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Topic: What is most important about street busking?
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jul 18, 2008 08:59PM)
Which of the following are the 4 most important when it comes to street busking?

Performance
Attitude
Personality
Humor
Dress Style
Crowd's Population
Crowd's Income
Hustle Skill
Atmosphere
Time of Day
Vocal
Verbal
Visual
Patience
Length of Act
Character
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jul 19, 2008 12:28AM)
Mike:

It's a combination of ingredients, really. But the most important thing of all is whether you can get the audience to like you. If you can get them to like you, and you can make a connection to them, the rest of them kind of follow.

Sometimes people with low to middle incomes will tip better than the wealthy. It's a matter of making them understand.
Message: Posted by: Tom Frank (Jul 19, 2008 01:46AM)
Learn to love rejection

Persistence

It's what's in your heart. . . not your wallet

Try and bring magic and joy to your audiences
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jul 19, 2008 01:54AM)
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On 2008-07-18 21:59, Dynamike wrote:
Which of the following are the 4 most important when it comes to street busking?

Attitude
Personality
Humor
Character
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Those above are key! And if you want to actually make money out there you must treat your hat lines as if it's your closer. You need to rehearse the lines, the laughs, the jokes as if it's a magic trick you're learning.
Message: Posted by: MagiCol (Jul 19, 2008 02:41AM)
Dynamike, thanks for bringing us this topic to think about. Ranking which is more important would partly depend our our individual needs to improve our presentation of magic. Righto, Bill; so, get the spectators to like you. I've been thinking about this lately. Our personality isn't a fixed thing, I reckon. I think we change to suit the street performance and hopefully that feeds back to positive changes in our behaviour when we aren't doing a Show. I guess most of us go into role playing when we put on a Show, in reality. An optomistic outlook in life, and friendliness towards others seems very important. I've found that as I've gotten older [65 years old currently] I take more interest in people - but that probably arises from being a primary level school teacher meeting lots of children every day - loving them, taking an interest in them, helping them. Self-confidence - I don't think a street magician is going to get far without this. I think that starts with realizing that the tricks and the way we present them must be to suit and please the spectators, to give them what they expect of magicians. Jimmy Talksalot in his recent book on street magic - how to behave as a street magician - "To Lure with Spectacle..." covers the Art of being a busking street magician very well. Well, that's enough from me for now. I'm going to enjoy reading what we think about important aspects for street busking.
Message: Posted by: JoeJoe (Jul 19, 2008 02:47AM)
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On 2008-07-19 02:46, Tom Frank wrote:
Learn to love rejection
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Well said Frank, it is worth repeating so I'm quoting it again.

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On 2008-07-19 02:46, Tom Frank wrote:
Learn to love rejection
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-JoeJoe
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Jul 19, 2008 04:54AM)
Yeh, what tom frank said, all of it.

"Learn to love rejection

Persistence

It's what's in your heart. . . not your wallet

Try and bring magic and joy to your audiences"