Ok, so today I performed at one of the resturants I perform at on kids nights. I performed for 30-40 families and didnt have a problem with most of them. In fact, I got great responces from all but one of them. there was one family that was all hecklers. Touching my stuff, pointing out the secrets.
Is this uncommon? I have about 1 family or person that heckles me everytime or everyother time im there. and they're different people
How do you deal with this? Do you just walk away? How do you walk away with dignity? Do I say something? Do I put them in their place? if so, how?
This is the most embarressing thing I deal with in this profession...
Jeffrey, If these are regular gigs, then I might suggest introducing yourself as the Magician...Magical entertainment or something similar. Then, I would perform an ice breaker effect. It should be something simple. That way you could test people's reactions. If your getting heckled after this first effect...excuse yourself from the table and carry on to the next one. Maybe apologize by saying something like: "Oh, I see you would rather have your meal...next time you come in...let me know if you'd like to see some Magic". Thank them and then go to another table. If the other table is reacting better, wow them with your best stuff. The diners at the previous table are sure to see the excitement you are creating and may wish they had not been so rude. Whatever you do...do not go back to that hostile table, even if they ask. Never be rude yourself, otherwise you will not be working at that restaurant for very long.
Best Magical Regards,
Thank you so much mark, youve been a big help. What "ice breaker magic" would you reccomend?
Jeffrey, You could start off with something silly like the arm twist illusion. Ask the people at the table to put their arms out-stretched like they are opening an elevator. Have them take their right hand and cross it over the top of their left. At this point, their palms should be facing towards each other. Now have them interlock their fingers together. Then have them twist their arms so that they become straightened out. As you might imagine, it will be impossible for them to do so. Yet, you being the Magician will be able to straighten your arms out without a problem. Why? Because you know the secret. David Copperfield used this little illusion with his entire audience, on one of his television specials. I know that you can learn the secret from the book "Magic For Dummies". You can see Copperfield performing the illusion here:
Other Ice Breakers might include:
Save your best stuff for people who are reacting positively. Only perform 3-4 effects total and then move on. You will want to save your material, for a possible revisit by returning customers. Do not linger at the table and by all means when the food arrives...stop immediately and let the folks eat.
Best Magical Regards,