Public Tweeting. Is It Okay To Tweet During A Show?

November 8th, 2010 | Sean Fields | Filed Under Uncategorized


When I started writing this blog, I asked readers to email me topics. I said nothing off limits, nothing taboo. Well the first person to suggest a topic was none other than The Cardstar himself, Lee Asher.
Public Tweeting. Is It Okay To Tweet During A Show?

Lee posed an interesting question; is it socially acceptable to tweet DURING a performance? My first reaction was a resounding ‘NO!’ It is disruptive and distracting to both the audience and performer. He then altered the parameters; If it could be done in a non-disruptive fashion, would you be okay with it? Would you be okay with someone tweeting during your show?

Now personally, I don’t care. In fact, I would encourage it. If you feel my show is worth talking about, I take that as a compliment.

I can also see how some would feel it just isn’t right, that it is like talking during a show. That it is somehow spoils the show.

What do you think? Is it okay to tweet during a show?

While we are on the subject, you should probably follow me. @SeanFields

You should probably follow Ellusionist too. @Ellusionist

While you’re at it, add Asher to the list for suggesting such an interesting subject. @LeeAsherMagic
Represent.

-Sean


Public Tweeting. Is It Okay To Tweet During A Show?

I am pleased to be debuting my brand new blog, Illosophy here on E! I will be talking about anything and everything; NOTHING is off limits, NOTHING is taboo, NOTHING is sacred.

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4 comments

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  2. Interesting question Sean. I know I’m a little late to the party, but I just came across it.

    I think that any performer that dislikes public Tweeting is going to be in for more and more upset as time goes on. I frequently tweet during an event if I feel there’s something worth saying. In a magic performance, I’d probably wait for a quiet moment simply because I don’t want to look away. However, I’ve tweeted during many keynote addresses and the like, especially when I know I’m at an event that others are interested in but couldn’t make. I’ve also met people at events simply because we were both tweeting about it.

    Here’s a thought… rather than try and stop it (nearly impossible) or get upset about it (utterly useless)… why not embrace it? I’d love to go to a magic show where the magician put a hashtag right on the program. Think about the publicity and chatter it would create!

    Just #mytwocents :)

    -Josh