Since the final show is now behind me and I have part of my life back, I'd like to throw out something that happened a couple of days ago and get some feedback.
The show was sold out, and as I started my introduction speak I noticed that a woman four rows back was holding a camera up as if to take a picture. Except she was not moving the camera. Not wanting to jump to conclusions, or appear a git too early in the proceedings, I asked 'is that video, or are you waiting for the opportune moment to take a still?'
She looked sheepish and lowered the camera. I don't think she realised that I keep 10% of the house lights up so I can see the audience, but about thirty seconds later she was back up and filming. I made another comment about going for another still photo (I don't remember exactly how I phrased it) and she put the camera down again.
A minute later I saw that she was now holding it by her hip, still pointing at me. I was halfway through a magic square routine and muttered 'that camera is really getting on my nerves now', but to someone in the right front row. Camera lady took the hint and put it away for the rest of the show.
I'm curious as to how others might have approached this situation. Jay Alexander is in the show after me, and he said he would have asked her to leave. I didn't want to be unkind, I just didn't want my show flimed without permission. Also, since she was in the centre of a row, to eject her would have meant climbing past half a dozen others, breaking the flow of the show and I would have been the bad guy.
Food for thought.
Take care, Ian