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Topic: Most Intresting Spectator reactions
Message: Posted by: Zach Allen (Dec 24, 2002 09:15PM)
What are some of the most interesting spectator reactions that you've ever had? I had a very unusual one today...

I was performing for some friends of mine outside a Café in my town, and some other people stopped to watch. I ended up selecting a guy who was walking by to participate, and I did "Scotch and Soda" for him, just the basic effect with the Centavo changing into a quarter in his hand.

After I had him open his hand, he stared at it, not saying anything for about 30 seconds, and then said, "Interesting...very interesting." He then turned away, still with the quarter in his hand, and started to walk down the street, still staring at the quarter in his hand...right into a light pole on the sidewalk. OUCH!

Needless to say, I and several others rushed to his assistance, but he just shrugged us off, and continued walking down the street, staring at that quarter all the while. Hopefully he didn't try to cross the road.

So that's my interesting reaction....what are some of yours?

Happy Holidays,

Message: Posted by: Kathryn Novak (Dec 25, 2002 01:23PM)
He walked into a light pole? One of the hazards of street magic, I guess. Did you get your quarter back or did you just let him walk off with it? :lol:

The most interesting reaction I've ever gotten was a spectator accusing me of having a trap door in my thumb, where I was hiding the second and third of the three pieces of rope I'd just restored back into one piece. I had to sit down, I was laughing so hard. :rolleyes:
Message: Posted by: Dark illusionist (Dec 25, 2002 03:09PM)
I was in this talent show once and I was about to perform kundalini riseing. Well with the lights on me I couldnt see exactly who I was selecting. So this girl comes up on stage, later in the show she was going to sing a song from caberet I think. She was wearing fishnets etc etc. After the card rise somebody screamed "burn the witch." I was afraid she was going to be malled or something. I used to do the scotch and soda but one time somebody Screamed out "your the devil" and ran away with the coin. I still havnt bought a new one
Message: Posted by: Zach Allen (Dec 25, 2002 08:29PM)
I didn't get my quarter back, but I guess it's a small price to pay for the reactions...I'm just glad he didn't walk off with my half-dollar from the S & S set...I probably wouldn't have been laughing after that.

Message: Posted by: Geoff Weber (Dec 26, 2002 08:55AM)
I used to do the balducci levitation before it started to get exposed so much. It created quite a reputation for me in college. When I did it for my R.A. he immediately called up his mom to tell her. Another time, I did it late at night for a guy who lived a few dorms down from me.. He got so excited, he ran through the whole building telling everyone he knew.. I got a knock on my door around 2:00am.. and when I look out there was a line of people that ran down the length of the hall and wound out of view. They all wanted to see the guy who could float.. So my roommate Larry (who knew how it worked) jumped in as my "manager" and helped a little with the crowd control, we admitted people into my room two at a time, and I did the levitation over and over. It was probably one of the strangest experiences I've had.
Message: Posted by: Kathryn Novak (Dec 26, 2002 12:13PM)
Geoff-I would have started charging people, letting them in one at a time to see me float. :lol:
Message: Posted by: ChrisZampese (Jan 8, 2003 09:24PM)
I think the strangest reaction I have had is from a group of guys that I was performing some card tricks for. I had come to the end of an effect which essentially had a face down random card in the specs hand change into their card.

I asked the spec if the card in his hand was his, and he said no. I asked him if he was sure, and he still said no. Instead of turning the card over he just dumped it on the table and muttered something about my abilities (or lack of). One of his cronies picked up the card....and just freaked out (It was the specs card of course). He showed the other guys, and I have honestly never seen reactions like that to any other trick I have done!! Bug eyes, shocked expressions, 'Bu..bu..but it was.." type of speech. Music to my ears!!

I think the least enjoyable reaction I have had is the little girl who acused me of cheating 'because I used magic'. She was totally not impressed by it!.
Message: Posted by: Samuel Catoe (Jan 9, 2003 10:31PM)
I performed a booktest for a co-worker a while back. I made my revelation with him still holding the book. As I spoke he did not blink and even lost his grip on the book. There he was mouth open :wow: , arm up as if still holding onto the now-on-the-floor book.

YEEESSS!!! :dancing:

Message: Posted by: Boxav8r (Mar 23, 2003 11:18AM)
I often accuse my wife of being so even tempered that I could light a fire-cracker and drop it down her pants and not get anything more than a very mundanely stated: "That's nice dear". I use this to tell when I've got something good. On three occasions I've gotten a jaw drop and a "Wow". These are now staple effects in my arsenal.

