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rannie
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Don Alan would pause a bit, greet the noisy person or group, saying something like "how are you", then transfers his attention to the attentive ones. Don was absolutely brilliant.

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Have you found a good line yet James its been over 6months! If you have what have you used and has it worked?
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Public talking in situations that warrant silence has been increasing in all sorts of situations: at the movies, during public speeches, street performances, graduation ceremonies, concerts and others.

The cause? Television, I think. People used to be enculturated (i.e. trained) to function as an audience. Now, most entertainment takes place in one's own living room, in front of a loud box that couldn't care less, and where going in and out of the room, making remarks, holding phone conversations, chatting, and so on, are all acceptable behaviors.

I have seen a few, too few, performers and speakers (or the people introducing them) begin with a very brief reminder to the audience that they are an audience, with all of the mutual obligations to each other and to the performers that that entails--it can be empowering if done well.

Once, in a Broadway theater, I saw an actor pause in mid-line, turn to two indescribably rude adolescents in the front row, and say, "If that talking does not stop immediately, the curtain will be brought down, and you can explain to the other eight hundred people in this room why your conversation is more important than they are. Do you understand?" He then went back into character and picked up in the middle of the line where he had left off," as the crowd, feeling a marvelous sort of catharsis, thundered its approval. It was a great moment.
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I don't come to your bedroom when you're performing and talk right in the middle of it.

hahaha rofl I like this line
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On 2004-07-07 09:16, Avrakdavra wrote:
Public talking... The cause? Television, I think. People used to be enculturated (i.e. trained) to function as an audience. Now, most entertainment takes place in one's own living room, in front of a loud box that couldn't care less, and where going in and out of the room, making remarks, holding phone conversations, chatting, and so on, are all acceptable behaviors.
I have seen a few, too few, performers and speakers (or the people introducing them) begin with a very brief reminder to the audience that they are an audience, with all of the mutual obligations to each other and to the performers that that entails--it can be empowering if done well...

Thanks for pointing out this theory.
Taking it to heart, I have been mentioning the difference between television and a live performance to groups I am about to lead through our haunted attraction (Phobia House) the past two weekends. I believe it strikes a positive chord; I seem to spend a bit less time reminding them "It is MY turn to talk!" than in previous years.
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I remember my first beer...
Do I come down to McDonalds and bother you while your working?
That's what you get in the cheap seats

I wouldn't use them but they are heckler lines.
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I agree that it if your audience is talking to one another continuely then your probably not doing the best show.

The real problems comes when its NOT your audience. Like at kid's parties and the parents chat at the back or one the street or when waiters talk at a corporate venue when you have a big show!
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If you are working in a theatrical setup, dim the lights. That usually will silence the talkers.

However, when it doesn't work. there are other things you can do. The late Larry Valentine had a bit that worked well. I don't think you could get away with it these days. He would bring out one of those pistols with the "Bang" flag in it and say, "Everyone, please pay attention. Cover your ears. This is going to be loud." Then he would fire the "bang" pistol, wait one beat, and fire the 8mm blank pistol he had in his other hand. It would administer laxative fright to the ones who weren't paying attention.
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