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Topic: When no one applauds
Message: Posted by: Brittain Bass (Nov 21, 2010 08:14PM)
Hey guys,

Not that this happens often, but recently after performing a new trick I'd been playing with, the people stared at me with no reaction at all. It was incredibly uncomfortable, and I had nothing. I know there's the typical "Most people would applaud here." or "No need to be impressed, I'm sure you see this everyday." But I am looking for more of an icebreaker or just a tension reliever. I can come up with lines fairly easy, but this one is a struggle. If anyone has any workers, I would love to hear them.

thanks,
Brittain Bass
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Nov 21, 2010 08:22PM)
"Ta Da!"
"No Applause, Please, Sava for a da end"
Message: Posted by: rockthemike (Nov 21, 2010 09:56PM)
"When I saw this for the first time I was just as amazed as you were and forgot to applaud too."
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Nov 22, 2010 12:53AM)
That's right, no applause just throw money
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Nov 23, 2010 12:59PM)
"Ya think that was a jaw dropper, wait till you see the next one....it really works!
Message: Posted by: Cabrera (Nov 23, 2010 05:59PM)
Here's a line for you...."Thank you for not waking the baby"
Message: Posted by: Brittain Bass (Nov 24, 2010 09:27AM)
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On 2010-11-23 18:59, Cabrera wrote:
Here's a line for you...."Thank you for not waking the baby"
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That's amazing. I seriously love that.

They've all been great though. Thanks for all the responses!

Have a good Thanksgiving,
Brittain Bass
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Nov 24, 2010 01:02PM)
Goodnight
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Nov 24, 2010 09:08PM)
...Patty cake, Patty cake...baker man...
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Nov 25, 2010 11:39PM)
I just found a $100 dollar bill. Clap if its yours.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Nov 27, 2010 03:58PM)
Contrary to popular belief clapping is not a venerial disease...
Message: Posted by: IDOTRIX (Nov 27, 2010 06:08PM)
This happens often whn people are amazed. Check out some tapes called "Wonder Words" to give your trick an ending that will let people know its time to applaud
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Nov 27, 2010 08:59PM)
"If you're happy and you know it clap your hands..."
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 30, 2010 11:17AM)
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On 2010-11-21 22:56, rockthemike wrote:
"When I saw this for the first time I was just as amazed as you were and forgot to applaud too."
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Eeeww!!! This one gives me the creeps. I felt so sorry for that guy on his L&L DVDs and he just could not get any applause and had to keep saying this one.
Yikes!!!!


Dang! Father P is on a roll!

"Ta Da". I love that one!
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Nov 30, 2010 12:09PM)
Ah... listen...at last the sound of one hand clapping.
Message: Posted by: rockthemike (Nov 30, 2010 11:36PM)
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On 2010-11-30 12:17, Frank Starsini wrote:
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On 2010-11-21 22:56, rockthemike wrote:
"When I saw this for the first time I was just as amazed as you were and forgot to applaud too."
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Eeeww!!! This one gives me the creeps. I felt so sorry for that guy on his L&L DVDs and he just could not get any applause and had to keep saying this one.
Yikes!!!!

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I got that from Dobson!
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 1, 2010 10:28AM)
Try switching over to comedy for a few well praciced jokes before proceeding further with any magic effects.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 1, 2010 10:55AM)
I've gone Deaf! I've gone Deaf! Your Applause is so loud I've gone Deaf!
Message: Posted by: MagicMitch (Dec 1, 2010 03:05PM)
What is this, an audience or a jury?
What is this, an audience or an oil painting?
(if only a few clap) Well, my family finally got here.
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 1, 2010 03:33PM)
Hmm...I've heard statues clap louder
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 1, 2010 07:36PM)
"Hi!...I'm Mac King"
Message: Posted by: KMFrye (Dec 2, 2010 07:02PM)
"Are you all passing through a tunnel? Because suddenly I can't hear you..."

