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I love to perform magic for strangers in the simplest way. the reason why I perform street magic is not to frighten people but to make them believe that magic does exist within our hearts. I always prefer to show my magic to children showing them some sponge ball act or changing and vanishing cards. the smile,the laughter the reaction in their faces makes me happy. those beautiful innocent children for them nothing is impossible and magic lives in their heart. I also perform to some adult while waiting for a bus, in a bar, anywhere. the interaction , the chemistry , the entertainment, the laughter of my spectators are rewarding enough for my practicing. I do street magic to prove to those people, that magic is real, yes maybe it is just a trick but the entertainment is the real magic ... well it's not bad to ask for a few penny for a snack or to buy a new cards Smile
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Why do I perform magic on the streets? To make money that’s why. It is that pure and simple for me. If I didn't think I was going to get paid I wouldn't do it.

Hearing laughter and gasps of amazement and seeing the wonder in the eyes of a spectator is a nice side benefit to performing magic. However, I am a performer and nothing beats the reward of getting paid.

While I generally enjoy performing my act on the street I will take the act anywhere I can earn a spot of cash. Indoors out doors, on dry land on a ship (or plane), in an auditorium or a private home.
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On 2004-05-02 07:25, Harry Murphy wrote:
Why do I perform magic on the streets? To make money that’s why. It is that pure and simple for me. If I didn't think I was going to get paid I wouldn't do it.

Hearing laughter and gasps of amazement and seeing the wonder in the eyes of a spectator is a nice side benefit to performing magic. However, I am a performer and nothing beats the reward of getting paid.

While I generally enjoy performing my act on the street I will take the act anywhere I can earn a spot of cash. Indoors out doors, on dry land on a ship (or plane), in an auditorium or a private home.



I hope I never feel this way. When I start performing for the money only, I hope I'll have the courage to stop. Believe me, I feel blessed to be getting paid to do something I love, but I can honestly say I do it for the love first.

I feel bad for you.



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No back peddling, no need to.

You have your own reason for performing and I have mine. I can only guess from your post that your reasons are dramatically different from mine.

Frankly I believe that you are much more altruistic than I could ever afford to be. The question here was “why do you perform magic in the streets?” My answer was to make money.

This is not a “bad” feeling about magic it is a business decision about some few skills and abilities I have. Unlike you I see magic as a branch of show business. The show is fun the business is hard! I believe that without the business end there is no show.

My reason for being on the street in the scorching heat of August or cool of November or the light rain of April is to make a living. Frankly, my reason to be in a smoke filled club with booze filled patrons (I don’t drink or smoke) or to be on stage in a theatre is to earn a living. As Ken Brooke once said “it beats digging a road”!

I truly enjoy getting paid for all the work I have put in to make a wonderful and magical theatrical experience for my audience. That a number of my theatrical productions happens in a street venue does not take away a scintilla of all the planning, practicing, and rehearsal time that is required.

Like you, I am lucky and blessed in that I love what I do, I do what I love, and I especially love getting paid for it too! I see no conflict. I feel bad for you that you do!

I wish you a long and happy performing life. More than that, I wish your life in magic to be as fruitful and as much fun as mine has been to date.


P.S. I would have rather been a rock star but didn’t have the skills or ability and almost starved playing guitar on the street!

P.P.S. (or is it P.S.S.?) Heavens, was this “back peddling”?

P.P.P.S (whatever!) Do you perform magic on the streets? If you do, what is your reason for doing magic in the street? Also if you do, is yours a “show” (busking style of act) or do you favor the Blain style of street performance?
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I perform for practice, to impress, and just to see reactions. I never ask for tips, and I use the Blaine approach. Sometimes I'll perform for a fellow magician and we'll trade tricks. I really like that part.Smile
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I love to do street cause I love the reactions.
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I like street magic because when you perform for a stranger, they tend to be more amazed. They aren't your family who have seen all of your effects several times and know it isn't real magic, they aren't your friends who have seen all of your effects several times and know it isn't real magic because they have probably seen you mess up a few times, they are people who have never seen you before. They are just walking around, and someone comes up to them and does the impossible, entertains them, makes their day better, and they remember you for the rest of their life.
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A spawn of blaines goblins have been unleashed on the unweary public of our streets Smile
What it must be like to be an average Joe, just minding hes own business when 40 BlaineGoblins leap forth and dazzle me with amazing feats, while trying to beat back their goblin bretherin.

