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Wravyn
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After reading this thread and going back to the OP question, "...Is there a go-to routine you all have when encountering this person? Or are there other strategies you employ as soon as you realize you've got this person at the table?..."

From what I have read, it is all based in the scripting and understanding of the audience, which come through trial and error and learning from personal experiences. There have been many gifts of experiences shared, thank you. In the long run, from my perception, there really is not a 'go-to routine' to win someone over but the best trick one should do is 'vanish' from that table and go on to the next.
Though Kenton Knepper and John Mahood put out K.E.N.T, which in the blurb it states:
"IMAGINE... A wise guy pulls out his own deck of cards and demands that you prove your abilities. He wants you to prove yourself, without touching the cards, without writing anything down, without others helping. NO touching, NO marks, NO sleight of hand of any kind.
NOW WHAT?
With K.E.N.T. you tell the spectator to make it tough on you and think of one of a few cards he himself removes from his own deck. You never see these. You instruct him how to focus upon his thought of card and you NAME HIS CARD to the degree that he freaks out and swears you are the REAL thing. He dares you to tell him what his card is, and that is exactly what you are seen to do.

To prevent the things from being grabbed not only is scripting, but audience management. Perhaps a question needs asked... Any recommended reading materials about audience management?
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Audience management is no different to learning something like the pass. You can read about it till you are red in the face but going out there and performing for people is the only way.

I read every magic book for years. I still failed for a few months when I started performing people didn't like me, very awkward moments etc. Than suddenly one day everyone started to like me and I was getting calls for gigs and people came back to see me again and again in my restaurant gig. It is all about finding yourself and feeling like you have something special to offer, which only comes with experience.
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There may be someone in the restaurant watching you and considering hiring you for an event. So with that in mind get away from situations that do not make you look good as fast as you can. You do not want to be the magician that made the baby cry or the magician that everyone catches. I have to believe even the most experienced pro is going to have a table that is not going to cooperate. As far as recommended effects I would suggest the mental photo deck. Stand three feet away from the table make the blank cards print and turn blank again. After you are done ask who would like to hold the deck. As some reaches their hand out to grab the deck put the deck in your pocket and say "too bad". Hand them your business card, thank them for coming out to dinner at your venue, and tell them to be sure to make their food disappear.
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On 2013-01-19 08:44, themagicguy wrote:
Audience management is no different to learning something like the pass. You can read about it till you are red in the face but going out there and performing for people is the only way.

I read every magic book for years. I still failed for a few months when I started performing people didn't like me, very awkward moments etc. Than suddenly one day everyone started to like me and I was getting calls for gigs and people came back to see me again and again in my restaurant gig. It is all about finding yourself and feeling like you have something special to offer, which only comes with experience.


Right-On Smile

I will say that I'm glad I read all those books because they came to life for me, AFTER, "I" experienced first hand, all the stuff I was reading.( It took me longer than a few months) You can read about "How To Swim" but it's only when you get in the water that the learning process begins.

Also.....You DO want to make sure you are confident in your abilities to perform in public....but performing at home or for family members/friends does not compare to the real world. There is no substitute for real-world/ real-people experience.
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It can't be as simple as experience! LOL.
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