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Topic: School of Busking and your hosts Gazzo & Mario
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 22, 2009 12:27PM)
On the 19th to 21st of June 2009 Gazzo and Mario Morris will be presenting a three day innovative busking course, suitable for the part time hobbyist to the full time professional. It will be held in Cardiff UK

The course will focus on street performing - with work on the psychology of attracting an audience, entertaining an audience, keeping your audience, opening and closing pitches, hat lines, passing the hat, travelling, life styles and all your questions answered.

Gazzo will be teaching his world famous cups and ball routine and Mario will be teaching how to make it yours and looking at other finale’s - from a strait jacket escape to circus skills. Bring your own props cups tables strait Jacket chains and ideas of a show and both Gazzo and Mario will be at hand to help you develop your own unique show.

More info http://www.bizzareshows.com
All contact mario@bizzareshows.com
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 22, 2009 03:54PM)
When both of you plan to bring the course yo USA, please notify me.
Message: Posted by: Andy_Bell (Jan 22, 2009 04:45PM)
Hi Mario,
I've sent you an e'mail about this course.

Andy
Message: Posted by: DonDriver (Jan 22, 2009 05:18PM)
This is big news for buskers in Europe.All the best to both of you.

Don
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 22, 2009 06:22PM)
Thanks Don but I suggest the World! Anyone attending this course will leave with a show that they can take anywhere. Money spent getting here could easly be retreaved in a short perod that time of year. I mean - hey - if you cant afford it buy a one way ticket and enjoy busking around the UK and Europe for the rest of the summer. If you want to learn to busk all inprove on your show get yourself on this cause
Mario
Message: Posted by: JohntheMagician (Jan 23, 2009 06:47AM)
Mario ~ I posted on the other Thread about this but since this one seems more active I'll post here to.

I echo DynaMike's statement. What about those of us grounded here in the States? More to my liking is say like New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Maryland.

Come on don't fogrt about us provincial chaps in the states :)
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Jan 23, 2009 09:13AM)
WOW!!!!!!!

This is an AWESOME opportunity for anyone who can make it!!!!!

What a combination!!!!

For those grousing about it not being in the states I can only say, True enlightenment comes from going to the mountain, and not by asking the mountain to come to you!

This is an opportunity of a lifetime, don't pass it up!

Best,

Dan-
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Jan 23, 2009 04:02PM)
Looks like about a $1000 for a 7-day round trip ticket to Bristol (closest big town I can tell from Yahoo maps).

Hotels look to start at $50US (36 quid) per night...so that's $300 for the hotel.

Food would probably be around $20 per day so figure another $150

Taxis & Busses...hmmm...dunno. At least to and from airport: Maybe $40?

So, we're up to about $1,500 plus the $274US (200 pounds) for the school.

$1,775...$1,800

Plus all kinds of taxes I'm probably neglecting...

Maybe I could do it for around $2,000?

What do you all think? Is this a reasonable estimate?

I gotta get my numbers together before I approach the wife. Gimme some feedback people!

Am I forgetting something?

Over estimating? (I did check much of this online)

Ahhh!!!! Stress.
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Jan 23, 2009 04:16PM)
[quote]
On 2009-01-23 07:47, JohntheMagician wrote:
Mario ~ I posted on the other Thread about this but since this one seems more active I'll post here to.

I echo DynaMike's statement. What about those of us grounded here in the States? More to my liking is say like New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Maryland.

Come on don't fogrt about us provincial chaps in the states :)
[/quote]

As Danny said, go to the mountain. It'll be worth it.

You might be able to bring the mountain to you, or in this case, Gazzo, which I did several years ago (though I've heard he didn't want to teach here anymore). I hosted one of his master classes several years back. It was amazing. (Even though one f***er bounced a check to me for several hundred dollars and a couple other lovely "students" kept trying to pick up my teenage daughter. (Please know, Gazzo had nothing to do with either issue and was a perfect gentleman to my family the entire visit. He's since said, that had he known what was going one, he would have personally escorted these folks to a dark, lonely street and "educated" them some more.))

Either way, it's as an educational experience you can get no where else and from no one else.

You can either buy the ticket and go over, in which case, as Mario has said, you might stay longer and make part of it back. Or, you can put up the money to bring them here, but I almost promise you'll lose money. You'll have a blast, and you'll learn some amazing stuff, but you'll lose money.

I'd suggest just buying the freakin' ticket.
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Jan 23, 2009 05:32PM)
Whoa!!!!!

Quit jerkin' this topic around ya knob!

This thread is about going to the UK and learning from 2 GREAT Street Performers from June 19 - June 21 2009.

Start your own thread if you wanna toot your horn about hosting a Gazzo lecture in your hometown.
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Jan 23, 2009 05:41PM)
Heh, heh, heh. You're right, though. Sorry about that.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 23, 2009 06:21PM)
That how much I paid for my flea circus.
Mario
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Jan 23, 2009 06:41PM)
A knob?
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 24, 2009 06:46AM)
Be nice now. :)
I have been overwhelmed by enquiries mainly through face book. I mean hundreads are asking qwestions. Folk have booked places both from the US and the UK. These places are limited and the cause is a one off.
Mario
Message: Posted by: Kondini (Jan 24, 2009 07:30AM)
It sounds like a great oportunity,,,good luck for this venture.

BTW Cardiff has its own Airport, accomedation in the area can be got less than $80 a night, Taxi and public transport is 4 times the USA rate.

Not too pleased at umpteen Gazzo clones busking that close to me and for the record if you think your going to make any money on the bottle in Cardiff, think again, Bath just over the Bridge will bring in far better hats !!

All the best Ken.

PS Mario,,,my flea circus cost over twice that ammount !!
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Jan 24, 2009 09:22AM)
Kondini,

I think part of the reason Mario teamed up is to help with making the routine your own. I think the goal is to make street performers and NOT Gazzo clones. That was how I read the original message on Facebook.

I think this is an awesome team effort.

