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Topic: A fakir busking show
Message: Posted by: NJJ (Nov 3, 2005 04:39PM)
I'm putting together a fakir style street show. More for the use at festivals etc rather then hardcore "hat busking" but I felt it was more appropriate to post here then anywhere else.

The idea would be to combine a little magic, mentalism and sideshow stunts into one show.

CROWD GATHERING - Bally and spruik about walking on broken glass whilst holding a burning goblet. (fire = attention.)

Once I have an audience of some size I will tell them I must prepare myself MIND, BODY and SOUL to walk the broken glass.

SOUL - I borrow $50 off an audience volunteer as an offering. I burn it in my goblet as a sacrifice to the 'gods.'. In return, the volunteer gets a lime (to bring him good fortune).

BODY - To test the limits of my pain, I perform the human blockhead.

MIND - A simple mind reading effect to prepare my mind (mind over matter etc.) Probably Bob cassidy's name/place.

Before walking on glass I produce the bill from the lime which I return to the man. I then walk on the broken glass before ending with an almighty jump in the middle.

I've obviously left out a lot of info but what do you think of the structure.
Message: Posted by: Kondini (Nov 3, 2005 05:52PM)
Sounds OK to me,,,,but be very careful,,,,I use blockhead on the streets and unless it has a very strong comedy angle running with it you are going to get a hell of a lot of walkaways,,,mainly parents dragging their sproggs off.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Nov 3, 2005 06:12PM)
Are you also able to do childrens party's?
Message: Posted by: NJJ (Nov 3, 2005 08:09PM)
Oh yes...but when I do kid's parties the nail goes up the KID'S nose. (keeps the little buggers in line)

Thanks for the heads up re: blockhead. Most guys I've seen do it on the street go for comedy or they build it up so there is no surprise.
Message: Posted by: AntonDreaming (Nov 13, 2005 03:06AM)
All I could say about this is that it seems too formed. If a street act is to tight or to lose it can be a problem. Some one walking in half way to this act would have a hard time responding to the 50$ in lime bit IMO. Also walking on glass is a very cool effect for the fakir style of work but the problem is it doesn't have real climax IMO. The jump is a good start but what about this...first hype up the glass walk and when it comes time give the audience more than what they were expecting by carrying a large weight on you back across the glass or jump onto the glass from a small step latter or folding chair. If you were to simply jump onto the glass from a chair or the like you could house the glass in a small 2 foot by 2 foot container for easy transportation. All of this once agian is simply opinion.

Another way that I personaly have gone is to blind fold yourself (gaff) and juggle somthing..knives, fire, combination of things ect and walk across the glass at the same time. This appears verry difficult esp with a fake "stumble or flinch" at the begining of the walk.... Just a thought... Have fun wirh the act and remember If you wow them to manny times the audience will become satified and you WILL get walk aways focus the real energy on that finaly!!!

The Tattooed Man
Message: Posted by: Steve V (Nov 13, 2005 12:23PM)
Explain the $50 bill aspect. You think they are going to give it to you to sacrifice? Will you be holding a gun or a knife on them?
Steve V
Message: Posted by: kOnO (Nov 15, 2005 01:12PM)

I thought everyone on the street gave you a $50.

That's what I dreamed last night.

Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 15, 2005 06:41PM)
I saw a really good walking on glass bit that had a really effective climax.

Too bad I can't tell you what it is, because it isn't mine to divulge.

But it is a knockout.

And it would get you lots of bux.

As well as some spondulicks.
Message: Posted by: Zack (Nov 16, 2005 01:24PM)
I like this act very much! It makes promises. Since every trick is leading up to the big finale, you will hold the crowd while they wait for the big one.