One time I was doing a short mentalism routine for a couple of women at a table, when I told them to think of a number between 1 and 10. A couple of seconds later I said to one, "No - don't use the number seven". Her jaw dropped and she said, "How did you know that"? I replied, "That's OK, but I did hear what you were thinking when I walked up".

She turned bright red!
Message: Posted by: xicepik (Apr 3, 2003 11:29AM)
HAhahah.. I had a great laugh reading at your stories! I just wish that some sort of strange reactions will happen to me!

Well, it did once, when I was younger (like 10 years old)... I made a Penny "appear" (it was just stuck between my thumb and my hand) to my mother, and she was so shocked, she thought that I was Houdini or something. I was just laughing at her at this moment. I wasn't even practicing magic at that time.. Well, nothing compared to the guy staring at the quarter! :rotf:
Message: Posted by: Chrystal (Apr 3, 2003 02:09PM)
I agree these were all great stories! Enjoyed reading them. Well done all of you! :dance: :dance: :dance:
Message: Posted by: ClodAppleleft (Apr 15, 2003 02:01PM)
I've gotten some great reactions from kids.

I work Ren-Faire's, and this story is what makes being a magician to me worth while.

I was walking around the faire one day, and I saw a set of parent's trying to get their son to move out from a corner by the entrance to the faire. He was very introverted, and scared, and just didn't want anything to do with anyone, including his parents. I walked over, looked at him, and asked him if he wanted to share an apple with his sister. He kind of looked at me funny, but then he slowly nodded. I then proceded to do my apple trick for him, where I tell a story while I cut an apple in half. When I am done, the apple is in a geometric shape where both halves have part of the top, part of the bottom, part of the left, and part of the right side of the apple. The kid's face just lit up, eyes bugged out, jaw dropped, the whole nine yards. He took his half and just stared at it for a little while. I asked him if he wanted to see another trick, and he nodded, and I just made a silk disappear. Same reaction as before. Then he gave me one of the biggest smiles I had ever seen. I then got the jaw drop and bug eyes from the parents. I smiled, told them to enjoy the rest of the faire, and walked away.

Later I saw the boy and he was having a great time, smiling, playing with his sister, etc. etc. The mother looked at me and mouthed "Thank You", and I just smiled.

That was the absolute best day I ever had at a faire, just because of that one encounter.

Message: Posted by: Stef (Jun 27, 2003 10:52PM)
I was working outdoors, trying to get people walking by to come into the theater and see the magic shows.

Picture the setting: Dusk in old Montreal, the orange sun almost setting. A cool breeze on a warm summer month.

An Italian man (for the sake of the story, we'll call him Joe) of about 60, walks up to the table... just him and me. He asks me to perform something, to which I was only happy to oblige. I don't remember the exact trick but it was, for him, a miracle!

He then asked me if I was doing magic for money. I replied that first and foremost, I was performing for the love of it.

Joe then makes reference to someone in the Bible who helped a lot of his fellow man. For this, God wanted to reward him with riches, but declined. And in the end, this Bible man ended up to be a rich man... and Joe said to me, "This is exaclty what is going to happen to you."

I thanked him for his comment, feeling VERY lucky to have someone think this way. Content, Joe walked away that evening having seen "A MIRACLE."

To this day, I get shivers down my back and have never lost that feeling whenever I tell this story.

May you all have an opportunity to meet your Joe.

Message: Posted by: Reis O'Brien (Aug 3, 2003 11:13PM)
ok... my story...

Dad and I are shooting pool at the local bowling alley. In walk three Mexican guys with their pool ques. They speak very little english but ask if they could play the winner. We say "no sweat" and they lay down their quarters. Well, as always, Dad beats the pants off of me and starts to play the first guy int he group. So I'm watching and get the idea to do a trick for the other two guys while we wait out the game. So I grab one of the quarters on the table, say "watch this" to one of the guys and proceed to bite it in half, then blow it back together.

The two guys FREAK OUT! They get these seriously worried expressions on their faces and one points at me and yells, "Diablo! DIABLO!" they all grab their pool ques and push eachother out the door saying something is Spanish to me.

Dad, was pretty mad that he didn't get to finish the game! Thank god I didn't do my swallowing razor blades act!

