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Topic: Cups and Balls Finally!
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Jul 27, 2008 01:13AM)
Tonight out on a street in the middle of Portland, I did it finally! I went out there and performede the oldest trick in the world. And it felt great. I was really really studying Gazzo, Cellini, Ammar for the last few months to get it just the way I wanted. Reactions were top notch! I was so nervous and I thought the hat load would be the hard part, but the hardest part was hatting them near the end of the effect. I wish I had pictures to share, but I will have to get a friend of mine to do that for me next time.

Message: Posted by: MagiCol (Jul 27, 2008 02:07AM)
From New Zealand "Good on yer", as we say. It's great when a routine performed in public goes across well. A photo or two of your first time out would be a historic record for you. But you need someone you trust to take the photos and not take your camera disappear with it!! What else was part of your show? All the best for the future, Brian.
Message: Posted by: T. Sebastian (Jul 27, 2008 03:49PM)
I know exactly how you feel.
I started performing the cups three weeks ago.
It's been really great.
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Jul 28, 2008 11:29AM)
Rock on T. Sebastian. The cups and balls can't be beat! A true classic of street magic! And the cash that is collected everytime I get to perform the effect is awesome! :) Yesterday I had a near close call with thieves. Three teenagers approached my table after I had just finished a set. They started messing with my props to distract me from my hat which I had just quickly threw my cups and balls into to cover the cash. They started asking me questions left and right from all three different directions. I didn't lose concentration, I just reached for the hat, grabbed the handful of cash and pocketed it, once they realized they lost their chance, they took off running. A guy near by waiting for the bus later came up and verified to me that they were trying to rob me. He said that he heard them talking over on the corner about taking my money after I was done collecting.
Man, you got to be on top of your game on the streets. Its real, its tough.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jul 28, 2008 11:36AM)
Sound like you need to wear an AK47 slung over your shoulder.
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Jul 28, 2008 11:38AM)
Nah... I just need a set of Joe Mogar's jumbo color changing knives! More compact!
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Jul 28, 2008 02:24PM)
After hatting a crowd, I immediately reestablish an edge with anyone lingering around. Doesn't matter if it's my last show. Once the last dollar falls, it's back to being MY stage. I do not let kids hang around my table. The create the new edge even if that edge is simply there to watch me pack up and leave.

People wishing to talk my ear off get a polite couple of words from me, followed by a quick "Excuse me, I'll only be a moment. I need to reset my show." Then I secure everything before I allow anyone my attention.

Always the same.

Don't care if it's George W. waiting for an autograph ;)
Message: Posted by: Faulkner (Jul 28, 2008 07:10PM)
Sonny Holiday use to carry a hammer...come to think of it he had some dents in it too.
Message: Posted by: T. Sebastian (Jul 28, 2008 09:51PM)
My money goes straight into a bag, which is tied to the inside of my pack,
which is attached to my table.
And I always have the stick of wood ready.
I use a drumstick for a wand. Not sawed off.
I'm a drummer too, so it just feels natural.
Message: Posted by: Levity (Jul 29, 2008 11:34PM)
Congratulations, Brian! The greatest trick in the world!

Message: Posted by: pepka (Jul 30, 2008 02:53AM)
Congrats man. If you can work the cups on the street, you can work them anywhere.

On the topic of hat thievery: The only busking I do is for charity. Once or twice a year I'm asked to perform for a charity fair of some kind. About 2 years ago, I'm busking at a Relay for Life event, I make it well known that all the money that goes in the hat goes to the charity. Not being an experienced busker, I didn't know the proper decorum after a show. Sure enough, I caught a 12 year old with his hand in the hat. I really flipped out on him. "It's for the charity!" He ran like hell. I've since learned my lesson.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jul 30, 2008 03:18AM)
You learn this very quickly.

Once in a while, one of the kids at the Renaissance Festival would reach into my hat and act like he was going to take money out. I usually asked him how much he liked having fingers on that hand.

These kids were just playing, for the most part. But you can't let them get away with it.
Message: Posted by: Magic.J.Manuel (Sep 21, 2012 08:52AM)
On 2008-07-28 12:38, Brian Proctor wrote:
Nah... I just need a set of Joe Mogar's jumbo color changing knives! More compact!

Joe's Jumbo Hot Rod knife is great, and it is a Melon Knife so on a hot day you can use it to slice up your final load and sell it by the slice. BOR income streams for buskers!