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Hello guys,

Not sure if this is the right topic but I would like to know what is the approach in these two books and which one did you find the most relevant.

Thank you!
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OK, I wanted to exercise restraint from a response as I'm obviously biased. But as nobody else replies I'll try to give you an idea of the differences as neutral as possible.

Keith Fields mainly works in the field of Comedy Magic. Funny scripts and truly spontaneous gags are his stock in trade. Therefore a lot of his tips concerning hecklers are discussed from that point of view.

The book claims ‘Over 200 Put-downs’ already on its cover and these are undoubtedly funny as ways to hit back at hecklers, if they fit you and your performance style. So if that’s your performing style and persona then this approach then this book is recommended without any hesitation.

Our approach that we discuss in depth in our book is completely different. We explore fundamental and specific causes for heckling, we start our dealing with potential distractions with deliberations on prevention and when we deal with actual reactions to heckling our aim is not in the first instance to be the winner of a fight ... but rather to avoid the fight and to make a potential heckler a cooperation partner in the game. Obviously we provide levels of measures when all this doesn't work. But our basic approach is rather a cooprative one.

Plus the second half of the book provides the wisdom of many brilliant performers (Jon Allen, Banachek, David Berglas, Dr. Bill, Bob Cassidy, Paul Daniels, Jan Forster, Nicolai Friedrich, Paul Harris, Whit Haydn, Axel Hecklau, Christian Knudsen, Dr. Todd Landman, Simon Lovell, Max Maven, Richard Osterlind, Neal Scryer, Florian Severin, Jim Sisti, David Thiel, Paul Vigil, Michael Vincent and Richard Webster).

Hope this helps.
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I've read Keith's book and his whole strategy is non-confrontational.

Patrick Murphy of Chicago told me of the time he took Jay Marshall to a comedy club and the comedian, who was not going well, looked for someone to pick on and chose an 80+ year-old guy sitting in a sea of 20-30 year-olds. Jay Marshall. Jay was one of the wittiest men I've ever met and could come up with a line for anything. That was the biggest mistake of his life and I'm sure he still has nightmares about it.
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Thank you for the great details my friends!
Hecklers are part of our crowd and as a working magician in a comedy club my approach on the subject would be the avoid conflicts in a comic way. Both books look interesting thought!
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For a different take on how to handle hecklers, Jamie Grant has a little nugget in his latest book, "The Approach". you'd be surprised at how he handles hecklers and what it got him in the end (something good, I promise haha)
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