I know this may sound odd, but i am extremely happy from this today! I was at school, and as usual, i had my typical crowd of maybe 8-10 people there. I perform everyday, but there's always one guy at my school, that i know, that i NEVER perform in front of. He is a heckler, but not just your typical heckler, he actually studies a lot of magic, only to prove other magicians wrong. He knows almost all of the basic sleights with cards or coins. A long time ago, around the 1st year I started performing, he was one of the people i showed magic to. He would somehow always know what i did, and in front of everyone, take my cards or coins, and do what i did. OR he would interrupt me in the middle of an effect and try to mess it up. It made me angry, which is what made me then want to make all of my magic "Heckler Proof". Basically, by that, i mean it usually or always has a twist to it. I have certain effects that i do in front of hecklers when i am performing because i have made them to where unless they can do advanced sleight of hand (i.e. ed marlo table switch, invisible pass, or muscle pass) they couldn't ruin it. My goal was to perform in front of him one day, a year from then, and amaze him. Well, its been 3 and a half years, and he still taunts me everyday.
I was performing, and out of the blue, i see him coming! He knew i was doing magic, so he stopped to watch. Usually i would leave right then, but there were too many people (including teachers) there to make me leave. I was nervous, but i proceeded on. I did a slight test on him before i started. I made it look like i was doing certain stuff like a DL or something, but he didn't react to it. So i started with my effect. I had someone take a card. They chose the KH. I mixed it back in (Yes, actually mixing) and was about to show him the top card. I said, "Would you be amazed if i brought it to the top??" And just as i said that the guy said, "He shuffled it to the top, he made it look like he squared it up." I turned over the top card and it was a 6C. The guy said no and i said, "CRAP!" And they all truly believed i had messed up. I tore the 6C up face up and set it in their hand. I asked what their card was, they said KH. I found it and said, i never mess up... So I set the KH on top and as I did so, the heckler said, "You messed up! HAHAHA! See? I told yall that I could figure them all out. He's messing up cause i am pressuring him!" And after he said that, i changed the KH to the 6C, and it made people go whoa! But that wasn't it.... He said, "Let me see the deck! The king is in there!" And the kid with the torn up card opens his hand... THE KING OF HEARTS WAS THERE! This was a hard reaction from everybody! Except the heckler. He looked through my deck, found no KH... My science teacher and English teacher were there, 2 sophomores and 3 freshmen. The heckler acted as though he knew it, and said i wasn't magic. Then my science teacher asked how i did it, and he said i tore the king really fast and putt hem in the kids hand and switched them. My science teacher even went through how that couldn't even be possible as a method... my SCIENCE teacher showed him how.
I feel like i accomplished my goal... after years of practicing constantly and working with hecklers... I've become "Heckler Proof"!
My mother asked what I wanted to be when i grow up I said A Magician She said You cant do both