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Here's something that usually helps. "If you kids don't shut up, I'll tell you what I know about Santa Claus!" Works like a charm.
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That's funny!
"And What Not!!!" paisa23 you know what i mean.
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<<<One more thing. Should I send along with my contract a set of "rules, guidelines, or helpful hints" for the parents to follow? And recap it before the show to the parents and do alittle poem for the kids? >>>

I send out my party timetable and tips page, lots of useful advice and particular warnings about Parents spoiling it by talking and toddlers etc. Do they read it, from what happens at the show no they don't.

You can ask them to ask parents that want to talk instead of watch to move to another room, or to keep wandering toddlers on their laps but on the day the booker is to emaressed to tell them to shut up or contro their kid, hence you have to do it yourself, and often they simply ignore you.

I've lost count of the number of times a booker has said, "Don't worry I'll make sure the parents don't spoil the show" only to find the noisest parent is the booker, and it's the birthday kids toddler sibling wandering into the middle of my show..
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This is how I present my rules...

"Ok, before we begin today's show, I do have a few important rules that I need to go over with you guys... Rule #1 - I need everyone to remain seated where you are during the show. We can't have anyone creeping up to the front because I may feel like doing a little tap dancing at some point and I don't want to step on anyone's fingers or toes. Rule #2 - If I am talking to a volunteer or giving instructions to you guys, everyone should be listening carefully . And the MOST important rule of all, Rule #3, the rule that EVERYONE needs to follow - Rule to have FUN! And what I mean by that is that if you see something up here that you like and thought was pretty cool, I want you laugh and clap and have a good time. And if you see something up here that you DIDN'T particularly like...I want you to laugh and clap and have a good time...cause it makes me feel good <--(said with a sheepish smile) - ALRIGHT, let's get on with the show..."

It's simple, but it's worked well for me so far.
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Raymond -

Here's an older thread for you, packed with great advice: Cafe thread titled... Interruptions.

I forgot to set the rules at a school show yesterday. The audience was so well behaved, they were a little slow to respond (applause). Another benefit of setting the rules is that you teach them the appropriate way you would like them to respond to a live show.

- Donald

P.S. Kyle, are you still using the line "...sitting indian style..." after the conversation on the other thread?
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
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