So, I just went out and did my first "busking" tonight. It wasn't really TRUE busking, in that I didn't try to draw a large crowd and then do a set show. It was a briefcase and close-up pad set up on a piano stand, and me doing fairly close-up magic in front of a closed shop. I just left the hat out the whole time, but I did emphasize it throughout the night as people came and went.
Point is, I went from midnight to 2:30 (I did the show in downtown Athens, GA) and made $100.89 my first night out. I'm happy and just wanted to share the achievement. YAY!!!