Your issue is valid, your approach may not be. Congratulate yourself that you have discovered the problem; perhaps, more than half the work to correcting it.
Originally posted by ChrisDavid:
I made a concious decision long ago to focus on adults; more sophisticated plots and routines.
Consider whether you have forgotten to concentrate on a faction of adults called "new parents". These folks are, with good reason, very absorbed in their children's reactions to the world around them. It can last for years.
A performer who wishes to surpass this "turn to Jimmie for reaction" needs to understand and address this phenomenon.
Have you considered an adult routine/presentation about children? Afterall, the topic of children is probably major in these people's lives.
By talking about children you engage the adult's interest and seem to include the child as you play a bit to them to accentuate the presentation.
I know most parents want their little children to be the center of everything. By presenting an intelligent adult routine about kids to the parents you can sidestep their interest. Directing the focus to the child when you want puts you in control.
I have found best is to have focus on Jimmie toward the end, bring it back to you, then create the final moment of magic. The interest in Jimmie's reaction will have been satisfied, so, the final moment can be absorbed by the parents directly.
Watch a successful wait-person. They will spend time acknowledging the children before addressing the order with the adult.
Phew, that's a lot to think about. Thanks to Richard Kaufman and the rest of the forum geniis for creating a place for conversations like this to develop.
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