:nana: <----------- "DIABLO!"
Message: Posted by: Hoelderlin (Aug 4, 2003 05:51PM)
Not exactly happened to me, rather read in TMC some times ago: the magician devines the card chosen by the spectator:
"Ok, your card is the Three of Clubs"
"Obvious, of course you know, you can read my thoughts..."

How to cope with such a spectator? :)
Message: Posted by: Wolfgang (Aug 4, 2003 09:49PM)
This is not the strangest thing that has happened to me. But it's one of the most meaningful, and it happened very recently.

I was doing a nursing home show for about 30 people in wheelchairs. Most were asleep (at least I hope they were asleep). And I got absolutely no reaction from them at all. Not a sound. Nothing!

When I was finished and packing up--feeling like it was the worst show I had ever done--a woman who was in the audience walked up to me.

She motioned toward a man in a wheelchair and said, "I just want to thank you for coming today. I can't remember the last time I saw my husband smile. But he smiled during your whole show. Bless you."

I felt as if all the years of practice I'd done my whole life were meant for that very moment.
Message: Posted by: Hoelderlin (Aug 5, 2003 03:42PM)
Yes, performing for this kind of categories, gives often great sensations; I remember I did my first show in a community for mentally ill children: some Down, some with strong mental handicap and so on. I totally planned wrong my act, 'cause I went out with a quite difficult act of multiplying ping-pong balls, with almost no reaction.. until I transformed them in a giant yellow ball... I understood that I had to change all immediately and inflate a balloon for sculptures, making the classic doggy. Standing ovation... All children in row, each waiting for a baloon; the most interesting thing was a children that absolutely could not speak, and regarded always at the pavement, with just ONE tooth. He came disciplinately in the row, took his ballon, a bite and... BOOM!; after, he set himself at the end of the row, waiting for another, and so on. He make to explode at least four of five doggies, without changing expression, but nurses assured me he seemed very excited :)
Message: Posted by: Mike Robbins (Aug 6, 2003 02:24AM)
I think the least enjoyable reaction I have had is the little girl who acused me of cheating 'because I used magic'. She was totally not impressed by it!.
I've had that happen in my ren faire act and I think it's one of the highest compliments you can get. You are so convincing in your acting that they suspend disbelief. I found that very enjoyable and rewarding.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Sep 9, 2003 11:44AM)
I used to do shows with another magician, the late, lamented Paul Huffaker.

Paul & I were working Jamie's Bar in Greenfield, MI when Paul got the strangest response to a card trick I had ever seen (this was almost 20 years ago, mind you).

Paul did a self working effect where an ace winds up face up above the other aces in a shuffled deck.

The guy he was performing for stood up and yelled: "You're of the Devil! You're not real! You're a NEGATIVE!!"

Paul sat down, poked himself in the chest and said, "Gee, I'm awfully solid for a negative!" and smiled his patented smile.

The guy, still extremely agitated, sat down. Paul talked to him for another few minutes. When Paul got up to leave the table, the guy stood up, shook his hand and said, loud enough for half the room to hear, "It's been an honor to meet you, sir."

Paul never told me what he said to the guy, but if that's not magic, I have no idea what IS! ;)

Many moons ago, I did a series of lectures on an urban myth about the supposed international satanic conspiracy and all its supposed trappings - baby killing, assassinations, undercover takeovers and the like.

On one instance, I was lecturing to a group of law enforcement officers at a training academy in Indiana.

I started off being introduced as a specialist in occult information and entered with a tray of white sand, in the center of which was burned a small four-toed footprint. The tray had an evidence tag attached.

I told a story about it being from a site where three people had been found ripped literally to small pieces, identifiable only by DNA matching. I introduced a small slab of rock with runes on it, stating that it was also found at the site and had an ancient incantation for, believe it or not, the conjuration of a demon.

I started to read it to the officers so "you will know what this stuff sounds like, should you hear it on surveillance."

As I read, I started to glaze over my eyes, shake slightly, my voice rising.

A whisp of smoke rose from the footprint. Suddenly, it burst into flames!

I screamed, "NO!! Back to the PIT!!!" and slammed the slab of rock down onto it.

Slowly, I uncovered the footprint, to reveal some oddly colored ash.

When I looked up, I was looking down the muzzles of 26 service pistols. Cocked.

Aimed right at the tray.

I slowly stepped away and breathed a sigh of relief.

Only ONE officer had not drawn down on the "apparition." And only because HE was not wearing his weapon!

When I explained to them that this was how the panic mongers out there could cripple their critical thinking with a bunch of hyperbole, they all flopped back in their chairs and looked at me with stunned amazement.

