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Herr Brian Tabor
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I'm new to the idea of busking, and there's something I've been wondering. When they say "passing the hat", do you actually pass the tip receptacle around, or have everyone walk up to you and tip? I ask because I wonder how likely it is that someone would grab the hat and run, and if this ever happens?
Magician Shaun
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I hold the hat and as Cellini said "Urge the people forward with my words." I keep saying one liners, continuing to entertain the people as they put money in the hat. I wouldn't suggest passing it for real, and most people that I have seen just hold it out for the people to come to them.
Herr Brian Tabor
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That's what I was thinking, simply for the sake of safety. Thanks!
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With the routine I'm working on now it will end up on the ground infront of me at the end of the routine, you know, once I actually get a hat :S right now for what little I've done I just have my school bag with a flap open set off to the side of me and I just sort of point it out, it seems like actually passing it arround would be the easiest way to get it stolen haha. that being said if somebody does try to steal it use good judgement in dealing with them, it shouldn't happen usually unless you leave it unattended or pass it out, but if it does remember, they tell store clerks and bank tellers to cooperate with a robbery, in the end I'd rather be out a few dollars than shot.
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Well, I'm assuming when you say "pass the receptacle around" that you don't
actually mean letting the audience hold your receptacle and pass that among
themselves. With the hopes that you will get it back, which you will...maybe.

I noticed I said, "hold your receptacle"...heh...heh...

Anyway, what I do is very structured. My last effect makes me take off my hat
and it happens to land on the floor in front of me. When I am done my last
effect I end up in a bowing type position and end with my final pitch. At this
point the audience will start to drop money in the hat and a lot times I
can not finish my final pitch as I have this uncontrollable reaction to say
thank you when people give me money. I then pick up the hat standing in one
place and let them come to me. There is no rhyme or reason about it, it just
so happened that it was how I choreographed my act.

However, I've found that when I have a rope out that people are reluctant
to step on your "stage". Nowadays, I barely use the rope or I remove it once
I have my edge established, but when I forget, I have to walk up to the rope
and walk along the edge as people wave money at ya. Otherwise, they will walk
away...

In then end, its matter of personal preference, but in NY, I've never seen
anyone let the audience pass around the hat and tip in...perhaps someone could
apply some psychology to this; I'd be interested to hear it...

Hope this helps...
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