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Topic: Miss Manners on Street Magic
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Aug 13, 2013 12:54PM)
Miss Manners on Street Magic:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/miss-manners-street-magician-should-take-the-merry-path/2013/07/28/1663e62e-f7db-11e2-afc1-c850c6ee5af8_story.html?tid=obinsite
Message: Posted by: Magic.J.Manuel (Aug 13, 2013 02:15PM)
Hi Mr Haydn, thanks for the link. It is so true.

Also, I got your email about the new Hydrostatic Glass, and I think it looks very interesting. I saw a video of John Archer doing it at a bar and it was very funny to see other people try to get it to work.

All the best,
J.Manuel
Message: Posted by: gomerel (Aug 13, 2013 06:35PM)
Good thoughts from Miss Manners.
Message: Posted by: Motley Mage (Aug 13, 2013 06:46PM)
Most useful! Thanks, Pop!
Message: Posted by: RiffRaff (Aug 14, 2013 10:17AM)
Thanks for the link, Pop.
Miss Manners' strongest advice was her concluding remark:
"But then, perhaps you should ask a professional. Miss Manners has never worked the streets."
That's something that many of the people offering advice on this fourum should heed.
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Aug 15, 2013 11:50AM)
She is so full of it... :) She doesn't understand the way of the street.

Gazzo: "Hey, kid! Come watch the magic show! Come on! Drag your parents over here...They won't let you watch a magic show? Why, that's because they're alcoholics! They don't love you, kid! You should run away from home!"
Message: Posted by: Magic.J.Manuel (Aug 15, 2013 07:51PM)
I don't know which part of the answer is full of bull.

She starts with saying it is not for the timid or easily discouraged, and is satisfying. Then goes on to say there are many other acts competing for uninterested passers-by. Then you may need a permit.

You should appear to be giving, not asking? It this where you disagree? I think most performers must give an entertaining experience even though you must ask for money at some point.

Finally she says you need to start by doing some magic by yourself and not directly address people until they show some interest, which is exactly what Gazzo says for beginners in his Penguin Magic lecture.

Gazzo's "character" is a bully, and while funny he does seem to almost assault kids, by the end of the show the people are afraid to not tip. He also admits that the style may not be for everyone.
Message: Posted by: fireperformer911 (Aug 16, 2013 07:48AM)
Gazzo character is NOT a bully watch how much he smiles! He is good with kids! His kid volunteer when he uses kids have a good time! People tip him because they have laughed,been amazed and the most important been ENTERTAINED!!
Message: Posted by: RiffRaff (Aug 16, 2013 08:15AM)
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On 2013-08-15 20:51, Magic.J.Manuel wrote:
Gazzo's "character" is a bully, and while funny he does seem to almost assault kids, by the end of the show the people are afraid to not tip.
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You just proved my point.
Message: Posted by: gomerel (Aug 16, 2013 09:28AM)
So, Miss Manners is not a professional magician. She is a very perceptive potential spectator. Kind of important to get that point of view, though, isn't it? Because of her "manners" orientation, she most likely would be turned off by Gazzo and also by Pop. I suspect both of those magicians sense which audience members would be receptive to their humor and which not.

My own orientation is like Miss Manners suggests. That is who I am. Although I show cons, I'm not going to copy Pop's style, although I think it is a hoot.