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Not that I'm anywhere near ready to perform in public, but, if and when I am; if I was to get the "I know how to do it", I think I would respond with something like "oh? great I needed the loo anyway, you do this one for me, thanks".
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A lot of it has to do with attitude and how you say what you say. If you seem ruder than they do, it won't work. The key is to get the audience on your side, and they'll shut the problem people down for you.

Don Alan used to simply freeze in place, and only started moving again when they stopped talking.

And some people are so rude (or oblivious) they'll actually try to do a trick if you offer them the chance, and it messes up the flow of the performance. Awfully.

Different things work for different people; I've found that freezing in place can either stop a heckler, or make the show into a game of "red light, green light", but as long as I'm able to have fun with it, I don't get upset, and by the time we're done, we're all friends.

One thing I would never do is hand the props to an audience member who claims to know how to do the trick. I've had more than one nice, new deck of cards ruined in that fashion.

Also, if it's a kid doing the interrupting, just ignore it and the grownups will deal with it. If nobody does, roll with it and use them in the act. Get some entertainment value out of it, but don't let it get to you, that's unprofessional. Never be mean to a child. Ever. Everyone will hate you for it. And I'll not want to be your friend, either.

A line I've heard before is, "I got here first, get your own show!" This was Jim Cellini. Again, it depends on who's saying it, and how.

In recent years, nobody's really heckled me. I get one now and then who thinks he's proving how smart he is by whispering how he thinks it works into his girlfriend's ear while I'm doing everything, but they usually stop when I look meaningfully at them with sad puppy-dog eyes, and then shift gears.

If you work your performance and routining correctly, they can't bust you anyway, even if they're burning your hands. Still, that's my least favorite form of spectator. Sometimes I just stop and tell them it's not television, and that I can see them, too. Getting everyone to laugh at them when they think they're being sneaky might make them leave, but if they're not really with me anyway, then, pardon the vernacular, but they can go and get stuffed, anyway.

I'm not there so they can denigrate what I do and claim to know things they have no comprehension of, I'm there to entertain my crowd and get the money. Guys like that have no intention of putting anything in the hat, anyway, so meh. I don't need them in my audience if they're not really with me.
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