Best,

Dan-
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 24, 2009 10:45AM)
Cardiff is the Capital of Wales a very beautifull city full of historic interest.
I worked Cardiff being my home city for seven years. The adventage of this city is that it provides a great place to train in. This is my home town and I know it like the back of my hand. Every street person their from street traders to big issue sellers know me. So hear we can provide a safe enviroment in which to trian in. It is also a great city to pull crowds and turn them into an audiance. The Skills developed hear can be put into action in any city with a pith. This cause has been fully thought out in the best interest of every student that attends.
Mario
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Jan 24, 2009 02:54PM)
Just had the talk with my 'ol lady...

...and I'm in!!!

OK...now everyone PM me about buying all my magic stuff that I now need to sell to pay back this loan I'm about to take out. :o)
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 24, 2009 03:59PM)
Good stuff my man.
Mario
Message: Posted by: vernon (Jan 24, 2009 05:06PM)
Hi Mario...

Looks like a goer, best of luck to you both and continued success...me Ive got bad sunburn and now its healing up...

JJ x
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 25, 2009 06:46AM)
Hay James
I remember the time we worked Cardiff back to back, you know the score on Cardiff,
Good times.
Mario
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 25, 2009 03:32PM)
Good news, I have managed to secure rooms in a hostal for £20 pounds a night, not only that it includes breakfast, over looking the Cardiff river taff, right next to Cardiff Castle, 15 min walk to the workshop space. You will share with three other students from the course, no strangers. This means all the fun of the day will run into the night. Your £20 includes:

• FREE Breakfast
• FREE Tea and Coffee all day
• FREE Bed Linen and Duvets use (we make your bed for you, perhaps Gazzo)
• FREE City Map On Arrival
• FREE Use of Lockers
• FREE Wireless Broadband
• FREE DVD Hire
• Laundry Facility
• Luggage Storage
• Towl Hire
• Iron and Hair dryer hire
• No curfew
• Fully Equipped Kitchen
• Individual Bathrooms - No Cubicles
• Cosy Lounge With Wii, DVDs, Books and a 42 inch LCD TV
• Blooming Garden

What more can I say, if you prefer to sort out your own accomodation Gazzo and myself will not be offended by any means in fact we are at hand to find you your perfect pad/hotel.

On arrival you just check in and make your payment to the hostal direct and job done.
These rooms are limited, I like to give these as a priority to overseas students to help keep their cost down but it has to be first come first served. Please email/pm ASAP. For those who have already booked your place contact me just to confirm that you’re happy with this arrangment.
This course is getting better and better I am very excited.
Mario
Message: Posted by: Skotster (Jan 25, 2009 10:00PM)
There is no way I'll be able to go in June this year. Will this be repeated later in the year or next year?

@JohntheMagician: if they do this again perhaps we could go together. with a long flight across the water I'd prefer to know who is sitting next to me on the plane.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 26, 2009 04:39AM)
Their are no plans for a future event.
Mario
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 26, 2009 10:08AM)
Infromation is coming out thick and fast, I am trying to keep up.

More good news, been talking to Gazzo we are both wanting to give 100 percent to you all. Their is no extra charge, we just want to be able to include bonus material for you, this corse will run untill the eveings 9, 10pm. It will not finish at 5pm as I stated to a few folk. Then we can return to the hostel if you like for more they have a lounge their.

Things like Melini egg bag, Gazzo tossed out deck, use and no use of amp,s voice projection. I will cover the psychology of attracting an audience, entertaining an audience, keeping your audience, opening and closing pitches, hat lines, passing the hat, travelling, life styles, working small festivals, markets and fairs. As a bounus I will include a Grafters (pitchman) work-shop, right down to where I buy my stock both in Eruope and the US this is a free bonus materal and I will teach how this can benefit the busker.These three angles I call The Milking stool solution which has kept me afloat for over 15 years. This will be the first time I will reveal my working whole working solution.

I will add it hear because a hanfull have asked, do you have to buy the Gazzo pouch and cups to be on this corse, the simple answer is no. We are asking you to bring you own kit and idears for a street show. If you want to borrow a set we have a limited sets, which I think their is only 2 sets left to borrow so let us know when you enrole. Most students are brining their own rigs.
Mario
Message: Posted by: vernon (Jan 26, 2009 05:02PM)
Yup Mario, I remember, good times were had...and that night out really screwed up our work ethic for the next day...ah cest le vie...looks like its going to be a great event...wish I could come but the streets are calling me in Aus...keep on keeping on...both of you..

Love and respect

James James
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Jan 27, 2009 09:14AM)
WOW!

Mario this is great! I know you have spent a lot of time pitching as well as street performing. Do you ever combine the two?

Best,

Dan-

[quote]
On 2009-01-26 11:08, Mario Morris wrote:
Infromation is coming out thick and fast, I am trying to keep up.

More good news, been talking to Gazzo we are both wanting to give 100 percent to you all. Their is no extra charge, we just want to be able to include bonus material for you, this corse will run untill the eveings 9, 10pm. It will not finish at 5pm as I stated to a few folk. Then we can return to the hostel if you like for more they have a lounge their.

Things like Melini egg bag, Gazzo tossed out deck, use and no use of amp,s voice projection. I will cover the psychology of attracting an audience, entertaining an audience, keeping your audience, opening and closing pitches, hat lines, passing the hat, travelling, life styles, working small festivals, markets and fairs. As a bounus I will include a Grafters (pitchman) work-shop, right down to where I buy my stock both in Eruope and the US this is a free bonus materal and I will teach how this can benefit the busker.These three angles I call The Milking stool solution which has kept me afloat for over 15 years. This will be the first time I will reveal my working whole working solution.

I will add it hear because a hanfull have asked, do you have to buy the Gazzo pouch and cups to be on this corse, the simple answer is no. We are asking you to bring you own kit and idears for a street show. If you want to borrow a set we have a limited sets, which I think their is only 2 sets left to borrow so let us know when you enrole. Most students are brining their own rigs.
Mario
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 27, 2009 10:12AM)
Hi Danny
Thanks for your kind words of surport.

