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Topic: Terms Or Names for Spectators
Message: Posted by: EZrhythm (Feb 25, 2018 06:24PM)
Are their other terms anyone uses for those who watch our entertainment besides Spectator or Audience? There must be more terms used other than, "Spec".
Target, Mark or Victim are not appealing.
Message: Posted by: funsway (Mar 16, 2018 05:45AM)
In my effect descriptions I use VA - Volunteer Assistant, since they are no longer just onlookers.

I also use Witness or Referee if the VA is performing that function rather than holding objects
Message: Posted by: Julie (Mar 16, 2018 07:09PM)
We like "audience helpers".

Julie & Co.
Message: Posted by: EZrhythm (Apr 4, 2018 03:04PM)
Thank You two for the input.

I've noticed that magicians haven't come up with a 'shop talk' word for assistance and helpers. There is "talking" for when coins or props make a sound and there are numerous names for sleights and subtleties.
Message: Posted by: alan1954 (Apr 14, 2018 07:51AM)
"Minions"
Message: Posted by: Chollet (Apr 30, 2018 10:06PM)
I often refer to them as participants, as this is what I want them to do on many levels: participate. Spectator sounds like a silent observer. However, I use these terms interchangeably amongst fellow magicians.
Message: Posted by: EZrhythm (Apr 30, 2018 10:22PM)
Thank You, Chollet.

So far then, at this point there doesn't seem to be a slang or shop talk type of term to refer to spectators that at least isn't demeaning.

Upon a search, the synonyms for "spectator" showed-
bystander
fan
moviegoer
observer
onlooker
sports fan
theatergoer
viewer
beholder
clapper
eyewitness
kibitzer
looker
looker-on
perceiver
playgoer
seer
standee
watcher
witness
gaper
gazer
showgoer
stander-by

For "audience"-
congregation
crowd
gallery
gathering
market
public
admirers
assemblage
assembly
devotees
fans
following
hearers
house
listeners
moviegoers
onlookers
patrons
playgoers
spectators
theatergoers
turnout
viewers
witnesses
showgoers
Message: Posted by: debjit (Aug 22, 2018 06:00AM)
Participants sounds good.
Message: Posted by: EZrhythm (Aug 23, 2018 03:06AM)
Yes, Participant sounds good but how about a magician's term or non-laymen's term for participants or audience? Example; I have seen the word "turtle" used to refer to a coin shell.
Message: Posted by: Chris K (Jan 22, 2019 12:44PM)
[quote]On Apr 30, 2018, Chollet wrote:
I often refer to them as participants, as this is what I want them to do on many levels: participate. Spectator sounds like a silent observer. However, I use these terms interchangeably amongst fellow magicians. [/quote]

Participant is the phrase I like.