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TheAmbitiousCard
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Well, I decided to take the plunge
and purchase "Seriously Silly" by
David Kaye. A book on performing for children.
I don't feature anything on my website
unless I really think it is worth it.
So I investigated first.

So what does this have to do with Street Magic?
Let's find out...

I have heard that Gazzo sometimes just does a couple of
routines. A silk vanish and the Cups and Balls.

So I think to myself...
I can't pull that off.
I don't have enough to say.
How can I build the crowd with a silk?
How can I keep people's attention and keep building the tip?

This is where "Seriously Silly" comes in.
It is a fantastic book, whether you're
doing kids' magic, street magic, close-up,
strolling or stage magic.
It helps you learn how to develop new or existing
routines to make them more entertianing.

I will tell you that I'm doing a kid's show as
a favor this weekend and I HAVE ALREADY
modified my own opener to make it 100 times
more entertaining. I'll be able to make it
as long as I wish. I'll be making everyone
laugh out loud as much as I want. For as long as I want.

This immediately made me think of busking
and being able to entertain the audience.
Building the crowd.
Adjusting to your audience.
Getting the audience on your side.
It's all in there.

When you read this book, you'll be thinking...
"Why didn't I think of this."

The good news is that you'll be able to
immediately retrofit your existing routines
to make them much much more entertaining and also
be able to adjust the "middle" of the routine
to work with spectators of all ages.

Many top-notch routines are included in the book.

One word. Wow.

I know this thread probably belongs somewhere else
but I often have busking in mind and wanted to share this
here.
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Danny Hustle
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Frank,

I am going to run out and pick up this book on your recommendation. I recently started looking into kid's shows and was flat out shocked at how much of the material is transferable to the street.

I think this post is perfectly appropriate here and I hope it doesn't get moved, because you are right.

Best,

Dan-
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Here's another thread on the book, in, of all places, The Little Darlings.

I just ordered the book from Denny & Lee.

I wonder how much of the material I can use in my teaching - calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, risk management, economics, finance, . . . .
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Frank:
Thanks for the review.
I have been following the thread in the book review section.
There have been 27 posts and not a single review!
Thanks again for the info.
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Yes, thanks - that was awesome
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Frank,
Just ordered the book a few minutes ago !!! After that I found your review,Thank's Much... I'll fall asleep a bit easier now....Smile Smile SonSHINE
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Sorry, this has nothing to do with the book, so feel free to skip this post.

SonSHINE, what does your quote mean? I'm quite confused :S! Help me out here,


Chase
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Wow, cant wait to order it now!
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If your local shop doesn't have it, check my website.
I'll have it "on sale" for a week or two.

'cuz I like it.
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what
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I just ordered mine.
I have heard some good things about this book as well.
Magic is fun!!!
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Hey What, Thanks for the order. I'll throw in a jumbo chinese coin
with your order. Just 'cuz I have a bunch I don't need.
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Can I have one if I ordered form you ? Smile pm me
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Highly recommended.

Another AWESOME busking book is the "Lord of Legerdemain: The Renaissance Magic of Malcom the Mountebank". I don't know if it's still available but you could check with Bill Palmer. My copy is almost worn out because I've read so many times. It's complete with intro's, hat lines, jokes, routines, etc...
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Wow. that sounds good. Bill?
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I just ordered a copy from Mr. Starsini's web site. Good deal!

Thanks,

Jered
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Well, you will NEVER see me doing magic for children of the corn, I promise BUT take it form me, when you get a kid up there and you screw with him...the sudience loves it...bigger hats fellas....promise...gazzo does a thing with a kid and a coin stuck in his ear gazzo is the man!...its so frickin funny...
koz
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