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Magician, Jono Blythe: Navigating Challenging Performances

As a magician, we all have had our fair share of challenging performances. But what do we do when faced with a situation where our audience seems disinterested and we're feeling invisible? This is exactly what happened to me a couple of months ago when I was booked to perform at a military base Christmas party. The evening was going well until the world cup football match started playing on a huge TV at the front of the room, and everybody was completely absorbed in it.


The whole night, I was trying my best to captivate the audience, but I felt like I was competing with the football match for their attention. At one point, a woman flat out asked me to make myself disappear. It was a humbling and embarrassing experience, but it also left me wondering what the right thing to do in such a situation would be.


So, what should a performer do in this type of situation? Should we just keep trying to do our job and hope for the best, or is it appropriate to say something to the booker? This is a tough question to answer, as every situation is different, but I believe it's essential to be professional and communicate effectively.


In this particular case, I believe that speaking to the booker would have been the right course of action. After all, I was booked to perform at a specific time and had a contractual agreement to do so. If the audience was distracted and not fully engaged, I could have politely asked if the football match could be turned off while I was performing. This would have shown that I was taking my performance seriously and that I valued my audience's attention.


In the end, I chose to keep trying to do my job and make the best of the situation. While it wasn't my most successful performance, it taught me the importance of being assertive and communicating effectively in challenging circumstances. It also taught me the value of being able to laugh at ourselves and turn a difficult situation into a learning opportunity.


In conclusion, as magicians, we will undoubtedly face challenging performances, but it's crucial to be professional and communicate effectively. Whether it's by speaking to the booker or finding ways to engage the audience, the right thing to do will vary depending on the situation. Just remember to always keep a positive attitude and turn a difficult performance into a learning opportunity.


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