A good opening trick must capture the audience’s attention within the first 10 seconds.
Audiences will judge you quickly. Today’s attention span is short. Win them over to your side quickly. Capture their attention before it wanders to their smartphones.
In ordinary workaday life, the audience will buzz you if you start the show with a long preamble. There’s no real buzzer. However, you know you have been shut off—and maybe silently asked to leave the stage—when you see the children gamboling around, the adults talking.