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Topic: Am I on the Right Track?
Message: Posted by: Brent McLeod (Jul 28, 2004 08:10PM)
Greetings Fellow members:

This is my first post in this section!

I am about to endevour into the realms of street performing & need some advice from you all-being the experienced performers you are!

I have worked Cabaret/Stage for many years as well as entered many competitions & soley for the love of entertaining wish to perform street magic which I have never done!

I have a very good act, indoors, so I am thinking using about 5 or 6 effects in a briefcase with 1 table, (portable set up) & ghetto blaster to perform 10-15 mins.

Consisting of effects possibly, Linking Rings, Fire Bowl, Silk vanishes etc. to music. Then 6 card repeat, diminishing cards etc. with audience interaction as well with lots of comedy etc.

Am I on the right track for length of time, carry small play big etc. most shows will be in big city at night for effect etc.?

We don't need licences here as long as we don't annoy retailers etc. I checked with the local council.

I'm really excited about this as it opens up a whole new field for me but need any advice off you regular performers on the street etc. about effects, dos & don'ts.

Thank you for any advice given & have a pleasant day to you all!

-Brent
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jul 29, 2004 07:19PM)
Hi Brent
One thing you will hear a lot on hear is "it is not about the trick it is about the performer" which I am sure you know.
Three tricks I think for this time at max, and your first one needs to be a good crowd puller unless you have another idea. I suggest something you can work over until you have your crowd, Linking rings could be a good one. I use three Shell Game, (I never get trouble when I do it).

Ghetto blaster, well I think not, rather learn to work your crowd. Audience interaction is a must together with a good strong finish. Most important donít forget you all important hat lines.
Mario
Message: Posted by: Brent McLeod (Aug 1, 2004 03:07PM)
Mario-

Thanks for the advice. I'll definetly take it all on board.

I've been offered a stint at a local busy market on Sundays for 3-4 hrs. Hundreds of people are there & I'm the only performer/ Entertainer.

They have had bad experiences with Busker/Singers in the past so looks good for Magic!

I'll only do a couple of things to music over 2 acts a bit of visual magic. The rest will be interaction etc.

Thanks again

-Brent