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Eddini_81976
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Thanks, I try...lol, Ed, (Eddini).
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There is a busker in the city that I live in (I'll keep it vague) who has been on the streets for a good 20+ years. He has a routine that he very rarely deviates from any more, and I suppose it's served him well over the years- he makes a living at it.

Or at least he has...

I talk to him when I see him at the magic shop every now and again, and apparently the recent economic downturn in the US has hit him rather hard- he just doesn't seem to get the tips that he used to (I doubt anyone really does,these days...) and he's been obviously ****ed-off about this for several months.

He related to me a recent story in which he kinda lost it, and used a few Gazzo style ethnic jibes in a not-so-good-natured kinda way. It netted him a jumbo-soda dumped all over him and his velvet topped colse up table and sound system.

Talk about an economic downturn...

I guess the very obvious moral of this thread is that we must learn, even under the most serious duress, to maintain a level of professionalism that most people never even have cause to think about when working on the streets, as they can be most unpredictable at times.

Kudos to those who can; good luck to those who must try a little harder!

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Wow, I'm going through some of my older post as I like to do once a year or so. Well Last Summer was much better...lol. The SEASON is now starting. Again Thanks for the Great Advice, Ed, (Eddini).

P.S. Danny Hustle it was nice meeting you last Summer at Hank's. Too bad it was only for a couple of minutes. They Rock though. Peace....
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Just remember, as bad as it might get, you're still out there performing, unlike a lot of people like... well, me!
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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What's stopping you?
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Mental blockage... fear... lethergy... possible chronic depression...


It's a multiple choice question, pick one, or several!
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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I never did a huge amount of street magic, in fact my main use of it used to be solely to try out some new routines. Hecklers are everywhere, but on the street, well lets face it, a free audience is not going to be the best class audience. I've been pelted, spit on, heckled, cursed at, harrassed, had my props grabbed at, you name it. People can be first rate jerks. I never lost my cool, old saying "When you wrestle with a pig you both get dirty, only problem is the pig likes it". But I was never afraid to walk away from the crowd and just give it up for the day or find a different venue.
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On 2007-05-14 11:52, photius wrote:
I've been pelted, spit on, heckled, cursed at, harrassed, had my props grabbed at, you name it. People can be first rate jerks.


I've had those exact same things happen to me but not performing magic.

I used to race bicycles and while I was training on the road people did those same things while I was minding my own business.


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Y'know, when I was younger, I used to *like* people!
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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Wow! I saw Jeff a few times when I lived in NYC. He was never anything but a gentleman. But then, I didn't see him when he had a crappy audience member!
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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Last night, I was busking in Waikiki and I had gathered a small crowd. I asked one guy to pick a card, show it to everyone, and to hand it back to me so I can put it back in the deck. As I grabbed my card, he rips it and goes "Oh, sorry, but since you're a magician, you should be able to fix it right?" with laughter thinking he's being a funny man. Luckily for me, I had the audience to my side and another guy told him how f--ed up it was to ruin the trick and some other colorful things. I quieted my audience down, proceeded to a torn and restored card, and told the guy that heckling me is one thing, but damaging my props is completely different, and to get the f- out of my area in front of everyone (thank god no children were there). He then tried to explain how I did it in order to recover what little manhood he had left, and the audience kept trying to get him out of there. Then a cop came by and asked what the problem was and a gentleman from the audience pointed at the guy and said he was disturbing the peace and wanted him escorted away. The cop has seen me perform before and he knew who I was, so he took the guy away from the area and I apologized to my audience for the disruption and told them I'm going to take a smoke break. After about maybe 30 minutes and two black and milds later, I got my confidence back and started up again. That was my first time dealing with a heckler in a busking situation. I know it won't be the last and I know I have to learn how to deal with it in a more professional manner, but again...what he did was totally unacceptable.
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Okay. It's not my line. It's on a T-shirt, but it is very good in this context. When you have a spectator who intentionally messes you up and exhibits bad behavior, look at them and smile. Nod your head in an understanding way and say:"I know exactly how it is. Some days, it's just not worth chewing through the restraints."

The beauty of this line is that you are doing it about yourself as well. And they get the idea that maybe, just maybe, you might be serious.

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I believe the line you quoted, Bill, is from Emo Phillips.



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Could be.
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We all have a tendency to lose it no matter what. I believe in the 17 second rule. Wait 17 seconds before responding when you are about to lose it.

AND one of my favorite proverbs: "He who guards his lips guards his soul." -PROVERBS 13:3
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I thought it would be pretty funny to do but its rude though. you will need 2 forks. Call out a nice fellow from the corwd. Saying " Here's what the fork feels about you'' Then do a nice bend for them. don't send them a wrong message like since the fork is twisted that means your twisted and sick. Hopfully they will not think of it that way. Then call the heckler over. Say I want to do another fork trick but this time it's with you. Do the fork you fork bend. Just don't hand it to her becasue she might take it and stab you or chuck it at someone. so that could be a way to express how you feel in a funny way.

Have a nice day
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On 2005-07-18 18:19, Paddy wrote:
Ed, when something like that happens to me I use a line I stole from Gazzo. I shout out so that the offender can hear me. "You must be Canadian!!" Then in the same loud voice I say to the crowd, "Dou you know the difference between a Canadian and a canoe? Canoes tip!"

It's funny, lets them and everyone elso know that their behaviour was offensive, and gets the crowd on YOUR SIDE! Remember when the crowd likes you they pay you.

Peter


So it is supposed to offensive to be from Canada? Well you must be from the USA, cause everyone from there is an arrogant, butt ugly imbecile....
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Stalin,

First things first, not all of us are arrogant, ugly....possibly.... anyway no need to get upset about the canadian/canoe line because its dated and not funny anyway.

Everyone
The best way to deal with people who bother you is to act lik ethye don't. You let them know they've got the best of you then its over and you lose. The results of anger is always more harmful and damaging than the insult the caused it.

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The fact that is isn't funny doesn't negate the fact that I find it offensive.

And the ignoring it may insinuate it's alright to say things like that.
-A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
-It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
-The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything.

See you space cowboy...
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I guess I can agree with that. I was more refering to ignoring people in person trying to goat you on. I guess to me there is a diffrence between trying to get under some one skin and being truly insulted by a remark that some one has made. I guess it would be easy for me to say hey we all make jokes like that. Maybe most of us do in one way or another, some might insult canadians, other the poor, even other based on race or sexual preference. It seems that most people have some group that they feel it is ok to insult. But to say we all do it would simply be turning a blind eye to the real issue that at the end of the day its not right. I guess maybe the best thing you can is not nessicarly ignore it but choose to come to the descion that the person who made the remark is ignorent.

I am a heavily tattooed individual and I operate in the buisness word and cannot tell you how often I feel personaly insulted by peoples remarks about the tattoos on my hands. All I can truly do in that situation is say "we all have something were into, some people love football, I love tattoos" and leave it at that. I personaly think the person passing judgement on me is somewhat foolish for making a statement like "why on earth would you ever do that to yourself"...now obviously theres a reason I would choose to tattoo my hands, its not the kind of thing most people do for the hell of it. At the end of the day though all I can do is try to be my most professional and change the persons mind about tattooed people or at least myself.

Peoples preconcived notions are a hard thing to deal with. You can almost never change them. Sadly.

Anton
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