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gibson99
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Hi guys,
Let me introduce myself. I was very into magic from the ages of about 7-12. I kind of lost interest for one reason or another but now at age 19 my passion is back and burning! I stumbled onto ellusionist.com as well as these boards and that put even more fuel on the fire. I do not remeber a ton from years ago but I have a general familiarity of magic. I am extremely interested in street magic now. I would really appreciate it if you guys could give me some help setting up a routine. I have been working on Eddie Fatcher's Be Honest, What is it(2 card monte), as well as Wayne Houchin's quarter in soda can. I absolutely LOVE both of these tricks so far although I am waiting til I get them down perfect before I perform them. My goal is to put together an act consisting of some cards, some mentalism, and other varieties of sleight. I would like to have about 10-15 minutes of material. I have been debating whether to buy a Raven or M5 but I cannot find enough specific info on them to decide which is best for me. Can you guys suggest some more quality tricks for an intermediate to perform? I do not have much of a problem spending some money if I need to. I should also mention that I am very inspired by Blaine as I'm sure is very common lately, so performing magic similar to his is very appealing to me. Thanks guys!
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I'm not knocking you or Blaine but it should be pointed out that what he does is close-up on the street in front of a T.V. camera.
In real life a 19 year old will find it hard to stop people.

For a real street show - Ropes, linking rings, misers dream, cups and balls and whatever else takes your fancy for a sort of stand-up caberet.

Walk around, close-up, any pocket tricks that take your eye. Cards, coins, elastic bands, dice. Again the choice is wide.

The Fechter book would be a good start, but there are loads of close-up books.
I would not bother with the beginners or childrens books, or the 101 card tricks without skill school.

Eddie
Cory Gallupe
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Blaine is amazing, sometimes, but not entertaining. It kind of depends on what you are looking to do. Do you want to entertain, amaze, and connect with your audience? Or do you want to do a little trick like bite a quarter in half then run away? I suggest looking at some other magicians that you would see in real life. Someone who entertains for a job. Look at comedy channels and watch some of the magicians performances. Look at how the effects blend in with one another, look at the patter they use. The story lines, the jokes. Blaine doesn't do any of that. He does a trick, and walks off. That is not a good example. Because like the person above me said. He has cameras following him. People are more than happy to be on tv. In real life, just walking on the street, more times than not, people will be busy doing something and may not want to see you. Sure, you may be really good. But they don't know that, and its getting them into your "trap" that's the hard part. Now, me myself don't just walk up to people and do magic for them, I don't think that's the way to go about it unless if the circumstances permit. But I do know how hard it can be to get, control, and keep an audience. And it can be tough. And what you see on tv, isn't always the way things are. The levetation he does, you don't go nearly that high, he used camera editing to make it appear to the tv audience that he was going high. He was only going up about three inches. So as you see, Im not a Blaine fan. But there are many other magicians that are very good and know how to do what they are doing. Watch them, and observe.
But what I recommend is picking up as much material as you want, and make sure that it is appropriate for the venue you want to take. In your case, street magic. Here are some thoughts.
-Sponge balls.
-cups and balls if you are performing for a crowd who is staying for a period of time and you have a table.
-Ambitious card.
-Card on ceiling.
-wiregrams
-watch stealing/pickpocketing.
-card thru window.
-pen thru bill
-coin tricks.

Those are just a few that are good for your venue. Put them into a litlle routine that blends well. And ENTERTAIN your audience. And have fun.
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'Nuff Said!

And most at all, BE yourself! Don't take bad examples from the guy mentioned in the two replays. About effects good for the people, don't forget D'Lite.

Have fun!

Paolo Venturini
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Hi gibson99, Check out Jeff Sheridan's DVDs and the book, Be a Street Magician by David Groves. Jeff used to do street magic in Central Park in NY - he replicates his act on the DVDs (lots of card manipulation I think).

PS...keep in mind that Blaine never actually was a street performer, he just shot a video on the streets using close-up magic.

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I suggest a cups-and-balls penetration routine. Easy, ungimmicked, and highly effective.
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Cups and balls do not really appeal to me too much.
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If you’ve just got on the street and want to start your show, start with something that will easily draw attention, something everybody knows; for example linking rings, it will draw attention even of those who don’t look in your direction because of its sound.
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Cory Gallupe
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On 2006-01-21 20:27, stormchaser wrote:
I suggest a cups-and-balls penetration routine. Easy, ungimmicked, and highly effective.


I don't know about you, but a lot of KIDS know abput that. The adults are amazed, but most kids know about that due to magic kits. I would suggest the whole cups and balls routine. It is very good. It will keep the audience attracted, and probably get youi tips.
PS, is there ANY gimmiked cups and balls? I never heard of them before.
gibson99
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I just ordered a Raven, Raven DVD, Steel Quarter, Invisible Deck, Mindpower Deck, as well as Daniel Garcia's Torn. You guys think this is a good start?
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On 2006-01-21 21:35, gibson99 wrote:
Cups and balls do not really appeal to me too much.


Cups and Balls has tons of varieties. A magician in town I know did a synchronized cups and balls with someone else, and it was just incredible. I would get a cheap set, maybe aluminum, and if you don't like it now, put it away and come back to it. I'm sure you could find a routine appealing to you, whether in a book or made up by yourself.
Cory Gallupe
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I agree 100%
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Wait, when you say "cups and balls don't appeal to me much" what do you mean by cups and balls? Are you thinking of the effect were the balls keep penetrating the cups, or the full routine with lemons and all?
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Hey gibson99..i personally think that the 2 card monte is a great trick for the streets..well,if I were you I will not think of performing on the street first..i want to perform to my friends or family and when you go for a drink in a bar or something like that..i don't think that street performing is that easy and you will need lots of experience before hitting the streets..anyway just for the record 2 card monte,folding coins,a good ambitious card routine,sponge balls,and few coin tricks..raven or m5 will be perfect for street..well that's my opinion..get greg wilsons on the spot..its all impromptu street style magic..u will learn tons from there..
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