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scaress
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Hi,
I'll be on vacation in vegas soon. I was wondering are there any good spots for busking there?
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I think the Hookers already have the busking market in Vegas pretty much trumped!
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Yea its hard to compete with Crack lady crack that is.
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Don't try it in front of the casinos without consent, they will run you off, if not have you arrested for trespassing. I'd check with LVPD first by phone to see if a permit is required. There are a good number of street entertainers on Freemont Street in the evening, but they may have to pay for their space.
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I have been to Vegas many, many times and have never seen a busking magician.

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The problem is that there's very little public land in Vegas. Nevada property laws so strongly favor private land owners that there are no good public locations with sufficient foot traffic to busk legally.



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I will have to agree with Jim as I have been to Vegas several times and have NEVER, seen a busking Magician. I do know that Dave VanVraken lives in Vegas. I am not sure if he is a street performer or not. He would be the one to ask. He is here on the Café' just search his name.

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In the 22 or so years I've lived here, I've never seen one either, including myself. There are a few venues like the once a month "First Friday" event that you can audition for a spot, but that's about it. You can either buy kiosk space at Fremont Street Experience, or audition to be an employee of the Experience and perform regularly that way, but even then I've seen a lot of variety but no magicians. I think part of it is the stigma of "card tricks" and sleight of hand outside of Casinos. They don't want the visitors to even imagine that someone might have the ability to manipulate cards. In their corporate minds, if visitors see you outside performing card magic, what would stop you from cheating inside the Casino as well? Right or wrong, they'd rather not even entertain the notion.
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This is second hand from a twister that moved to Seattle this summer. He told me that (for twisters at least) Vegas used to be a great spot. However, there's a new sherriff/chief whatever they have that doesn't like street performers. Since it's not technically illegal, the cops will just move you along. Then show up two minutes later to move you along from that spot, etc. etc. Like I said, it's second hand, but the guy doesn't seem to be a huge flake. Him and his brother still work the vendor's area up at Seattle Center so if you want more details I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem.
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I saw (and filmed) a gold human statue in front of the mcdonalds on the sidewalk 5 feet away from the strip...saw a magician and a spray-paint artist busking on fremont street...
fremont street is probably your best bet because you're not directly in front of any shop rather in the middle of a huge pedestrian walk way that once was a street...
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Fremont Street isn't a "street" anymore. It's now run by a corporation called "The Fremont Street Experience." Most of the people you see there have either auditioned and are hired to be there, or they're paying a fee to sell their wares just like all the other vendors.

http://www.vegasexperience.com/
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Oh...I see...You're probably right. I just remembered I saw someone else performing a marionette further down Fremont (where there's actually a street) in front of a vacant storefront...not much foot traffic, though.

Here's the gold human statue I shot on the strip (24 seconds)
http://www.BuskerAlley.com/videos/statue_gold.wmv
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