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Steve Friedberg
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So, I'm doing some card work at a benefit today, when a most disagreeable fellow comes up. I go into Daley's Last Trick and he walks away...only to come back as I start to do a Card to Wallet with a kid spectator (my premise was that if he could find his card in three choices from the deck, I'd give him $10...which gave me the cover for bringing out the wallet). He says loudly, "the card's on top of the deck! the card's on top!"

With $10 already riding on it, I say, "sir, I'll bet you $5 it's not." He replies, "I don't have it, but the card's on top! I'll bet you $100!," and starts to walk away again.

I replied, "I'm glad you don't have it, 'cause I think you'd lose," and turn over the top card. He moves on...and the trick continued. The kid didn't get the money, but did get a signed deck to keep as a souvenir, which was my intention all along.

I laughed about it with several folks who saw the whole thing; on balance, I think I handled it pretty well. I played along with him, working him into the patter without dismissing him out of hand. We'll see how the next one goes.
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Steve

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Sounds like you handled this one real smooth!
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Doug:
It does me no good to get into it with him...the crowd is with me, anyway, and I lose them if I try to assert my superiority over him. Besides, last time I checked....magic is supposed to be fun.
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Steve

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Skillfully done...did you find yourself responding spontaneously, or did you stop for a moment and consider your tactics?

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I definitely thought it through for a moment; impromptu reactions invariably get you in trouble.

(Nice name, btw.)
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Steve

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Yeah, ditto.
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I've only ever been heckled once, was in front of a big crowd eating fire and someone yelled that "they'd seen it before" when I repeated a move as a transition to something else..I ignored them and kept going, working to the rest of the crowd and all went fine..Recently someone in an audience figured out a punch line before I got to it, I laughed and told him he stole my joke and it was unfair, I made it all in fun and he and everyone laughed..
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