As magicians do we seek to practice deception? Do we look to deceive our spectators? Do we approach our audiences with the thought of tricking them into believing something that is not true? Often magicians come across spectators that feel challenged. They feel as though they are being out witted. This results in responses from the audience that can range from flat and unresponsive to confrontational.
This type of response can be changed by establishing a rapport at the outset of a routine. Show spectators, through body language and opening comments, that they are going to be entertained, not “Tricked” or “Deceived”. Be open, genuine and inviting when stepping on stage or up to a table. Don’t establish a rapport with magic, establish it with personality, and then entertain them with magic.
This approach will relax the audience. They will put their guard down and look to be entertained. Spectators will naturally be more engaging resulting in the willing suspension of their disbelief. Your spectators will experience an enjoyable time in your company and you will be remembered as an entertainer, resulting in more engagements for you.