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D. Yoder
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I don't know if you stop by this board now and then, Gazzo, but if you do, I would love to hear your perspective on what appears to be a changed show as shown in the clip referenced below. My assumption is that age and health have had something to do with the choices you have made. Mark James does in depth interviews on his podcast "Talking Shtick" on the choices that magicians make in their shows. You would be a great subject for his interview style.
https://youtu.be/suw4PmDUIOk
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Gazzo gave the gift of the world’s greatest cup and ball show to the world. Unfortunately the world has taken that act and all its lines and bits and tried to reproduce it over and over without an ounce of their own creativity.

At some point he probably got tired of lugging around cups and buying fresh fruit just to show up somewhere to find a low rent wannabe version of himself running his act through the mud.

Gazzo is one of the world’s greatest living magicians, and this seemingly casual performance just proves it even more. The man oozes charm and personality, something that’s hard to find in any magic nowadays.

I encourage everyone that’s a street performer, a fan of street performers, a magician, or a student of magic history, to reach out to Gazzo and buy one of his videos or Downloads directly from him and let him know how loved and appreciated he is.
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On Jan 7, 2021, Endless West wrote:
Gazzo gave the gift of the world’s greatest cup and ball show to the world. Unfortunately the world has taken that act and all its lines and bits and tried to reproduce it over and over without an ounce of their own creativity.

At some point he probably got tired of lugging around cups and buying fresh fruit just to show up somewhere to find a low rent wannabe version of himself running his act through the mud.

Gazzo is one of the world’s greatest living magicians, and this seemingly casual performance just proves it even more. The man oozes charm and personality, something that’s hard to find in any magic nowadays.

I encourage everyone that’s a street performer, a fan of street performers, a magician, or a student of magic history, to reach out to Gazzo and buy one of his videos or Downloads directly from him and let him know how loved and appreciated he is.
just to say yes gazzo is good but he did sell his act to the magicians on dvds that's why his act is copied
Eric Evans
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No, his act is copied because it is objectively great.

So he made a DVD in order to inspire other magicians, it's not that it doesn't give them the right to become automatons, it's just sad that they do.
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I did a variation on Dai Vernon's cups and balls act on the street for several years myself.

It served me well. And, while the moves and the routine were fairly well worn, I like to think I made it my own. At least, I was pleased with myself and my audiences seemed to enjoy it.

I owe Gazzo a lot for this. I attended a workshop with him at Misdirections Magic Shop in San Francisco as I was just getting into street performing, and his advice on crowd control and projection was some of the most valuable knowledge I've ever learned.

I'm eternally grateful to him for that. Thanks a million, Gazzo!

I haven't done any street performance since before covid-19 & I understand what you're talking about here.

Getting older, buying a house and moving to another place with a smaller tourism industry demanded a little more stability than the streets could afford me.

But when things return to "normal" (whatever <i>that</i> is...) I plan to make the most out of what my little town has to offer with a new show tailored to my new circumstances. The old cups & balls trick won't be a part of it.

Things change... and it's up to us to make the most of it.
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mike bonfield
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I did a variation on Dai Vernon's cups and balls act on the street for several years myself.

It served me well. And, while the moves and the routine were fairly well worn, I like to think I made it my own. At least, I was pleased with myself and my audiences seemed to enjoy it.

I owe Gazzo a lot for this. I attended a workshop with him at Misdirections Magic Shop in San Francisco as I was just getting into street performing, and his advice on crowd control and projection was some of the most valuable knowledge I've ever learned.

I'm eternally grateful to him for that. Thanks a million, Gazzo!

I haven't done any street performance since before covid-19 & I understand what you're talking about here.

Getting older, buying a house and moving to another place with a smaller tourism industry demanded a little more stability than the streets could afford me.

But when things return to "normal" (whatever <i>that</i> is...) I plan to make the most out of what my little town has to offer with a new show tailored to my new circumstances. The old cups & balls trick won't be a part of it.

Things change... and it's up to us to make the most of it.
good luck on that I like small towns cups are always a hit keep it in
gaddy
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We'll see, Mike. We'll see!

I'm looking at some other source material right now for inspiration. I've been playing around with a set of Johnny Paul style cups for a long time now -maybe they'll find a spot in the rotation. Who knows?
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This is an age old conversation, most magicians are inspired by someone and will copy them in the beginning and as they grow as performers they change and morph into their own style and create their own performances. Gazzo was that magician for me, I first watched, met him at my first Tannen's Jubilee in 1989. I had seen him work in Fanuel Hall in Boston and loved the act and decided I wanted to be a busker. In photos of my early work you can see the influence of Gazzo including costume and patter but as I grew older and performed more I changed and made it all my own. I'm sure everyone has gone thru this experience is all rooms in the house of magic. As a young street performer in NYC I was always working hard to make my own character and performance.
So in the end I agree that Gazzo is the best busker ever! and he was my inspiration and always will be....
Bruce
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