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TMagicz
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I recently when to my local village and I preformed to a few strangers, I did card to mouth, mind reading and invisible deck, three solid tricks and my reactions were good, but I want some like tips ( money tips ) , I'm only 13 so they don't take me so seriously, and I was not prepared to ask them, should I carry a sign or a lebeled jar? what works best for you? also, for walk around magic, what tricks do you preform? I mean I had my Svengali on me but didn't use it, and I didn't have two of the same decks so I cant do ultimate transpo, I mean I picked 3 solid tricks which pretty much are fool proof. Any advice on any more?
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Wear a suit jacket, even just over casual clothes it will give you an initial image that feels even slightly professional, and also make you stand out, which you want to do. Helps you to be the centre of attention before you even begin. Also, they have lots of roomy pockets to hold more tricks! Finally you can even take it off and do some stuff at the end to "prove" you're not using sleeves if you ever get called out. Kudos to you for doing magic for strangers so young! This also helps me to "put on" my persona of the magician. Other than that, try new approaches to find something that works. If you compliment older women on their beauty you'll have them wrapped around your finger for as long as you want (hee hee hee). card and coin tricks work great. If you learn to do stuff with everyday items (like napkins, stuff in a coffee shop) people perceive it as "he could take ANYTHING laying around and make magic out of it!" You could build your whole career on cards if you want, I did that for like 5 years and no one seemed to mind.

One suggestion: Avoid being like every other magician on earth and learn every trick you buy. most magicians I know own more than twice the magic they can perform. Whether that means buying less or learning more, be careful you don't end up like all of us! Smile
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This link has lots of advice on how to ask for money for what ever type of show you do. http://jimmytalksalot.blogspot.co.nz/

I think chosse a out fit that suites you. Make it brigth and diffrent but not clowney unless your thing.

Also have a search and look around on side walk shuffle section in the Café
Enjoy your magic,

and let others enjoy it as well!
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Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki is close to turning 17 and saving up for his first car. His use of my TIPS Jar, as described in The Wizards' Journal #16 in my e-Book on methods for the "Anti-Miror Glass" has been in constant use since he began using it in 2008 on his first public shows. He started using it as a joke prop in his rope routine, but soon found that it tended to actually attract money tips as well as rope tips and he continues to use it to this day to help boost his car fund.
Scenes from that first show of his: http://www.wizkidzinc.com/Qua-Fiki/talentshow5-30.htm
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100 views and only 3 replies, there is a reason for such a poor return - At least pretend to be professional when asking for advice and spending 2 ****ing minutes to proofread would be a good start ...dude.
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^ He said he's 13, man!
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Rklew64, That is very impressive, and I am sure he is a lot better then me. If you want to go round hating, then do it elsewhere, I'm sorry my Grammar wasnt to your standard, and I shall strive desperately to improve it next time. And ill check out your tips jar bro Smile
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I've said it here before I do not sugar coat things. I challenge you to take that to look at the bigger picture to improve your magic and yourself. If you feel that you need hand holding crossing the street and having people allow you to throw yourself under the bus - then this forum does have thousands.

It"s about your presentation, not the tricks. Think about it. What can you change to have the audience take you seriously?
What can you do to polish your organization when going out?
At some point, age can not not be an excuse.
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On 2012-02-19 12:03, rklew64 wrote:
I've said it here before I do not sugar coat things. I challenge you to take that to look at the bigger picture to improve your magic and yourself. If you feel that you need hand holding crossing the street and having people allow you to throw yourself under the bus - then this forum does have thousands.

It"s about your presentation, not the tricks. Think about it. What can you change to have the audience take you seriously?
What can you do to polish your organization when going out?
At some point, age can not not be an excuse.


Leave him alone - he's new to magic by a few weeks and has never performed for strangers before - leave him alone. You were like him one day - and I'm sure you got the help you required, so give him some or none at all.
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On 2012-02-19 12:03, rklew64 wrote:
It"s about your presentation, not the tricks. Think about it.
What can you change to have the audience take you seriously?
What can you do to polish your organization when going out?


Those are good questions above but I thought the the question
was how to get "tips" (i.e. money) by busking than performing aspects...

OP, you have 3 solid close up effects that you are comfortable with and performing
to real people. I think this is a good start. I missed the question where
you said anything about your presentation...etc...

As far as tips go; you were given a great link above but the information
will bring you into a new world and might be overwhelming...you might
want to head over to sidewalk forum and post your question there...

A quick bit, would be the subject of money lines...and how to subtly
say you are doing this for tips. Feel free to PM if you have any other
questions on this or head over to sidewalk section.

Just curious though, what do you want to achieve in magic?
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On 2012-02-17 08:35, TMagicz wrote:
for walk around magic, what tricks do you preform?


Walk around is a bit different than performing on the streets.
I follow a program that read some where (Jim Sisti?); where I have
a collection of sets broken down as A, B, C. Within each collection
I have a series of sets. An example of what I perform in a
walk around situation would be: The Chicago opener, bounce no bounce,
and rising card.

Note that, this is drastically different to what I perform for
tips on the sidewalk....
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I wear a hat and say "for my last trick I'll need your help. When I could to three, we will all wave our hands over the hat one at a time and it's going to fill to the brim with coins! We all have to start with our hands in our pockets though Smile" I do this before I perform my second to last trick . . then I say "No seriously, if you like what you've seen and If I've enhanced your day at all, then feel free to really make the magic happen and hold out your hat as you perform one more trick.

Works for me.
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Interesting topic!
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I believe some street magicians tied a hat to a dog and people would put money in the hat. Interesting idea if you have a dog Smile
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