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Topic: I'm dying out here (in SF)
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Feb 7, 2009 02:35AM)
In the last 3 weeks I've made upwards of 60$ with my street show...


fortunately I'm not [i][b]just[/i][/b] in it for the money........
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 7, 2009 04:44AM)
Gee Gaddy
I am feeling for you things can get tough, I assume you don't mean that is what you took for three weeks work do you?
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Feb 7, 2009 05:36AM)
For the few hours I've been out there the past few weeks...
Message: Posted by: bwarren3 (Feb 7, 2009 07:57AM)
Hey Gaddy,
Keep in mind this economy is pretty bad, people losing their jobs...they are tending to hold onto what little money they have.....I think you're seeing the reality side of it...unfortunately having to work more hours to make close to the same money we made last year is probably the norm...
I did get my new table finished. I used the 23" x 31" Foam core board from Blick super light, huge surface $32, several layers of foam rubber 3 x $9.97, with billiard table red on top about $30. Had a Master cabinet maker friend of mine put the oak corners on $15...picked it up Wed night...absolutely gorgeous...total investment was about $110...I'll take some digitals and upload them later.
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Feb 7, 2009 09:38AM)
Just curious is this ~60 a day for 2,4,6 hours of work or what?

We know the economy is bad and jobless claims have reached record highs...
Message: Posted by: gallagher (Feb 7, 2009 03:55PM)
Hey Gaddy,... when's the wake?!?!! With a name like `Gaddy', we should do it Irish! Hey maybe we could hire some `entertainment'! I understand you can get a good deal on Magicians now. Funerals are always a good reason to party,... especially when they're not your own!

"always look on the......",
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Feb 7, 2009 08:22PM)
Gaddy, you are lucky you are not in Michigan. If you was, you would really be dieing in the cold.
Message: Posted by: gallagher (Feb 8, 2009 07:54AM)
Old Street Performers never die. They just write a Book. Make a DVD. Start giving lectures and workshops,... and tell everybody how great `the life' is,.... and "how" to do it RIGHT!,... maybe even `vanish' for a month or two! ,.... hey, what a job!!

all the best,
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Feb 8, 2009 09:38AM)
LOL. Good one Gallagher. That's true. They make all their money busking the new street buskers.
Message: Posted by: gallagher (Feb 8, 2009 12:59PM)
Mike, let's write a book. We could call it: "The Truth about Busking: In Black and White." Or how about, "How to Make Your First Million With Busking", under the pseudonyms: Willie Makeit and Betty Wont. Or, "Busking on Fourlane Highways" by Hugo Furst.

By the way Mike, I read your first book: "How to get rich quick with the `Dynamike System'". Yeah, it's a real best-seller in Sing-Sing.

all the best Mike, keep smiling brother,
someday, we'll get it together!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Feb 8, 2009 01:23PM)
I'd never make it as a full-time busker. I just don't have that much energy to give every day, over and over. But I do it in the summers about once a week.

Regardless of how much you do make, it's certainly a venue that will improve your performances, if you're honest with yourself.

What's the old quote... "One year of busking is like 10 years on stage"

Even if you just make $20 a day, it seems worth it to get out there and test out your act for real people with real reactions.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Feb 8, 2009 01:52PM)
Yeah, the few times I went out, it was great. I usually saw about $40.00 for a few hours work. (Not counting the time I made about $3.00, then spent $4.50 on lunch so I ended up losing money that day!)

I know it wasn't $$$ for 12 hours work the way the big shots do it. But I entertained a few people and made a few bucks. It felt good.
Message: Posted by: gallagher (Feb 8, 2009 03:05PM)
Mike, I've been thinking about it; maybe we should write a `specialty book'? Know what I mean?,... we could charge more for it! I was thinking, maybe something for near-sighted-buskers. "To Lure With Spectacles".,.. or maybe a book for guys busking with their dogs; "Tails from the Street".

