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I totally agree with Koz. He taught me this lesson and proved it to me! Listen to the man!
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It would have been cheaper if you just wrote them all a check! Smile

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Yeah, that is certainly my expereince too about being able to work close up. For my pitch, this was what I would do when I was being blown out by break dancers and/or loud musicians on either side of me. Close up was the only way to work in those situations and it saved me from wasting two hours on the pitch which is how long you would have to stay in one place before rotation on 3rd street.

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For a great example of the smaller sidewalk show check out Sonny Holliday's performance on the Art of Street Performing VOL I (if you don't have it yet it is available from Koz's site)

Thanks producing this great series, Mr Kozmo!!!!!

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Thanks Kos,

Your reply was bang on topic and was just what I needed to hear. I guess I was getting way ahead of myself and thinking of the circle show before I had even stepped onto the streets. I will stick on taget and aim for my first sidewalk show soon. Thank's again Kos, you reply was sopt on and I will take the advice and run with it!!

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Great discourse on sidewalk and circle shows.

In todays hectic world often a quick hitting sidewalk show maybe the answer since so many people are in a rush.

Often I have snapped my first sidewalk set, hatted and asked if there are thsoe who want to see more. I repeated this 4 times one day when busy....

Just make sure you have enough props so you don't have to reset... Can be very profitable
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Heres what I think its right to start out w/ the door way and use stuff that can be done inna circle show

when you do close up do parlor, when you do parlor do stage, when you do stage do oh my god that's huge.

for the door way or sidewalk you should be talking non stop [unless a silent act]don't pause except once or twice to emphasize or purge bad people. the other is don't stop machine gunning them with tricks its a solid work out for @ 8 mins don't worry about crowd build you'll be doin another show in @ 8 mins

think of yourself as an infomercial rinse and repeat all day long wether they watch or not. this does several things first it helps your future circle show get tight and it gets you to the point to where you don't care if they watch you which is crucial for street performing [people smell desperation and run].

the effect is this "whats that guy doin over there?"

"oh it sounds rythmic.how the hell did he do that?my god wow .......oh he's askin for money better give him some that's what people do. oh great he's startin over I could just watch this as long as I want cool. well I've watched three shows and only givin him a few bucks I feel awkeward I just sneak away."
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