I have been known 2 but it is not a set practise. If I do then it is never on the streets but rather a market where my pitchstand becomes a blow off. A bit like an in house magican with back room table sales for after the show. This I don't consider as pitching but rather a blow off.

Ive got some photage of me pitching I ask Veronica to post up for a bit on youtube at some point.

Remember folks the Grafters workshop is a free bounus, it will take just 2hours to cover but a vauable tool that you can use. It is also a great lesson in crowd pulling. 2 fold reason I am including this is 1= I want to show you every asspect of my work which I call the Milking stool solution. 2 It is a way to make money if you ever find your self court out by a winter season. The Miliking stool solution will enable you never to be out of work and never have long term bookings unless you want them. Its the idear of surporting a buskers life on the Road so you can go where you like when ever you like and you can leave plastic home. Can be appliead both short (3 mounths) or long term trips (life).
Mario
Message: Posted by: MagiCol (Jan 27, 2009 12:45PM)
Mario, Gazzo: sounds like - with a lot of organization of camera people, sound technicians, DVD burning etc. etc. - you could use such an occasion in the future to put out a set of DVDs a. for instructing for those who don't get to attend for one reason or another b. so you two can make some follow-up income.
However, being present is inspirational in the way that filming/DVD lacks. All the best for the event.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 28, 2009 05:20AM)
At this stage their is filming planned.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Ray (Jan 28, 2009 08:07AM)
Is there an age limit? Also here are some questions: I've never ben busking before, can I still benefit from this event? I don't do strait jacket escaped, do I have to? also what about card magic, will there be any card magic? How about coin magic? Thank's for taking the time to answer these questions. Thank's! ps. is there any chance that someone from the students could go out busking in the real world with either one of you?
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 28, 2009 08:43AM)
Best to contact me via email on mario.morris@hotmail.co.uk all we can talk through skype.
Just to answer a few no you don't need a stait jacket nor are we teaching it, but someone could bring one if that is part of their normal show. Yes I do think you can benerfit. I am sure their will be cards and coins around. The main aim of the corse is laid out at the begining of this thread.
Mario
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jan 30, 2009 04:15AM)
Gazzo pouches are or out on loan now, we have a few more cups that I can get my hands on if needed let me know. None of the cups are for sale they are Gazzo workshop cups. He will make up a few more pouches if needed.

I am hitting the rd shortly today but will look at my email freqwently.
Mario
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Jan 30, 2009 03:17PM)
If you are an american busker just starting out please go to this school.

you'd be doing our country, your audience and your self a huge service.

if you have some lame excuse like you don't got money for air fare check out;

http://www.airtech.com/
Message: Posted by: Skotster (Jan 30, 2009 11:29PM)
[quote]
On 2009-01-30 16:17, jimmy talksalot wrote:

if you have some lame excuse like you don't got money for air fare...
[/quote]

is having a real job a lame excuse? I'm going to have to crunch numbers and make some phone calls to see if I can free up my schedule to go.
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Jan 31, 2009 12:14AM)
Yes, it it is read my book.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 31, 2009 02:34PM)
Jimmy, I met a 29 year old black guy named Ony. He tells me he knows you from New Orleans. Do you know who I am talking about?
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Jan 31, 2009 04:51PM)
Yep.

if he's got his guitar have him sing for you he's good. so's his close up work.

although I thought his name was spelled O-N-E.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 31, 2009 08:12PM)
You spelled it right. I was not sure if you were going to understand it as One.

At this moment his guitar is in the pawn shop. I helped supported him in getting his amplifier out.

He showed me his close-up with coins. I like his smooth moves.

His girlfriend and her children are in my area too presently.

He brags about you at times. I told him I have your book.

He is here to help his mother. It is a bad time for his talent because of the cold weather. I will tell him you said "hi".
Message: Posted by: Allan Given (Feb 1, 2009 10:26PM)
Hi Mario,

This sounds great! I'm definitley interested! Could you pm me a tentative schedule so I can start figuring out my flights and such to the UK?

Many thanks!

Allan
Message: Posted by: JohntheMagician (Feb 2, 2009 02:45PM)
Ok, I'm going to get flamed for this one for sure.

While I agree that if you truly want to do something you should get off you backside and do it. There are extenuating circumstances that can prevent anyone from doing anything.

Case in; point running off to Europe for Busking School. I consider myself a Street Performer, when the weather is nice I am out and having fun doing my show. Yeah I only do it on weekends, and I don’t really travel yet... Yeah I am a weekend warrior ...so what

I have a wife and 3 young children, that I happen to like spending time with, as well as a regular job that pays the bills and allows me time to pursue my dream.

So am I a punter for asking some of the greats to share their knowledge and talent with us here in the states?

I’d love to drop everything and go to Busking School, but I guess my priorities are a little out of wack.

Sorry for venting but I am sick and tired of the whole oh stop being such a sissy and just go crap.
Message: Posted by: JohntheMagician (Feb 2, 2009 02:47PM)
PS:

Mario sorry this ended up on your thread but I hope that you can and do make it to the East Coast with your School. If so I will be there....

Good Luck and please let us know how it works out
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 3, 2009 02:33AM)
John
My hat is off to you, respect. Speaking for my self I don't consider my self as one of the greats. A experianced street performer yes, a real worker yes, a master of what I know perhaps but one of the greats, well each to their own.

As for you keeping priorities in cheuqe, my hat is of to you.
Mario
Message: Posted by: JohntheMagician (Feb 3, 2009 06:42AM)
Mario,

Thanks allot. It means allot when a Pro actually understands when someone just can't pack up and go to it.

Believe me, I'd love to attend your School and think that anyone who can should, but those who can't shouldn't get hammered for other responsibilities.

Here is hoping that with your Schools success in Europe you’ll head on over to the States
{East Coast} and give us poor weekend warriors a shot.

