^^^ to the above poster:
I actually did...
how does it affect what I said?
Obviously,you wouldnt walk away but I have said "ok, ill wait until he finishes talking.." and then he shuts up or the audience tells him to be.
Dont be thick.
We are talking about SPECIFICALLY this situation. Not all others.
And professionally,if your performing like this. For free and just for the heck of it.
Yeah, you can walk away or pretend that you will.
Now that would work quite nicely I guess. But the discussion sort of expanded. Anyhoo, haven't you met the kind of heckler who heckles in bits.
You perform a bit. "thats a double". you perform a bit "he forced that". "are you done talking?" "yea.. yea.. sure" you perform a bit "that was a false shuffle"
I'm actually quite sure every single suggestion in this thread would work. It would just depend on your style... Some may not be as... ethically or socially smart, but any of them would work in shutting up your heckler. As for professionalism, I don't think any of us have enough experience and knowledge to classify what is professional. Artists and those others need to comment on these threads more... I'm pretty sure they read it, but just dont comment as they know their view does not agree with everyone else.
When I'm not half asleep and procrastinating an Accounting assessment For now, the realisation and point that one should always sort through and assess for themselves the validity of any answers they may receive to questions on internet forums, should keep the dedicated busy.
Intrigueing post P (i do not have the botheringness to type your name) I will read your essay later on when I find more time. perhaps tonight.
I agree with mostly what you have said, but what states that a magicians job is to "entertain everyone"? I understand what that may be so, but dont a lot of magicians perform based on different philosophies and goals?
Though I see where the "entertain everyone" applies, I follow "entertain everyone who is willing and allowing to be entertained". A magician comes to people to entertain them through performing magic. Everyone who wants to watch some good magic and have a good time should be in the "range" of the magician, anyone else who wants to be entertained in a different way should not.
For example youre at a party and half the people want to see some magic while the other half want to watch a movie. I dont find it necessary to take it as your job to entertain the movie half...
A heckler does not want to be entertained by watching you perform, they want to be entertained by ridiculing your performance, which is quite different.
I don't get why a lot of people differentiate magic with other entertainment based hobbies. I see the difference in style and flexibility and all, but its all the same. Comedians try to "entertain everyone" but they dont. Some people find their material offensive but they still continue cause when they do entertain the people who watch, they do a great job of it. Musicians try to make music everyone enjoys, but thats quite impossible so they only perform for those who want to listen.
Although I'm not saying that "entertaining everyone" wouldn't be awesome, I find that its more or less a holy grail. All magicians want it, but will never find it. That's why we have to make do with what we have and try to entertain as much people as possible.
What I want to know is whether or not the other audience enjoy what the heckler is doing, or do they only find it annoying. If you try to entertain the heckler, it may result in the disatisfaction of the rest of the audience. Now I pitch a hypothetical: What if the heckler heckles and everyone else finds it hilarious? what do you do then? do you continue "entertaining everyone" or do you stop?
I have many Asians in my grade, and Koreans and Chinese are especially hard to please / deceive.