Waiting for reactions is just as important as the effect performed. from Alex Wong's blog

Over the weekend, had performed some coin tricks for a little boy of about 6-7 years of age. One of the effects performed near the end of the routine was the coin that falls upwards. After I did it, the child just stood staring into blank space for about 5-10 seconds (with my hands frozen in position). I had some friends around who were watching, and the 5-10 sec does feel pretty long. After the 5-10 seconds (which to me was a rather awkward pause), he let out a loud "Wow!" at which everyone burst out laughing. :) 

On hindsight, the long (I think 5-10 seconds is pretty long to wait for a reaction...) wait before the reaction actually made the reaction itself seems better. Lesson for the day, is that giving time for the audience to react is extremely important. Some might need a longer pause, but it is well worth it.

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By Alex Wong
Added Feb 19 '13

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