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Jamie D. Grant
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Well, I finally busked! After years of Corporate gigs and Private functions, I thought I should take it to the streets to see how I'd fare in the real world. Needless to say, my eyes were opened.

Wide, lol.

Please comment here, as I have a lot to talk about, lol.

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Well, in parts of it, you were moving really, really fast...

So, how does it feel to get your hands dirty and go about entertaining complete strangers enough that they want to give you money?

How, if so, did your opening gambit change from the 1st time to the last?

Did you have a game plan for corralling and engaging the audience and did it change during the course of the evening?

Did you find your approach to humor spot on for the crowds or did you have to modify it on the fly?

Are you glad you read up on Cellini before hitting the streets?

Nice video, btw...
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I could see the learning process in motion. It's a completely different world when you busk. After a couple of weeks of doing it, you become a shameless hustler! Smile

I really like your cups and balls routine, by the way. The cups look like the ones Willi Seidl made. Maybe the ones from Jedinat.
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Greetings and Salutations,

A dollar for the first hat! At least I'm not the only one. Good vid and your cups routine is sweet. You vid should be required viewing for everyone contemplating hitting the streets for the first time.

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See...
we told you it was easy.

That's a fun vid.
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Very nicely done.... did you only do one day or are you doing the whole Olympics?
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First time out...I'm impressed.

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$130 in 1.5 hrs? WOW! I loved the video and music!
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Nobody's asked this so I have to be first. Vancouver in February... how cold was it? I know they've been talking about the fact that this is their warmest winter ever, but that has to be a relative term. Even with multiple shirts and pants and whatever else you were wearing, your fingers had to be freezing!

Hats off to you and job well done!
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I really enjoyed the video.
Well done.
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I'm curious as to know hopw cold it was also. where I'm living it is still too cold for anybody to go out and enjoy what the area has to offer.

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CONGRATS Jamie!

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Good job, Jamie
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This was an awesome video. Favorited and shared on Facebook. It was fascinating watching that steep learning curve. Here's a versatile performer! Congrats, Jamie!
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That was great Jamie!


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$130.00 in an hour and a half sounds pretty good for your first time out! Congratulations!
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Not to be a contrarian, but it appears to me in the video that the people who are wandering around in Vancouver for the Olympics have figured out how to dress for the occasion. That first show was a tad sparse. Evidently, Jamie hadn't figured out how to stop the crowd. That's not easy to do when you have people who are on the way to something and the weather is cold.

But look how he progressed. He figured some things out. He got them to stop, watch and listen. He gathered the tip, passed the hat and he and the gilpins were pleased. I have a lot of respect for Jamie for getting out there and trying it.

Of course, if busking doesn't work out for him, he can go back to his old job -- putting sealed decks of bicycle playing cards into small milk bottles!
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Hiya Everyone!

I learned so much stuff in an hour and a half, it's ridiculous! First of all, thanks for all the kind words and comments- they always mean a lot.

Secondly, if you want to be a successful busker, you need to ask them for money, lol. That's lesson 1!

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On 2010-02-20 02:22, rawdawg wrote:
Well, in parts of it, you were moving really, really fast...

So, how does it feel to get your hands dirty and go about entertaining complete strangers enough that they want to give you money?

How, if so, did your opening gambit change from the 1st time to the last?

Did you have a game plan for corralling and engaging the audience and did it change during the course of the evening?

Did you find your approach to humor spot on for the crowds or did you have to modify it on the fly?

Are you glad you read up on Cellini before hitting the streets?

Nice video, btw...


To answer these:

A) It was awesome! Unlike paid gigs, it's nice to have individual monetary responses.

B) I changed my opening from Silk to TT to Crazy Man's Handcuffs. That might sound crazy, but I have fairly large hands and it just worked for me.

C) My game plan for gathering a crowd changed immensely! The initial small group is your friend! I learned that stopping a couple of people right away was better than trying to gather a huge crowd off the bat. It's all about the build!

D) Funny is money. I've always taken that to heart.

E) I, obviously, devour material like nobody's business and I took a fair amount of time to prepare, via books, dvds, talking, etc. That said, none of it can compare to just doing it...

I'll be going out again next week, and I'll be writing another 2 parts for my Magic Friday column detailing the whole experience. Fun!

~jamie
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Yeah but how cold was it!?

Brrrrrr...
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