Each and every one of them stopped to shake my hand and thank me for the most impactful piece of training they had ever had.

The effect; Demon Dirt, by Maskelyn ye Mage (Tony Andruzzi), but using my own method to ignite.

Weird thing. Several weeks later, I did the same effect, the same way, for a bunch of hypnotherapists. No one moved or was surprised.

One of them, a little old lady, said afterwards, "Oh, we all KNEW you wouldn't let anything BAD happen to us!"

I retired the effect not long after. Too much work and some of the supplies are hard to get in Illinois these days.

Lee Darrow, C.Ht.
Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Oct 9, 2003 03:13PM)
I've seen various reactions but my favorite has to be the silent grin. That's right, no shreiks, screams, or loud "oh my god!...oh!....MY!...Gawwwwwwd!"

I simply like the quiet stunned grin. You know the one that leaves even the I know it all loudmouth in the group just grinning without words. It simply says "I don't know what to say or do as you've just taken me to Mars and back".

Yeah that's my favorite reaction. :bg:
Message: Posted by: mystic shriner (Oct 19, 2003 01:03AM)
Ok, I've actually just had a REALLY funny reaction from two audience members at an art fair I did a gig at.

A kid (college age) and his mom were standing a ways down from my stage. I was walking around with my sound system (it's late at night and I can't remember the exact name of this thing...sorry). Anyway, I was announcing my next show and I call out "come see the Mystic Shriner, be entertained, enthralled, bewildered..." you get it...and this lady says "what's so mystic about the Mystic Shriner?"

So I said: "Show me your palm". I was REALLY into Witchcraft for a long time and if there's any thing I'm really, really good at it's reading palms. I don't mean a hokey carney "tell them what they want to hear" kind of reading, I mean a READING! So I gave her and her son the reading of their lives. Very blunt, no candy coating at all, and...

They profusely thanked me and followed me back to my tent/platform to watch me perform and I heard her say to her son before I started...

"I don't know if I'm ready for this guy's show or not, I think he's the real thing!"
Anyway, that made my day!
Message: Posted by: indridcold (Nov 17, 2003 08:54PM)
Yeah, I don't do any readings proffessionally or for entertainment, but that would have been a good reaction. Good going...I guess.
Message: Posted by: dreidy (Dec 15, 2003 02:37AM)
I have a pretty much self working card prediction routine that starts of with some seemingly difficult, but not impossible predictions which get progressively harder. It was the last day of school (I'm the teacher) and I did it for my class of 15 year old science students. After the initial stages, the predictions are read, one at a time, by a member of the audience. At the end I am holding up eleven black cards, the aces, 3s, 5s, 7s and 9s and the four of clubs, as the kid reads out, "And all of them are odd numbers."
Well the class goes wild..."Ha, Sir's got it wrong. Can't do tricks." It was good natured but still they were clearly enjoying the mistake. Once they'd calmed down I indicated to my reader to turn over the prediction--and he read "except for the four of clubs." Silence and then a round of applause. I can't remember the last time I got applause in class.
Anyway, the bell went, I wished them Merry Christmas and the year was over. The best end to a school year I can remember.

Message: Posted by: Chris Michaels (Dec 17, 2003 02:35AM)
Wow. Nothing as exciting as any of these. I don't even really have a story, as it's just about every effect I show. But my friend always gives me weird reactions. He'd say things such as "Ok, I'm calling Mitch Pileggi"...or "I oughta put you on the street corner to make me some money." He flipped his lid when I coughed up cards, using Malone's gag on OTL 1. I think he's a nut...and that's my exciting input.
Message: Posted by: Illusionist (Dec 24, 2003 02:10AM)
I was doing the arm twist in a bar for a British soldier. As a habit I get them to kneel down with me and attempt it as well. He was drunk and I noticed he had turned his hand over the same way I did to perform the trick. NOW here is a lesson to be learned by all. They say if something messes up during a performance, just keep going. And believe me...do it. This guy twisted his arm all the way around as well as I did. The people watching didn't catch on...nor did he! He couldn't understand how I made HIS arm twist all the way around. He tried to do it again and couldn't do it without me as a visual reference. I have seen him since and its still ?????? to him.

Mmmm... :stircoffee: large coffee.
Message: Posted by: xanatos (Jan 3, 2004 05:25PM)
OK, mine was from Balducci.

