This week, I’ve decided to write about the people who just aren’t interested. I guess they are not really an audience type since they never become part of the audience, but these are the people who don’t want to have anything to do with a magic performance.
There are plenty of reasons people choose not to get involved with the performance. A big one out on the street is that people have their own stuff to do and don’t have time to stop and enjoy a show. Another reason seems to be that some people just don’t like magic. Finally, there are people who avoid magic because it makes them feel dumb (I’ll talk more about this reaction next week).
But I think a big reason people have for doing everything they can to avoid a street show is that while out on the streets people feel that if they stay and watch that they’ll be pestered into giving money to the performer. While I always do appreciate when people tip at the end of the show, I don’t think there’s any reason that a person can’t just enjoy a show. I love being able to get a large group together and seeing the smiles on their face and listen to them gasp in astonishment and laugh. I guess there might be some pushy performers out there who are making it tough on those casual viewers. I also think that in the United States, people think street performers are in the same category as pan-handlers and beggars. I hear it’s very different in Europe and I plan on finding out for myself someday.
So that’s just one type of audience member. Next week I’ll talk about my least favorite type, the puzzlers.
As always, if there's a question you've always wanted to ask a magician, feel free to send it to AskaMagician@MagicScottMarshall.com