The 'reason' that really gets to me is the 'I can't afford it' line from people who have previously told me they have been to a pub, or a football match and so on... That means they CAN afford it and it far better value for money, honest, and that isn't conceit, it's the opinion of all those who talk to us after a performance or write on Twitter and Facebook.
Let's take last night's show as an 'average' show...
Debbie and I walk on and do a tiny greeting to the audience before she exits and I do my version of a trick called 6 Card Repeat. This is a good opening routine because it gets the audience involved and shouting before I exit and Debbie enters to do a version of Gypsy Thread... (a broken and restored routine)
I come back on, get a girl from the audience and levitate her. I have done this for years but two shows back came up with a new gag and it makes the audience laugh. When this is over I invite her to stay whilst I demonstrate a colour changing handkerchief before walking her all round and through a large paper covered box.
Martin bursts out of this box and goes into his act with lots of gags and a milk funnel routine to close the first half.
I explain why the logo of magic is a rabbit from a hat and I do a crazy way to produce a rabbit before vanishing her and as I exit Debbie re-enters and does a trick called Multum in Parvo, with milk and glasses.
I come back on and do what is known in the trade as 'Act as Known' which takes up the rest of the second half. We all take a bow and then go out to the foyer to sign autographs whilst Gareth, our touring Stage Manager, loads up the van and we all head for bed, ready to be on the road the next morning for the next town.
Writing this cold description of tricks in no way tells how funny this show has become and a lot of the gags are dependent upon the various members of the audience who join us on stage. We all enjoy being on stage and I think that feeling is infectious.
Now I have a two night break from the tour but I have to fly out to Switzerland to do a private show. Ah, the glamour of show business