In the mean time, keep up the great work

John
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 4, 2009 05:21AM)
OK, ok can we get back on the subject now, whos else is coming?
Mario
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 9, 2009 07:34PM)
John their was a post befor my last post that has been removed, so my post does not makes any sense
[quote]
On 2009-02-04 06:21, Mario Morris wrote:
OK, ok can we get back on the subject now, whos else is coming?
Mario
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 9, 2009 07:37PM)
Just to let you know the School of busking is filling up fast. Their are only 20 places and we are more than half full.
Mario
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Feb 10, 2009 01:24PM)
JohntheMagician,

I have responded to you {sorry so late} on my "if you wanna learn how to be a busker" thread.

I think you and mario are absolutely right keeping this thread on topic, but I do feel you brought up a good point.

if you have time please please read my responce.
Message: Posted by: TheTableTopTrixta (Feb 11, 2009 03:20AM)
Just had my registration documents sent through, IM IN!!

Cant wait for this one, Mario when all the places are booked can we set up a facebook group for all persons entering so we can all get to know each other prior to the course!

Really going to be great!!

Ash
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 11, 2009 04:02AM)
That's a great idear, I will look into that, very hip.
Mario
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Feb 11, 2009 04:04AM)
[quote]
On 2009-02-02 15:45, JohntheMagician wrote:
Ok, I'm going to get flamed for this one for sure.


<stuff snipped for space>

[/quote]

No flame from me. You said what I was thinking, far better than I could.

I'm never going to be more than a middle-aged part timer (at least until I become an old part timer) but I'm trying to be the best part timer I can be. Sadly, that does not afford being able to quit my job, leave my family and jet off to England to take a class. If the class were held in Boston, I might not be able to go! I certainly can't get to England. My best wishes to Mario and Gazzo for their efforts and to those who are able to make it there!
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Feb 11, 2009 09:03PM)
Ed,

I am gonna try and answer this and stay on topic;

I am not sure if your are happy with your life style in regards to your career what ever it may be, frankly your post depressed me a little.

no offence I'm sure you love your present career life style and have chose it as the one you want to live.

and this part time thing could be very exciting for you and you have a real job instead that is really what you were born for doing instead of entertaining people.

I also have a family and I am also against staying away from them for long periods of time.

no one suggests that anyone go there for long lengths of time. that would be hard on a family.

this is a trade school.

my post was most directed twards people who felt that their lifes work is performing and not, lets say, accounting or selling cars or any other various and honorable professions.

if this was a class to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher.

would I be reading posts like this one?

no one suggests that anyone go there for long lengths of time.

air fare could be as low as @$400 round trip;

airtech.com

that's who I use.

if this still seems too expencive maybe you should seriously think about busking instead of a "real job" {unless of course it is your lifes work} because this air line company makes a lot of money off buskers, so they must be making enough to pay.

and with our technology the way it is now you can fly in an air plane in a matter of hours to europe. so this trip wont take years away from your family. we've come a long way since columbus.

maybe only a matter of days or weeks if you wanted.

the big thing to rememeber is that one is going there to start a career....AND WILL BE MAKING MONEY WHILE THERE.

THIS IS ABOUT LEARNING HOW TO MAKE MONEY AND GET BETTER AT WHAT YOU DO.

the only thing that makes an entertainer better is stage time and wouldn't it be wise to get payed for that time?


BUT ONCE AGAIN IF YOUR LIFES DREAM WAS TO DO SOMETHING OTHER THEN ENTERTAIN PEOPLE, PLEASE DISREGARD THIS.

great post ed.

and join the club I'm in my 40's

infact I know quite a few guys WHO GOT STARTED AT MIDDLE AGE.

I have also responded on the "if you wanna learn how to be a busker" thread.
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Feb 11, 2009 09:18PM)
I have taught 3 people personally over 55 who now busk full time.
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Feb 11, 2009 09:32PM)
With all that said,

yeh going all the way to europe is scary especially tyring to rely strickly on your skills as a street performer.

but I assure the reader street performing is a lot easier in europe then the a lot of places in the states.

and frankly sometimes you just have to take a chance at some thing you believe in {if you believe in it} if you wanna make a dream come true.

good luck and all the best your pal jimmy
Message: Posted by: takeachance (Feb 11, 2009 09:43PM)
[quote]
On 2009-02-11 22:18, jimmy talksalot wrote:
I have taught 3 people personally over 55 who now busk full time.
[/quote]

That's encouraging, there's hope for me yet.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Feb 13, 2009 09:48AM)
[quote]
On 2009-02-11 22:03, jimmy talksalot wrote:
Ed,

I am gonna try and answer this and stay on topic;

[/quote]

You did a good job. No, I don't like what I do for a living, but I don't believe full-time busking is going to be practical for me. I don't believe my skill level is where yours is and I don't believe my environment is as conducive to making full time money as yours is.

$400.00 IS a lot of money. If I could be assured of making that kind of money busking, would I really need a three-day busking course?

You remind me a little of Harlan Ellison, who, massive talent that he is, could never understand that not everyone can be Harlan Ellison!
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Feb 13, 2009 10:23AM)
This is all getting way out of touch with reality...and with the true benefit of this course. I've been staying out of this thread because all the whining is so pitiful that I can't stand the thought of entering into this debate with such uninsightful...uhhh...buskers?

But, let's get a couple of things STRAIGHT.

1. If you're a full time job kinda guy that street performs on the weekend and has a wife & kids and house payment and 2 car payments, then you can still go to Cardiff & take this class. Unless you are a no-talent, online chat forum, wanna-be busker who does this as a HOBBY and really only just talks about doing it, took 400 photos the one day in your life you actually got out there, and are too scared to ever face the pitch again. Then, yeah. I'm sure your wife won't understand...and you won't be allowed to go.

