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Thanks Dan
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Gar. I and a lot of my friends felt that you guys were homeless.

Thank you for your unsolicited oppenion.The fact that I got paid when I was working did not not make me a bum,it made me a full time professional magican.
Actually you arn't the the first person person to call me a bum.When I suffered head injries twelve years ago the highly respected Memphis Poliece Department refues to take a report and later lied about it,becouse I was a street grifter and didn't belong there,althouh I was on private property with the owers concent,had a permmit and paid sales taxes.The pimps who broke up my joint and my head,putting me on perminant disability only paid the poliece.
If you really want to learn something mabe you shoul read"The Magic Life"by Ace Starry or Drawing A circle in the Square,or Hello Sucker,Or Street Magic.I'm a big fan of chidren reading before thay start to write.
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Later this month, this Bum will be in NY and Annapolis (Working and holidaying) I hope the New Yorker and Holiday Inns in Manhattan have rooms booked for this bum !!
Just to think that performing is my ONLY income makes me feel real humble (Just like a bum I suppose).Maybe I am a humble bum!!
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I have just read your question, but I haven't bothered reading the replies because I am being lazy (thought I should be direct and honest). I guess that some of the replies would be along the lines of "Hey, it'r our art!" and I can understand that, but also it is nice to have a 'spectator' actually give feedback from the streets, as it is productive. Thanks for the input,

Chris
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Yeah, I agree with Chris. It is good to hear feedback that could help us be better. I am going to work harder on making my collection of money be a fun aspect of the act. I've already been working on that and will continue it. That's what struck me about the last act I saw, which was in New York. The collection was a lot of fun.

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On 2004-09-09 14:52, Kondini wrote:
Maybe I am a humble bum!!


Hmm... bumble...humbumble...there is a joke in there somewhere but this is no time for a scavenger hunt. Smile

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I haven't spent all that many hours busking, but they have been great. It has very much improved my other performances. It is much easier to play at being a mountebank if you have actually performed for the hat or talked people into a sideshow.

Here's the other side of it: now, I never pass a busker without tipping. Even just a guitar player doing a trickle, I'll cross the street to give him two bucks without even listening to a whole song if I am passing by. I once had the great experience of putting some of my hat money into someone else's hat. As they say, "From his mouth to God's ear..."

Yours,

Paul
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On 2004-09-09 14:52, Kondini wrote:
Later this month, this Bum will be in NY and Annapolis (Working and holidaying) I hope the New Yorker and Holiday Inns in Manhattan have rooms booked for this bum !!
Just to think that performing is my ONLY income makes me feel real humble (Just like a bum I suppose).Maybe I am a humble bum!!


...better than being a stumblebum!

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Posted: Sep 11, 2004 11:27am

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On 2004-09-10 09:23, drwilson wrote:
I haven't spent all that many hours busking, but they have been great. It has very much improved my other performances. It is much easier to play at being a mountebank if you have actually performed for the hat or talked people into a sideshow.

Here's the other side of it: now, I never pass a busker without tipping. Even just a guitar player doing a trickle, I'll cross the street to give him two bucks without even listening to a whole song if I am passing by. I once had the great experience of putting some of my hat money into someone else's hat. As they say, "From his mouth to God's ear..."

Yours,

Paul



I usually put a dollar in the hat, but it's usually in change! I worry about the stuff blowing out while the guy's trying to perform. (And I don't give out 5s casually!)
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Don't worry about it blowing out, we'll catch it.

CHANGE SUCKS.

Other people see you putting in change, they put in change.

Some buskers refuse to take it.
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I usually put a dollar in the hat, but it's usually in change! I worry about the stuff blowing out while the guy's trying to perform. (And I don't give out 5s casually!)


Are you saving up for a haircut or just tight fisted.
ITS A JOKE!!!!!!!!
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On 2004-09-09 02:36, magicsoup wrote:
... After one of my shows a guy told me he liked that my pitch made it clear that I expect to get paid but at the same time was not a high preassure guilt trip.


This is my problem. I can work and build the crowd but pitching the hat. I'm clueless.

