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i know a lot of English but I don't know busking.

Isn't it the same as street magic? Smile
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Busking is essentially hustling for tips... it does not necessarily describe the method (you could just as well be selling quick drawn portraits, dancing or playing music).

The traditional (read: British) definition is strictly performing on the street or in a pub and does not refer to the form of pay, but contemporary usage indicates the "hustle" aspect.

A defining factor in my mind (which may be completely erroneous) is usually the fact that you are not paid by an individual or establishment to provide the specific service. Often a busker has not attempted to get permission for their actions (either through actual permission or in some instances paying a liscense fee).

Most often the term is heard of in reference to performers from the U.K. (and occasionally the current-or-until-recently colonies).

Believed to be derived from the "buskins" or boots that the performers often wore... maybe they passed their boot rather than their hat? I know many travellers who keep their valuables in their boots.

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Thanks for the definition.
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