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Topic: New money making idea
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jun 8, 2008 03:52PM)
I am going to buy a cheap accordian. Set up in a chair with a sign that reads: "Put money in the hat and I won't play."
Message: Posted by: cenafreak0709 (Jun 8, 2008 04:14PM)
HAHHA! I love that!
Message: Posted by: manal (Jun 8, 2008 07:49PM)
Toys R us has the accordian you are looking for Mr. Biro.
I had one myself to play Irish Traditional tunes.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jun 8, 2008 08:41PM)
I think Pete needs a great honkin' Hohner accordion -- one that looks like it could really do some DAMAGE.
Message: Posted by: DJBrenton (Jun 9, 2008 03:32AM)
Bagpipes will work waaaay better. In fact, PM me your address. I'll send you some money now not to play.
Message: Posted by: Chance (Jun 9, 2008 07:24AM)
Q: What's 'perfect pitch'?

A: An accordian landing on a bagpipe in a dumpster!
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jun 9, 2008 12:27PM)
A friend of mine was qwite excited about his instant busker kit. It is a self playing accordian. All you have to do is pump it pretend your playing it, ie wiggle your fingers and smile as the theme music to the God farther bellows out.
As much as I dislike accordians I could not help but appreciate this expensive piece of crap. Now when I see a busker playing accordian and if they sound a bit good I all ways take close look just in case.
Keep an eye out.
Message: Posted by: lynnef (Jun 9, 2008 12:40PM)
In one of the Laurel and Hardy movies, the 2 awful musicians are interrupted by a woman who shouts "how much do you make at this corner?" They say "50 cents"; and she says "here's 50 cents, move down to the other corner". or something like that... it's been a few years since I saw the movie.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 9, 2008 03:09PM)
Indeed here in San Francisco’s Financial District
there is a bagpipe player, with a singular lack of talent.

He plays are an intersection where office workers like to enjoy their lunch and coffee on the street near a famous statue, and will STOP playing every time someone gives him a five-dollar bill.

I suspect he makes a fine living by keeping silent during the lunch rush and coffee breaks.

I believe I know of several magicians who could also make a handsome living by offering not to perform in public….

Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jun 12, 2008 01:55PM)
On 2008-06-09 08:24, Chance wrote:
Q: What's 'perfect pitch'?

A: An accordian landing on a bagpipe in a dumpster!

funniest joke I've heard in weeks!
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jun 13, 2008 01:54AM)

I play an Hohner Panther, I love it.
It keeps the cats away and does not scare the dog as much as my violin playing.

Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Jun 13, 2008 09:04AM)
I once left my accordian in my car unlocked. I came back and there were four more in there! :)

What's the difference between an accordian and an onion? Nobody cries when you cut up an accordian! :)


Message: Posted by: deadcatbounce (Jun 15, 2008 07:29PM)
You may joke, but in the middle of Tralee, County Kerry, (Ireland) I saw a drunk playing a 6 string guitar with only 4 strings on, and he was using a credit card cut into a very large V shape as a plectrum. He was absolutely useless. Out of tune, no rhythm, - just a drunk with NO musical leanings.

And people were dropping cash in his basket.


I just thought - it could have been MUCH worse! He could have had a drum kit!

Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jun 15, 2008 07:59PM)
In 1992, the second time I was in Berlin, I was strolling through Europa Zentrum and I saw the worst excuse for this kind of thing I have ever seen in my life.

No, it wasn't a crate slug.

It was a little Gypsy boy, couldn't have been more than 3 years old, sitting on the sidewalk with an out of tune mandolin in his lap. He was strumming the strings loudly with one hand, and had his other hand stretched upward for money.

He had a very sad expression on his face. They start them young and train them well.
Message: Posted by: Wayne Whiting (Jun 16, 2008 05:52AM)
Reminds me of the busker who won his case in Alexandria, VA. He was a bagpipe player. Seems like if he could win his case, if would be a breeze for a magician.
Message: Posted by: MagiCol (Jun 16, 2008 06:13AM)
Bill, what's a "crate slug" please? From the context I guess it's a person sitting by watching the show and not not contributing any donation. How good a guess is that?
Message: Posted by: johnnymystic (Jun 16, 2008 06:43AM)
Crate slug= people standing on crates such as living statues, etc.
Message: Posted by: mplegare (Jun 17, 2008 06:32PM)
Pete -

If you want to go "classic", you could always make or obtain a Rommelpot.

After all, Danish buskers would go door to door playing this (sometimes referred to as the f*rt drum due to its, uh, distinctive sound) until they were given money to GO AWAY.

... I've actually done that at a few Renaissance Faires. *oomph-phrmph-wrmfph-frmf* "o/` Gimme a dollar and I'll stop playing! o/`"
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Jul 11, 2008 04:07AM)
I remember Douglas Adams had a bit in one of his "Hitchhiker's" books where the hero and his girlfriend were walking through the park. In the background was a bagpipes player who kept getting angry at the audience; "No! Don't give me money! I'm not performing, I'm only practicing!"

And then there's the classic "Far Side" cartoon; Upper panel, a line of angels; "Welcome to heaven, here's your harp." Lower panel, a line of devils; "welcome to 4377, here's your accordian!"