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Old 05-26-08, 08:45 PM   #1
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I am planning on going to Boulder Colorado in 2 weeks. I have never performed there I could use some help please. I have two questions and any insights that other performer could give me would be a great help.

1. Is there alot of magicians performing currently? I have another act I could do but would prefer to do magic.

2. I know for act such as fire you need insurance. Does anyone know if you need insurance for magic shows?

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Old 05-27-08, 10:59 AM   #2
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There is usually no more than 1 or2 magic acts there. They will line you up with what you need when you get there . It's a great place. Enjoy. Try Aspen.
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Thanks Jeep. I will let you know how it goes.
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Old 05-28-08, 12:08 AM   #4
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you don't need insurance if you don't do anything dangerous.
last time I was there there were no magicians, but I'm totally out of the loop this year.
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Thanks I have spoke to city and think everything is in order. I going June 9th.

Jeep will look into Aspen when I am in Boulder. Do I need a permit for Aspen?
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Do I need a permit for Aspen?
As of two years ago..no. No danger props. Worth checking out.
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Do you have a point of contact in the city (if needed) of Aspen?


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No contact needed. Just show up. Last time I was there other performers were a bit territorial but if you're not doing fire or machete's you shouldn't have any police hassles. The police station is close to the pitch. Stop in and ask if you feel need.
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Thanks Richard. I feel no need to go to police station.
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Aspen's the best! Their should be no permits there. The 2nd week in june is the wine tasting it's always good 3rd week in Telluride for bluegrass then back to aspen for the 4th of July week end. All of July should be good. Mention my name and you'll get a good seat, in the restroom that is. Let me know how things work out. I worked there over 20 years You have to camp out there on the back roads just out of town, maybe up castle creek road to the end.Enjoy
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is working aspen the first week and august and the last week in august that much different?

trying to plan a trip and was thinking of stopping in Aspen either on the way to canada or on the way back.


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Alex, I think I remember you saying how you hate it when you aren't allowed to use amplification (some post way back when). Boulder is one of those no amp pitches, and I think Aspen is too.
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hate is a strong word - strongly dislike - I knew boulder was no amplification - anyone know for sure about aspen?
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Old 06-12-08, 03:11 AM   #14
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what magic show are you doing if i be so bold to ask?
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it's certainly not magic.

more of a 45 minute energyball. check out our site for more info.

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it will make you a stronger performer to get good at a show that doesn't require amplification. Makes you learn how to be subtle in different ways that play much bigger. There is a lot you can't do without an amp though, and it sucks when you cant do some of your best material.
There are some pitches where you really need one, and some where you don't. Boulder has close buildings to bounce your sound off of. Aspen is a little more open, but it's so quiet it should be fine anyway. I still don't know for sure, I never did any shows there.
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Cool -

I'm not saying I can't do shows without amplification - I just prefer not to. It's like asking a painter to paint with only the big paint brush and not all the little ones. Sure he could do it - but I'm sure he doesn't want to.

There have been many a times that our amplifier has died and we soldiered on throughout the rest of our show.

It just seems kind of silly to have a no amplification rule when they could just as easily have a low amplification rule - with very low volumes set in place. this goes for anywhere - not just boulder.
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nope, street performers will break the rules every time and it takes a lot to enforce the rules and causes even more fighting. No amp rules save you in lots of places. A lot of the no amp places also have rules about drums and brass instruments as well, which is good for you.
Getting through a show with no amp is a little different than getting good at your show with no amp. it's almost like a different show sometimes, which is kind of cool.
and the paint brush thing, you will learn how to the the small things with a bigger brush, which is good. force yourself to be more versatile.
I don't mean to sound preachy to you specifically Alex. This is just my general belief, and I tell my partner for the ShowOff Show this stuff all the time cuz he is way to reliant on his amp for his material.
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Who is this Evan spouting all this wisdom.
Is it the same little lad I met in Boulder 7 years ago? I believe so.
I totally agree with you Evan. So much. Street performing is alot older than amps. I as a rule only use my amp when I have to. I prefer to do my show without it. Makes me more versatile and a better and more professional performer. Doesnt mean I am not as good with an amp, it just means that I am totally non reliant on it.
Wow I am still blown away by how much you have grown.
I still have the hat I got off you. And I love your photos.
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I still think the preference of an amp is an opinion - doesn't make you a "better performer" - maybe it makes you more of an authentic performer paying homage to how it use to be. but the true authentics are the ones that get to all of their gigs by horse and buggy and promote themselves with hand drawn posters instead of websites.

I can do a good show without an amp. I am sure there are subtleties that years of practice without an amp would bring me. But it's just not as fun for me to work without it. And isn't the reason we do this job to have fun.

The only real benefit I see to being able to do a show without an amp is that you can work the pitches that don't allow amps. If that's what you mean by versatile then yes - it makes you more versatile.

Speaking of which... I was just at the screening of Buskers for love or money and it was awesome! excellent work chad!

If you get a chance to see it - you should. i loved it.
http://www.buskersmovie.com/

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