The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » The side walk shuffle » » What tricks do you do when you are busking? (0 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

 Go to page 1~2 [Next]
Hugh Entwistle
View Profile
Regular user
177 Posts

Profile of Hugh Entwistle
I am a newbie to busking and would like to have some suggestions to what tricks to perform, current tricks in my list are:
a rope routine
ambitious card
card to pocket
a mentalism routine (a few forced cards and numbers and a drawing dupe on the big pad)

Im currently practising a cups and balls routine but not yet good enough and I want to start busking now. Maybe a misers dream at the end befor collecting money?
Harry Murphy
View Profile
Inner circle
Maryland
5348 Posts

Profile of Harry Murphy
There will be a lot of discussion on this topic I'm sure. It is just such a fun topic to jump on and it normally takes off in different directions.

Just for fun here is a thread that was started with that very question back when the Café was new.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6

I found a dozen pages or so addressing this question plus some that addressed elements that this type of question brought to the table.

It truly a shame that the search function here on the Café sucks so much that it is basically useless.

Even so here are a number of threads that you might want to read. There is a doctoral level course on Busking in this section that will give you everything you need to get started.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6

This will give you a weekend worth of reading. I came across about 100 more.
The artist formally known as Mumblepeas!
Chance
View Profile
Inner circle
1385 Posts

Profile of Chance
Harry, this post should qualify as a Sticky imo. How about making a new thread for it so we can all vote? Knowing you, you'll add another 20 links (in sequence and according to type) and really make it a doctoral course! LOL
Dave V
View Profile
Inner circle
Las Vegas, NV
4825 Posts

Profile of Dave V
You always face the dilemma "if you can produce cash from thin air, why do you need to pass the hat?"

I think you have plenty to start as it is. Read the rest of the posts here, come up with a solid *entertaining* 10 minutes, and go for it!
No trees were killed in the making of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.
solrak29
View Profile
Special user
NY Metro
936 Posts

Profile of solrak29
Quote:
On 2012-04-20 10:13, Hugh Entwistle wrote:
I am a newbie to busking and would like to have some suggestions to what tricks to perform, current tricks in my list are:
a rope routine
ambitious card
card to pocket


Great links above.

I think you can take what you have above, make a small act, get out there and get
your feet wet. You don't need much more. Once you get out there and do it, you'll
get a better feel what more you can or want to do.

My question is do you have a set act or routine with the material above?
To Find Me On The Pitch, Follow me :On Twitter
Checkout my pseudo blog : The Sidewalk Performers Forum

"I intend to live forever, or die trying" - Groucho Marx
Paddy
View Profile
Inner circle
Milford OH
1571 Posts

Profile of Paddy
Hugh, remember to keep the act to between 7 to 12 minutes. The reason I say that is I only do a rope routine in my busking show and that runs 10 to 12 minutes. If I threw in the other 2 effects that you have it would add at least 10 minutes.
Non Impediti Ratione Cogitationis

I reject your reality & substitute my own

http://www.Scho-Lan.com
Pokie-Poke
View Profile
Special user
Bensalem, PA
883 Posts

Profile of Pokie-Poke
@ Harry: yes please sticky post this one, as we beat this topic into the ground every spring.
Hugh, I can (and have) worked with nothing more than ring and rope. BUT I have bin busking since the '80s go out with what you have. a full day of busking will teach you more than you can ever read.
plus it will make more seance to you after you hit the bricks.
there is a form of hazing in this club, we don't do it to you, you do it to your self, but in the end you will learn a good deal, and that is what makes it worth it!
www.pokie-poke.com
The Adventure cont...
Ekuth
View Profile
Inner circle
Floating above my
1539 Posts

Profile of Ekuth
Pokie-Poke speaks the truth; you'll learn more about how/what/why/what not/why not in a single day on the street than you will in months of reading.

If you want a good, no-nonsense crash course on HOW to busk (not what tricks to do, that's up to you to figure out; both in terms of what you enjoy and what the crowd enjoys... HINT: IT'S WHAT THEY ENJOY THAT MATTERS.) then pick up:

"To Lure With Spectacle" by Jimmy Talksalot.

