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On 2005-09-15 15:16, BenSchwartz wrote:
I always use this at a dinner party or something when the entire company from work is there. example.... I am doing a comedy magic show for a morgatge office christmas party.. one person starts heckling me.. I look at the audience and say... well I now know that this company is an equal opportunity employer!


I must admit I actually like this one!
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On 2005-10-09 08:34, BobGreaves wrote:
A gun.


...a Tommy-gun, if you have multiple hecklers.
Fuhgetaboutit,
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"That's why you don't put a comedy club near a bus stop."

"Sir, you're heckling a magician... how cool are you? Do you heckle the muppets too?"
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" A night out for him.... a night off for the wife and kids!"

Actually, the best advice I was ever given was to ignore them as much as possible. They are only after attention, so deprive them. However, if they do get out of hand, just slap them down with a short sharp one-liner which lets them know that you are ready for them, should they start.

It's strange to think..but some hecklers actually think they are adding value to your act by heckling you and creating a comedy situation. The trick is, not to let them get out of hand.

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On 2005-10-23 11:21, Mike Baxter wrote:
Heard this recently on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp). Wish I knew who created it:

"Are we just now seeing the long-term effects of children's aspirin!" Smile


Harry Hill wrote this - a very very funny UK comedian.
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One of my Favorites is ...I know how you did that!" and I reply.. Well, we all gotta start somewhere, soon you'll be moving on to math and even reading! Here, I'll get you started, this is the number one ( I then show them my favorite finger)

What can I say, I work a lot of bars.
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I once got a set of cellini lecture notes which gave an entire page devoted to these situations. (keep in mind cellini has more of a classy sarcastic character)
some are:
"That's what happens when the fetus doesn't get oxygen"
"(to a group) have those guys been fed?"
"Close your mouth or your tongue will dry out"
I always fear that when I heckle someone the audience will turn agaisnt me, so I wont write the cruel ones for fear they will stick in my head!

oh and to a kid heckler......"whats this? attack of the giant shrimp?!" (I say this with a smile and it usually seems to work.
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"This is why animals eat their young" I use this for my self quite a bit. But it's good for everyone.........

What I have done is have the attention starved heckler choose a card out of the deck, and then go on to whatever else you were doing, even better, have him hold it to his head and concentrate on it. That should buy you some time.

You could produce an exploding pen and shock book, announcing that you will have him participate in a mind reading effect.

And of course there will be many who say:"that is not the way to treat an audience, it is mean, rude, dangerous, bad for the environment, kills trees, etc."
However I say to you it is just the kind of hypocrisy humanity is rife with.
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we let animals poop right out in the open, but everyone gets all offended when I do the same.
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And you parents thought you would grow up and be successful... is this the best you can do?

Delivery is everything.
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Most of my hecklers are children. I have seen that before or I know how it's done, or you aren't a real clown/magician. My first response is to agree with them. If they have seen it before, I ask them to see if I do anything different. If they "know" how it's done, I say, "Shsh, it's our secret. These are tried and true with nothing new (I'm a poet and don't know it!!). If an adult at a children's party makes fun of me or heckles, I say, "Oh, I can feel the love here!" Or, "Wow, it's a tough crowd tonight (aka Leno, Dangerfield and others)". Magic makes enough of an adversarial atmosphere for me to try and add to it.
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Please don't take my reply to a heckler as something I would say to a child, unless, of course, he was in the bar. No, no I'm only kidding. I would actually look to the parents and say something like... "this whole off the leash thing really isn't working out is it?" Give 'em a wink and keep working. I guess it's all in the delivery, and most parents get the joke.
Also, there have been many times that I told a roving pack of unsupervised children that I wouldnt do magic for them unless their parents were there. Naturally, I only say this to the to the one's that I can tell are going to be hand full of problems. After a few years of doing this, I have found that I'm able to recognize the potential problems, then head them off at the pass. This also goes towards the fact that a lot of parents drop there kids off at the ready made babysitter called the mall, or the strip, or wherever, and they have no supervision.
On the bright side, many times the kids come back with their parents. This is good for me on two levels. Number 1. The parents have almost always got the money. Number 2. They can do a better job of controlling their offspring.
I am truly blessed to have a job where people are laughing all the time and everyone believes in magic....Come to think of it, I'm blessed to even have a job.
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"Ladies and gentlemen, our next act - Mr. Don Rickles!"

It works almost every time - except when Don was in the audience!

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"You don't get out much, do you?"

"If only your parents had had a fight that night instead."

"You're the kind of man who makes a woman want to be a lesbian."
(or vice versa if the heckler is a female)
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Good ones , Carl.
Not clever enough to come up with something orginal, or did I.
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Or my personal favorite....

"I thought I told you to stay in the truck" =)

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On 2005-11-15 18:22, Trois wrote:
Good ones , Carl.


Thanks Trois, and it's good to hear from you again. Drop me a line sometime. I'll be in Myrtle Beach next month for a show, so let me know where you're performing.
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On 2005-11-15 18:22, Trois wrote:
Good ones , Carl.


Thanks Trois, and it's good to hear from you again. Drop me a line sometime. I'll be in Myrtle Beach next month for a show, so let me know where you're performing.
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How bout this. Does this rag smell like cloroform to you? (as in the drug to knock someone out for those of you who are slow!)
And for you magcians that are, hate to say it, don't mean to be offensive in any way, overwait. Here is a good one for YOU! If someone (probably drunk) yells "Why are you so fat?" You say "Because everytime I f*** your mom she gives me a cookie!"
Just go on http://www.funny.com and they will have tons of comebacks and jokes that you can use during performances. It helps me alot!
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What is my favourite heckler stopper?

A good act.
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Nicholas,

So, I see that you've never worked a joint.

Congratulations,

Carl
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