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Hello Lucky:
I stand by my comment. Saying there is no such thing as a bad audience is like saying there is no such thing as a rude kid who is not interested in your Magic Show and just wants to Heckle you. Just because you have not run into them, does not mean they do not exist. Maybe it is because of where I am located and the kids I perform for. However, as I gain more experience, I have learned to read the audience and am now able to adjust my Show on the spot and change it based on their behaviour and reactions. I have also found that as My Show improves, I have less problems with my audiences. That's my story and I am sticking to it. It is okay to have different opinions. Cheers!
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I think everyone agrees with all aspects of your opinion.
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If youra'e Ethel Murman, there is no such thing as a bad audience.
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Oh there are definately bad kids audiences, that includes parents. Having said that, there are some things that help to prevent problems. Try not to mis-match the material and style of presentation with your audience, I've made that mistake. Try to get as much info as possible from the client in advance and tell them your concerns and what you need/require, etc. Don't take gigs that seem like a pain or seem like they might not be right for what you do. Of course, sometimes they tell you one thing and then when you get there it's completely different. I had an awful gig a few years ago (I still have PTSD from it!), and I consider the problem a combination of me not getting the right info in advance and not preparing the right stuff and not telling the client what I need, etc and the group having several stuck up rich kid show-off alpha-male wannabees, and the client and adults were AWOL. I could go into more detail, but I don't want to relive the horror!
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