However, if you make serious money as a payed performer (gigs & contracts) and/or street performer (tips) then your wife knows that you WILL recoup this money pretty quick AND...since you ARE working a full time job AND performing ALL THE TIME on the WEEKENDS...then you deserve to take a break and advance your SECOND JOB.

Which brings me to point 2.

Captain Street Gawd's point.

If you make $400 a day street performing, should you go to Cardiff? Well holy jebus jumped up Christmas cakes on a cross...why wouldn't you want to go to Europe, have a pitch waiting for you, with a couple of full time workers that are gonna help you improve your show? You'd have to be a moron of the highest order to question this.

All this whining by part time guys is really whining by wanna-bes...let's make a CLEAR distinction here.

I just did my taxes. Lemme tell ya folks. Some of us part-timers are NOT pulling in $15 hats with big grins on our faces. Some of us are making real money...and want to get better all the same.

There is ONE joint on the Magic Café to talk about Street Performing. So let's talk about that, and not excuses about why you CAN'T do this, or CAN'T justify that.

If you can't, than keep it to yourself, and keep the topic unclutered for people who can and do work. You should be a lurker....not a member of the inner circle for posting tripe in the STREET PERFORMERS section.
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Feb 13, 2009 10:47AM)
[quote]
On 2009-02-11 04:20, TheTableTopTrixta wrote:
Just had my registration documents sent through, IM IN!!

Cant wait for this one, Mario when all the places are booked can we set up a facebook group for all persons entering so we can all get to know each other prior to the course!

Really going to be great!!

Ash
[/quote]

Ash,

I started one...just to get the ball rolling on it. I sent an invite to Mario & Gazzo over there. Once they sign up and take over as moderators of the group, then we'll be all set.
Message: Posted by: TheTableTopTrixta (Feb 13, 2009 10:54AM)
Great news my friend, I take it you re in!! Look forward to meeting you!!
Message: Posted by: BSutter (Feb 13, 2009 10:58AM)
[quote]
On 2009-02-13 11:23, Chad wrote:
This is all getting way out of touch with reality...and with the true benefit of this course. I've been staying out of this thread because all the whining is so pitiful that I can't stand the thought of entering into this debate with such uninsightful...uhhh...buskers?

But, let's get a couple of things STRAIGHT.

<edit for brevity>
[/quote]

Tell us how you really feel. :)
OK I'll be quiet now.

Bill
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Feb 13, 2009 11:29AM)
Times are tuff and starting a business is scarey.

jobs are hard to find.....but not for buskers! we are still working while every one else is losing their jobs.

the pitches are filling up with new guys because there's no jobs out there.

I'm SURE Harlan Ellison sucked at one time and felt that he would never be good at what he wanted to do, but he took the time to educate himself and COMMITTED himself to his work.

the ugly truth about me is that I have never been as good at magic as my peers!

when I started me and my teacher never felt that I would ever be able to be a full time performer.

but I wanted it so bad my teacher finally just taught me the busking system because we were such good friends.

I believed in the the busking system and gave it my all.

years later I came back and showed him some of the magic in my show and impressed him for the first time.

I still suck at magic out side of the things I do in my show, but the stuff in my show is tight and I have learned to work infront of people better.

STAGE TIME!

STAGE TIME!

STAGE TIME!

YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE ENTERTAINMENT IS A REAL JOB!

and like any job the more time you put into it the better you get.

you may never be the best! but you can definately find your own place in the industry and make a living.

also busking full time does not mean only working the streets....it means working every where all time when ever you can.

it also means picking up gigs, back yard shows, clubs, what ever and who ever will pay you.

lecturing, writing books, selling products.

ONE NEEDS TO BELIEVE IN IT AND JUMP INTO IT, IF ONE WANTS TO GET BETTER AND BE ABLE TO SUPPORT A FAMILY.


finaley AND MOST IMPORTANTLY;

keeping up with the joneses is a bad idea when starting your own business.


BE FRUGAL AND LIVE WITH IN YOUR MEANS!

all this takes courage patience and belief in yourself.

ED YOU NEED A TEACHER...GET ONE!
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Feb 13, 2009 11:49AM)
If you are an american busker just starting out please go to this school.

you'd be doing our country, your audience and your self a huge service.

if you have some lame excuse like you don't got money for air fare check out;

http://www.airtech.com/
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Feb 13, 2009 03:48PM)
Chad....I wanna have your baby. This post made my day...

[quote]
On 2009-02-13 11:23, Chad wrote:

But, let's get a couple of things STRAIGHT.

1. If you're a full time job kinda guy that street performs on the weekend and has a wife & kids and house payment and 2 car payments, then you can still go to Cardiff & take this class. Unless you are a no-talent, online chat forum, wanna-be busker who does this as a HOBBY and really only just talks about doing it, took 400 photos the one day in your life you actually got out there, and are too scared to ever face the pitch again. Then, yeah. I'm sure your wife won't understand...and you won't be allowed to go.

However, if you make serious money as a payed performer (gigs & contracts) and/or street performer (tips) then your wife knows that you WILL recoup this money pretty quick AND...since you ARE working a full time job AND performing ALL THE TIME on the WEEKENDS...then you deserve to take a break and advance your SECOND JOB.

Which brings me to point 2.

Captain Street Gawd's point.

If you make $400 a day street performing, should you go to Cardiff? Well holy jebus jumped up Christmas cakes on a cross...why wouldn't you want to go to Europe, have a pitch waiting for you, with a couple of full time workers that are gonna help you improve your show? You'd have to be a moron of the highest order to question this.

All this whining by part time guys is really whining by wanna-bes...let's make a CLEAR distinction here.

I just did my taxes. Lemme tell ya folks. Some of us part-timers are NOT pulling in $15 hats with big grins on our faces. Some of us are making real money...and want to get better all the same.

There is ONE joint on the Magic Café to talk about Street Performing. So let's talk about that, and not excuses about why you CAN'T do this, or CAN'T justify that.

