I noticed his showmanship from the start as he arrived at the cooking table with a cart laden with prepped veggies, rice, noodles, shrimp, chicken, and steak. He worked through his plan with purpose and focus on his goal: providing food while having fun. I loved his smiles and his "Hi, girls" along with his clear intention to engage his audience.
He started with what I guess is a traditional hibachi lunch/dinner beginning where the flames announcing the start of the meal! The heat was intense and the girls shifted way back in their seats. I was even a little scared, sitting on the periphery, but the goal was clear: engagement. Then came the water bottle shooing game where he shot water into the 19 year old's and the elder's mouths. Them, he cooked and served effortlessly knowing hr had the onion volcano to assure everyone was back into his fold!
Those who do hibachi cooking perform! They know how to engage!