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vincentmusician
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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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I get a feeling that the person who said the audience is always right means to not blame everything on the audience. I am not. I am just saying that sometimes the kids are just plain rude and usually when I meet the parents, I can tell what the kids will be like. However, I have noticed that the better my Show is and the more experience I have the less problems I seem to have. If you do enough Shows you are going to get a Bad one every now and again. I try to learn from every show I do. As far as the topic at hand. I do some of my Adult Show and Magic I have had success with. Experience will tell you what works with older kids. Cheers!
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As for a bad audience, I have found that (generally) the wealthier the kids, the more unruly they are. With experience and imagination, you can overcome anything. JFYI I have done many thousands of shows.
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On Apr 4, 2022, KC Cameron wrote:
As for a bad audience, I have found that (generally) the wealthier the kids, the more unruly they are. With experience and imagination, you can overcome anything. JFYI I have done many thousands of shows.


I couldn't agree with you more KC. Having done a few gigs several years ago in a nearby affluent city in my state, I found this to be very true with the 13 to 16 year olds. I learned fast that by adding more "sucker" tricks and mentalism to my act, I could usually win them over. Not too many months ago, a fellow magician from our club and I were talking about this same issue and he too had to agree with this premise.
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Yes, it is interesting and sad.
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