So QUESTION:
HOW can your pitch made it clear that you expect to get paid but at the same time not be a high pressure guilt trip?
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Ron,

GREAT question. The easiest way to let them know with no pressure is to let them know jokingly a couple of times during the show that you are working for tips.

Example just before the revelation of the first trick say, "Now what I am about to show you is so amazing you may want to throw money at me. PLEASE DON'T DO IT NOW! Wait until the end of the show when I pass my hat because by then you might want to make it a five!

Then another one mid show that is just a quick call back to the first joke about the fives.

And then before your finale you should give a mini hat line, "Folks what you have seen up until now is free. But I am a professional entertainer and this is how I make my living. If you have a problem with this in anyway I don't want to make you feel uncomfortable when I pass the hat so now would be a good time to take off. If you are not morally offended and just broke don't feel bad, I am a street performer and I know your pain. Stick around anyway and at the end of the show just come up and shake my hand and give me a quick thank you. This show is my gift to you. If you do have few extra dollars I hope you think this show has provided you with valuable entertainment. You people are the best looking, smartest, and most pleasant, folks it has ever been my pleasure to work for. I have a warm and fuzzy feeling deep down in the sub cockles of my heart that you will probably turn out to be the most generous as well.

If you are still not feeling it after I perform this most amazing feat I will once again shower you with gratuitous amounts of complementary hyperbole before I pass the hat. Now folks get ready, because I am about to pull a rabbit out of my hat!"

Or something like that anyway....

Then after your finale you can give them a shorter more handsome hat pitch because at that point they really know what's coming, you gave the cheapskates a chance to skate with no strings, and you let the broke folks know that you are not just in it for the money. This also makes the folks who have a couple of bucks think you are a good and sincere person. At this point they will be breaking their arms to get the money out of their pockets and into your hat.

Best,

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Wow Dan... do you accept paypal?
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Ha! Thanks Jim. Almost all of that I learned from observing Gazzo and Cellini. Gazzo has some books out and Jim is tearing up the DVD market with the great Kozmo.

Give the money to them and you will get it all from my betters and my teachers!

But if you ever see my show, when the hat comes out, I hope you drop a five. Smile

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Danny,

That's just pure gold, as always. If I ever do see your show, I have to think of all the great stuff you put in this forum when it's time for a folding ovation.

Yours,

Paul
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Hey Dan, That's actualy very similar to what I say. Also I use my cute 4 year old to hold the hat!

RonC, read DAns post carefully. It's very important to suggest an amount.
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"Thank you all for watching my show!! If you enjoyed it, please show your generosity! If you DIDN'T enjoy it.....be generous anyway! No point in BOTH of us leaving dissapointed!"

*Spectator drops a one or a five in the hat*-->"Sir, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!"

*Spectator drops a dime or smaller*-->"Sir, I thank you from the heart of my bottom!"
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GREAT lines !
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On 2004-09-11 20:16, Zack wrote:
Don't worry about it blowing out, we'll catch it.

CHANGE SUCKS.

Other people see you putting in change, they put in change.

Some buskers refuse to take it.


I'm reminded of an old joke about a guy tipping a cab driver with a quarter.

DRIVER: A tip like that's an insult!
PASSEN: Oh? What should it be?
DRIVER: At least twice that!
PASSEN: My dear fellow, I wouldn't dream of insulting you twice!

Seriously, I give what I'm comfortable with. If you don't want it, fine. I won't give you anything!
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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On 2004-09-14 02:56, The Mighty Fool wrote:
"Thank you all for watching my show!! If you enjoyed it, please show your generosity! If you DIDN'T enjoy it.....be generous anyway! No point in BOTH of us leaving dissapointed!"

*Spectator drops a one or a five in the hat*-->"Sir, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!"

*Spectator drops a dime or smaller*-->"Sir, I thank you from the heart of my bottom!"


Personally I would never use that line. I thank everyone, even if they give me a button (it's happened). If someone gives me a dollar I says thanks, if they give a ten I announce it to the world as an eg. to follow!
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