Minor miracles such as breaking housewives out of sneezing fits would rarely evoke much in the way of applause from Jesus’s audience. But bigger events, such as Feeding the Five Thousand
, would typically prompt a sustained, if well mannered ovation.
Turning Water Into Wine was Jesus’s most applauded miracle by some distance. Whilst Walking on Water received some of the most enthusiastic cheers and whistles in the history of magic, the audience was only very small, so the overall volume of noise would not have rivalled the wine trick.
By far the most difficult miracle Jesus ever performed was his own resurrection. Even the world’s greatest experts in magic acknowledge that they need to be alive in order to perform tricks. Indeed, it is the fact that Jesus could perform tricks even when dead, which has set him apart from regular magicians, and made him by far the most famous miracle worker in history.
However, whilst The Resurrection was the most technically accomplished and spectacular miracle Jesus ever performed, it still failed to get louder applause than the wine trick.
Generally, when taking his applause, Jesus would merely give a professional stage nod, and say: “Thank you“, or “Cheers“. He may, if the applause was particularly enthusiastic, take a modest bow, or start pointing and winking at specific individuals in the crowd.
One of the lesser known facts about Jesus is that some of his miracles would get cancelled due to lack of interest or audience volume. He was actually scheduled to re-stage the old Moses trick of Parting the Waves, but very few people turned up, and Jesus’s agent (a figure very seldom mentioned in historical text) pulled the event at the last minute, accusing a hired publicist of incompetence.
Other miracles Jesus is said to have cancelled due to low turnout included turning a goose into a chicken, turning a stone into a stick, and turning a fish sandwich into a tomato salad.