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MagiCol
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A reminder that if the rope has a braided covering [the more flexible type of rope] you can strip [pull] the middle out of it by pulling it out from one end, making it more flexible and less weight to have to carry around.
Most magi know this, but there may be newbies who are still finding out such an idea.
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Oh, and if the rope gets dirty, it can be washed clean. One problem with an edge rope is if it gets wet, it's unpleasant to pack away. I used to store mine in a plastic bag, then at home take it out and hang it up to dry.
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Usually. I find putting my rope out helps gather interest and allows me to create my space.
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I perform a sidewalk act, that runs up to 10-12 minutes. I work for small crowds. I've worked with and without the rope, but I prefer the rope (which is a blue and white striped rope from Home Depot). I also use a table. The rope helps with crowd management, especially kids, and both the rope and table help advertise I'm doing a show and to get me noticed when I'm initially trying to stop the first person in order to start my performance.
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Greetings and Salutations,

I've gone back and forth, and likely going back as I have a great trick with a length of rope that I use to turn 13 people into an audience. There's plenty of interaction with the first 13, and 13 people holding a red rope tends to attract more attention and curious on-lookers.

Just my $.02 (USD) worth. YMMV

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In my early days I use to use a chain which was part of my old escape show, this was a huge circle show mind.
Again years back I have used a rope. I discovered their are limitations that a rope will create. The funny thing is, the limitations that come with the use of a rope are the same reason why one may use a rope, crowd control. Once you have laid down a rope you have definned your perfomance area.
Now if your crowd grows lets face it this is what your hopping for, the rope becomes a barrier preventing you from expanding your perfomance area unless you remove it.
With out a rope a seasoned pro will be able to pull his audeance in or out as they need to also their is a mark of high level of audeance control. You may need to use a rope at first to help you to get started.
Hope that helps.
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On Dec 5, 2014, Mario Morris wrote:
In my early days I use to use a chain which was part of my old escape show, this was a huge circle show mind.
Again years back I have used a rope. I discovered their are limitations that a rope will create. The funny thing is, the limitations that come with the use of a rope are the same reason why one may use a rope, crowd control. Once you have laid down a rope you have definned your perfomance area.
Now if your crowd grows lets face it this is what your hopping for, the rope becomes a barrier preventing you from expanding your perfomance area unless you remove it.
With out a rope a seasoned pro will be able to pull his audeance in or out as they need to also their is a mark of high level of audeance control. You may need to use a rope at first to help you to get started.
Hope that helps.



Some awesome points here. When I started I never had the need for a rope. I worked a large street... so there who lines in the sidewalk that I could direct and control the crowd with. Totally agree when you get to a certain point the rope becomes a handicap for a pro.

On another note... When I worked Ocean City a Rope helped build my crowd and control them.
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Roping off with deliberation can help with drawing attention, and the dirty hands issue isn't an issue if you bring a pair of cheap gloves along. Keeping lots of water handy helps too, even just as a general thing. Some performers squirt water on the ground in lieu of a rope, in fact. There's a lot of inherent comedy in this, as well.

A lot of people don't like performers chalking things up. I could care less, it washes off.

I like the idea of rope, but I usually just warn people not to get right up on me, as I might wave the wand around and poke someone's eye out. Then I wave it at arm's length, and they stay that far away.

I don't busk often any more (though I'll be out today doing just that), but when I do perform outdoors, I usually do a fairly small sidewalk show; my maximum crowd is generally less than 50 persons, and if it's too big for some people to see if they're all up close, I just ask them to spread out some so everyone can see. Then they all sort of back up to make room, as it's the only way to spread out.

My friends all have different ways of managing it. Bobby Maverick uses the chain for his escape act as a rope, or doesn't rope off at all if he's not doing the escape, Warpo often uses his big, gnarly walking stick to set his boundary, and most other guys with sidewalk shows just use words to do it. Rod uses a rope, but I don't remember him doing that before going table-less. I do think that an act with no table should use some sort of rope or whatever, because boundaries are important in a street show.

I guess it's all a matter of personal preference, and how the show is set up.
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"if it's too big for some people to see if they're all up close, I just ask them to spread out some so everyone can see. Then they all sort of back up to make room, as it's the only way to spread out."
The other way to make things easier for crowd to see is to get the front ones to sit down. Tell them, "You'll still be able to see the show, maybe even better."
Bob Sheets, a New Zealander or Aussie, doing a giraffe unicycle, and balancing on cylinders act tells folk:
"If the pavement is dirty, don't worry about it, it'll be clean by the time you leave."
The presentation makes the magic.
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Bob Sheets is an awesome entertainer. It's nice to see someone mention him.

Yeah, I can't ask people to sit, as I use a table, but for table-less acts that's actually good advice. I've seen people use that approach, and with much success. Thanks for bringing it up.
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