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Topic: Ten things that may shock a busker!
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 30, 2006 05:54PM)
Ten things that may shock a busker!

1= A baby, (Slight of crap)
2= A wife that does not want to travel,
3= In-laws,
4= Settling down,
5= Getting older,
6= The Tax man,
7= Being ordinary,
8= The Magic Café,
9= Following the Crowd,
10= Restricted Freedom,

PS please add to the list.
Message: Posted by: Paddy (Jan 30, 2006 07:23PM)
11. An Ex wife that make Attila The Hun look friendly
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Jan 30, 2006 08:15PM)
Break dancers on the right of you and a bucket drummer on the other side.
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Jan 30, 2006 09:53PM)
Message: Posted by: Laird (Jan 31, 2006 01:36AM)
How about Hari Krishnas, no lie. Right here at the Plaza in Kansas City.
Message: Posted by: Kondini (Jan 31, 2006 03:30AM)
A £50 note in the hat!
Message: Posted by: Tom Frank (Jan 31, 2006 03:35AM)
It's a shock to watch your crowd disolve midsentence
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jan 31, 2006 09:07AM)
Marching drum corps and drum circles.

Drawing a crowd of mostly homeless people.

Crowds that vaporize in very hot weather.

Thinking you did a crappy show and still making money.
Message: Posted by: BAH1313 (Jan 31, 2006 09:25AM)
A woman groping you while mid straight jacket.... I love my job.
A man groping you while mid straight jacket.... I hate my job.

Either way, shocking.
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Feb 1, 2006 03:57AM)
Three punk kids crowding your table after you finish a show, saying they want to show me a trick then after you chase them off, you realize they stole your money.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 1, 2006 06:42AM)
When you say punk do you mean tenagers or acutal punks?
Message: Posted by: Jim Wilder (Feb 1, 2006 07:22AM)
On 2006-02-01 07:42, Mario Morris wrote:
When you say punk do you mean tenagers or acutal punks?
Is there a true difference outside of appearance?
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 1, 2006 07:34AM)
I was woundering if you were talking sideshow slang!
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Feb 1, 2006 07:40AM)
A kid squirting you with a water gun. It happened to me at a block party.
Message: Posted by: Brent McLeod (Feb 1, 2006 05:37PM)
Thunderstorm mid show with a big crowd watching!!!!!
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 1, 2006 06:51PM)
You got that right wash outs there bad news.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Feb 2, 2006 06:33AM)
Having the Mounted cops chase three guys through your pitch.

Having the mounted cop's horse decide that he likes the glitter on your vest and keeps sidling closer and closer... (actually had that happen)

Having a Gay Pride Parade break up one street over from your pitch and come wandering through as you start the 100' Challenge Rope Escape

Having the K-9 unit decide that you needed to be "checked for explosives" in the middle of your show. (happened to the act before me at a Ren Faire)

Having Gazzo waiting to go on after you.

Having to go on after Gazzo!

Lee Darrow, C.H.
Message: Posted by: bwarren3 (Feb 2, 2006 10:34AM)
If I had to go after Gazzo, I might as well go home. How can you compete with that??:):):):):):) maybe learn to Juggle on the spot??
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 2, 2006 01:06PM)
Who is Gazzo.
Is he a Busker?
Message: Posted by: Magicpitch (Feb 2, 2006 09:03PM)
On 2006-02-02 14:06, Mario Morris wrote:
Who is Gazzo.
Is he a Busker?

Used to be. :) Oh, that was wrong on so many levels :) Lord, I apologize......
Message: Posted by: BAH1313 (Feb 2, 2006 09:10PM)
When you are saying "Lord I appologize" were you talking to Gazzo?
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 3, 2006 04:41AM)
On every level, that is the first thing you come up whith in weeks.
Message: Posted by: rikbrooks (Feb 3, 2006 07:22AM)
Gazzo is a busker that said that he was retiring and very may well have. He's one of those really raspy guys when performing whose humor is sort of edgy, but he pulls it off so very well.

In person he's a wonderful person. He's just a tad eccentric, not much out of the norm. He's quite friendly though.

His act is certainly magic but his interaction with the crowd, his presentation, is what makes him great.

To give you a tiny example of his humor, these might be quotes, if not they are close:

"Come on up here, little boy, help me with this --- no, no, don't be shy, I'm your REAL daddy. Ha ha, just kidding, it could be ANY of us."

"Go ahead and keep that dollar little boy. It's a magic dollar. If you put it under your pillow tonight it will turn into a TWENTY, isn't that right, Mom?" (he says while nodding his head vigorously.

He has a book filled with one liners like that called "Read Between the Lines". I think you can find it on MagicPitch. I haven't used many of those lines in performance but I bought it and got some real belly laughs out of it.
Message: Posted by: saheer (Feb 3, 2006 12:29PM)
Found this on Wikipedia:

Gazoo often appears before Fred and Barney in random, often inopportune moments. He refers to Fred as "dum-dum" and constantly causes problems for him. Even when he attempts to help Fred out, he usually ends up causing even more trouble. The only people who are able to see him are Fred, Barney, and the children (because they believe in him). A running gag is that Fred argues with Gazoo while Wilma believes that he's talking to himself. Also, whenever Pebbles says Gazoo Wilma thinks she is sneezing, possibly catching cold.

Because Gazoo was introduced into the show midway through the final season and is considered quite an absurd character, being a futuristic alien that appears in the middle of the Stone Age, he is often cited by fans and critics of the show as being an example of the fact that the show had "jumped the shark." Indeed, the show was cancelled shortly after his first appearance, although it cannot be said that Gazoo contributed in any way to the series' conclusion.