I did the effect for a mixed group of children and adults at a camp ground. It was night, so I had a friend of mine (who is also a magician) hold a good bright flashlight on me. He knows the effect, so his lighting was PERFECT for the angle. I walked out a few paces to make sure I was aligned with the right stars", my friend placed the light on me just right, and up I went.

As I was setting up my position, I heard the bunch (about 20 or so) whispering behind me (about 15 feet). When I went up, there was ABSOLUTE silence. I stayed for only about 4 or 5 seconds, and then came down, initially pretending to be dizzy and out-of-sorts after such an expenditure...

But soon the pretending stopped as I was literally mobbed by the group- the wierdest thing was that everybody was touching me- people were just reaching out and touching me- I didn't know what to do initially, it was quite shocking. Another magician friend of mine calls it "The Messiah Effect"...

The next day, I overheard people talking about it in their tents and around the campground. By that evening, I had gone "a foot or two" off the ground. I think by the end of the week I was probably flying over the treetops.

I love Balducci, but I do it VERY rarely because of the angles. Done right, though, the response is unbeatable!

Dave Xanatos :jump:
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 10, 2004 07:09AM)
On 2003-06-27 23:52, Stef wrote:
I was working outdoors, trying to get people walking by to come into the theater and see the magic shows.

Picture the setting: Dusk in old Montreal, the orange sun almost setting. A cool breeze on a warm summer month.

An Italian man (for the sake of the story, we'll call him Joe) of about 60, walks up to the table... just him and me. He asks me to perform something, to which I was only happy to oblige. I don't remember the exact trick but it was, for him, a miracle!

He then asked me if I was doing magic for money. I replied that first and foremost, I was performing for the love of it.

Joe then makes reference to someone in the Bible who helped a lot of his fellow man. For this, God wanted to reward him with riches, but declined. And in the end, this Bible man ended up to be a rich man... and Joe said to me, "This is exaclty what is going to happen to you."

I thanked him for his comment, feeling VERY lucky to have someone think this way. Content, Joe walked away that evening having seen "A MIRACLE."

To this day, I get shivers down my back and have never lost that feeling whenever I tell this story.

May you all have an opportunity to meet your Joe.

You were fortunate indeed. Most Bible folks want to use it to beat you over the head with, as they call you the devil incarnate. And I mean to say, alot of them are ready to perform an exorcism on you!

But to answer the original question, One that stands out in my mind was a show I was performing when I was in the Air Force. I was up on a stage, and I performed Slydini's master sponge ball routine for a young girl. At the end of the routine, dozens of mini sponge balls fly out of the spectators hand. Well, it happened, and I mean to tell you this girl SCREAMED at the top of her lungs like something you might hear in one of those late night murder flicks. I mean it was intense! This was soooo satisfying!
Message: Posted by: El_Lamo (Sep 11, 2005 09:49PM)
Friday night was a friend's 40th birthday. So a few of us took him out for drinks.
By the end of the night, we wound up in a bar that tends to have a much younger crowd.

I was doing a bit of walk around stuff... just enjoying the evening.

I walked up to this one girl and placed a sponge bunny on her hand.
She looked up at me and said, "This isn't going to get me pregnant is it?"
Her sister standing beside her laughed.

I went through a little bunny routine and finished with her hands full.
As I finished up and was removing the bunnies, she smiled at me and said, "It is o.k. You can get me pregnant."

True conversation. Actual words. I wished her a wonderful night and went with friends for pizza.

Cheers - El Lamo
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Sep 16, 2005 10:37PM)
I've always been partial to a good "spit take" myself!

Cheers! ;)
Message: Posted by: zallen (Oct 16, 2005 02:56PM)
I had someone punch me once after I fooled him...I've decided not to perform at college frat parties from now on.
Message: Posted by: Shane Wiker (Nov 7, 2005 10:06PM)
Today, I was doing some magic for this girl at my school. When I was done, her friend who was watching said, "Ooh, ooh. Do me!" I did the Ambitious Card, and she said in a dreamy voice, "Will you marry me?" :lol:

