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kamiruaga
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Hi!

Recently, a magician from S.America who tours around the world, told me that in London there are several macicians who live off street magic. He even said that a few ones make quite a lot of quids daily.

I'd like to know whether that's right or he was just overstating. If that were true, could you tell me in which places they perform? It happens that from time to time I travel to London and I'd like to see a bit of the magic scene over there.
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That's news to me... I've been in University in England and have been to London many, many times and have so far never come across a street magician.

A popular area with street performers because of the high number of tourists is Covent Garden, but the last couple of times I was there, I only saw human statues, jugglers and musicians.

So, if anyone knows where in London to find street magicians, please tell us. I would be interested to know as well!
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I come form scotaland. and there are a few street magicians up here who make alot but not enough to live of of,

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Speaking as a Londoner, and a frequent visitor to the more tourist-friendly areas (Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus), I can safely say I have never seen a single street magician. I have seen plenty of statues, Peruvian pipers and men selling tiny kites, though.
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Hi!
Thanks for your replies. I've also travelled to London several times and I've never come across street macicians, let alone magicians who live off street magic.

Maybe he was mentioning an "urban legend"?... Anyway, if somebody knows something on this matter, let us know please.
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Sorry- kamiruaga,

You may want to repost this in the 'The side walk shuffle' board of the Café. This board tends now to be designed for street magicians that operate with little equipment performing closeup effects mostly for unsuspecting passers by. Aka David Blain type of magic I guess you would call it.

The magic you are refering to in London that yes many magicians make their money performing is more closly related to busking. All topics related to busking where you set a pitch and stay there, performing to crowds even in their hundreds in some cases can be found in the 'The side walk shuffle' board.

There are a number of regular busking magicians in London, yes most do perform in Covent Garden along with the jugglers. I myself perform there during holiday time for spare money when the closeup work is slow and college is out.

Many well know magicians started on the streets of london including Gazzo and Pete Wardell (who can still be seen down there occasionaly).

The hot spot in London for magicians seems to be the end of James street (street with Covent Garden Station on) on the corner by covent garden market. Look out for many regular magicians down there. Smile

I reccomend reposting any more related 'street magic' questions about full time street entertainers who set out to perform for money rather then just satisfaction. (Discussions on the serious art of busking) on the 'The side walk shuffle' board.

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Matthew Smile
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Hi!
Thanks for reposting this in the right place. I'm still a newcomer and I thought that this topic belonged to the "street magic" section.

Well, after all it seems that there are busking magicians in London. Next time I'll be there I'll try to see them.
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Hi, yes I work London (When its warm enough during the winter months), Middlesex Street where I have on occassion worked a magic and joke stall and then busked on the corner by Dirty Dicks also I have a pitch in Leytonstone High Rd near to where I used to live (Green Man end) Have also worked in the Portabello but not recently. The last street magician I bumped into was Jim Haviland quite a few years ago now also a French man Phillipe Lago (Think that's the right spelling) Who did cups & balls, coin work and cig manips we worked together last back in the winter of 2001, although I have been doing this on and off for the past 15 years those are the only street magicians I can recall, none of us could live off the hats alone !! Also The Garden has been mentioned,,,to me this is a fabricated performance area where people go to be entertained, not true grafter work (My opinion OK).Nowadays I work closer to home in Newbury and Oxford but not regular,,,all depends how cold I feel at the time.
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I have performed in LOndon Loads...Yep at the bottom of James St in Covent Garden...It can be hard and a hustle but you can cash in very well if you are good...Also Southbank by The LOndon Wheel.....Nick
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Hi, Yeah the southbank has loads of magicians sometimes. The two time International close up winner works alot on the southbank you should really see him his name is Pete Wardell he is brilliant and extremely funny if you see him make your self known to him he is a great guy very friendly.

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