took the violin, and touched the strings. First one string broke, and a smile went around the room; then another string broke, and there was more audible expression of mockery; when a third string broke, many people laughed outright at his discomfort. But Paganini stood forth with his violin as though nothing had happened and played on the one string, and the people ceased to smile, but listened spellbound. Some of those who had derided him began to weep, and some even prayed. (Encyclopedia of Illustrations - #2618).