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mixman
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I just did a strolling gig at a restaurant last Friday evening for a special event. they had live entertainment in the parking lot and hired me to perform inside at the tables. it was a great success. I was busy all evening. yet still there were two tables that declined when I approached them. I was not the least bit offended. I just said "Certainly, enjoy your evening and thanks for coming in." this was a family style restaurant with mixed ages. some tables had kids but more did not. I had couples, groups of adults, and families. And except for the two that declined, all were quite entertained and many praised my performance to the management.
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If I get indifferent people ignoring me, I usually use the line - Don't worry, I was married for ten years, I am used to performing without a response! This usually gets a laugh, even from the ignoror/snob.

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I mean, about rich people specifically, one could always point out that David Blaine did a whole special performing for wealthy celebrities, and Steven Spielberg hired Penn & Teller to play his birthday party. Of course, that's a double edged sword: If they're *really* wealthy, then the magician table hopping at their restaurant had better *** well be David Blaine or Penn & Teller.

More seriously... the OP's friend was probably right, though for reasons having more to do with *context and expectations* than the individual wealth of the patrons. What he really meant was "people who've chosen to spend their evening at this sort of restaurant don't want to be bothered—at least not this evening." I hardly qualify as rich, but I also have very different expectations about what I'm going to encounter if I'm meeting some friends at the local pub for a burger & beer than I do when I've made reservations at the sort of place where the tab's apt to run $100+/person. At the former, I expect a much more "open" experience: Maybe we'll chat with the waitstaff or strike up a conversation with the folks at the next table, or encounter a busker. At the latter, I expect to be pretty much left alone to focus on the quality of the food and conversation with my dinner companion. Moreover, this difference in expectation shapes which experience people choose: If they're at the latter sort of establishment, it's likely *precisely because* they want a quiet, romantic, undisturbed dinner with their partner, or are trying to make an impression on a potential business associate, or... fill in the blank. Obviously I love magic, and if I'm at the pub with friends, I'm delighted if someone happens to be there doing walkaround. But if it's the evening where I've chosen to splurge on a Michelin star dinner? I don't care if you *are* Dai Vernon; I'm going to be annoyed if you interrupt to pitch a card trick. Not because I'm a rich snob who hates magic, but because implicit in my choice of venue is the choice of *a different kind of experience* for the evening.

(*OK, if you're LITERALLY Dai Vernon, I'm probably so astonished to see you alive that I make an exception. But that's the only one.)
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