Shane Wiker
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Nov 8, 2005 05:53PM)
The wildest reaction I ever got was not long ago in a small Café in Amarillo. It was just after Pope Benedict XVI was elected. I was wearing my collar , drinking coffee. I often do tricks for both the waitresses and customers in this coffee shop when I'm there. This elderly lady seeing my collar started to talk to me about the pope and ask me a bunch of questions and I simply told her, "I'm Greek Orthodox, not Roman Catholic, I don't really know." She smiled and said she was Roman Catholic and went on to tell me how much she enjoyed my parish's festivals and loukoumadis breakfasts. In a few moments her friends came in and she told them I was Greek Orthodox, and she started telling them about our festivals, etc, then she started to talk to them about the pope. I saw the waitress coming so I slipped a loop on my wrist around a small bottle of hot sauce and began to appear to PK it across the table. The woman at the other table stopped in mid sentence pointed to my PK effect and shouted loudly " To Hell with the Pope, I'm converting." I had to explain to her I as a magician and this was not spiritual powers. Got to be careful what I'm wearing when I do magic.
Message: Posted by: Leppy (Dec 3, 2005 11:16PM)
When I was in the Navy, we were getting ready for a shift change and I stuck the english penny from my S&S set under the trackball of the computer. On of my female shipmates came in to use the computer before the changeover. about ten minutes later, I pulled out my coins and asked her if I could try and amaze her with something. After I performed the effect, she of course wanted to know where the other coin was. I told her it was under the trackball. She looked, found it, screamed, and told me to stay away from her because things like that freak her out. We laughed about it a ferw days later, but it still made me feel pretty good.

Message: Posted by: Stinkfist (Feb 10, 2006 09:09PM)
I did the invisible deck with a eery presentation to my cousin. after the effect she was at the kitchen sink shaking. I had to make her feel alright.tell her it wasn't what she thinks it is.
Message: Posted by: Tysmagic (Feb 16, 2006 06:20PM)
I've had the same experience as Shane has had, several times actually. I think it is just because it's the south, we're weird down here.

Anyway, the most interesting reaction I've ever gotten was on the bus ride home from school. I did the folded card in mouth thing, Simon Lovell Million Dollar Card Magic I think. I do it quite a bit because I can use the chicks phone number to make other guys jealous. The girl I did it for looked at me funny then just took the card out of my hand and started looking at it. Normally taking a card isn't that odd, but she was the first person to ever take the card that was just in my mouth and is normally covered with spit. I've been doing that trick for a while and she is still the only person to touch the card after it's been in my mouth. Another reaction to the same trick, and this one gets a bit racey, but if the Café doesn't like they can delete. I just finished the trick and the girl goes,"Wow, if he can do that to a card with his tounge just imagine what he do with it elsewhere." I just smiled, I didn't want to denie or accept that so I just sat there and smiled. She and I are pretty good friends now. That's about it for my interesting reactions.

Message: Posted by: Dermit (Feb 28, 2006 10:08AM)
I've had people run out of the room... one time last week even before the whole trick was done.I had to have someone go find him so I could finish the effect. And one time when I was performing at an apartment a guy ran out of the room, into his room and under the bed, where he stayed until I left.
Message: Posted by: Macbeth (Mar 28, 2006 04:38AM)
I have made a couple of people cry (Some have been because they enjoyed it so much), but the wierdest on was after performing a card colour change, a french lady started licking the backs of my cards to see if the ink came off.
Message: Posted by: Daoist (Apr 3, 2006 01:42PM)
These are awesome stories. =)

One weird reaction I get is from my coin bite. I borrow a coin, bite it, and blow it back together.

Just after I bite the coin, for some reason, EVERY TIME I've performed this trick for Taiwanese people, someone in the crowd (if not more than one) whispers quietly "....chocolate...."

A few times (but not often enough) someone has retorted "what?! how could it be chocolate?!"
Message: Posted by: nucinud (Apr 3, 2006 07:21PM)
Yesterday I did a show where, unbeknown to me, there was a blind lady in the audience. At the end of the show, she and her friends called me over. She told me she enjoyed the show very much. She said that I was very discriptive in my act and she only had to ask her friends very little about what was going on to understand my act. That made me feel very humble.
Message: Posted by: closeupmagician (Apr 6, 2006 02:12AM)
I did a small private party once and had badly fooled everyone at a table, except for (I thought) an elderly gentleman to my left. He just sat there the entire time, remarkably quiet and emotionless. Much later, he came up to me and told me how it was the most miraculous thing he had ever seen. He shook my hand, handing me a hundred dollar bill in the process. Needless to say, that was the most miraculous thing I had ever seen. :)
Message: Posted by: jim355 (Jul 10, 2006 12:58PM)
Ok I have a good story, first of all I was performing on the second floor of my high school for a crowd of about 5 people, so I was doing my normal routine of my acr so I decided to try somthing new, I controled it to the botom and performed a card top mouth, at the time I was performing for a person who we could say was a "tough cookie" he was burning my hands the whhole time but when I pulled out the card he went OHHHH MYYY GODDD and ran down the hall screaming and down the stairs, I then thought this would be perfect because they were all like it was in your mouth the whole time, and I went " well you caught me as I plasced the deck box into my pocket, I had it in my mouth," and I then went on to say but the hard part was finding it with all these other cards" while I reached into my mouth and pulled out a deck of cards (i.e. the way McBride does it like a waterfall) and well they all were shocked
it was probably one of the best reactions out of a audience I ever had
Message: Posted by: DanielSteep (Jul 10, 2006 05:53PM)
Well I was doing the Magic sword swallowing just for fun and an older guy.. at least 80 said.. watch it's gonna come out of his *ss!