Best said with mock concern and a smile. Miming a cell/mobile phone would also help.
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 2, 2010 11:02PM)
Clap 3 times and I'll disappear
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 2, 2010 11:38PM)
"...Oh by the way I forgot to tell you that my real name is David Copperfield, so be sure and tell all your friends."
Message: Posted by: Cabrera (Dec 5, 2010 10:17PM)
Is the teleprompter broken?... This is when you're supposed to clap!
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 6, 2010 06:07PM)
"...And now a word from our sponsor"
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 8, 2010 12:17AM)
I would like to perform one more illusion before you drift back to sleep.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 8, 2010 11:22AM)
"Is that guy who operates the Applause sign asleep again?"
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 8, 2010 04:16PM)
My hearing aid must need a fresh battery
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 8, 2010 04:32PM)
"Let's ah hear it for da boys ina da band!"
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 12, 2010 06:19AM)
Y'all work in a library?...
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 12, 2010 09:28AM)
"I can't imagine what's keeping that bus?"
Message: Posted by: Cabrera (Dec 13, 2010 09:33AM)
OK ! Enough of that! keep it down PLEASE!
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 13, 2010 11:11AM)
Start humming "Tea for two" and do a soft shoe dance.
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 15, 2010 06:08PM)
Start singing the last verse of the Stars Spangled Banner.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 15, 2010 06:14PM)
Lift off your hat and say "And good-night Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are."
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 16, 2010 07:32PM)
Make sure you don't say "And good-night Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are" to audiences under age 25.
Message: Posted by: Perseus Arkomanis (Dec 16, 2010 08:44PM)
Wayne Dobson "We can do this trick with 2 ways...one is with applause and the other one like we do it now" love it!They always clap on that one
If a few applaude. Bill Malone "Sir(or You guys!) at least walk around the room to make it look like a crowd"

and some other

"hands parallel to each other!Rappidly bring 'em together!Seperate 'em!Now Repeat!...a lot!...how difficult is this?!!!"
"no,no don't clap,you see that kind of stuff everyday!"
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 17, 2010 01:20AM)
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On 2010-12-16 20:32, hbwolkov wrote:
Make sure you don't say "And good-night Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are" to audiences under age 25.
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(More like under 50)

You do like Ernest Tubb and turn your guitar over and it says "applause" on the back.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 18, 2010 06:21AM)
What's wrong?..I said "ta da"...
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 18, 2010 11:34AM)
"A little traveling music, maestro!"
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 19, 2010 06:18AM)
I must have placed all of you in a trance...
Message: Posted by: scottds80 (Dec 19, 2010 06:45AM)
Have a conveniently located button you can press which is connected to your sound system, with the sound of crickets chirping.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 19, 2010 03:35PM)
Space...the final frontier...
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 19, 2010 10:51PM)
If you listen carefully you can hear the ocean
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 19, 2010 10:53PM)
"Left you speechless too, huh?"
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 20, 2010 06:44AM)
Tell me if you hear this pin drop...
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 20, 2010 12:16PM)
Simon says "clap"
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 21, 2010 07:16AM)
For my next knee slapper...
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 21, 2010 10:39AM)
WOW! Did you see that too?
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Dec 21, 2010 12:41PM)
Don't everyone practice Mime all at once.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 21, 2010 01:00PM)
And if you thought that one was bad, wait till yo see the next one!
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 21, 2010 01:39PM)
Batta Bing Batta Boom
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 21, 2010 01:51PM)
Interpretation for the blind tonight will be provided by...
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 21, 2010 06:29PM)
When was the last time you spent a quiet moment?
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 21, 2010 06:34PM)
Art Carney...Jane Kene...
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 24, 2010 06:04AM)
You must have chapped hands from being in the cold weather...
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 24, 2010 09:45AM)
"Won't somebody clap?"
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 28, 2010 06:08AM)
Are all you people in the mensa club?...
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 28, 2010 09:03AM)
Turn off the house lights and vanish
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 28, 2010 10:47AM)
I see the penicillin worked.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 29, 2010 11:11AM)
Oh, you must of all had hand surgery.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 29, 2010 03:05PM)
"Let's hear it for George Strait!"
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 29, 2010 04:14PM)
I never knew you had no hands.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 29, 2010 06:15PM)
Hey, folks, I could use a little breeze up here.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 29, 2010 06:16PM)
"After the show I will give you all lessons on how to clap."
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 29, 2010 07:38PM)
"Ok Charlie, send out the stripper!"
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 29, 2010 08:45PM)
"What's wrong, cat got your clapping?"
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 29, 2010 08:55PM)
"Lights, Camera, Action!"
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 29, 2010 09:19PM)
"Don't tell me I was that good."
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 29, 2010 09:42PM)
And now for something completely different.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 29, 2010 09:46PM)
"I astonished you so much, that I left you breathless?"
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 29, 2010 09:52PM)
Thank you for that deafening response!
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 29, 2010 11:23PM)
Where's my clapping at?
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 30, 2010 05:59AM)
You would think this is a Kathy Lee concert...
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 30, 2010 08:12AM)
I never knew people could clap silently?
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 30, 2010 11:10AM)
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On 2010-12-30 06:59, joseph wrote:
You would think this is a Kathy Lee concert...
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(ROFL, you're killing me here, Joseph)