But just get out there, and don't pack too much stuff. God help us, I'm still working on that one.
"All you need is in Fitzkee."
Yellowcustard
View Profile
Inner circle
New Zealand
1310 Posts

Profile of Yellowcustard
The three tricks you do play big pack small. Cups and balls don't pack small and there are a lot of people doing cups and balls Jimmy book is a goer.

just so you know I do,
repeat attion getter = dye tube,
1,coin and purse frame.
2,Rope routine,
3, Sponge bunnies.

I do a 10 minute show for 15 to 30 people at a time doing 4 to shows s a hour working around 4-5 hours a time.
Enjoy your magic,

and let others enjoy it as well!
Devious
View Profile
Inner circle
2120 Posts

Profile of Devious
Quote:
On 2012-04-20 10:51, Harry Murphy wrote:
There will be a lot of discussion on this topic I'm sure. It is just such a fun topic to jump on and it normally takes off in different directions.

Just for fun here is a thread that was started with that very question back when the Café was new.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6

I found a dozen pages or so addressing this question plus some that addressed elements that this type of question brought to the table.

It truly a shame that the search function here on the Café sucks so much that it is basically useless.

Even so here are a number of threads that you might want to read. There is a doctoral level course on Busking in this section that will give you everything you need to get started.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6

This will give you a weekend worth of reading. I came across about 100 more.


Excellent references Brother Murphy! Thank you so much. I concur that the search function is useless.
I second or third the request to make this a sticky topic. Have a fine weekend on the steel hog!
Devious Deceptions
"Gadol Elohai!"
L'Chaim!
Mac_Stone
View Profile
Inner circle
Miami, FL
1166 Posts

Profile of Mac_Stone
Do the tricks you're good at, but a good tip would be to get good at tricks that are MODULAR.
Ekuth
View Profile
Inner circle
Floating above my
1539 Posts

Profile of Ekuth
SPONGE BUNNIES KILL!!!

(And they're soooooooooo easy. The effect, not the rabbits, you sickos.)
"All you need is in Fitzkee."
Hugh Entwistle
View Profile
Regular user
177 Posts

Profile of Hugh Entwistle
Thanks for all the suggestions guys!
imgic
View Profile
Inner circle
Moved to Seattle to see
1166 Posts

Profile of imgic
And the hat lines... Don't forget to work them throughout your routine so it's not a surprise asking them for money at the end.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Hugh Entwistle
View Profile
Regular user
177 Posts

Profile of Hugh Entwistle
The Café should make 2 sticky topics
1. Purely the tricks that you do on the street (specifics such as Cut and Restored Rope, Cupa and Balls, Misers Dream .etc.)
2. Advice on how to routine, attract audiences, make them pay .etc.

I've just obsserved that most areas involving this topic always lead astray so it would be good to have a specific topic to stick to. Smile
Eduardo
View Profile
Veteran user
312 Posts

Profile of Eduardo
Smile
Zombie Magic
View Profile
Inner circle
I went out for a beer and now have
8737 Posts

Profile of Zombie Magic
Harry Murphy, always to the rescue!
Hugh Entwistle
View Profile
Regular user
177 Posts

Profile of Hugh Entwistle
What trick would you guys suggest to attract a crowd (not an opener but a bit of filler while you wait for the show to start)
Dave V
View Profile
Inner circle
Las Vegas, NV
4825 Posts

Profile of Dave V
Anything visual and instantly repeatable. The venerable TT silk vanish is always a good place to start.
No trees were killed in the making of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.
Ekuth
View Profile
Inner circle
Floating above my
1539 Posts

Profile of Ekuth
I use dancing cane as my edge builder.
"All you need is in Fitzkee."
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » The side walk shuffle » » What tricks do you do when you are busking? (0 Likes)
 Go to page 1~2 [Next]
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2020 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.2 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL