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kasper
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Has anyone here have this happen? Your out and about and people expect you to perform all the time? Granted I take it as a compliment.

People just won't let up! I don't mind doin a few requests but GEEZ. You show somebody something and they won't let you alone ALL NIGHT LONG. I guess it comes with the territory being in this hobby. Has this generation become rude? This whole I want it and I want it now attitude that goes on nowadays. If you don't perform on demand they get really really angry. What has happened out there? WOW!
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Always remain in power just remember your not a tool you an artist. If someone asks me to perform especially if it's a female spectator, I say "ok I'll show you a trick but first I want you to make your favorite animal noise to the best of your abilities". Try it out 50% of the time they wont do it and if the do we it's always gets a great laugh from people. It also demonstrates you're in control.
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I agree Bondy.

I wrote this post cause its got to be a big problem out there. Not just about just performing on request. Ive noticed this demanding attitude with people in general. Ive seen folks do it to others. You don't know how many times Ive seen resently someone say to someone "Nobody says NO to me." Is it this "bullying" trend they talk about in schools nowadays? When we were kids we just knocked your block off. I came from a small town. It was common to stand up for yourself or you didn't get repect. I know that's not the best answer but it worked. You told a guy to back off: well if he didn't you knocked him down: Case closed. As an adult its different.

Back to fierce requests: I laughed one day and said "What! Should I walk around and give everyone a back massage"? They got the point.
I use that line to this day. It works.


Not everyone acts like this out there. Im just talkin about the ones that get WAY over top. But Ive seen a lot more of it out there.
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I used to limit requests by simply saying,"That's all I have." after an effect or 2.
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It's common to get a request for a trick once they find out what you do. So, there are really only a few options.

1) be a jerk and refuse (a career-limiting decision)
2) don't tell them you are a magician in the first place
3) ALWAYS be prepared.

I always have either a deck of cards, or some other close-up improptu effect ready. It's a great way to try out new material, as well. I see it as a compliment, kind of like a celebrity being asked for an autograph.

Alas, I have also seen celebs act like jerks when asked for autographs, too.

It IS true that you have to control the situation, though...otherwise you will be the featured entertainment...and you won't get paid.
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Two elastic bands, 4 old pennies and a deck of cards Means I have plenty to perform along with what you find laying around. If I know I might have a opportunity to perform I will take a good opener and strong closer and the middle will be something I need to try out on a real audience.
I feel that as we say were magicians people do expect us to perform. I also think we should always be practicing on real people when we get a chance. But do stay in control as this is part of being a performer. After a few tricks I always say this is my last trick and at the end say that’s it from me for now.
Enjoy your magic,

and let others enjoy it as well!
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Never allow yourself to be bullied. What else can I say? If they want your respect, then they need to show you the same. It's that simple. I have read other threads on this topic, and some say they DON'T perform upon request, unless they get payed. I suppose that's their right. They say it cheapens what they do. We are not a fat man with an organ grinder and a little monkey that does tricks when someone puts in a penny or less. If we wish to maintain the dignity of our profession (I know that with today's Youtube, Masked Magician, and Cris Angel camera tricks attitude, some may question that.) But if we wish to maintain whatever threads of dignity the magic profession has left, then we need to view it that way in our own minds.

Now on the other hand, there is also the fact that we should also be generous with our talent to an extent. Being a butt hole is not going to bring anything positive to the magic profession, either. I think we just need to find the point where we can strike a healthy balance between too little and too much. That has to be a different point for each of us. If we perform for free past the point of comfort, then we have definitely crossed the yellow line.
The difficult must become easy, the easy beautiful and the beautiful magical.
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Unless I am with close friends or family, I like when someone ask him to show him a trick, as a close up worker, I always have something with me (usually tricks that I want to get more experience performing)

I have a line, that I say (on some occasions only), when someone say "oh, you are a magician, show me a trick"
I answer: do you always ask people to demonstrate there profession?, what if told you that I'm a porn star?? Smile
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Hey, good line!!!
The difficult must become easy, the easy beautiful and the beautiful magical.
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LOL! I have had celebs tell me that they have been asked for an autograph while they were standing at the urinal.

There are some great comebacks there...just not for this forum.
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Depending on who's asking I'll tell them my mana is depleted :-P
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I face this problem all the time. My colleagues at work know I'm a magician and request me to perform magic sometimes in awkward situations, like when I'm working or under stress. They don't take No for an answer. That's why I've made a set of 10 second tricks I can always do like Ring on Chain, Social Prediction, Digital Force Bag, Stigmata, etc.
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If you saw a Professional singer in a grocery store or restaraunt, would you ask them to belt out a tune right then and there? Or , if you were at a restaraunt and they ask you to preform a trick, just say that your magic uses a lot of pyrotechnics and then say "excuse me, I have to find the fuse box", then walk off.
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Jeff McBride has some strong opinions on subjects such as this...
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"Oh, you are a surgeon! Would you demonstrate an operation for me?"

There is a story of a medical doctor who met a lawyer at a party.
"How do I get people to quit asking me for free medical advice?" he asked.
The attorney relied, "Hand them a card with your business card with office hours. You are a professional."
The next day the doctor received a bill from the attorney.

......

on the flip side, just because you make a "I am not an organ-grinder monkey" type response,
does not mean that later you cannot perform an effect on your terms.

"Throughout the evening several of you have mentioned your favorite magic experience.
With so much interest, I would like to show you all something a bit different ... "
"the more one pretends at magic, the more awe and wonder will be found in real life." Arnold Furst



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Nem
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I used to get this from my own family every time I visited. Anytime I was out with them they wanted me to perform for someone impromptu. I have many impromptu bits without need to carry props, but it was not a good feeling knowing I could not be "off" even around family. I always try to look at it like another chance to showcase and another potential customer for future engagements.
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