That's it people, I don't sing or dance!
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 30, 2010 04:13PM)
You would think this is a Sarah Palin speech.
Message: Posted by: djurmann (Dec 30, 2010 05:03PM)
Who stole my hearing aid, I can't hear the applause
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 30, 2010 05:36PM)
I see all of fail your applauding class.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 30, 2010 08:40PM)
OK, let's see you do it!
Message: Posted by: Dave Devin (Dec 30, 2010 08:56PM)
"Normally drawing a thunderous round of applause!"
Say the line .....and pause with a smile.....while looking around at your audience.
If they hesitate, say ...."I can wait!".......and pause again.
Try it, it works!
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 30, 2010 09:04PM)
Let's hear it for Topo Gigio!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 30, 2010 09:47PM)
[quote]
On 2010-12-01 00:36, rockthemike wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-11-30 12:17, Frank Starsini wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-11-21 22:56, rockthemike wrote:
"When I saw this for the first time I was just as amazed as you were and forgot to applaud too."
[/quote]

Eeeww!!! This one gives me the creeps. I felt so sorry for that guy on his L&L DVDs and he just could not get any applause and had to keep saying this one.
Yikes!!!!

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I got that from Dobson!
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Yes, we know. Did you get permission from him to pass his material around like that?
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 30, 2010 09:52PM)
...I'm dreaming of a White Christmas...
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 30, 2010 09:57PM)
Nobody has actually tried to solve the problem, or to identify it, for that matter.

There are three reasons that people do not applaud at the end of a trick.

1) They are so stunned that they cannot react.
2) The trick sucks.
3) The presentation needs work.

Since this is a new trick, the most likely reason is number three -- the presentation needs work.

Simply throwing out a one-liner is not going to turn a bad presentation into a winner. That's a given. Saying "people usually applaud here" is verbally flipping them the bird.

So analyze the trick. Does it have a definite stopping point? Does that stopping point coincide with the climax of the trick? Does your script build to fit the build of the trick?

Videotape your presentation. Then write out the script -- EVERYTHING you say as you do the trick. Don't leave out any of the fumbles, flubs, stutters, stammers or other verbal "cycling." Put it all down, and then see what it is that sticks out as really hurting the presentation.

If you say "What I'm going to do now" or "What I want you to do now" replace those with something less clumsy. That's just a start.

Figure out where the presentation needs to start and where it is going. The script should lead you from the beginning to the end. At the end, using a rising inflection, tell them what just happened. In other words, give it the hard sell.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 30, 2010 09:59PM)
Very true, Bill. And as Monk Watson taught me years ago, sometimes your audience needs a little clue that it is over, as they may have been spellbound for a while. He always said, "Show them your face, smile, and bow very slightly". It always worked for me.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 31, 2010 05:52AM)
Maybe nest time I'll follow David Hasselhoff's act...
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 31, 2010 09:40AM)
I feel at times the reason a small audience does not applause at times is because each person is nervous to be first.

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On 2010-12-30 21:56, Dave Devin wrote:
"Normally drawing a thunderous round of applause!"
Say the line .....and pause with a smile.....while looking around at your audience.
If they hesitate, say ...."I can wait!".......and pause again.
Try it, it works!
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Good information, Dave.