If you can't, than keep it to yourself, and keep the topic unclutered for people who can and do work. You should be a lurker....not a member of the inner circle for posting tripe in the STREET PERFORMERS section.
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Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Feb 13, 2009 06:36PM)
Yeh your right danny chad made a great post.

it's brutally honest.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Feb 13, 2009 08:03PM)
[quote]
On 2009-02-13 11:58, BSutter wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-02-13 11:23, Chad wrote:
This is all getting way out of touch with reality...and with the true benefit of this course. I've been staying out of this thread because all the whining is so pitiful that I can't stand the thought of entering into this debate with such uninsightful...uhhh...buskers?

But, let's get a couple of things STRAIGHT.

<edit for brevity>
[/quote]

Tell us how you really feel. :)
OK I'll be quiet now.

Bill
[/quote]

Brevity who?

Is he a busker?
Message: Posted by: TKO MAGIC (Feb 13, 2009 08:45PM)
Why is it so important that the American Buskers have to go to Europe to learn from Gazzo?
Danny , why do you like Chads post so much?
Why should we go over to Europe? When Gazzo is coming to the States to give a workshop. Let me think... Airfare is cheaper (or, if any), We don't need to take off of work or miss gigs, less nights in a hotel (if any).
So let me think about this????? I can stay here in the states , learn from Gazzo, spend less money and have more time on my hands. hhmmmmmm

I am not be sarcastic, I'm just asking a question. I just don't see the logic.
Thank you in advance Danny and Chad.

ps. Danny great job on Koz's dvdI love the bloopers.


Todd
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Feb 13, 2009 10:01PM)
TKO MAGIC,

if you really wanna know the answer to that please read this,


http://jimmytalksalot.blogspot.com/2008/02/europe.html

busking in the states is only a shodaw of what busking is in europe and the combination of a school and the oportunity to expose yourself to these european buskers in a continant filled with busking culture will make you better.

once again please read the link.
Message: Posted by: TKO MAGIC (Feb 14, 2009 12:17PM)
Jimmy you actually make my point.
I too travel all over the world, I'm very fortunate.
I agree with you it's a lot easier to make a buck street performing in Europe.
But I personally seen Gazzo numerous times make a killing in Key West.
So why should I learn over in Europe where it is easier to make a buck and where I don't live then too have Gazzo come to the states and teach us how to better are game right here in the states where we live?


Todd
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Feb 14, 2009 01:14PM)
Think of it as "training wheels."
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Feb 14, 2009 02:35PM)
[quote]
On 2009-02-14 13:17, TKO MAGIC wrote:

So why should I learn over in Europe.....
[/quote]

I didn't say anything about you MUST go to Europe, I was talking more about going to Gazzo and Mario (wherever they may be, if they are coming to the states YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT!!!!!!).

I liked Chad's post because there are a lot of neverwases and wannabees that post tons of tripe and misinformation on this forum and Chad pulled out the big guns and let them have it. He was also right on the money and I could not have said it better myself. It were as if he reached inside my knoggin' and pulled my very thoughts out and put them in a post that was easy to understand, intelligent, and got right straight to the quick of it. I find that very sexy. :)

Best,

Dan-
Message: Posted by: Turner (Feb 14, 2009 04:30PM)
STAGE TIME! STAGE TIME! STAGE TIME!...That sounds really familiar..where did I hear that before. Oh yeah, Jimmy, thanks for that man. You helped me conquer some serious problems I was facing not only in my work, but in my life. As far as the school goes, it will always be difficult to leave your comfort zone, and it will always be liberating to define a new one.

Keep in mind, a little over a year ago, I left an up-and-coming career as an attorney to busk. I've wanted to practice law for as long as I can remember. Long story short, best decision I've ever made.

Jimmy, again, thanks for everything man. Maybe we'll run into one another again sometime.

Joey Hopper
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Feb 14, 2009 08:15PM)
TKO MAGIC,

if you already have seen a lot of acts outside of the states and are a veteran street performer, then yeh, you have a point.

my comments were mostly directed to those who have not been exposed to the busking world outside of the states [or their own little town for that matter]and feel that, "this is as good as it gets."

the big trouble with the states is the limited pitches and working conditions and the culture isn't as geered for it, when you work in a culture that already knows what you do, respects it and get into it emediately it really changes your whole perspective on what your doing....blah blah blah, any way....

....what chad and danny said absolutely......great pitch with gazzo and mario on it and it's cardif! and watching him work in his home land.

anyway, what ever you do, I hope the best for you. and if you know any beginners I hope that you would incourage them to go.

joey,

great to hear from you, I'm sure where ever you are, you are doing great, blowing peoples minds, you have always had a love for what we do, but mostly I have always been left in awe at your tenacity to over come the impossible no matter what life or anybody throws at you.

all the best fellahs your pal jimmy.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 15, 2009 06:45AM)
Gee you guys like to talk,
Todd you checky ----
Are you stil doing my show, lol their is a **** load your going to learn hear in the UK and you know it. You just don't want them to find out, guess what I am going to tell them every pitch that you have ever worked in the UK if your not carfull. Hows irland treating you these day,s opps sorry. Perhaps I wont mention towns just because I love yu.
Mario
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 15, 2009 07:43AM)
Todd let me ask yu, how many years did it take yu to get over hear as a busker.
Well their you have it.

Folks you got to read between the lines hear, perhaps this could be your first lesson. A pro trying to put you of the idear of coming to Europe - why? It Is just like pro telling yu how much he takes, on to a good thing perhaps.

Their is so much more to learn about busking than just festavl hopping and working BIG FAMED PITCHES, angles and benerfits that I have worked for years that I have not shared even with Gazzo.

If you want to be a big shot at a festavel Gazzo will teach you all and so much more as Todd knows.

I will teach you how corner your own market travel on the road ways of Ducking and diving making a living out side of season including pitching and busking, gay crashing. Day to day stuff hand to mouth, read the royal touch again todd and tell me you aint got nothing to learn.

