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Dick Oslund
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I worked school assemblies until I was 76. Assembly bureau tours are a lot like busking. (In conditions the performer contends with, etc.) The only real difference is that you work inside (most of the time!) and you don't need to hat the tip.!!!
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I never grew up, I just grew old; but my motivation and thinking is still of a young guy.

I perform with Dan, my vent figure with no problems working the head

My fingers no longer function as they did when I was young, so I don’t perform complicated coin tricks, but I do perform Scotch & Soda, the Invisible Deck and Industrial Relations to name a few perfectly.

I can still perform a three shell game and cups & balls, stack of quarters and more advanced illusions using Christopher Taylor’s and Promystic products.

I will continue to modify my routines to suit my ability and perform until the day I die and never consider myself “OLD”
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50 here. Been clowning since 2003.
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Howie wrote: I never grew up, I just grew old; but my motivation and thinking is still of a young guy.
That's a great view on life, and it's my approach, too. I spent some 35 years school teaching 5,6,7 year olds and it suited me fine and helped and helps me enjoy entertaining kids whether toddlers or teenagers. And one of my activities I enjoy is pedalling my bike - 70 years old, but feels like I'm a teenager when I have fun on my pushbike. I do have to watch my coordination, or rather, the declining coordination.
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Guys,
it´s simply a matter
of proper maintenance.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gallagherha......48224638

givin´ it easy,
gallagher.
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I just think street performing is extremely hard on the body. I hope to retire some day.
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Thanks MagiCol, I was begining to think I was the only one left thinking I was the way I am
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On 2013-08-27 05:02, scottyocean wrote:
I just think street performing is extremely hard on the body. I hope to retire some day.


Scott;

street performing can be extremely hard on the body if you're still performing the same way you performed in your 20's

I have figured out ways to transport my tricks on wheeled carts and not beat my body up.

I also change the tricks I perform so I don't get bored while working; I do tricks that excite me and it shows, as soon as I don't like the trick any longer I change it.

Lately I have been using remote control illusions and promystic items that are easy and lite that really get the spectators confused

I Hope this helps
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One thing [among others!] that has happened is that with increasing age I'm conscious of the weight of such things as a full water bottle, a backpack, and the like. And sometimes I don't lift my feet high enough onto a stair - giving potential to trip forward up the stairs. I was busking a week or two back at a market and at the site next to me was a fellow of about 80, I'd guess. As he saw me doing my Magic Shows and balloon twisting he remarked a couple of times about the amount of energy I was expending. He didn't know how I could keep it up. Mind you, after 4 hours of busy work I was so tired that after I'd got back to the vehicle, I put my gear into it, had lunch in the seat and then fell asleep for about half an hour. I don't like markets that require you to spend time at the site for the whole period of the day that they are running. I'd busk at the local yearly Field Days [farmer-based Fair] if I could work maybe just 4 hours of a day, but I'm not prepared to spend 8am to 4 pm on site. Too much at my age and stage.
That's a nice thing about busking. You work your own hours and can pick what weather you're prepared to work in - unless it's vital that you get a certain income for yourself.
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Iron Butterfly--GOOD EYE!
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Iron Butterfly--GOOD EYE!
Dick Oslund
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Well, I started performing at age 13. I'm 81 now and no longer hit the road every fall! I pick up occasional spot dates, just to keep my hand "in", but am keeping busy writing "the book".

As a teenager, working ten in ones with a carnival, I learned about travelling light! About 35 years ago, a phone promoter talked me in to doing a (small) illusion show for a string of phone dates. The tour was successful (I made regular bank deposits) but when I got back to "quarters", I sold the "plywood" and went back to my "tripe and keester" act. (20 lbs, 45 to 60 minute show, 4 minute set up, 2 minute pack up, and workable anywhere, anytime, for anybody.

I'm definitely slowing down (don't want any more 35 week tours of the knowledge boxes!) the fingers have some arthritis, but they still work. The only "mechanical" props are a Pom Pom Stick, and a Mutilated Parasol. (The stick for high schools, and the parasol for elementaries)

Hope to see "you" "down the road"!
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Hey Dick,
it nice hearing your stories!
You write,.. with a smile in your words!
,..sounds like you´ve had some fun,..
in the MOST of those 81 years!!

I wish/,. hope me the same,...

Thanks for sharing,.
can´t wait to get an eye in your book(!).

partners in time,
Gallagher Hayes.
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