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Jason K.
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Hi there,

I've been working on my street preformance for quite some time now, and I was wondering if maybe some of you out there won't mind helping me out a bit. . .

My show isn't a really circle show, it's more of a close-up-busking kinda deal, so 30 - 35 people max.

For my climax, I do card in lemon. Now here's where my problem starts. . .If you saw an 18 year old stranger introduce a knife on the street, I'd bet you wouldn't stick around for long. . . (This is my guess, I never tried this particular effect on the street, and never will, until I'm sure it won't make anyone uncomfortable)

So my question is this: How could I relieve the tension when I introduce my blade?


Thanks!
KingStardog
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For off the street don't worry. For the bill in the lifesavers I use a mini Samuri sword about 16" long.

On the street a serrated butter knife still cuts the lemon and stops the cops from looking at you too close.

The butter knife opens up some great comedy lines too. (At home the staff lets me use this so I smuggled it out for todays show)
...think not that all wisdom is in your school. You may have studied other paths,but, it is important to remember that no matter who you are or where you come from, there is always more to learn.
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A good comedy line is all you need. How about
"for the next part of this trick I require a 2 foot long samuria sword!" Wait for a gasp and then "unfortunately all they will let me use is this little thing." By this point they are imaging something huge and when you pull out the smaller knife those few people who would have been worried are now relieved.
If you are still worried then do something to make the knife less threating. Add some rhinestones or glitter to the handle or just find a less scary knife. But over all there is a line that can cover any situation.

Mat
KingStardog
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You could try a plastic knife, of the stronger type as well.
...think not that all wisdom is in your school. You may have studied other paths,but, it is important to remember that no matter who you are or where you come from, there is always more to learn.
Jason K.
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Thanks guys.

I thought a line would help. . .
Pete Biro
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When I needed a knife for the finish of a trick, I just said, "Does anyone have a knife I could borrow?"

In a second about 20 guys whipped out switch blade knives.

Smile Just kidding...

However, I came up with a gag last summer at the Kramien Northwest Jubilee (a great convention set for Memorial Day weekend in 2003)... I walked on with a rope and said, "Flying up here they wouldn't let me bring scissors, so I brought this (brought out a pistol)... (handed it to someone in front row and said,) "I want you to shoot the rope, in the middle. Aim carefully!"

I held the rope in front of my face. The guy pulled the trigger "BANG" and the rope came apart.. I staggered a bit and SPIT OUT THE BULLET...

I restored the rope in an instant (it was the Neff Miracle Rope)!

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STAY TOONED... @ www.pete-biro.com
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That is brilliant!!!!
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KingStardog
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Pete,

I hope you are putting some of these in a book somewhere.

Also you seem to be smaller than you were before?
...think not that all wisdom is in your school. You may have studied other paths,but, it is important to remember that no matter who you are or where you come from, there is always more to learn.
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