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Alex Linian
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I just wanna see how many of you can give me the definition of what a street magician is...
Jim Wilder
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One who performs magic on the streets/sidewalks???

Or would you like a list of performers?
Or are you looking for a debate about performing style?
Or are you asking the difference between modern street magic versus traditional street magic?
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When I think of street magic, I think of Guys standing on a corner of on the edge of an ally performing for no one at first. Then a crowd gathers. This stuff that blaine and angel do I don't consider street magic. If some one just came up to me and asked if they could show me a trick on the streets, I would hit them with my police batan that I carry with me at all times.
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As you can see already, there is a distinct division of the two types of "Street Magic." This is why we have two separate forums, this one and Sidewalk Shuffle.

My definition fits the Sidewalk Shuffle model. Busker, gathers a crowd, does a few tricks, passes the hat.

The commonly accepted definition on this forum is commonly referred to as "Hit and Run" magic, or if done indoors "Strolling" or "Walk Around" magic. This would be basically one on one presentations of singular tricks vs. the structured show of the Busker.

Both are legitimate, and each side thinks the other is wrong.
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Read the top of the side walk shuffle forum that should answer all the questions.
they thought it was impossible until they met me.

theres no reality in magic

did the magician come before the assistant or the other way around.
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Personally I figured myself as a street performer.....a "busker" I did it for money and that was it.....tips and a hat pitch....NOT as a con 3 card monte shell game type....that is my personal definition.
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I think of David Blaine!!1!eleven!1
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Performing random acts of magic for a total stranger is what the Café calls it...
I have always thought of a street magician as a person making a living off of the street performing magic for small groups and drawing a crowd and eventually passing the hat. Cellini for example...
Out of all the magicians I know, you're one of 'em...

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Chris Capehart, standing on a corner of on the edge of an ally performing for no one at first. Then a crowd gathers. Collecting money and making a living.
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On 2005-12-12 15:50, Corey Harris wrote:
When I think of street magic, I think of Guys standing on a corner of on the edge of an ally performing for no one at first. Then a crowd gathers. This stuff that blaine and angel do I don't consider street magic. If some one just came up to me and asked if they could show me a trick on the streets, I would hit them with my police batan that I carry with me at all times.


You might think twice about that reaction.....because if you tried that when I asked, you'd get a big surprise!

Seriously though, why do you feel this way? I've done this exact thing before and had people thank me for making their day! Now, I do "screen" who I'm going to do this to...not just anyone. It's a "feeling" more than anything. But to get hostile just because someone asked you to show you a trick?

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A Magician who performs a portion of his/her career on the streets to make a living. Criss Angel and David Blaine would be considered Street Magicians because they are getting paid for doing their act on the streets.
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On 2005-12-14 22:04, Dynamike wrote:
A Magician who performs a portion of his/her career on the streets to make a living. Criss Angel and David Blaine would be considered Street Magicians because they are getting paid for doing their act on the streets.

I never saw either one get paid.
A street magician works the street and gets money from the crowd not the TV producers. Sorry I must disagree.
Criss and David perform in the street sometimes, but they are not "Street Magicians".
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Agree with that.

Also (Dynamike) this last post answer your other post "David Blaine vs Criss Angel".

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On 2005-12-15 00:02, nucinud wrote:
I never saw either one get paid.
A street magician works the street and gets money from the crowd not the TV producers. Sorry I must disagree.
Criss and David perform in the street sometimes, but they are not "Street Magicians".


At least we agree they both perform magic in the streets, and the method of they're payment is by producers.
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There would be no section on the magic Café called "Street Magic" if it wasnt for the show made by David Blaine in 97. What does that tell you about what the moderators think "Street Magic" means?
Alex Linian
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Oh we'd have a street section... it would have topics about actual street magic
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On 2005-12-15 13:03, giochi wrote:
There would be no section on the magic Café called "Street Magic" if it wasnt for the show made by David Blaine in 97. What does that tell you about what the moderators think "Street Magic" means?



I think that we have had Street Performers long before the great David. I don't think the Café would put a specific section for just a specific performer like that.
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On 2005-12-15 15:04, Alex Linian wrote:
Oh we'd have a street section... it would have topics about actual street magic



we do its called the side walk shuffle. you should take a look.
Alex Linian
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Uhhhhh.......no. There is a difference.
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In reference to his "Street Magic" show, what label would you give Blaine?
What label would you like to use the tricks/magic he did in the show?

Some thoughts.
What do you associate the label 'Artist' with?
Painter, Writer, Musician, Actor, Chef?

I just don't see why the term "Street Magician" can't include Buskers, Pitchmen and Strolling performers.
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