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Topic: Thoughts on routine?
Message: Posted by: Hood (Apr 18, 2014 01:39AM)
I know there is a lot of tips and topics on people routines already but I was hoping to get some thoughts and help with my routine. Quick background I perform frequently at all types of venues but have my first street festival coming up in a month. I have busked on the street before but always was in front of a business and always was limited in space. The festival I am at has a ton of room where I am performing and feels more like a stage or parlor setting. All the effects I list I am very comfortable with and perform quite often. Also the routine I outline assume I already have a crowd and the festival wants the show to be 20-25 minutes

Bill Abbott 5 card repeat with abbotts box
Egg bag or drawing dupe w/book test
Daryls Cards across
Bill to lemon
No Tear Newspaper

Other effects I am thinking of using instead:
Smart ass (celebrity version)
Phone book test (similar to book test but uses 5 people)

Once again any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Message: Posted by: ROBERT BLAKE (Apr 18, 2014 05:32AM)
Street magic is about Visuality. so people get triggerd by what they see - then what you say then what you do. if I look at your list I would choose:
1) bill abbott 5 card repeat
2) no tear newspaper
3) egg bag do you use one or 2 specatators - depending on the routine / my suggestion use one, a child

this will get you easy 20 minutes. now make up your mind how you want to get te crowd. make some noise - lay out a rope / or make a chalk line all kinds of interaction and jokes possible. tell the audience you are going to do a show. interact with them and show interest in them. you can do a small trick like vanishing a ball or produce a card fan behind the ear of a child. stiff rope is good to0. quick and visible.

i would stay a way from the mental stuff. this is a new experience for you and doing mental tricks on the street needs some experience. make it easy for yourself and have fun with the audience.
Message: Posted by: LeoH (Apr 18, 2014 04:08PM)
I agree with Robert on the mentalism. You want visual, involvement with the audience, and funny.
Message: Posted by: Hood (Apr 18, 2014 04:16PM)
Thanks for the help I really appreciate it also does a card to wallet work well in this environment or too small?
Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (Apr 18, 2014 04:44PM)
Ton of room could be a problem. people may stand back and not want to be drawn in. To combat this I would pull the first crowd in tight and do something small and fun like sponge balls. Then set these guys as you first two rows. Also make it clear it a faimly show you don't want to became the kids show / babysitter (Kids don't carry the cash)

This summer was my first real stomp at festivals and one thing I will get for next year is a step stall or crate to stand on.

1) bill abbott 5 card repeat
2) no tear newspaper
3) egg bag
3.5) Bill to lemon,

This is a great set and great effects. From my experiences involved resets can be a pain and some of your effects could be effected by exposure to the elements such as wind and moister. I would have a case that carries you show. But the a second case to carry spares. I would work out how many shows you will do and have that many paper tears and bill to lemon ready to go. I would also have 2-3 5 card repeats ready along with any spare eggs your need.

This is from my experience also check out the video of me at a festival. The audience are a bit far away due to the punishing sun with a 15 minte burn time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqzJyYsfk7c

Just a fe notes from my experience hope this help
Message: Posted by: ROBERT BLAKE (Apr 18, 2014 04:53PM)
[quote]On Apr 18, 2014, Hood wrote:
Thanks for the help I really appreciate it also does a card to wallet work well in this environment or too small? [/quote]

if you know how the street works and how you have to handle, engage, be funny, involve people then you can do almost anything. but for now do what you know and not what you think could be done. KISS = keep It Simple Stupid.

p.s. on the street you learn to work big. even when you have small objects. you make the trick big not the the object.