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bigfoot
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Signs can do so many things; So I wonder how many people post a sign displaying what or who you are. Do you have a sign that says "magic, magician, gimme your money, etc. does it have function or fashion...is it a gag...etc.
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A busker I saw had a sign on a box that said, "The money goes here."
Meet you in Busker Alley Smile
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I recall a story about someone pulling out a spittoon with a sign that said "spit" on it. After his routine he would turn the sign around and it said "tips". Really this is pretty smart it's humorous and clever and gets a message across in a unique way. I don't recall who did it or in what venue but it would certainly work for a side walk show.
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I know many people do it, but I IMHO, making a sign that says "tips" is a bad, bad idea. at the end of the day, do what ever works for you. do 20 shows with a sign and 20 without. than a year later run the same test. compare differences. it partly depends on the kind of show you have and your level.
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Hey Bigfoot,
I love the 'Spit' / 'Tips' story!
If I'd been in the audience,
I'd,...
hopefully NOT have spit(!),..
naa ..I would have laughed,...
nice.

yeah, the question about,..
"to do,..or not to do,..?"
I'm a bit surprised, more folks here, haven't hopped up and said,..
"I do! I do!!"
,personally,... I don't.
,but lots of film clips, I see, of folks, here in the Café,..
Jimmy Talksalot,..Eris Evans, ..Chanz,..
lots of signs.
I believe, a couple of years ago,
the theme was enthusiastically discussed,.
...disgusted?,...
nö.

Actually, Jimmy Talksalot was pretty curious about it.
,..he opted to go with one....

My thoughts, on it ,..
I think it would be great,
if the 'Sign' was used,
for MORE then simply a 'Sign'.
I think, if it could be....
magically produced,..
magically change,...
have 'magical' properties....

Funny, the last mail I wrote with Jimmy Talksalot,.
was exactly about THIS.
I was sitting in a Burger King,...
a cheap music video
ruining the atmosphere,,..
but,...
a guy,.
in the video,
manipulating(!) a Sign,...!
Great!!,!
,..more 'Juggling',...but,..great!
(,...told Jimmy about it,..
never heard from him again!
,guess he wasn't impressed...)

I believe, Props are,...can be important,..
but they must be used.
On the Streets,
it's great if you can get, as many 'pops',
as possible,
out of the props you carry.

p.s.: I always thought it would be funny,
having a Sign,
announcing a Show,
that DIDN'T happen(!).
like,...."Puppet Show",..
then do a bunch of Magic,..Song, and Dance(!).
,...we should tickle, twist, and tease 'em a bit....
Confusion is maybe the first step towards Understandment.

,..does the word 'Understandment' exist?
gallagher,
41*C,...!
...delusion in the heat.
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Playing with a sign in a street show is like playing with the curtains in a stage show.
gallagher
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Is this good or bad?
,...let's decide about the Sign first.
,..then we can discuss taking the Curtains with(!).!
smiles,
gallagher
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