,.... hey Mike, do you do Ventrilaquism? We could maybe write, "Apocalips".

got to go, I'll be in touch,
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Feb 9, 2009 05:30AM)
I can't wait, Gallagher. We are going to be rich.
Message: Posted by: gallagher (Feb 9, 2009 09:54AM)
OK Mike!,...and we'll cut the money, 50% for me. And you get 60% of the remainder. OK Mike? 60%!!,.. and I'll take the last, little, meager,.. 40% that's laying around. OK?

Hey, Mike, maybe we shouldn't do it for money,.... but for the Art?,.. hmmm. You know, we could set up a "Dying Buskers Fund". All the proceeds from my book,... OUR book, go into the fund.. We could be the `Fund Supervisors',... know what I mean? Gosh, maybe we don't even have to write the Book!,.. peoples could just donate money!! `Good people', that is. `Successful People',..... yeah, I'm starting to get confused, as well. Guess we might as well stick to washing dishes,....eh, Busking.

Take care of your hands Mike,
remember, always where rubber gloves,
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Feb 9, 2009 10:05AM)
I will let you make all the rules, Gallagher. That is because I know you must have a terrific brain on your shoulders to make it to where you are now.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 9, 2009 02:44PM)
That made me laugh, LOL
Thanks guys
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 9, 2009 03:00PM)
Gaddy if yu taking $60 in a few hours, out of season, in the cold well it is better than a kick in the teath. I use to work Glasgow, in the mid winter, I be lucky to make 80 pounds in a whole day. some times it was worse, like real crap. All this in freezing temp. The cold can do some strange things to your body, first of your brian slows down. The secound thing was by the end of the day or I could do was sleep, pain in joints and so on.
Keep on keeping on their is light at the end of the tunnel and if you can work the street in the winter well that is what real workers are made from.
Saying that I live in Spain now.
Message: Posted by: kentfgunn (Feb 9, 2009 03:11PM)

Where's your spot? I'll come toss a copper or two in the hat. If you're in the city of SF, I'll come watch a bit.

Message: Posted by: MagiCol (Feb 9, 2009 04:45PM)
Gallagher and co, thanks for the entertainment regarding books and making money from them. it gave me a few laughs.Here in New Zealand it's summer time, with very hot days mostly. I've been down in a small city called Wanganui for about a month, busking a couple of hours each 2nd day. Not making much regarding money, about half of what I get at the northern city of Whangarei. But I've hatted enough to more than pay the fare home when I return. I'm gaining experience, which money doesn't buy, and improving my show. I've met some interesting people, seen some unusual sights while busking. My sponge balls are taking flight - First I lost one while at a bus stop, then yesterday lost 2 at another bus stop. At the end of my shows I'm going to have to lock the balls up securely, not just drop them in my bag with general gear then have them drop out when I fetch something else from that pocket in the bag. I have got some sponge hearts which I will use. I came across some sponge ball clown noses in a $2 shop. They have a big slit in them for putting on the nose - but I reckon they will do. I should have brought Jimmy's book down with me and Kozmo's DVDs [both great resources, and I came south before I watched all of DVD2]. When I came down I applied for a Trader's License for street performing and it took something like 2 1/2 hours for the whole procedure. I asked for a permit for a year and got given 2 weeks! [Ive aleady gone 3 week over that and am still going out.] So I was left with their terms that I was to let the City Council know by phone when I would be coming down to busk, each time. I wish I'd just ignored getting permission and just gone out busking like I do in Whangarei[which has better hats].
All the best to you northern guys and gals.
Message: Posted by: Sir T (Feb 20, 2009 09:03PM)
Ditto where are you working? I will throw you a copper or two! I am out in the city often looking at the buskers, so post where your at.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Feb 20, 2009 11:50PM)
Next time I'll be on the Embarcadero/Powell St. will be Tuesday the 24th -evening. Fisherman's wharf Wednesday the 25th most of the day.

I'd love to see some fellow magi!