Its almost like DJ's. 15 years back a DJ was a rare and often ancient being. Now, I cant move for gaddarn DJ's. Everyone and he's mum wants to be a DJ and spinn da vinyl.

This is how it will get with Magic. but for the level of practise needed that puts off most saps.
You will be sitting on a train/bus, and see a nice girl to magic for.
You walk up to her, and as you pull out your deck your floored to see 8 other decks jossling for her attention. and now you have to fight your way through the other magi to get a score.

Please guys, restraint. don't go and mob the punters while theres still some left who aint seen a double lift.

And to the question. I do street as I like the fact its a 360o peoples stage. No wires, No mirrors. everyones territory.
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On 2004-05-03 12:20, Partizan wrote:
A spawn of blaines goblins have been unleashed on the unweary public of our streets Smile
What it must be like to be an average Joe, just minding hes own business when 40 BlaineGoblins leap forth and dazzle me with amazing feats, while trying to beat back their goblin bretherin.

Its almost like DJ's. 15 years back a DJ was a rare and often ancient being. Now, I cant move for gaddarn DJ's. Everyone and he's mum wants to be a DJ and spinn da vinyl.

This is how it will get with Magic. but for the level of practise needed that puts off most saps.
You will be sitting on a train/bus, and see a nice girl to magic for.
You walk up to her, and as you pull out your deck your floored to see 8 other decks jossling for her attention. and now you have to fight your way through the other magi to get a score.

Please guys, restraint. don't go and mob the punters while theres still some left who aint seen a double lift.

And to the question. I do street as I like the fact its a 360o peoples stage. No wires, No mirrors. everyones territory.


This is the most ignorant, post I have read to date. Did you make that up yourself or did you just take a little from every other anti-Blaine post on here?

The funny this is, after you bash David Blaine throughout your whole post, you copy d**n near word for word the intro to his "Street Magic" special at the end of your post to describe why you do Magic in the streets.
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About as ignorant as your comments on Jay Sankey in another thread Che. Partizan is entitled to his opinion, he didn't attack Blaine directly only stated that there were many young people copying his style. Chill.
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No, I'd have to say this is quite a bit more ignorant. I'm not saying he isn't entitled to his opinion, or even that what he is saying isn't valid. What I'm saying is the manner in which he said it was ignorant. That's just my opinion. Chill.

Regarding Jay Sankey; What I said about him in a different thread was right on point, and was my "opinion", we just aren't allowed to have a negative opinion about someone other than Blaine or Oz Pearlman on this forum. And, as you stated yourself, my thread about Jay Sankey was no more ignorant that what this gentleman above said about Blaine. Yet, as you will notice, my post is gone and his is still here. So, Chill.

I also have a little word of advice for you: Mind your own business!!!!!!! Chill.
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Hey Che, I reread Partizan’s post and didn’t see one negative mention of David Blaine. His comment was about the Blaine clones or Balnabee’s. It was speaking about those guys that take on the approach that David used in one of his TV specials and try to replicate his persona or “cool”.

Partizan is suggesting that jumping on the Blaine bandwagon won’t make you popular, sexy, mysterious or unique. What he is suggesting is that you will become commonplace. Perhaps as commonplace as DJ’s and DJ wantabee’s have become.


I must say that it is as good a place to start as any; Magic to be cool is good (although most magicians don’t come across as cool!), magic to be mysterious is good (but even Blaine has a hard time pulling that one off), and magic to shock and destroy the psyche is an interesting goal (if you ever get to that level start a religion!).

It is clear from most of the posts here that the posters are not into magic as show business. I suspect the motives are closer to showing off than anything else.

I think that our friend Partizan is suggesting that regardless of where one starts it should not be the finish, we should all strive to move on become as unique as possible and as good a performer as possible.