Some folk are like sheep, mmmmmmm and others are born pioners and look to break into new grounds new horrizones, nethier is wroung but which one do you want to be. that's or. It is up to you do you stay or do you go.

Todd don't worry my man their is more to teach them than just the places you work trust me, I am a doctor.
Mario
PS CAN WE PLEASE GET BACK ON THE SUBJECT

PPS I really don't like this hard pushing thing to get you guys over hear it sucks, please stop it. It's up to you Busking is a calling on your life, you know who you are make your own mind up, any qwestions PM me. If you cant afford it, it wont be the same but we will come to you, simple.
Later
Mario
Message: Posted by: TKO MAGIC (Feb 15, 2009 09:40AM)
Wow, I'm not saying "don't go to Europe to learn"
And I'll take the blame on this because me expressing myself by typing is horrible. It's hard for me to make a point.
Jimmy I couldn't agree with you more, you're dead on with your last post.
Mario, I also agree you can always learn more. If there is somebody out there that thinks they know everything, well what can I say.
Now there are some posts on here I just don't agee with so I'll keep them to myself. Mario is right , lets get back to the thread.
I truely hope the best for you guys at the school of busking.

Thank,

Todd
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 15, 2009 10:54AM)
[quote]
On 2009-02-15 10:40, TKO MAGIC wrote:
And I'll take the blame on this because me expressing myself by typing is horrible. It's hard for me to make a point.
[/quote]
Hay Todd
I know what you mean, so diffrent when you meet folk face to face hay.
Mario x
PS Jimmny thanks for incouraging words your the man.
Message: Posted by: Gazzo (Feb 16, 2009 03:39AM)
Just to let everyone know, We have just secured JIm Cellini to come to the workshop in Cardiff. Jim will be there for the 3 days. He said he would do a lecture and just be there to be an overall VIP. He will just be there to sit down and chat with people etc.
So bring his book if you have it and he will sign it for you. Or purchase it now and bring it. This is great news to have the legendary Jim Cellini at Marios School for Busking.
Also places are filling up so soon, so best send in your deposits people. LIke yesterday.
Gazzo
Message: Posted by: Gazzo (Feb 16, 2009 03:50AM)
The last time I spoke with Mario, he said we only have 8 spot's left
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Feb 16, 2009 07:19AM)
This is beginning to feel more and more like a pilgrimage :)
Message: Posted by: mslj (Feb 16, 2009 08:54AM)
Either go or don't go, it is that simple!

The value of the workshop is way beyond what it will cost in terms of finance.

The reality is

3 days
Mario
Gazzo
Cellini

The instruction you will receive will be valuable but the payback on your investment will be the quiet moments you get to spend with the guys just chatting. How many hours and days have the three of them put into what they do and you get to sit and ask what them for any advice and guidance you need.

You will get to know what you are doing well, what isn't working and what you could try as an alternative. For that £200 is peanuts.

Simon
Message: Posted by: Gazzo (Feb 16, 2009 10:41AM)
In actual fact we have another surprise, this is really heating up to be the best event of the year. I just secured the Great Simono. People have had problems putting on a clowns nose, this guy is going to be coming to the workshop to educate people on how to put on a clowns nose properly without the use of elastic that goes around your head. This is exciting people! So bring your own nose. We will see you there!
( this cost me a lot of $ to get him there, all out of my pocket )
He will also take you out for all the curry you can eat.
Message: Posted by: Gazzo (Feb 16, 2009 12:02PM)
For those of you who are wondering why I am doing a workshop with Mario Morris....

Reasons being is that I couldn't really pick a better partner. Mario's credential speak for itself. He has worked hard to get where he is. The only thing that is bigger than his crowds is his heart. Its in the right place. I remember when Mario first came to my workshop way back when, Simon Jackson pieced together a leture tour for me in England. It was actually Simon's idea to do a C&B workshop.In actual fact the whole idea was Simon Jackson idea in the beginning. It all grew from that. Maybe he might come down and say hello. Mario was one of the students but he was already seasoned at that point. I could tell he has been street performing for a number of years. For him to swallow his pride and come to a workshop after street performing for 10 years or so , to me that's an honorable thing. No matter how professional there is always room to learn. And Mario has progressed even more into a seasoned entertainer and teacher. He's learned his methods in the trenches. This is what I've told everybody and still do. If you take up street performing and stick at it you will become good at it. Mario is a classic example of this. I'm honored to be working with him and really pleased to have seen him grow.
Gazzo
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Feb 16, 2009 01:21PM)
THIS IS BIG!

gazzo, mario, thanks for doing this for busking.
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Feb 16, 2009 01:24PM)
For an american street magician this is mecca.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 17, 2009 04:24AM)
Gazzo thanks man, youve made me blush.
Mario
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 17, 2009 04:42AM)
Extended History of The Schol of Busking

The School of Busking was an idear that came up with for the British Circus/juggerling convention that I organized in 2001. A number of busking jugglers attended. I then went on to do it in Europeain juggerling convention twice and then British once again. I then went to the Gazzo work shop which my now good pal Simon Jackson (Where the heck are you?) organized, which was a diffrent thing altogether but a great highlight in my performing life.

The whole convention attracted over 1500 juggerlers and is well known in the World of uk Jugerlers. .

It was about taeching performing skills not magic but with Gazzo on board and now another one of my heros Cellini, we will be teaching Magic and whole lot more that I could not even scratch on by my self. Never before have I taught any one how to do magic but I have taught performers how to busk.

The first Schools I ran in Cardiff attracted 7 circus performers and 3 magic performers

I say this because I really want to reach out to the Crircus world I would love some of thoes fellas to come as well. So if you know any jugglers let them know.

Their you go the conpleteat history of the School of Busking.
Mario
PS. I am a juggerler but I have not icluded juggerling in my street show for over 10yrs even thoe I like to toss off as offten as possible
Message: Posted by: mslj (Feb 17, 2009 09:02AM)
Hey Mario

I'm here, lurking as always in the background.

