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I walk up, introduce myself, and offer a business card. It helps to have a regular gig like a restaurant and invite them to see you perform. I like to offer a quick demo of what I do and play it by ear when to quit. I usually don't show more than three effects. You know you have done well when they show up with friends at your gig.
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This might sound trivial but depending on the area, you might want to emphasize that you don't expect any money after your performance (unless of course, you do!). I find that often times people will avoid me on the streets of New York or Boston for fear of me panhandling. I find when I approach people and say "excuse me, are you guys interested in seeing some magic? I'm not looking for any tips, just a chance to show off some of my skills..." I get a lot more positive responses!
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Without offending or bothering the people on the street, the idea is to:
Just START your act. Pick a spot where people are passing by and can SEE YOU and you'll have enough room, IF a group gathers.
Then, just start doing your thing.
You can even pretend to talk to "an invisible audience." (when no one is there yet.)
or play music on a small boombox or portable battery powered amp.
Just get into it.
People will stop to watch if they are not in a hurry.
Start with tricks that do NOT require any audience participation.
ONCE you have a small group watching . . . THEN . . . you can do any Audience participant tricks.

I would NEVER just walk up to strangers and ask to DO a trick.
There are all kinds of people out there. (Do you want to get beat up or stabbed ???)
Some are in the middle of a drug transaction or making plans. . . or talking to a girlfriend.
Some people that APPEAR to be doing nothing . . are Just Thinking. Contemplating.
Writing notes in their head. Going over lines they have to memorize for a play.

Once you have a small group gathered, (on their own accord)
then you can Go with the flow and do things they might be interested in or your pre-planned act.
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IF . . . you want to do DOZENS of shows - demonstrations of your magical skill per day
you can get a couple hundred dollars worth of magic (at wholesale) that is easy to show-demonstrate and include some of your skills that are NOT sold with the product and get a booth, kiosk, in a well traveled place: Flea market, mall, airport lobby, balloon festival, state fair, etc.
And. . . have 3 or 4 COMMON and under $20. type magic tricks you can demo and sell all day long.
Like . . D'lites, misers dream cups/glasses (adding in your own special coin skills), Half dollar stuff, shrinking half dollar to miniature coin IN THEIR OWN HANDS, etc. (Miniature coins cost wholesale about 30 cents each . .)
And Show and sell these pre-packaged tricks with instructions all day long for dozens and dozens of people.
Making double or 3 times what you paid for these tricks at wholesale.
Generally, common stuff . .coins, miser's dream glasses-cups, (makes noise too), flash paper, Flipper coins, shell coin tricks, stripper decks-cards, STUFF that plays big but is for common person (not regular magicians) .
Any way, you'll get LOTS of practice performing to hundreds of strangers.
And you get paid a little as the day goes by.
To buy wholesale, usually minimum dollar amount is $100. per order. Plus shipping.
Try: . . . EZ Magic D. Robbins to buy wholesale.

For instance: When doing miser's dream you can add your own slights and coin catches (to make it SUPER Spectacular . .) . . but sell them the basic product.

Excellent practice . . . all day long.

Some time back, when D'lites were new. . . . .Even Rocco has been seen selling his d'lites in a kiosk at an airport for some extra "change."

You can put your Special Spin on whatever you are selling to make it GREAT !
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