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Dealing with Hecklers: Reflections by Jono Blythe

As a magician, it's not uncommon to face hecklers in the audience during a performance. Whether it's a large stage show or a close-up magic performance, there always seems to be someone who wants to disrupt the flow of the show with their comments and interruptions. While it's a challenge to deal with, it's also a part of the job that must be handled with grace and professionalism.


One night, while I was performing a close-up magic show, I encountered a heckler who seemed to call out every minute or two. Despite my best efforts to diffuse the situation, he continued to disrupt the flow of the show. After the show, we ended up speaking, and he made a statement that left me feeling puzzled. He said, "Well, you have to really, don't you?" I was left wondering what he meant by this and whether it was a positive or negative comment about my handling of the situation.


As I reflect on this experience, I can't help but think about the role of hecklers in a magic show. On one hand, they can be seen as a nuisance and an annoyance, disrupting the flow of the show and ruining the experience for other audience members. On the other hand, some people might see them as a way to add an element of excitement and unpredictability to the performance.


Regardless of their motives, it's important for magicians to be prepared to handle hecklers in a professional manner. This means being able to diffuse the situation with humour, grace, and quick thinking. It also means being able to remain calm and composed, even when faced with a particularly challenging heckler.


In my experience, the key to dealing with hecklers is to not take their comments personally. Instead, use their interruptions as an opportunity to showcase your skills as a magician and entertainer. By responding with humour, you can turn a negative situation into a positive one, and even win over the heckler in the process.


In conclusion, while heckling can be a frustrating aspect of performing magic, it's also an opportunity to showcase your skills and demonstrate your professionalism. So the next time you encounter a heckler in the audience, remember to remain calm, respond with humour, and turn the situation into a positive experience for everyone involved.



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