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 Post subject: Bad Experience Turned into a Good One the Same Night
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:02 pm 

Joined: 05 Jul 2011
Posts: 56
A friend of my family had a baby shower last night here in sunny SoCal (apparently not so sunny yesterday) and my buddy pulls me over to do some tricks for some of his friends sitting with him. I had performed for him before and blew him away so he was raving about my tricks to them

So I pull a chair and gather them in a circle and perform Oz Pearlman's ACR routine. They thoroughly enjoyed it! I tell them I'm going to show them another one and proceed to perform Clutch. As I ask his friend to put the chosen card in the middle of the deck, leaving it half way out, he grabs the deck and puts it in for me and mixes it up, claiming I will put a finger in and hold it. I look at him, take my cards and walk away

I kept thinking that I should have responded better by just giving him the deck and telling him to finish the trick since he wants to be the magician, or doing or saying something, anything but walking away. I fear that it made me look weak and diminished my reputation. I think I'm right in taking a stance where I will not perform for anybody who doesn't want to be entertained

So when strolling around, I was asked to perform another trick and I refused. I told him that he ruined my presentation and I'm not up for doing any more tricks for him. I REALLY wanted to do more tricks but I'd be doing HIM a favor. It's too bad because I can tell that the others in the group wanted to see some good tricks


Two hours later, while lounging around, I get called over by a group that saw me perform. They were on the other side and were curious about what I was doing. I decided to twin card routine using a short card principle and they were blown away. The best part of the routine was luck though! Right when I was about to reveal a pair after shuffling the deck, I snapped my finger over the deck, but coincidentally lightning flashed brightly in the same instant. It was GREAT timing since it appeared staged. They were all burning the deck and simply saw a flash is if it had more to do with my fingers snapping than the weather!

That firs routine really set a positive mood for me, because up until then, I was still fuming about that heckler. I went on to perform for another 20 - 30 minutes and gathered a big crowd. It was fun for all of us and it ended as a good night what started to be a bad one

Lesson learned!


Now, I really want opinions here. I didn't just want to rant about that guy, but its rather obvious to me that I'm afraid to deal with hecklers. I simply don't know of good ways to deal with them without being confrontational. If I go about this the comedy way, I think people like him would catch that I'm deflecting, but I really want to embarrass them in front of the crowd so that I don't have to worry about finishing my trick without having them throw wrenches in my gears

I've been thinking about moving on and becoming a paid magician, performing at parties, whatever for a set price. Dealing with hecklers is one the things I need to learn to deal with, which is why I'm giving this a lot of thought. Normally, I perform or free for family, friends, friends of friends, and I thoroughly enjoy it. I feel alive when making them smile after seeing something incredible

What would anyone have done differently in a situation like this? Am I right in standing my ground by NOT performing for hecklers?

Also, if there any magicians in the SoCal are that is willing to me under their wing, by giving me the privilege of being a helping hand during shows (or simply a spectator with insight), that would be GREAT. I am not looking for compensation if I help, I want to do this for free. I'm just looking to learn anything to help me become a paid professional. School books are getting expensive and this step towards earning income as a magician feels so natural

 Post subject: Re: Bad Experience Turned into a Good One the Same Night
PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:52 am 

Joined: 30 Nov 2010
Posts: 2
Everyone deals with situations differently and the more ideas you aquire the better off you will be with all of your magic. In the instace that you described, I would have Dropped the deck of cards, making it look like an accident of course and possibly made a comment like Gee, what did you do to these cards? Gathered them back up and tried the same trick but only with another person and not use the Heckler. Unfortunately you get someone that heard about a certain trick that you perform and they go out of their way to try to mess it up. I don't like to give them the satisfaction of knowing that they ruined the trick. Another option, maybe drop the cards, pick them up and simply move into another card trick or coin trick, then back to the same effect that the heckler messed up.
I love the Superman coin bend and evryone at work has heard that I can bend Quarters and sometimes I get caught off guard and without my gimmick, but I still try to bend the quarter they just forced on me. I try real hard and make it real elaberate and seem to put in a lot of effort, I know I can't bend the Quarter But they don't. I'd look at the quater after and say sometimes I have trouble bending old (or) newer quarters, and say I usually can bend them, but not always.

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