Gazzo, you could never master the art of putting on a clowns nose, in fact you were the only student who screwed it all up.

Yes, I starting the ball rolling in 2004 (Gazzo On Tour in 2004) it cost me my marriage, my reputation, all that was good in my life!! It spawned page after page of discussion of the Gazzo style, clones, workshops and so on. All I got out of it was a large therapy bill and several strange nights in hotel rooms with Gazzo - I think Liverpool and the mad Dutchman stands out for me!

Despite all the pain and suffering, the nervous disorder, Gazzo leading me to ruin in betting shops and horses, having to buy crap off Mario every year at Blackpool, I still recommend the weekend in June highly, if you don't go - your loss!

After reading my post above about the quiet moments, I just want to give you an example. I flew over to Ireland in 2004 to a small convention with Gazzo - this was the one where the kid that was helping him out at the Gala show told Gazzo to **** off.

Post show Gazzo and Wayne Dobson spent some time chatting about routines, particularly the origin of Wayne's vent routine and then just traded jokes and one liners for the rest of the night. Now I've been to my fair share of lectures and talks but there was more value to be had in that conversation than all the lectures put together.

So Gazzo, Cellini and little ol' Mario informally discussing busking. You can't put a price on it.

(By the way if you're going to Blackpool this year make sure you get up to Mario's table on the dealers balcony, some nice little bargains to be had.)

Simon
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 18, 2009 02:30AM)
Simon
My man, I am glad your alive I missed seeing yu at Black pool and every other street corner.

My marriage, my reputation and all that seemed good fell apart, by the sounds of things about the same time. Mind you for all diffrent reasons we where simply not happy. Today I getting their, I have meet a great woman Veronica live work travel and any more detail I will get baned from hear. Mandy my X and I are now good freands and have a far better understanding of each other than when we where married.

So in reflection their is a silver lining in every black cloud.

I have reserved you your place at School, it is not the master class as you know it. But I guess a melting pot of diffrent back grounds as I metioned before your thread.

Talk about changing the subject by hay I am real glad to hear from you, you have been missed in the real World.
Keep on keeping on.
Mario
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 18, 2009 03:56AM)
Folks, this is now turning into a Buskers Rock festavel.

I am currently in Cardiff been Busking in the Central had some great sized crowds. I had magicain from the local club hear who signed up after watching my show, that realy made my day. :)

After Gazzo secured Cellini for us we have increased the places by 10 so their will be max 30 students to cover increasing expenses. We are now half full, folks I am heading to the biggest Magic Convention in the World today armed with flyers about Gazzo and Cellini and little ol me(thanks Simon). I have my School of Busking flyers under my arm and we are going to push this thing real hard now. So if you want a place get your enrolment and payment in NOW

I have been staying at the Packpackers hostel where I have arrange for us or to stay in Cardiff which I now can confirm is more than a great place. Formerly a pub, pool tables, leather coaches, hamocks in the lounge, and increaderbly trendy, the staff are great the music rocks. Staff never close the Bar. Once you you had enough comfy bunks clean and tidy and bliss.

Last night I performed my show their, It seemed that every resident of the hostel turned out icluding locals.They awarded me with the NosDa award last night which is an resdent award, nice.

This place is big with 200 beds and I would guess 4 star standard, no staff member has corrected me and said it is 5star packpackkers standard the only one in the UK that has reached 5star, I mean this place has even got a full scale gym.

I will try to cheque my email in the next few days, but I am off to Black pool just now. This is it folks the final count down, final confermation of your place will have to be confirmed through Veronica or my self ONLY, as I will be signing up folk at the convention. Their in no securing a place with out at least a deposit, period even if you asked Gazzo, no deposit no Guarrented place, sorry.

Mario
Message: Posted by: Hernan (Feb 18, 2009 04:57AM)
Hey I emailed for more payment instructions and never got a reply!!

whats up?
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Feb 18, 2009 07:47AM)
Someone mentions clown noses and Hernan busts through the door...shoulda seen that one coming!
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Feb 18, 2009 12:46PM)
Sincerely, this may be the most important event in performing magic on the street that has ever or will ever happen. A true once in a lifetime endeavor. Wow.

Best,

Dan-
Message: Posted by: The Great Zoobini (Feb 18, 2009 02:06PM)
Perhaps you should add that Sonny guy while he's stuck over there, too...
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 25, 2009 02:00PM)
As reqwested the School of Busking now has an Inner Circle on facebook for confirmed students.
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=52901764542
Or Search on facebook = School of Busking Inner Circle 2009
Mario
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 25, 2009 06:13PM)
For any one that is showing interest you can join school of busking and buskers on the road. Which are both on facebook.
Mario
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Mar 2, 2009 10:11AM)
Just an up date
17 students have nw signed up enrolment forms are coming in.
Mario
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Mar 9, 2009 06:20PM)
3 past students of mine have booked back on the course, one of which is repersenting raidio 4, which is qwite big in the UK. His presenter will be present but wont be a particapating student. A 30min programe will be made about street performing/busking and aired out to over 11 million folk.

That brings us up to 19 students.
Door is slowly closing folks
Mario
Message: Posted by: MagiCol (Mar 9, 2009 08:13PM)
Mario, Thanks for the update. The radio publicity should serve you well. Big hats to you!
Message: Posted by: Alexander Wells (Mar 11, 2009 08:00AM)
"radio 4, which is quite big in the UK"
Bit of an understatement!
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Mar 11, 2009 12:57PM)
Yes this will be good for the School and busking in genrale.
Brining busking into the public eye and all that.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Mar 19, 2009 07:53AM)
School of busking is now full.

Thankyou to every one that has expressed interest all shown their surport some how. My thanks goes to Steve for allowing these post, (100 exactly) to take place.

If you like to be put on the reserve place or be added to our mailing list, please email me. mario.morris@hotmail.co.uk titled = reserve or mailing.

With many thanks and as far as this thread is concerned.
Over and out.
Mario Morris
http://www.schoolofbusking.com