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'Lo all....it's me, everyone's least-faviorite steroid-abusing, iron-pumping, SAT-failing, disguise-wearing, street-performing liar! (Just kidding.....I've never used steroids!) I got my first letter from that Irish family, Cotton is still doing street-cards, Uncle's in the clink (30 days) and Halelughah Jones(the REAL one) is back on the street & proseletyzin' his heart out.

About a week ago,something occured to me. I've been watching a lot of the vid demos of tricks where the magish is doing them on the street for random (presumebly)passerby, and there's always lots of attention and HUGE recations. Same for David Blaine or any other street magician who does his stuff on video. In case any of you out there are looking at the seemingly effortless drawing of a crowd and the huge reactions and are wondering "what do they have that I don't?", I'll tell you. It's NOT the trick they're trying to sell you.....IT'S THE CAMERA!!!! People will ALWAYS gravitate toward a television camera (Or even a profesional-looking DAT cam) and they'll make sure that theyr'e reactions are BIG because they want to be one of the ones who gets put on TV! HMmmm... : )


I went downtown, found Cotton, and asked him if he'd like to ake a little cash. (as if I couldn't predict the answer to THAT question). You see, over at UCF, there's a sattilite film school which works with some fil academy called 'full-sail', and every month, they toss out all their equiptent which is busted beyond repair. After rumaging around in their Dumpster awhile, I found several items to suit my needs, and I learned a lesson.....NEVER jump into a 16'000 gallon flat-top dumpster unless it's full enough that you can reach the edge to get OUT again! After 3 hours had gone by, enough bags & such had been tossed in that I was able to pile then up & jump for the lip. There was a guy walking by who saw me getting out, and when I saw his blank stare, I pointed to the film-school behind me and said "They REALLY didn't like my acting!" And left with the goods.

Using the pieces from the dumpster, and some household ites, I soon had what APPEARED to be a large digital camera. I took one of my old pagers and arranged it so that the light showed, making the 'record' light. Cotton shaved and I put a hat (worn backwards) on him and a laminated card (an expired grocery discount card) on a string around his neck, and off we went to Daytona! Basicly, I walked around with a bunch of close-up tricks, with the bigger tricks kept in my pack, and Cotton simply acted as though he was filming me. WOW!!! It was UNCANNY how many people would just walk right up to me and ask me to do a trick for them!! And their participation / reaction was GOLDEN!! I even tried doing a simple lame effect (ambitious card) and the way they screamed, you'd think I'd ressurected the dead! Once I had an edge, it was on with the show, and the hats were fantastic! Cotton also served as a lookout for the local constabulary. At one point, the owner of the biusness I was doing it in front of came out....and asked me to make sure I got the name of his resteraunt on film! And there was one girl who apparently mistook me for a certain other camera show, and....well, let's just say she was pretty. Counting on the drive back to O-town, we'd ade $131 over the course of about 4 hours (not counting the 90 minute commute each way). We split the take, and went our seprate ways, but Cotton made it clear that if I ever try this again...he's my man!

So, it's not exactly that profitable....since you have to share with the guy posing as a camera-man, but I guess you wouldn't necessarily have to split it 50/50. And I'm telling you....the camera (a real pro-looking one, NOT some tourist vidcam!)is the magic-key which will turn adversaries into allies, and pulls in crowds like a magnet!
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Nice job! I oughta try that sometime. Thanks for the interesting and amusing story.
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WOW. Where'd you say that dumpster is? LOL
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BTW.....for anyone confused by all the names & refrences made, check out the "I can't beleive how well this worked" thread on this section.
Everybody wants to beleive.....we just help them along.
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That's one mighty dumpster!!!

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Well, we get a lot of trash here in the staes!
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I learned that lesson at a young age. Cameras always attract crowds
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I totally agree, thanks for sharing that story!
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Hmm makes me want to look for a film school, cool story
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