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Go for it! Forget about the age thing. Age is only a limit if you see it as such.

I have seen Marty do his thing in the street and he does a great job... Not bad for a middle aged guy! J/K Marty keep bringing magic to the gville streets :-P
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Man you need to stop talking about it and just go for it!
The difficult must become easy, the easy beautiful and the beautiful magical.
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I just read something from a man named Martin in an article he called "So You Want To Be a Street Performer."

He wrote "There is no failure, just success and not trying. Set your goal and do it ... Hard work is better than hard thinking..."

Yes, I've been accused of overthinking and underdoing, My first street show was this year, and I just turned 50.
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A thread from the past...

As somebody who hasn't done much besides family and friends...I've been working on something's to get back out there after ...well...more years than I care to admit. So when I stumbled across this thread, just had to bring it back up...
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
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I've done magic off and on since I was 14. At 55, I got a permit from the city of Providence and started working in the park and on Thayer Street.
I don't work as hard as I should, I'm not as good as I should be. But I do what I can. At 47, you're perfectly fine for starting.
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The thread was started *nine* years ago - I had to do the math while I was reading it. Some of the folks who posted are seriously old now. My how time slips by.
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On Jul 30, 2005, Pokie-Poke wrote:
Ya still breathing?? If so go for it, no excuses. If not , then yes your too old. dead people don't make good buskers.

Unless you do a Human Statue.....
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I wasn't going to write this, but I figured what the heck. About the same time this post was started I too was looking into the idea of busking. That was until I purchased s so-called guru's course in which this guy tells a story of one Sonny Holiday. It seems the guru thinks that people who are over the age of 25 should not be performing on the street and that what I should do (according to this guy while on a consultation call) do free shows for at least 5 years maybe more (Finding people who want a free magic show is tough in my neck of the woods). When I finally decided to do a show on the streets let's just say I died show wise.

Since that time I have seen some people who are older than me perform on the streets, on the boardwalks, and at fairs. This thread makes me wonder if the person who is a so-called guru, knows what he is talking about. So, my advice to the original poster and those who are thinking about the streets is this, go for it. Just make sure you have some tricks down pat before you go out there to show off your stuff.
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I'm 70 yrs old and have been busking for about 15 years. You are NEVER too old to start and SUCCEED.
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I'm 52, and busking. I don't have the stamina I had at 20, but it is good fun and good money!
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Hey ldl1017, I think we are twins in some way! I am 47 too, and I'm going to do that for the first time next month! I too have been busy with pay performances in the past years (and currently...), but always trying new experiences having big fun and enthusiasm! So let's do it and... oh, best wishes to both of us!

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This thread came at the perfect time. I am 51 and I just started street busking last Summer. Performing has always been in my blood. I can not afford to retire. Its a good thing I love what I do.
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