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Topic: Interesting experience to share
Message: Posted by: MagicMatt629 (Jun 30, 2013 10:30AM)
I was out working my normal pitch yesterday, and ended with a signed bill to lemon. Nothing unusual there. Just before I cut open the lemon I hand the knife to a spectator to ensure it is real. I usually make a joke regarding the specstor working for a government agency and being disgruntled. Whatever agency happens to bein the news that week - EASY material! I've used TSA, GSA, IRS, postal service, etc etc. Yesterday I used the postal service. I finished the trick and concluded with the hat line. Afterwards a lady came up to me and said in a somewhat snotty tone, "I don't appreciate you picking on the postal service. I work for them and we are trying to change our reputation. It's people like you that aren't helping. I would appreciate it if you don't use that line again. It isn't respectful it but good show." I said, "miss I'm sorry and I make fun of everyone equally as you saw during the show. But thanks for watching and enjoying." She walked away. But hey, at least she liked the show! I don't have a crude or rude character during my show and just wanted to be polite afterwards. Should I or could I have handled this differently?

What typed of experiences like this have other people had and how have you delt with them? Gotta love people!! :)
Message: Posted by: PaulSharke (Jun 30, 2013 01:20PM)
Have you considered taking her request to heart?
Message: Posted by: Paddy (Jun 30, 2013 05:42PM)
You did the right thing. she was just proving your point about the post office
Message: Posted by: Matthew Crabtree (Jun 30, 2013 05:57PM)
I had something like this happen in a bar show. While in the middle of my act, I made a joke about seeing the pictures. Silence. Everyone had this look on their face. Turns out the guy who I was I had up to do the trick had some photos of him in a not so positive light. It was the first time that line ever came back to bite me.
Message: Posted by: MagicMatt629 (Jun 30, 2013 06:01PM)
@Pasdy: that's exactly what thought!

@PaulSharke: No, I didn't take her request to heart because I don't want to change my show for every random person I offend. Yes, maybe I missed out on a few extra dollars, but it's my show I've always done that is successful.

Great story Matthew. I assume you still use the line?
Message: Posted by: Matthew Crabtree (Jun 30, 2013 07:32PM)
Still use it from time to time. It was the "I have seen the photos of you in the women's clothing." as a set up for the bra coming out when I pull the rope through them. It is something that I only do in the bars and only for a mostly male group. First time I ever got that reaction.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jun 30, 2013 08:01PM)
Hey that's my bit? :) Just don't worry about it. When you interact with an audience at some point someone is going to be offended.....its how it goes....AND that's A LAME LINE and no one should be offended by it...

good luck with your show :)
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Jul 2, 2013 04:19AM)
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On 2013-06-30 18:42, Paddy wrote:
You did the right thing. she was just proving your point about the post office
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No, if she was going to prove his point, she's have flown into a rage and attacked him!
Message: Posted by: KendallScot (Jul 2, 2013 10:43AM)
Work it into your act! Still say the same line but add, "...But wait, I hear they are working on that now" or something along those lines...

I had a very nice lady watch my table magic once in Florida. It turns out she was a devout Southern "Something" Christian and was extremely offended by my magic and proceeded to follow me around screaming gospel and trying to perform an impromptu exorcism in the bar. I just took a break (and laughed my butt off) until she calmed down and then I went right back to business as usual.

You never know who is watching your show or who will be offended by whatever you do. So, don't worry, keep doing your show your way!
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jul 4, 2013 10:50AM)
Don't change anything....the line is fine. Ive used it 20,000 times....REALLY!
Theres going to be someone offended no matter what you do. It's the streets, if they don't like it they can walk.
Its rediculous to beleive that someone could really be offfended by such a lame ass line.

And that line is in a specific part of MY show and its important to the switch.... don't worry about it.....did she give you money? MOVE ON...
Message: Posted by: JoeJoe (Jul 4, 2013 01:57PM)
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On 2013-06-30 11:30, MagicMatt629 wrote:
Afterwards a lady came up to me and said in a somewhat snotty tone, "I don't appreciate you picking on the postal service. I work for them and we are trying to change our reputation. It's people like you that aren't helping. I would appreciate it if you don't use that line again. It isn't respectful it but good show." I said, "miss I'm sorry and I make fun of everyone equally as you saw during the show. But thanks for watching and enjoying."
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Physiologically speaking, she knows the joke is funny because it is true ... otherwise, she wouldn't feel the need to defend the post office.

