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I whole heartedly agree with Finny.
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I think that's right but has anyone ever one over hecklers? its the greatest feeling but its totally not worth it because they will, more often than not make you get nervous jittery and mess up your performance. Are there any good stories of notable heckler victories or even defeats?
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There is some great advise here and I think the hole point of it is that you just need to leave as soon as possible without been rude and don’t try to win them over because you will just be digging your self in to a even bigger hole!!

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I whole heartedly agree with Frank

Sorry I just could not Resist

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I personally just ignore them and get on with my set as quickly as possible then thank them for being a great audiance and move on.

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Dean you are absolutely right I often find that ignoring someone actually shuts them up. I believe that if you ignore them then go on with your current trick and put a lot of emphasis on the effect at hand then the audience will pay attention to you and ignore the heckler also and just make them feel dumb. But a table full of hecklers "AHHHHHH.....RUN!!!!" Smile
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Came across this thread last week, and today I had my share of hecklers - two 9 year old kids! I started with the sponge ball, they pinpointed every move I made, to my surprise, some were right (later I learned from the boy, a "magician" went to his class and taught him something) it was awkward, but competitiveness took over me and decided to stay on. I introduced my ring and rope trick, they had no idea but still challenged and heckled me every move. although I succeeded the trick with perfection, there was no winners, they weren't impressed because they thought there was an explanation for everything. And I didn't feel good because magic is just a bridge for me to connect with the customers, which I have failed on that. I still made them balloons to take home. I was too nice. Should have just walked away after the sponge ball routine.

I felt pretty bad and it is almost the end of my gig in the restaurant. but then I remember reading this thread on the forum, so decided to perform for one more table before I left. As I was looking around, a waitress grabbed me and told me that her sister was here with her boyfriend for their 5th year anniversary. So I just went up to them. It was perfect! My magic wowed them. And I even made them a two-dove-kissing-in-a-heart balloon. I think they will never forget this special day in their life. =)

thanks everybody for the sharing.

Ray
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Yes its odd people can praise you all the time to the rafters but one bad comment can really knock you down and that's the one you remember.......human nature I guess.....
My favourite phrase to ANY heckle is
" I don't listen to my knockers"
It amuses me every time as there is a bit of innuendo there also.... Smile
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http://youtube.com/watch?v=iBXfSwIRzQA

this is a performence by brian tudor called the heckler, though his patter is notoriously weak his performence of the tricks flow into eachother fast enough to confuse anyone, maybe this IS the best way to deal with hecklers
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What's the crack? I've never seen a speccy look so bored and confused in all my life..

You wouldn't have a drink or socialise with a complete dong, so why break your b**ls trying to impress them when you could just perform magic for sombody who really appreciates it?

I'm not feelin' it!

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Jiayi,

Don't take this the wrong way mate, but that is what you get for giving it the big one in front of little kiddies, LOL!

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#%&* Hecklers,they are just bullys. Walk away!
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Power and control can be as addicting as liquor and other drugs.

When the 3 are placed together it can be a learning experience.

The Art of War, Tongue Fu, or relaxation tapes may help.

If one is a worker, one deals with it. I have gone from restaurants, bars, comedy clubs(bars with stages) to work in prisons and schools including what many avoid..the Middle School Student. Anyone else love 8 AM shows with 7th Graders?

My work for table hopping is usually an add on to my dinner shows rather than restaurants these days....

Remember rule 62...take your job serious and yourself lightly.


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>> including what many avoid..the Middle School Student. Anyone else love 8 AM shows with 7th Graders? <<

It's THAT REASON ALONE that I do not do Children's Entertainment. HOWEVER...when they come into your restaurant...little can be done to avoid the sitation.

Case and point...yesterday a kid comes in to watch me perform. The history...this little snot shows up at my Saturday Gig once ever couple of months or so. I can't stand this kid. Why? Becuase he knows everything (in his mind) and enjoys making my life a hell!

This kid and his family (if you wanna call it that) started coming to the restaurant about 2 years ago...like I said...every few months they'd show up. The kids parents are a complete waste of space and let this kid do whatever the hell he wants to do. I first walked up to their table, got heckled by this little (insert word) and quickly packed up and went to another table. That was 2 years ago.

Present Day! I REFUSE to go to their table anymore when they arrive...so this kid follows me around from table to table heckling me while I perform for others. WTF!!!!!?????

This has happened every single time they come in. I usually just ignore it and tell the people I'm performing for to ignore him too...but yesterday, I couldn't take anymore of it. I stopped my show at the table I was at...called the kid out, went to his parents and told them to control their child as he was being nusense while I worked.

The kids parents were outraged that their little darling was capable of such behavior and said they had never been so insulted and said they would never return. I said "You'l Be Missed" and went back to work. They left! Good ridence...

I told the GM about it and he agreed that the situation had gotten out of hand. Apparently, the kids parents were just as much HIS nightmare as the kid was mine! So a bullet was dodged on both ends of the gun I guess you could say.

This is the ONLY TIME I have just ever snapped like that at a gig...but you know what...a human being can take but so much abuse...

I state again...THIS IS WHY I DO NOT DO CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!!
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Lylemagic......I would have done the same.Good call!
Ive upped my standards.Now,up yours!
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You make your point very well. I'm not sure I would have done much better with the situation. I've had kids follow me around table to table before and will tell my audience what is going to happen next! Fortunately, there are many good kids and there are still parents out there that believe in discipline.

Actually being patient with children in a performance is not all that difficult for me. When I run into bratty kids I just adopt the attitude, "I just have to put up with these brats for 45-minutes and then I'm out of here with cash in my hand."

Now, putting up with kids as a parent 24/7, that's difficult!
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