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Topic: Your most liked busking trick is...
Message: Posted by: Gadujadu (Mar 27, 2014 04:41PM)
I know there's probably plenty of posts like this on this forum, but if we put all of them in one topic like this one, it can helps a lot of people. (that's why the forum was made - for helping)
So... What about this, when everybodies of us write his most liked, most effective or just greatest busking trick for him?
It can be a trick name, a gimmick name, anythink, just for us :)
Eh... Ok, I'll start. I think that one of the best and makes nice feelings trick is "tum tum tum tum" the brassiere trick with vanishing silk. Easy to make, easy to perform (also being surrendered by crowd). What you think about that? Write On !! :)

PS. Sorry for my english :)
Message: Posted by: ROBERT BLAKE (Mar 27, 2014 05:16PM)
Infinity cups (cellini)
Message: Posted by: KendallScot (Mar 27, 2014 05:59PM)
Slydini's Silk Knots. My absolute favorite!
Message: Posted by: The Great Zoobini (Mar 27, 2014 07:32PM)
Disappearing :lol:
Message: Posted by: Nate The Magician (Mar 27, 2014 07:36PM)
Cups and balls, my version. Thanks for asking!
Message: Posted by: MR Effecto (Mar 27, 2014 08:12PM)
Bill to lemon :bikes:
Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (Mar 27, 2014 10:41PM)
Rope tru neck at the end of my rope routine. Finishes things of and gets a great reaction.
Message: Posted by: MagiCol (Mar 28, 2014 01:33AM)
At the moment Professor's Nightmare, done to Ian Adair's version of the ropes being worms.

As a Draw: The spirit nut, done with a big nut about 1 1/2 inches/4cm across. At the end people keep asking, Where's the nut? Where's the nut?
Message: Posted by: fireperformer911 (Mar 28, 2014 08:53AM)
My favorite Slydini Silks audience favorite Cups and Balls
Message: Posted by: TheGiz (Mar 28, 2014 06:05PM)
3 shell game!
Message: Posted by: MagiUlysses (Mar 29, 2014 04:11PM)
Greetings and Salutations,

Closing with the Cups and Balls, the Ring and Rope or Professor's Nightmare for a middler, opening with a vanishing silk, and drawing with whatever strikes my fancy at the time; the "floating wand" and jumbo 52-on-1 for laughs; and the electric deck, color-changing silks, and stiff rope for a get-the-kids-outta-here show. (Don't laugh! Doing those three bits at kid level has earned me some nice hat for five minutes of work. Happy kid, happy parent! And I don't give away my show show).

Just my $.02 (USD) worth. YMMV.

Joe Zeman aka
The Mage Ulysses
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Mar 30, 2014 01:24AM)
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On Mar 27, 2014, Nate The Magician wrote:
Cups and balls, my version. Thanks for asking!
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"my version".

Really? Is it necessary that you add to your post that you're doing "your version"?

Why not just say "the cups and balls"?


Posted: Mar 30, 2014 02:26 am
Mine are:
color changing silk: my version
prof. nightmare: my version
card to pocket: my version
silk/tt: my version
mouth coil routine: my version
egg bag: my version

thank you for asking!: my version
Message: Posted by: yazz (Mar 30, 2014 01:55PM)
Luis de Matos' version of "The Egg Bag"
Fiber Optics by Richard Sanders/Tabaray rope moves

- Yazz
Message: Posted by: SmileAndNod (Mar 30, 2014 08:36PM)
[quote]
On Mar 30, 2014, Frank Starsini wrote:
Mine are:
color changing silk: my version
prof. nightmare: my version
card to pocket: my version
silk/tt: my version
mouth coil routine: my version
egg bag: my version

thank you for asking!: my version
[/quote]

Really showing your maturity there.
Message: Posted by: MagicMattMan (Mar 30, 2014 10:10PM)
[quote]
On Mar 30, 2014, Frank Starsini wrote:
[quote]
On Mar 27, 2014, Nate The Magician wrote:
Cups and balls, my version. Thanks for asking!
[/quote]


"my version".