She is also way off base thinking that you doing a magic show is somehow damaging the reputation of the post office - the post office is the entity doing that.

What she basically wants to do is just sweep the problems under the rug and act like they don't exist. I would have told her "no".

-JoeJoe
Message: Posted by: The Great Zoobini (Jul 4, 2013 06:24PM)
I think I would have told her "naaaaaah", too, but with great relish.
Message: Posted by: Gary T. (Jul 4, 2013 11:37PM)
If it offends somebody, it's guaranteed to be funny. how many post office workers do you think watch your show? now how many people do you think watch your show that have been angry at the post office once or twice? keep the bit.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jul 6, 2013 08:58AM)
You could use this one

Is your name Bobbitt? No well take the knife......or was it sissors? going back to the loraine bobbitt situation.....I used to use that but people forgot about that event....

Post office still works.....
Message: Posted by: Gary T. (Jul 6, 2013 03:23PM)
People must have forgot about that event because I have no idea what you're referring to lol
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jul 6, 2013 05:01PM)
Loraina bobit...she cut off her cheating husband thing/e and threw it out the car window....
Message: Posted by: LeoH (Jul 6, 2013 10:22PM)
Somebody is going to be offended, such is comedy. Keep the line.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jul 6, 2013 10:43PM)
Its my line....:) can I use it too?
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Jul 6, 2013 10:51PM)
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On 2013-06-30 11:30, MagicMatt629 wrote:
I was out working my normal pitch yesterday, and ended with a signed bill to lemon. Nothing unusual there. Just before I cut open the lemon I hand the knife to a spectator to ensure it is real. I usually make a joke regarding the specstor working for a government agency and being disgruntled. Whatever agency happens to bein the news that week - EASY material! I've used TSA, GSA, IRS, postal service, etc etc. Yesterday I used the postal service. I finished the trick and concluded with the hat line. Afterwards a lady came up to me and said in a somewhat snotty tone, "I don't appreciate you picking on the postal service. I work for them and we are trying to change our reputation. It's people like you that aren't helping. I would appreciate it if you don't use that line again. It isn't respectful it but good show." I said, "miss I'm sorry and I make fun of everyone equally as you saw during the show. But thanks for watching and enjoying." She walked away. But hey, at least she liked the show! I don't have a crude or rude character during my show and just wanted to be polite afterwards. Should I or could I have handled this differently?

What typed of experiences like this have other people had and how have you delt with them? Gotta love people!! :)
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ZERO to worry about. The world is FILLED with these IDIOTS! They have ZERO control in their lives and this is how they get to have some. Say something about Detroit or any City and they use the same stupid complaint. BOO HOO!

Too bad this isn't a situation where she passes your show each day and you can hurl insults at her and the P.O.
Message: Posted by: MagicMatt629 (Jul 13, 2013 09:14AM)
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On 2013-07-04 11:50, Kozmo wrote:
Don't change anything....the line is fine. Ive used it 20,000 times....REALLY!
Theres going to be someone offended no matter what you do. It's the streets, if they don't like it they can walk.
Its rediculous to beleive that someone could really be offfended by such a lame ass line.

And that line is in a specific part of MY show and its important to the switch.... don't worry about it.....did she give you money? MOVE ON...
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Actually Kozmo, you asked the right question! YES she did give me money!! It was only a buck or two but money nonetheless. I left this out of the original post to see what people would say. All my inclinations were confirmed. Definitely keeping the line. Especially since she b****** me out and still payed. I am sure it will happen again and with plenty other lines. OH WELL. Thanks all for the comments and advice.
Message: Posted by: KC Cameron (Mar 20, 2014 02:36AM)
I do the arm twist, and end it with "I have a good chiropractor". One time it got more than the usual laughs. It turns out my volunteer was a chiropractor . . . and a good sport. He laughed too. Now I retell that in my show. I am waiting to do it for a chiropractor convention!

Anyway, as long as you say it as a joke w/o animus, I wouldn't worry. If you get similar complaints in later shows then maybe you should think about modifying it or the delivery. I like making fun of dads in my show, and the inevitable police officer that stops by if I am busking. But more than anyone else, I make fun of myself. This is a key of getting away with lots of things. it is hard to be angry with someone who bills himself as "Short, fat, bald, and incredibly handsome!"