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Topic: Focus, Street Magic - For Advanced or Beginner student!
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jun 3, 2014 06:24AM)
I am always humbled when professional Street Performers or Entertainers enroll on the course.

The focus on Street magic Las Vegas is for Advanced Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced students in the art of magic. street entertainers or performers.

Augie (augiemagic) is one of those kind!

This street performer despite having five years experience of working on the street signed up for the street performers class in Las Vegas.
I am always honored when another street performer signs up to the class.
It shows true grit and gumption of character and dedication to the Art.

In the past years we had a number of experienced performers sign up to the course.

Two others that Jeff McBride and I were honored to work with where Hörbi Kull - A long term veteran of the street who is from Switzerland. One of the only LONG term students of Cellini. He enrolled and came as a student of the Focus on Street Magic in Las Vegas, despite having decades of experience. http://www.hoerbikull.ch/

Another was Zamora - The torture King, he comes from a whole path of pain, the real deal side show circus. What he does is just mental. An American sideshow performer. Zamora was an original member of the Jim Rose Circus, where he performed painful feats as entertainment. His stunts include fire eating, sword swallowing, body skewering and electrocution. Zamora co-authored (with Jan Gregor) Circus of the Scars, a history of the Jim Rose Circus.
Zamora has been featured on Ripley's Believe It or Not! http://www.sideshowworld.com/9-ms-pi/interviewzamora.html

We have had some amazing guests and some of the most unlikely of students come to the School of Magic and Mystery for the Focus on Street Magic.
These giants yet humble performers are so un assuming that some times if our VIP guests knew who were in front of them they would be sweating a little more - I know I do. With these guys I am always a little bit tougher on - after all they do know the game.

I am always learning and I always learn from the students whether they are beginners, intermediate or advanced.

One of the many things I have learned from working alongside some of the worlds greatest showmen and women - is I always got something new to learn.

Message: Posted by: augiemagic (Jun 3, 2014 08:54AM)
Thank you, Mario, your respect means a great deal to me.

That said, I'm nobody special. Just another guy trying to make a living and have fun (not necessarily in that order).

I look forward to our next opportunity to meet up on a pitch.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jun 3, 2014 10:24AM)
Hey Mario!
I enjoyed and appreciated your post above.

Your last sentence was especially worthy of note! --"When you are through learning, you're through!)

I've done only a bit of busking (Fishermens' Wharf). I was running a phone room (in the early 1980s) in Davis, California,and had a weekend off, so visited the wharf. It was a cool, drizzly nitht. I spotted a nice looking young lad. He was dressed impeccably in "tie and tails" and had a little tripe table with a piece of chain and padlock, a set of rings, a deck of cards, and a die box and top hat. The "midway" had only a few tourists. I stopped, and a young couple stopped, too. He had just been standing there, waiting for "anyone"!

An older couple stopped when they saw us. (Total of 5) He picked up the chain, wrapped it around his wrists and the young fellow with the girl, snapped the lock. The kid struggled and somehow managed to get the chain off, losing a bit of skin in the process. He picked up the cards, fo***d one, controlled, and shuffled. The card was on top. (End of card trick.)The die box was next. He had to do an "about face" to "reset" the die. He did the standsrd routine. I said, "Open the other door!" (No one else had said anything.)He closed with a basic (long) ring routine. I shilled, I tossed a buck into the hat, and the old couple followed. The young guy had some change. The "crowd" left.

I introduced myself, and noting that there was NO ONE else on the street, I invited the "magician" for coffee and pie. He was very polite, but somewhat shy. We talked for an hour, (and two cups of coffee!)He admitted that he was a neophyte! (I said, "Let's meet tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) on the wharf, and I'll try to help a little." (I had nothing to until I reopened the phone room on Monday.)

He showed up. We found a convenient door way, I used the rings to grab a tip. I think I may have done Ten Cards Across, and some card flourished and closed with the die box. I replaced the die in the box, and my "only" hat line was: "Well, I've put something in the hat, and now it's your turn!" It wasn't a big hat, but it was respectable.

I told the kid: "Lose that awful card trick, and leave the chain at home (unless you're into "bondage"!). Open with the rings and hand a few out for examination. --That will help nail the tip. A guy is not apt to blow, while holding your ring. The noise and action with the rings will help build a tip. Do something flashy and colorful with cards or a silk or (?), and follow with the box. Then pass your hat.

I never saw him again, so I don't know if my "help" did any good,
Message: Posted by: Devious (Jun 5, 2014 06:20PM)
I look forward to seeing you in the United States once again mate.
These courses keep getting better and better each year!

There will be a few surprise guests there this year folks...Rock on Mario!