And then I had one kid once I did the arm chopper he took out his hand and looked and was amazed that it was still attached!

AND THE I was doing Meta and right after the switch a kid came up and hit the tr** and it clearly made it look like the whole box was solid!
Message: Posted by: mc_magi (Jul 17, 2006 10:45PM)
It's not really a cool audience reaction but this cracked me up for few hours.
A 5 year old kid after the closer of my birthday party show to her mom.

"mommiee mommieee, did you knoww that he's NOT MARRIED?"

I'm 17 btw and that was last year.....
Message: Posted by: Xargos (Jul 18, 2006 07:37AM)
I was on the subway playing aroung with some loops, floating stuff around, there was almost no one in the wagon and I was just focusing on the loops (subway lighting seems to be perfect for this), when I looked up I saw this kid STARRING at the floating note, mouth wide open... made me break my loop :)
Message: Posted by: Fabian L (Jul 21, 2006 03:16PM)
These are all excellent and very inspiring stories!
Message: Posted by: Shane Wiker (Jul 23, 2006 07:41PM)
When doing a card effect.

"I know how you do that. You have a condom on your finger."

When floating a card with IT:

"I know how you do that. You have some special lotion on your hands"


"You must have some sort of gravity in your hands."

When doing card to mouth:

"AHHHHHH!" (At this point a group of 5 people ran away from me screaming, and didn't come back)

Shane Wiker
Message: Posted by: Hagerman (Oct 10, 2006 10:18PM)
At one theme park I worked, they have what is called a code Rainbow. If anyone heard "code Rainbow at the Scrambler" over the park radio, they knew where to bring a bucket and mop. Basically it means someone went "mama bird" with their food. Or they tossed their cookies in other words.

I am fortunate to be the only entertainer in their history to have a code rainbow called in. Yes I made one lucky spectator puke during my stay for the Halloween season.

The park wanted me to shock and I delivered. I came up with a mouse eating routine. It had a lot of crunching and blood. One time, while regurgitating what remained of the mouse, I heard gagging in the audience. The focus drifted from me to one particular, weak stomach, girl. What could I say? "Finally! A warm meal."

Here's a photo of what remains of that mouse after my regurgitation. Just a tail and backbone.

My favorite part of the trick was when all was said and done, I flossed my teeth with the tail. "Cleanliness is next to godliness!"
Message: Posted by: actorscotty (Oct 26, 2006 12:01PM)
This may be a tad off subject, I do magic, mentalism, and on occasion tarot and palm readings, was performing the latter recently at uncw here in wilmington, during a fundraiser , an older couple asked me to read them as a couple, one card turned was the three of cups, I said in a joking way that is usually indicates a celebration in the area of emotions, such as the birth of a child or a pregnancy, the man said," we have one daughter in college , but she's not married,and we certainly aren't going to have a baby," I (again supposed to be light and joking) said, well congratulations you are gonna be a grandpa, the woman freaked and said "I haven't told him yet" seems her daughter was pregnanty and hadn't told dad yet, just waiting for the proper time,
Message: Posted by: Cinnamon (Oct 28, 2006 02:24AM)
Your experiences are fun. I've read all. lol

Mine are these:

My classmate in Zoology (he's not one of 'us', he's an irregular student) is a strong believer that any types of magic is a sin, and is punishable in their religion (INC). He accused me of being a witch when I did a small mentalism trick. He almost reported me to the SAO (Student's Affairs Office). I was laughing so hard, he was offended. My classmates stopped him from going to the office and explained to him that what I did was what we all learn in Psychology. His course was Advertising.

