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Doughlas
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You ever one of those times when the spectator just doesn't want to reveal what they are thinking of? I had one recently, she was too embarrassed to tell the audience the word. This is how I got through it. Worked so well I'm actually going to make it a permanent part of the show done this way. http://youtu.be/0ng1zUvgl4E?list=UU3JaSxTo9yutXPEggmz6M4Q
Tom Jorgenson
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Nice!
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Anton4
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I couldn't quite read it...what was the word she was embarrassed by?
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You handled this brilliantly. Charming work.

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Doughlas
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Hi Anton,
She was thinking of the word - underwear.
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I like your work a lot Doughlas - very nice to watch.
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Handled well, and enjoyable to watch....

(Underwear....I don't BLAME the poor woman...haha)

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Gordon the discombobulator
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I ask her to write down her word and we both do a reveal to show it is the same word.
The line I like to use, and it would have worked so well in your situation is:

If you show me yours then I will show you mine - and I have not said that to a girl since I was 8 years old !
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That's terrific. You actually got two great moments from the reveal. Her reaction was so strong and the audience was totally focused on her at that moment, then the natural curiosity of audience wondering what the word actually was. Really nice.
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Well done sir!!!
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On Aug 15, 2014, Gordon the discombobulator wrote:
I ask her to write down her word and we both do a reveal to show it is the same word.
The line I like to use, and it would have worked so well in your situation is:

If you show me yours then I will show you mine - and I have not said that to a girl since I was 8 years old !



Yes. And it was a great line over 35 years ago when I first wrote it as part of my script for the drawing duplication segment of 4DT.Smile
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Oh no, I didn't know that. You will want a royalty fee every time someone uses that line today !
As someone once said, hopefully in jest, yours is the best material I have ever copied.

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That was a nice way to handle it. Her shriek got a good reaction. I do a couple of effects where it's vital the participant announces what their choice is because, well, I need to know it (I'll say no more). In this kind of situation, it's imperative they hurry up and say it, otherwise the fact that I need to hear it before the reveal becomes more and obvious. So I throw in a couple of subtleties to make them announce it without any delay or anxiety. They are:

- I let them know that they will be announcing it well before the moment I say "Tell everyone what you're thinking of". For example, I might say "You can change your mind as many times as you like, but once you've said it out loud there's no going back, ok?" If they say yes, they've in a way agreed that they are going to say it out loud.

- If they hesitate when I ask them to say what they're thinking of, I very quickly and with some notable urgency say, "It's okay, you can say it!" This seems to put their mind at rest. I've given them permission to say it, and sometimes that's all they need.

- If they are still being awkward, I say "This is your big moment. Tell everyone!" Targeting their ego somewhat, to make them feel like if they don't say it, they might lose their chance to have their moment.

There are dozens of these subtle things, but - as I'm sure most performers here know - the best thing is to just 'assume the sale' with your body language and energy. If you put no heat on the moment, they will blindly do as you ask. In the same way they joined you on stage, wrote something down, tore it off and hid it and so on.
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Colin McLeod, who currently performs under the name Colin Cloud, has devised a wonderful way to ensure that this problem NEVER arises. I have seen Colin performing for lay audiences and his scripting and presentation guarantee awkward moments like this simply cannot arise. I can't say more because this is Colin's wisdom to impart, not mine. Anyone interested should either contant Colin or study his published work (including his book and his Penguin lecture).
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Handled quite well
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Sweet! That was nicely done!
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