Fair enough, I just wonder how many of the 13 year old kids here could get away with half of what they post as the final word on heckling when they perform. I'm well aware that my only view of the American School system is telly and movies, but I'm fairly sure the magician would run the risk of having to cut the show short and run away if he started throwing out wisecrack comments like the one at the top.
I can get away with a certain amount of cheek because, as you say, of my character. But I'm always careful what I say, and start small. I'll guage it and push my luck a little later on if they're being good to me and working with me. Think Andy Nyman and Derren Brown - I've a slightly sarcastic, dark, dry British sense of humour. Again, I wonder how many 13 year olds have the character to do that (I wonder if any of them even have a character...), and how many of them have the performance skills and experience to guage potential reactions like that.
My worry is that these young magicians, the kind that are performing for crowds quite prone to heckling, in situations where they could lose the audience in the blink of an eye, are coming here and saying the other young magicians, this is THE way to deal with someone saying 'this', when clearly what they've apparently said back is shocking. I imagine I could get away with saying something like "Ok, tell me how I do this one then" if we take the situation at the top, but only because my audience is adult, I am an adult, and my performance style and character fit that phrase. I work hard on my magic and make sure I perform it to crowds I know will appreciate it; as such I don't get many serious 'I know how you did that' remarks. Usually I get things like 'I've no idea how you did that' or 'How on earth did you...never mind, you won't tell me anyway'. Part of this is I don't present everything I do as magic, I try to get the audience questioning how real everything is on my stage. I create an atmosphere of entertaining scepticism, a questioning disposition in my spectators, and I never say whether what I'm doing is magic or something else. Anyway, the point is that if I get a heckler, like I did at my last show, I gave him his 15 seconds (he was drunk as a skunk dear fella), asked him politely to step off stage as I was picking someone from the back and at the end he started playing his guitar (don't ask) singing a song. I had my final line all set up and instead of using it, I altered it to bring him into my performance again and got a musical send off from stage. I didn't just shoot him down, it wouldn't have been the right thing to do. And I worry that given the bevvy of topics that are about simply being an arse to hecklers and making them angry, our younger magicians here won't appreciate the potential of making him the star of the show for a tiny bit, making him realise that it's not his audience it's yours, and quietening down. Not all hecklers need a harsh gag, or a stern talking to.
Anyway, that's my thoughts on the whole matter. There's so many ways of dealing with hecklers and people who are spoil sports, I imagine making nasty sarcastic comments is one of lesser recommended.