Really? Is it necessary that you add to your post that you're doing "your version"?

Why not just say "the cups and balls"?
[/quote]

Yes actually. I'm glad he did.

Some guys take the time to research various plots & moves to a routine in order to create something unique to themselves. (Which is a lot better than just doing it the way it was out of the box.)

I'll be the first to admit that I perform some things the way they were created, using the patter & moves verbatim, but also I balance that with my take as well.

So to answer the OP's question:

My solo coin routine
My spongeball routine
Fiber Optics - Richard Sanders
Tiny Plunger - Jon Armstrong
(Which I use Phoenix Parlour cards for!)
My chop cup routine
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Mar 31, 2014 12:26AM)
[quote]
On Mar 30, 2014, SmileAndNod wrote:
[quote]
On Mar 30, 2014, Frank Starsini wrote:
Mine are:
color changing silk: my version
prof. nightmare: my version
card to pocket: my version
silk/tt: my version
mouth coil routine: my version
egg bag: my version

thank you for asking!: my version
[/quote]

Really showing your maturity there.
[/quote]

Somebody has to!!! :)
Message: Posted by: magic123 (Mar 31, 2014 10:20AM)
A number of good pitches that can give you a decent Living .

m123
Message: Posted by: mike bonfield (Mar 31, 2014 02:52PM)
T Tip Hankie , Linking rings , tossed out Deck , Ropes Pro Nightmere ,Card to wallet , Cups and Balls
Message: Posted by: imgic (Mar 31, 2014 03:17PM)
Needle Thru Ballon
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Mar 31, 2014 05:43PM)
Needle thru balloon. Good one!!!
Message: Posted by: Faulkner (Apr 10, 2014 10:33PM)
Passing the hat
Message: Posted by: magicalmilton (Apr 12, 2014 11:33AM)
Balloon sword swallow :)
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Apr 16, 2014 01:10AM)
Chair Suspension. Because of it's size, it helps create more of a larger crowd.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Apr 17, 2014 09:21PM)
My (and by "my" I mean Mark Wilson's) sponge ball routine. When all the balls disappear at the end, I get some serious responses!
Message: Posted by: Devious (Apr 17, 2014 10:40PM)
Although I feel like a sellout when performing it, it's Losander's "Floating Table".
It's a wonderfurl crowd builder because it has the capability of having no beginning,'
middle, nor ending, thus allowing the performer to build and build and build until ready.
cheers, Dev/
Message: Posted by: gman (Apr 18, 2014 09:00AM)
Along the lines of what Devious has mentioned I could see Bill Abbot's the Thing being used as a crowd builder. My second all time favorite is Miser's Dream. People seem to give a good reaction especially when you bring a child up as the volunteer.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Apr 18, 2014 11:26AM)
Chris Capehart has a sponge-ball routine that is extremely unique, very funny and very very good for building a crowd.
It's on his kidshow DVD, but you don't get the full effect possible as you might seeing him do it in person (lecture or stage).

If you watch it on DVD, ponder the busking possibilities and adapt it to an older audience (like I saw him do at his lecture in SF) you'll draw like flies.

I tried it several years ago when I was working at a ballpark and could easily draw a large number of people almost instantly.

[quote]On Apr 12, 2014, magicalmilton wrote:
Balloon sword swallow :) [/quote]

I use this when I need to gather the attention of a large audience at a non-busking gig.

When hired for something like a silent/live auction combo where people have a lot of distractions you're competing with, little compares to this easy, fun, visual bit.

I was hired to perform for "walk-arounders" on stage at a convention center at a huge art show. I was in no mood to beg people to "come over and watch my show" so I just announced the balloon sawllow for a few minutes on the microphone which did draw several and then cranked my "balloon swallow music" and by the time the balloon was gone and I looked up, ta da... a full audience had appeared, as if by magic.