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Just a comment. I notice that quite a few street performers (magic) seem to favour wearing very ordinary clothes. Is that a purposeful thing? Dressing DOWN and looking like a deadbeat? (No names here, but Jimmy Talksalot would be a good example)
Clearly, there are others that like to put a bit of colour into themselves.. (again, no names, but Dynamike springs to mind..) Smileand you all know who you are out there...
Any of you guys out there with experience in this, got any comments? Do you get bigger hats (all other things being equal) if you look like you need the cash? Or, do you get bigger hats if you LOOK like a performer?

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One of the Café members has a great deal of expertise in attire and wardrobe...

John Pyka aka BigDaddyCool

maybe you could hit him up for some ideas, or pull him into this thread for all to beat up..err I mean discuss with.
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There are some that may say, "dress like ya need the money". My buddy specifically doesn't wear a watch while performing because he has a nice watch and doesn't want to come off as affluent.

I'm of the mind to dress like a professional entertainer and give them a show that looks like something they would have payed tickets to see.

So...there's 2 sides of the coin for ya. I'm sure there are others.
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I go with a basic generic gypsy look. It's colorful, comfortable for SF weather, and functional. The real irony is that, here in the freak-ville of SF, I can walk down the street in my full garb and kit and not even raise an eyebrow until I get to the pitch!
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Dress shirt, vest, slacks, comfortable shoes, hat that's about it for me.
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I remember bein frustrated because I could never do a 100 dollar hat with my sidewalk show .. BMav would give me some pep talk and one of the things he talked about was my look.. I used to dress black and white , than finally decided I needed to be more colorful .. I got a maroon vest from bobby.. took a little to get used to, but I finally broke my 100 goal, and saw a big increase in my hats.. Not sure if it was because my loook changed , but it definatly played a role ..
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The all time best "look" has got to go to Jerry Salazar. That guy has CLASS!


...just my opinion of course.
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My own opinion, as an untried busker, but a long time observer is this:

Bright, colourful, gets you off to a good start. Non-threatening, and amusing - that's what it says to me, and it attracts KIDS & parents alike. The rest is up to the performer.
Non-descript and perhaps unshaven tells a different story. You have work to do right from the very start.

You only EVER get one chance to make a first impression, so why not think about the impression you want to make?

My question really, was "does the way you dress affect the income from your show", and I think the answer has to be "yes".
There are of course, other things to consider. No matter how well you dress, if your act is rubbish, then your income is likely to reflect this.


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On 2008-11-15 08:28, Chad wrote:
The all time best "look" has got to go to Jerry Salazar. That guy has CLASS!


...just my opinion of course.


Jerry's got a heckuva thing going on, that's for sure.
I've tried repeatedly to get him to come onto the magic Café, now that he actually has a computer, but he's an old codger and a little stuck in his ways...
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Anyone got any pics of him? Jerry Salazar?

Tks!

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I'm rather surprised to say that I actually don't! next time I see him on the street I'll take a few and post 'em.
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I prefer a strapless gown, but that's just me. Smile
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On 2008-11-16 01:01, Bill Palmer wrote:
I prefer a strapless gown, but that's just me. Smile


A visual I didn't need right now. Smile
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Check here to see what Salazar looks like. He's part of a longer video.

http://sidewalkperformerswhoswho.blogspo......zar.html
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On 2008-11-15 08:28, deadcatbounce wrote:
My own opinion, as an untried busker, but a long time observer is this:

Bright, colourful, gets you off to a good start. Non-threatening, and amusing - that's what it says to me, and it attracts KIDS & parents alike. The rest is up to the performer.
Non-descript and perhaps unshaven tells a different story. You have work to do right from the very start.

You only EVER get one chance to make a first impression, so why not think about the impression you want to make?

My question really, was "does the way you dress affect the income from your show", and I think the answer has to be "yes".
There are of course, other things to consider. No matter how well you dress, if your act is rubbish, then your income is likely to reflect this.


Regards

DCB



Great advice & answer-says it all really

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Meet you in Busker Alley Smile
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Jimmy addresses this in his book. You don't want to look like a bum, but don't want to look like you don't need the money either.

It's a balance. I think Jimmy hits it.

As far as color goes, there may be a good point there. In a study of online dating, women who wore red in their online pics got 25% more replies. It wouldn't surprise me if that transferred to the streets. A bright yellow seersucker suit comes to mind...I saw it mentioned somewhere, but I don't recall at the moment.
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I always like to wear clothes so that people know I am a performer. I want that people think this could be good for our get-together. If I look like a bum, they don't want me there. If I look professional, they book me. I want that people give me money because of my art, not because I look like a bum.
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