By the way Che, other than defend David Blaine from imagined attacks (and he needs NO defense, he is doing quite well on his own!); do you perform magic on the streets? If so, why do you do it? I’m interested in responses to the question.

I found the question interesting and the answers enlightening. I am amazed at how many people who post here don’t actually do Street Magic but do try to show people on the streets a trick.
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Ok let me try and make myself clear about what I'm trying to say here. I'm not defending Blaine per se'. To be honest, I really am not that big of a fan of his. The Focus of my rant was more towards relevance than anything. At what point did this become a thread regarding Blaine, Blaine wannabe's, or DJ's????? It just seem's like every time a topic having anything to do with so-called "Street Magic" is started, someone makes there opinions about David Blaine the new topic of the thread. Which, in my opinion, is ignorant.

If this was the only thing partizan had said in his post:
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I do street as I like the fact its a 360o peoples stage. No wires, No mirrors. everyones territory.

Then his reply would have been totally relevant to the topic.

Go back and re-read every post and ask yourself if it has anything to do with the initial thread, and or, a post above it. Watch what happens when you get to partizans. The topic changes. Just like quite a few threads on this and other forums. I am not excusing myself from straying from the topic, but I feel it is just as well to address posts as the topic changes. As in a normal conversation.

As to why I do magic in the streets?? Usually, because someone asks to see something while we happen to be outside.
I don't think I would have even said anything if this thread hadn't become what it had.
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Good and valid point! Thanks for the reply and especially thanks replying to the question of the thread.
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Che, I'm not going to enter into a one on one with you as this would be in breach of The Café Code of Conduct. However, I believe that you called Mr Sankey a Pr*ck, You also stated that if he came to your home town you punch him in the mouth. Statements like this could be harmful to the integrity of The Café, I would imagine that is why they were deleted. I do not see any of that reflected in Partizan's post. As I say I will not take this any further, I am simply posting to justify my remarks.
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Che, I'm not going to enter into a one on one with you as this would be in breach of The Café Code of Conduct. However, I believe that you called Mr Sankey a Pr*ck, You also stated that if he came to your home town you punch him in the mouth. Statements like this could be harmful to the integrity of The Café, I would imagine that is why they were deleted. I do not see any of that reflected in Partizan's post. As I say I will not take this any further, I am simply posting to justify my remarks.


I also said he had a:
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so-self-consious-I-have-to-create-a-new-character-every-time-I-speak-because-I-am-afraid-no-one-will-like-the-real-me mouth.


Thanks for getting my post about sankey back out into the forum. Chill.

As far as harming the integrity of the Café'; I think that more harmful are the arrogant attitudes displayed on this forum. Chill.

One last thing, you don't want to get into a one on one with me for more reasons than being a breach in the Café' code of conduct. Chill.
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You sure wind people up eh! Che.
You seemed to have miss-understood the points that I was putting across as to my thoughts on street.
Let me make it easy for your comprehensive skills to digest.

1. Street is good.
2. street is getting too over-done.
3. many people getting into it, do so after seeing Blaine.
4. The people in point 3 lack basic skills and are over eager.
5. My original post then states "And to the question". meaning, I was off topic and now will be on topic.

I hope this is easy for you to understand.
And if you touch Sankey, I will personally vanish you. :o :/

Also note: The first post was written with sarcastic humor. I hold no responsibility for any pre-sapient miss-interpretation of said humor. and reserve the right to mock anyone who flames me Smile

Oh! And on my comment being like blaines from such and such episode 3, epilogue to godly routine 5.
I don't listen to the chap that close. I have never heard him say that, but its nice to know we think alike.
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Yup, I sure do Partizan, I wind em up 'till they snap.

I don't think I misunderstood anything about your post what-so-ever. I think it is you who misunderstood my post. I'll re-post it for you since you obvously need to read things more than once in order to make it easier "for your comprehensive skills to digest".

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Ok let me try and make myself clear about what I'm trying to say here. I'm not defending Blaine per se'. To be honest, I really am not that big of a fan of his. The Focus of my rant was more towards relevance than anything. At what point did this become a thread regarding Blaine, Blaine wannabe's, or DJ's????? It just seem's like every time a topic having anything to do with so-called "Street Magic" is started, someone makes there opinions about David Blaine the new topic of the thread. Which, in my opinion, is ignorant.

