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Danny Hustle
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On 2002-12-18 07:55, JamesinLA wrote:
Any tips on where to get Cellini's books and his other tapes?
I got an idea, Danny, for the hat pitch. How about combining the hat pitch/patter with a kicker effect/trick that involes the hat itself? Something like, "My hat may be full of flowers, but you can't live on these peddles. George Washington-Green is the color of my favorite flower." Lastly, will I really have to wear a hat?! Does anyone do a street show without one?
Jim


Hi James,

I know a bunch of buskers who collect in a bag or a can. Hat optional.

Try out the flower bit! It is all about experimentation. It is hard to say sometimes what will work and what won't because it is really about the individual performer.

If it works keep it, if not, well, it's fodder for the intellectual fires.

Best,

Dan-
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Michael Graves
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Money? for street magic...seems like the wrong way to be doing things...if someone lets me keep the dollar tha I use..great.

I dont toss out a hat unless I am goign to bedoing a festival and I am stuck in one place.

Use the street magic to get known and make peopelhappy and let them enjoythe fun, when people see others tossing money in a hat they might feel like they have to pay you.

I also have a camara crew that goes out with me sometimes.

Try gettinga name for your self..I started making 20 an hour for shows. Now I charge between 80 and 150 for 1 hour and people pay it.

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Danny Hustle
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Hi Michael,

There are a lot of 'professional' magicians that make their livings street performing. I know one fellow in particular that also makes $150 per show, two or three shows an hour, six days a week.

Doing the math on that hurt my head, it is well into the mid six figures per year, and they travel the world doing it.

It is a very honest, and honerable, way to make a living and has been done this way for a thousand years. Some of the most respected names in magic have made their livings this way at one time or another.

I don't think you understand the type of 'street magic' we are talking about. What David Blaine does is a different animal all together. For information on that type of magic you might want to check out the 'party strollers' area. That is the type of magic Mr. Blaine does and was his profession before his TV specials.

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Once in awhile I dive way back into the room and comment on an old thread to bring it back to life....I thought this was a good one...
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This is a great thread to retrieve. It shows that its not always big hats.

A few questions that have rolled in my head since reading it are?

Is there a time to do quick short shows for small audiences back to back. Then over time draw it out and build and build. I meet a busker that had a show based on how long it took someone to eat a Burrito. He was near a food stall and found people would sit and watch while they eat then leave. So he did a rolling show with hat lines and a trickle jar. He did have a successful full circle show as well but some time he said the crowds are just not there.

2nd question In The past 16 years a lot has devloped in tap and go and on line payment systems. What effect has this had?
Enjoy your magic,

and let others enjoy it as well!
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Hey all,

I'd love to hear about the second question as well.

Does anyone use Square (such smartphone card swipers), or apple pay (tap and go)?

Thank you!
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A Burrito show(!),..!
If Monika cooked,
...it would be a short show! 😄

I stay away from food stalls,..
and ice cream stands!
With food in the hand,
they don't clap(!).
,...food in the mouth,
they don't talk.
,...and I find,
they tend to drop only the left-over change(!),
from the ice cream.

'Tap and Go'?
This summer we played a good bit in eastern Europa.
Poland, Slovania, Cech-republik.
It's not there,..yet.

In fact, their internet has more viruses,
than the back-seat of Madonna's limosine(!).
,..I think it'll be a while.
The currency mix is also a bit tricky still.
The Poles are still spending zlotis,..
the Cechs euros,..
the Solvanes give tomatoes, suasage, cups of coffee!

In Germany, where I'm sitting in the moment,
....the slowest,
most expensive internet in Europe!
Really.
Really.
Some German banks are offering 'tap and go',
most grocery stores use it,..
but it's not "on the Streets", yet.

I've been told, by beggers,
in Sweden, it's common place.

One thing, that might be part of the spiel,
Euro COINS, have value.
We work mainly for coins, still.
I could imagine 'the electronik' replacing paper money,..eventually.

Nö fear.
Remember,
....they need us.
Things will be fine.
Gallagher
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In the states, we're seeing an increase in use of various apps that people can transfer money without a square. Besides paypal, there's Venmo, and others. Many times you just need an account set up and all they need is your email address.
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