In all seriousness, someone ought to write cellini's and gazzo's biog. for wikipedia.
Message: Posted by: BAH1313 (Feb 3, 2006 12:33PM)
Saheer, one question....What the %$#@ are you talking about?

Maybe I'm lost or something.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Feb 3, 2006 04:35PM)
Gazoo was an outer space character on the Flintstones. Saheer misread who I was talking about - or is unfamiliar with GAZZO.

What DO they teach these kids coming up these days? ;) ;) ;)

Lee Darrow, C.H.
Message: Posted by: kOnO (Feb 3, 2006 10:48PM)
On 2006-01-30 18:54, Mario Morris wrote:
Ten things that may shock a busker!

PS please add to the list.


Frank's Felt Covered Mouse Balls

Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Feb 4, 2006 12:27PM)
Frank has felt balls? :spoon:
Message: Posted by: isaacfawlkes (Feb 4, 2006 04:10PM)
What were the mouse's balls that Frank felt covered with?
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Feb 5, 2006 10:27PM)
On 2006-02-04 17:10, isaacfawlkes wrote:
What were the mouse's balls that Frank felt covered with?

Disney's group insurance?
Message: Posted by: kOnO (Feb 6, 2006 02:54AM)
On 2006-02-05 23:27, Michael Baker wrote:
On 2006-02-04 17:10, isaacfawlkes wrote:
What were the mouse's balls that Frank felt covered with?

Disney's group insurance?

Now that's funny!!!

Message: Posted by: Faulkner (Feb 6, 2006 09:57AM)
My first couple months performing on the street I was 50 feet from Kozmo half the time. Frustration and education all in one. Often I wondered if it was not to late to become an accountant.

Message: Posted by: Tom Stevens (Feb 7, 2006 05:50AM)
Things that may shock a busker:

Watching a statue beat up a heckler.
Message: Posted by: BAH1313 (Feb 7, 2006 07:41AM)
Did the Heckler see him move?
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 7, 2006 01:23PM)
that's great a silent beaten.
A bit like in hear at times.
Message: Posted by: Tom Stevens (Feb 7, 2006 05:25PM)
The heckler made him move and threw garbage in his cup.

The statue guy (a rough carachter if I ever saw one) picked up his sword and chased the guy down the street.
Message: Posted by: BAH1313 (Feb 8, 2006 07:54AM)
I would have paid to see that.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Feb 17, 2006 05:58PM)
Using a hand-held mike connected to a hot-chassised amplifier plugged into the mains while standing in a puddle of water. That will shock a busker.
Message: Posted by: squando (Feb 24, 2006 11:31PM)
Being upstaged by swooping birds poaching popcorn.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Feb 25, 2006 01:47AM)
Or by swooping birds depositing used popcorn.
Message: Posted by: gollymrscience (Mar 20, 2006 04:32PM)
How about the color commentator spectator who stands at the back of the crowd and tries to prove he knows how you are doing what you do. Failing actual knowledge they just make it up and are so eager to be an expert they speak loud enough for all to hear.
Developed "special" patter for them.
A you do as I do will usually take care of them.
Message: Posted by: gollymrscience (Mar 20, 2006 04:35PM)
The shock of seeing half your act developed independently by another magician from half the world away but who is working the same festival as you are, is located just down the way from your pitch and is completing his show just as you are to start yours so the crowd can just move a short distance once he is done to watch you do everything he just did.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Mar 20, 2006 05:32PM)
Gazzo announces his retirement.... and means it!
Message: Posted by: chappy (Mar 25, 2006 07:09PM)
I offered to take photos for a visiting busker recently. During his act a Muslim protest march began down the road and was destined for his stage(a mainsquare in the centre of town). The march stormed straight through his stage like a tidal wave(about 5000 people chanting and yelling). Opposing religious groups drove by screaming obscenities, fights broke out, arrests were made...

I got some great photos! A performance I'm sure he will remember.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Mar 26, 2006 02:30AM)
Love to see them photos, I use to live in the Middle east and I took some hair raising photos of riots and street battles. I was pinned down for what was part of a whole afternoon while a battle took place at one time. Any way that was when I was young and stupid and I could not sense danger.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Mar 26, 2006 08:25PM)
Here's something that might shock a busker....
The inside of a set of penguin cups.

I received an email today after inquiring about their cups and balls selection process. This is a snippet of what I got back...

I took a close look at the Johnson cups while in Vegas, as well as the Penguin cups ( terrible finish on the Penguin cups - the insides looked to be some sort of science experiment gone bad).

I had to laugh at that.

In fact the penguin cups pretty much sum up their business practices
in general... shiny and nice on the outside, but when you look deeper,
it's not the bargain your thought it was.

You get what you pay for.
Message: Posted by: Vince Hancock (Mar 28, 2006 09:13PM)
On 2006-01-31 04:35, Tom Frank wrote:
It's a shock to watch your crowd disolve midsentence

Hi Mr. Frank,

What makes people take off in the middle of a sentence--any luck in pinning that down? Is that a sign that one needs to fix something in the routine, or just that the smell of hot roast beef sandwiches has wafted into the lunchtime crowd?


Vince Hancock
Message: Posted by: mplegare (Mar 30, 2006 12:21PM)
Having what you think is a great show and getting a mediocre hat.
Having what you think is a mediocre show and getting Hat From The Gods.

Both of them happened to me at the same event. What happened? It was a 2 weekend festival up in Tahoe. The festival organizer thought to promote the fair to the casinos just down the street between week 1 and week 2. On week 2, the bus from HaveCashistan drove up and dropped off many, many people bearing disposable income.

Having someone drop two $20 bills in your hat - from the Bank of Zimbabwe.
... I still HAVE those bills. And some SCA coinage, and a couple shillings... and I haven't left the US yet!