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Old 07-18-12, 01:50 AM   #1
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Hey, so i finally did it, it was a saturday night and me and my brother decided to go downtown and do some magic tricks for some people. IT was the most fun i had ever doing tricks for people. i had a crowed of an easy 15 people around me watching me. I learned a lot and it opened my eyes on how to fix my routine and script it. After i was done my 10-15 min routine i didnt ask for money i just said thanks for watching and walked away with my brother. i didnt know how or i didnt mention it during my routine. it was just for the experiance plus i wasnt just in one spot i was walking around too. but it was 3 am and we decided to head home. so as we were leaving i seen a group of people (4) and i said hey what the hell and went up to them and asked if they wanted to see a magic trick and that i was a street performer. after i was done the guy tipped me a 20 and said that was really good probably the best he's seen on a street. i was happy built my confidence...but you do learn alot. for example i started off with sponge balls, then a few card tricks leading into the invisible deck then the egg bag. but when i was doing the card tricks it seemmed to lose interest in the crowed because the sponge balls were so visible. so you learn to change things around and i had a blast doing it. just thought i would share. haha
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Old 07-18-12, 01:56 AM   #2
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Congratulations! Sounds like you've got a good idea of how to move forward while learning. Keep it up!
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Old 07-18-12, 02:06 AM   #3
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Congratulations! It's so cool to read that you did it. Yeah, there are some things that work for street groups and some that don't. Also, the order of tricks might make a difference, maybe starting with the smaller crowd and the close-up tricks and moving on to the more visible tricks as the crowd gets larger.

Another thing to note: Many street performers don't start performing until they have a large crowd. In order to get that crowd they start doing some schtick that brings out the curiosity of the audience. It doesn't even have to do with your show. It just has to stir curiosity and get people to stop.

As for the tips, you can have a tip bucket nearby (a large visible one), or you could have a part of your routine where you say something like, "The city does not pay me to perform here. I'm thankful that the generosity of tips from the audience has allowed me to continue to perform these shows for people. I hope you've enjoyed my show."

Good luck to you!
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Oh, also, I suggest using the word "tips" and not a word like "donations". People think of donations as charity for the indigent, but they think of tips as something they give the bartender and waiter/ress.
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Old 07-22-12, 05:46 PM   #5
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Congratulations! It's so cool to read that you did it. Yeah, there are some things that work for street groups and some that don't. Also, the order of tricks might make a difference, maybe starting with the smaller crowd and the close-up tricks and moving on to the more visible tricks as the crowd gets larger.

Another thing to note: Many street performers don't start performing until they have a large crowd. In order to get that crowd they start doing some schtick that brings out the curiosity of the audience. It doesn't even have to do with your show. It just has to stir curiosity and get people to stop.

As for the tips, you can have a tip bucket nearby (a large visible one), or you could have a part of your routine where you say something like, "The city does not pay me to perform here. I'm thankful that the generosity of tips from the audience has allowed me to continue to perform these shows for people. I hope you've enjoyed my show."

Good luck to you!
Be careful in my city Saint Petersburg, Florida if you ask for money or have a sign asking for money they consider it as soliciting and can get you for panhandling downtown. You can passively collect tips but cannot indicate more. I suggest the simple collection item and just add a few coins to get the idea out there.
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Old 07-23-12, 04:11 AM   #6
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Be careful in my city Saint Petersburg, Florida if you ask for money or have a sign asking for money they consider it as soliciting and can get you for panhandling downtown. You can passively collect tips but cannot indicate more. I suggest the simple collection item and just add a few coins to get the idea out there.
Good point. I'm so used to the SF Bay Area and Southern California that I forget that other places could have restrictions.

Only thing I'll add here is that I try never to let coins show. I don't do a show, though. I play music and I have a tip hat or bucket with a sign next to it showing an image of my melodeon (button accordion) and a hand with a bunch of dollar bills in it. The sign reads, "Your Tips Keep Music Alive".

If someone tips me with coins I try to cover them with bills ASAP so that people don't get the idea to tip with coins instead of dollars. This is why I always use a hat or small bucket instead of an instrument case. I want a small surface area so that the bills look like a lot. Also, I always use 5 1-dollar bills as "seed money" when I first set up so that people know where to put the tips and they assume that I'm successful.
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Old 10-30-12, 01:38 PM   #7
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And try to be different I use a folk kazoo now its a double resonator beauty from "Doc Kazoo" and some percussion items to add to the performance I usually play a song while striking the top with a wood block. Besides the kazoo being a classic WTF IS THAT effect its doing something with it. That draws in more attention and more tips.

So in your case a magician play that up I suggest a nice costume and flair, flair is always good.

But you seem to have the gift let us know how things are going.
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Old 10-31-12, 06:51 PM   #8
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David, excellent advice about hide the change!! My seed money is a $5 bill and two $1 bills set up so the five shows. Little psychology. When I started that the number of $5 bills increased.

Another thing, I have been busking with magic for a long time now. I am starting to learn how to play the banjo, I figure with a repertoire of 4 to 5 tunes I can make it busking.
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