Everyone, Dave Davin is the one who advised me to select "Dynamo" as my clown name. He is a hero to me.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 31, 2010 12:07PM)
And now a word from our alternate sponsor.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 31, 2010 01:33PM)
Oh, you were expecting Copperfield weren't you?
Message: Posted by: CRMagius (Jan 1, 2011 12:02AM)
What did you want, Dolly Parton on a trampoline?
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 1, 2011 12:17AM)
Hello, I must be going, I cannot stay, I just came to say, I must be going...
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 1, 2011 05:18AM)
Whoever doesn't applaud will be my next volunteer...
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 1, 2011 09:42AM)
Everyone slap the person next to you!
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 2, 2011 06:22AM)
What did they put in your soft drinks?...
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 2, 2011 02:54PM)
Limp with a stiff leg off stage shouting , "Oh Marshall Dillon, Oh Marshall Dillon"
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 2, 2011 04:30PM)
The louder you applaud, the sooner I leave the stage...
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 2, 2011 04:45PM)
Ok, I'll keep doing it for you until I get it right.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 2, 2011 08:28PM)
Sir, will you please pass your claps around the room?
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 2, 2011 09:34PM)
I've heard of a clap trap, but this is ridiculous!
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Jan 2, 2011 10:54PM)
Slowly cup your left hand and place it behind your left ear and ask if anyone else heard the pin drop.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 2, 2011 11:14PM)
Hey folks, I do magic, not jump through hoops.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 3, 2011 09:45AM)
I knew none of you would understand it.
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Jan 3, 2011 10:45AM)
If you would all take a moment to clap to get the circulation going to your hands.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 3, 2011 01:05PM)
"It's a raid!"
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Jan 3, 2011 03:01PM)
Turn around with your back to the audience, wait a few seconds then turn around and say " Oh there you are, it was so quiet I thought I had lost you".
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 3, 2011 03:12PM)
Heeeellllllooooooo, caaaannn yooouuu hhheeeaaarrrrr mmmeeeee?
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 4, 2011 10:03AM)
If I do it again will you clap next time?
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 4, 2011 12:50PM)
Believe me folks, it only gets worse from here.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 4, 2011 03:18PM)
Too strong for ya huh?
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 4, 2011 03:56PM)
I swear it wasn't me, had to be the elephant.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 4, 2011 04:47PM)
You are not going to get your money worth until you start clapping.
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Jan 5, 2011 02:05PM)
Where's that darn applause sign when you need it.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 6, 2011 05:08AM)
You must not have heard a word I said.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 6, 2011 09:45AM)
And now for Dynamike's next trick...
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 6, 2011 12:29PM)
Don't tell me my show put you to sleep.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 6, 2011 10:44PM)
Shhhhhhh, don't wake up the band.
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Jan 7, 2011 01:35PM)
(point)

You're the leader, Show them how it's done.

Posted: Jan 7, 2011 2:36pm
Normally the show is 45 minutes including applause... but if you're not going to applaud... For my last trick.

Posted: Jan 7, 2011 2:37pm
HEY... I'm not a TV here... Either applaud or I'm coming out there myself.

Posted: Jan 7, 2011 2:40pm
If I told them once, I told them a hundred times, not to book me for a skeptics convention.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 7, 2011 04:29PM)
And that's how Jay Leslie would have done it, now you will greatly enjoy my way.
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Jan 7, 2011 09:55PM)
For this last trick I require dead silence , so hold your applause till the end.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 9, 2011 09:29AM)
Listen....You hear that cat walking?...
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Jan 9, 2011 11:53PM)
Now I understand the saying about one hand clapping.
Message: Posted by: mmmario (Jan 12, 2011 10:42AM)
" Hold your applause !!! ... oh ... you have ..."
and if only one person applauds, "thank you sir/madam but please, no individual clapping. Please try and stay with the group."
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 17, 2011 09:30AM)
I don't recall making your hands vanish...
Message: Posted by: Simon Southern Moss (Aug 11, 2011 09:20AM)
You know how five years ago someone told you to "shoosh", well you can stop now
Message: Posted by: btedeski (Aug 29, 2011 01:19PM)
I do kids shows, kids just don't applaud (Because they don't they should)

but I am just as happy when I hear

1) Laughter,
2) How'd he do that?
3) What the????
4) where is her middle? (that was this weekend when I did my clown illusion show)

Just about any reaction that the kids are having fun....
Message: Posted by: dkarahan (Nov 22, 2011 07:32PM)
Didn't expect to see something this funny here! Thanks!

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On 2010-11-24 10:27, Brittain Bass wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-11-23 18:59, Cabrera wrote:
Here's a line for you...."Thank you for not waking the baby"
[/quote]

That's amazing. I seriously love that.

They've all been great though. Thanks for all the responses!

Have a good Thanksgiving,
Brittain Bass
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