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Mikael Eriksson
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Is there a difference between when the audience laughs at someone, and when they laugh with someone? I think it is. But can some sensitive people misunderstand the situation, and take offense when the audience laughs with them?

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Hmm... interesting. Well depending on the performer, if it's a type of clutsy performer where everything goes wrong, and the goal is to be laughed at, when they are laughing at you its the reaction you want. When you make a joke in a show, you know its funny, it has worked for you before, people laugh, that's good as well.

When you mess up a trick and people laugh, that's bad. I would say teenagers would laugh directly at you in these situations. Sometimes kids laugh at you but they are kids, so you shouldn't care because the main goal is to entertain them. I tried thinking really hard and the only time I can remember people laughing or mocking me is when they haven't seen a magic trick yet. Like "oh you're a magician, hahaha loser" hahahaha then I blow their minds and they will never see a magician the same way. Is that what you meant?
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I forgot to say the person being laughed with is your temporary helper.



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Hmm... yeah this suddenly becomes a tough one. I have had this happen where you pick a kid out of the audience and as he is coming up they are already laughing at him. You can spot this as soon as you inroduce him to the crowd. When this happens, the best way is to abbandon the trick you are about to do and turn him into a mini star. I get him to "do the magic". I make him "popular" with myself, and the crowd. If this does not work, that means the other kids really have it in for him. So I give him a special gift, (magic wand, piece of rope that will turn into money under pillow, something that will generate attention for him when he goes to sit back down)

On the other hand, a lot of magicians out there will create laughs at their assistant's expense, which is ridiculous to me. You cant make fun of your assistant on stage, especially if they were already "booing" him before he even came up. So if this is the case, you can't ask yourself why they are laughing at him, an innocent joke becomes deadly when the people already dislike the child.

When I get a child like that, when he goes to sit back down I make sure the crowd gives him a huge round of applause, this is my goal, I don't care about my applause I care about that kid's applause who you just made into a mini star. Hope it helps.
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Personally I find that with experience you can learn to pick spectators who wont let this happen to them, by joining in the laughter. Normally they are the ones that get really involved in the show
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