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Old 10-12-2014, 02:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, have you guys ever had problems with people? If so....how do you deal with it properly? And also...kids... ._. For example... I tried a rising card trick with my little brother (9 years old) and it worked out fine. But then, he demanded that i do the trick again but that i allow him to see it from every angle. Didn't really know what to do in that scenario... Luckily though, he had to go somewhere so i did't have to do it again. But yeah, what do you do in a case like this?
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One of the problems with doing magic for family and close friends is just what you have experienced here.

You are the magician and you will need to learn how to control crowds. This is something that comes with experience. You will need to become somewhat forceful by not letting them push you around.

When you do your magic tricks, you should not repeat them right away for the same people. They will tend to fiqure out them out since they know what to expect. Be ready to suggest another trick.

Learning crowd control is important for magicians. Being confident is an important aspect of crowd control.
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Thanks, I get being more forceful and all and I don't really let them tell me what to do, but the problem is that I don't really know what to say. And if I do say something...I'd probably get an answer like, "Well you're only saying that cuz theres something you don't want me to see" and all that. So...what do I respond to that? Is there a book or something that explains more or less how to react to different scenarios without making it obvious that you're hiding something?
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You're an entertainer, and if the audience would like to be entertained they need to respect some things. Not heckling you is one of them. I've made that clear to a couple of my hecklers in the past and when they continued I stopped the show and everyone usually told the person to hush. While I don't suggest isolating your audience, it was one of my methods for controlling them.

I've also found that it's helpful to have a full routine, not just a few tricks. By having a routine with some alternative routes (just for instances like this) you can really blow some minds. Possibly go into the same trick and come out with something totally different and include the heckler in on it? I've found bringing in the heckler into a routine actually empowers the person and they lay off a bit. As Harold mentioned, this takes time and experience to develop. Took me almost 2 years to be able to deal with most of my hecklers.

Here are a couple of threads from the past that have invaluable information:

Note: The first three links are in the Academy and you must have proper permissions to join. Here is additional info on the Academy. http://www.exomagic.com/forum/announ...html#post38283
All really good reads. Enjoy!
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