My mom freaked out when I did to her a magnet tick. Oh~ that magnet trick is so much fun! I would not arrive to making that if it weren't for my mentor's kind heart. lol Mom thought I'm into spiritism, and since she's a JW, she freaked out, really hard.

On vanishing tampons- the girls cuss me.
Message: Posted by: Brian Caswell (Nov 17, 2006 10:44AM)
I've got a story of spectator reaction I have always remembered vividly from way back around 1982. I was performing cabaret for UK military personel in West Germany. I was doing a bank night type of routine - three envelopes, two have blank bits of paper, one has a borrowed banknote in it, you have to 'psychically' determine the one with the note.

I always played it for big laughs. Except on this night, when I asked for a high denomination banknote, a member of the audiece handed me a THOUSAND Deutchemark note! Today that would be like being given a note worth two thousand dollars!

When I started burning the envelopes you could have heard a pin drop. Instead of a nice humorous interlude, suddenly it was high drama. Two envelopes and their contents are clearly destroyed. The gag was you reach into the final unburnt envelope and remove - a blank piece of paper which, after the laughter has subsided, turns out to be an IOU. Cue another round of laughter.

On this particular night the routine played to a doom-laden, stony silence. As the blank paper came out of the final envelope, all I could hear was the sound of knives being sharpened in the audience and a few folks muttering something about "if this motherxxxxxx do'nt find that note soon......

Brian Caswell (www.unearthlymagic.com)
Message: Posted by: unorthadux (Nov 20, 2006 11:28PM)
I Was performing some basic mentalism on the last day of school last year, for some of my classmates. Well this fairly soft spoken girl practically begged me to read her mind. I Proceded to have her write the name of a loved one on paper, ect... well the name was Gertrude or something, so I knew it had to be an elderly lady, I didn't even reveal the name all I said is "Why does your grandmother mean so much to you?" Well, she absolutely flipped out, she was making quite the scene, so I followed her over to the windows so she could get some air. I then proceeded to tell her "it's not what you think it is". She then explained to me how her grandmother had taken care of her when she was younger, and was always like a mother to her. After about 5 minutes I took her back over to the group and performed some acr then left class to find other specs.. but I will never forget that girl, because she had the power to believe something that was so unbelievable to the others in the group, and I really think I touched her soul.

On a lighter side, something quite funny happened to me about 5 months ago. I was doing some walk-around at a friends houseparty. Well my audience wasn't, how shall I say it, all there? I Had one girl tell me that she would umm..., exchange pleasure, for the secrets, I thought this was the funniest thing that could ever happen to anyone
Message: Posted by: swingjunkie (Mar 11, 2007 05:02PM)
I was on a field trip and saw a bunch of people at a nearby picnic table playing cards. I took their cards and performed a Biddle Routine. One of the guys flipped and said "This dude's Jesus's Nephew!" I thought that was the funniest thing ever.
Message: Posted by: videokideo (Apr 14, 2007 07:42PM)
I assisted in a new show opening up in a amusment park. I consulted in the illusions. During the first performance of the season, the magician performed Impailed for the first crowd. A lady fainted as he dropped on the sword.

Found out later she tried to sue the park... the park won the suit siting that she was way overweight, walking in 100 degree heat, and had eaten 4 hotdogs and 2 slushes. It was found to be a medical condition called dehydration!

But what a great reaction from an audience member. I was told that Copperfield had the same thing happen a couple times. Ended up being a money scam... get rich sueing people.
Message: Posted by: Rodentia (Feb 27, 2019 12:02AM)
I'm a fire-eater, and the strangest reaction I have gotten was during a charity show I was doing. One of the other acts was a gospel group and they thought that since I wore all black and worked with fire I must be evil. They avoided me for a long time until finally they sat at a picnic table I was at and we started talking. They never got comfortable but they at least knew I was ok.
Message: Posted by: bluejay17! (Aug 8, 2019 08:12AM)
I live in a country where witchcraft is still believed in, and I can't even count the accusations anymore. I have to stick to monte and other "con games".
Message: Posted by: ryanshaw9572 (Aug 27, 2019 08:26PM)
My audience spontaneously chanted my name!
Message: Posted by: danfreed (Dec 4, 2019 08:47PM)
At my close-up gig for a big kids event yesterday, I was doing sponge bunnies for a 5 year old girl. She screamed "ahhhhhh!" really loud (like the kid from Home Alone) and then screamed "Jesus Christ!" And other crazy reactions also. Never had a little kid yell that before. Wish I had that on video, it was so funny.