if you show off a successfull bluff surely that limits the amount of times you can bluff again..On one rare occasion i showed off a good bluff win i had 6 2 off suit i found it difficult to bluff again one guy called every bet i made and i wasnt getting the cards to capitilse
I was reading a book about game theory and it suggested that the correect bluffing frequency was one which caused your opponent to be indifferent to calling or folding. Thus .. from your play .. he could not justify either and therefore allowing you to set traps etc.
By showing your bluff, you caused your opponent to gain a bias towards calling. A bias which you could have used to your favor had the cards gone your way.
But why show them in the first place? What was your table image like? were you gently guiding him toward the optimal bluffing frequency for your game or were you setting him up to be a calling station (which of course is not optimal for your play)
Had the cards gone your way then you would have made some cash .. and at the same time pushed him away from calling. Maybe too far past the indiferent point but I think you get the idea of what im trying to say.