Mic-Mouth: What to do when volunteer won't stay behind itApril 8 2012 at 7:57 PM
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So, I had my first opportunity to use the Mic-Mouth in an Easter show yesterday. I called up a volunteer with "a good voice" and used the fake microphone to have him introduce himself. It (of course) didn't work, so I got a new one (this one was the Mic-Mouth). But, as I put the prop up to his face, he tilted his head back in disgust. He wouldn't let me get it near him! So, I "tested it out" on myself, to show how it worked. Then I attempted to but it back in front of him. No good; he kept dodging the prop. So, I called someone else up. She let me put it in front of her face. The Mic-Mouth said one word, "Hey!!!" then she immediately put her hands over her mouth, then ran back to her seat. So, I had no choice but to do the whole routine on myself, with the Mic-Mouth up to my face. Super awkward. I think I was able to save the moment (or at least keep it from ruining the whole show), but I'd like for this not to happen again.
Has anyone had this happen before? Have you ever had a problem getting the prop to stay on someone's face? How do you deal with it?
A few notes: The kid wasn't so young that he might be afraid of the prop--he was probably a 5th grader. The show was in a church in which I had done years of successful shows, and they are used to me being a ventriloquist, so the talking mouth won't be a shocker either.
I know a lot of you are using the Mic-Mouth all the time with great success. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.