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Topic: First Time
Message: Posted by: Salem (Feb 6, 2006 11:52AM)
I have never done any busking, magic that is, and I was curious those that remember their first time what is was like, what effects you used, how the audience responded (or didn't). I think it would be cool to read a collection of stories of buskers virgin experience.

Thanks,
Salem
Message: Posted by: Jim Wilder (Feb 6, 2006 12:03PM)
If you must perform torn and restored newspaper...
take note of the wind's direction.



Picking up the pieces with a restored paper just looks suspicious.
Message: Posted by: Salem (Feb 6, 2006 01:13PM)
I'm not so interested in performing, as I don't think I'm anywhere near the skill level or have enough experience. I was more interested in a whimsical walk down memory lane. Unless that was a joke and I just don't get it. Oh well thanks for the response anyway.

Salem
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Feb 6, 2006 01:46PM)
I'm pretty sure Jim did just what you asked. He was recalling his first performance... on a windy day. It wasn't meant as a joke, but the thought of the look on Jim's face as he sees the pieces flutter to the ground is funny nonetheless.
Message: Posted by: Jim Wilder (Feb 6, 2006 01:53PM)
Ah yes...
Thank you David. Perhaps Michael Baker can step in here and relate how foolish I looked.... I think his advice on the ride home was, "take your bumps boy and get back out there smarter next time."

Whimsically,
Jim Wilder
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Feb 6, 2006 04:44PM)
It's always a milestone when a magician loses the virginity of idealism.

~michael
Message: Posted by: Chad C. (Feb 6, 2006 04:45PM)
The first time I went out was in my town's downtown area during a First Friday event. I did sponge balls, a tt and silk, and ended with an comedy invisible deck routine. I did those three tricks for about 2.5 hours and made around $80 dollars-I was on cloud nine. I was hooked and perform there every month if at all possible. I have made up to $160 in just a couple of hours-it's great. I just wish it was more often.

It's the best-people freely offering you their hard-earned cash just for making them laugh and have a good time.
Message: Posted by: Salem (Feb 6, 2006 07:45PM)
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On 2006-02-06 14:46, Dave VanVranken wrote:
I'm pretty sure Jim did just what you asked. He was recalling his first performance... on a windy day. It wasn't meant as a joke, but the thought of the look on Jim's face as he sees the pieces flutter to the ground is funny nonetheless.


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Sorry, quite right. Thanks Jim.
Message: Posted by: BryanKelly (Feb 13, 2006 01:05PM)
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On 2006-02-06 17:44, Michael Baker wrote:
It's always a milestone when a magician loses the virginity of idealism.
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Well put.

I doubt most people (including myself) will be as lucky as Chad C.

I think its always best to expect and prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Feb 14, 2006 04:42AM)
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On 2006-02-06 13:03, Jim Wilder wrote:
If you must perform torn and restored newspaper...
take note of the wind's direction.



Picking up the pieces with a restored paper just looks suspicious.
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I just had an image of dropping a piece of paper and when you restore the paper, there's a hole in it!
Message: Posted by: Arkadia (Feb 14, 2006 07:42AM)
If it is your first time out, I stronly recomend that you read the book "The secret art of magic". I started reading it yesterday and I am about half way through. It is great! But I quess this topic is not about recomended reading. Just had to tell you guys. :)

/Ark