If this was the only thing partizan had said in his post:
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I do street as I like the fact its a 360o peoples stage. No wires, No mirrors. everyones territory.


Then his reply would have been totally relevant to the topic.

Go back and re-read every post and ask yourself if it has anything to do with the initial thread, and or, a post above it. Watch what happens when you get to partizans. The topic changes. Just like quite a few threads on this and other forums. I am not excusing myself from straying from the topic, but I feel it is just as well to address posts as the topic changes. As in a normal conversation.


Let me reiterate; It wasn't nesessary for you to bring up David Blaine, Blainiacs, or DJing in your post, as it has nothing to do with the initial topic, nor does it have anything to do with any of the replies to the initial topic. You used a topic asking a simple question to preach your message about why we as Magicians should show restraint when tempted to do Magic for people we encounter in the "Streets".

As far as your simplifying your post in five "easy to understand" steps, so as to "make it easy for my comprehensive skills to digest". I'll address them each in the order you originally stated them:
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1. Street is good.


Street is good??? What the heck does that mean????? I'll assume you were trying to say: "Performing magic for random strangers in an outdoor setting can be enjoyable for both the spectator and the Magician".
Unless of course you really have been eating streets and are informing us that the flavor is to your liking.
Either way, nowhere in your initial post did you even come close to stating either of those statements.

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2. street is getting too over-done.


I think it's safe to assume that you aren't referring to the way your street is prepared. Unless of course you do actually eat streets. Which I doubt, because you don't seem that tough.
Anyway, your initial post did kind of say that in a round-about, mumbo-jumbo way. Regardless, it has nothing to do with the topic at hand, and, it is definately a debatable opinion that could, and should have been brought up in another thread.

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3. many people getting into it, do so after seeing Blaine.


Well, I can't really say you didn't say this in your post. You did say this Loud and Clear. Although, It causes me to once again bring up the question: What does this have to do with the question that is the topic of this thread?????? I'll go ahead and answer that one for you........NOTHING!!!!!!

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4. The people in point 3 lack basic skills and are over eager.


Once again, you never even came close to saying anything that resembled a statement like this. This leads me to believe one of three things:

a. You really are WAY over my head and I my "comprehensive skills" really can't digest what you have to say.

b. You really do eat streets.

c. You yourself have no idea what you said, and never even thought of re-reading your own post to make it "easier for your own comprehensive skills to digest", and possibly make a legitimate argument in your defense.

You know, I'm going to go with C.

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5. My original post then states "And to the question". meaning, I was off topic and now will be on topic.


Yup, your original post does state that.

Now I have one easy step I would like you to follow:

1. Read my post again and again and again.

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I hope this is easy for you to understand.


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Who are these ladies: "Miss-understood" and "Miss-interpretation"????
And are they Hot?????????
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Yup, I sure do Partizan, I wind em up 'till they snap.

...as it has nothing to do with the initial topic,

...Regardless, it has nothing to do with the topic at hand,

...What does this have to do with the question that is the topic of this thread?????? I'll go ahead and answer that one for you........NOTHING!!!!!!



Che, apart from criticizing other peoples posts what relevant input (regarding this topic) have you brought to this thread in your last 6 posts?

Oh yes, I spotted it

"As to why I do magic in the streets?? Usually, because someone asks to see something while we happen to be outside."

a couple of lines, the rest has been unwanted rant!
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I have addressed posts as the topic changed as in normal conversation. My problem is with dropping un-needed statements into a discussion. Especially ones as touchy as the one we are apparently discussing now.

You too don't seem to like reading through the posts before commenting. If you had, you wouldn't have had to ask your question in the first place.

I wrote:
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I am not excusing myself from straying from the topic, but I feel it is just as well to address posts as the topic changes. As in a normal conversation.


You also might want to start re-reading your own posts:

You wrote:
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As I say I will not take this any further, I am simply posting to justify my remarks.


But........You did.
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