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I love to play D'lite and Lite Flite routine in night. It is extremely visual and easy to draw crowd.
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Rings, Rings, Rings - my very own "3 Ring Circus", just three rings, and using moves adapted from Chris Capehart, Jim Cellini, and Dai Vernon!

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Cups and Balls,
Ambitious card,
Linking Rings,
Coins across
Misers dream
Sawing a woman in half and disappear before the police is arriving

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... just looked at my first post in this thread. Wow. Wotta blowhard that Legare guy is!

After a couple months 'in the trenches', the amount of stuff I carry to work with has diminished considerably.

When I go out now, I'm armed with Cups and Balls, a set of Sponge Balls, those silly foam rabbits and enough rope to do Professor's Nightmare and Rope Through Neck as a blow-off. It works out, since the sponge balls make a decent final load for the cups and balls (which I'll readily admit I'm still a tyro at).
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My favorite is the 360 Arm Twist because I have performed it a lot and I have never failed yet. It is so simple that it fools everyone and it´s totally impromptu. Smile
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My favorite is Pencil Through Dollar and Crazy Man's Handcuffs.
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I still think the Total Eclipse of the Sun deal is one of the best street effects of all time. I know that it has some drawbacks in that 1) your timing must be perfect 2) it can only be performed in the daytime and 3) the re-set takes so darn long...
But you have to admit that it packs small and plays REALLY big.

Multiple Selection Rising Card is also a winner in my book.

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I always have a Expanded Half to do a "In The Spectators Hand 3-Fly"...a deck of cards to do about a 3 minute show, nothing too long, doing a ambitious card routine, sandwiched card, triumph, and a few others...
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Card in mouth...

Packs small, plays to huge laughter which translates to bigger hats....

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I love bent silver copper transposition from the AOA books. it gets a great reaction as they are not expecting the coin to bend and it gives them a little present to take home and remember it by.
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Should we perform magic that is interesting to us, or those which get the best reactions (money)?
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Zodiac, here's an easy reference:

Interesting to us + Get great reactions = DO IT!

Gets great reactions but not interesting to us = Eh, do it anyway.

Interesting to us but does not get great reactions = Don't even think about doing it!

Is not interesting to us nor does it get great reactions = Sell it on e-bay.
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Wow what an awesome thread. I've been doing street magic now in the same spot for six summers now. I never knew it was termed as busking though.

I do clowning, and balloon animals too ocassionally with my magic. People know me well where I set up, so I have a lot of repeat "customers", so I do tend to bring a lot of tricks with me in my close-up table. I've never really done too much to "draw a crowd". I mean people stop, and I just perform a few things for them. I find it takes a crowd to draw a crowd.

Ocassionally I'll have a couple of friends standing around me while I'm doing something for them so that others stop. I do mostly small groups, and sometimes big groups, so my tricks aren't especially big. Here is a list of tricks that I do more than well with.

Remember though, because I get repeat people sometimes on a weekly basis I'm always buying or learning new tricks. The list is as follows :

*1. Red Hot Mamma (My own version)
*2. Scotch & Soda
*3. Brainwave
*4. Deju Vu Deck (David Regal)
*5. Mental Photography
*6. Cut n Restored Rope (more for the kids)
*7. Hot Rod (more for the kids)
*8. The Coloring Book (more for the kids)
*9. Professor's Nightmare (more for the kids)
*10. Appearing & Vanishing Silk with T.T. (more for the kids)
*11. MacDonald's Aces
*12. In A Flash
*13. Card To Wallet (Mullica Wallet)
14. Mind Power Deck
*15. Then I know about 20 sleight-of-hand card tricks, with a normal deck of cards, (ace cutting, last trick of Dr. Daly, sandwich tricks, Malone's cards across ect.) These 20 are the really good sleight-of-hand tricks, I must mention, and not the 21 card trick.
*16. My Thumbcuff Routine (with handcuffs too ocassionally)
*17. Card Ward
18. Hollow Hole (A Card Trick With a Yellow Ribbon)
*19. X-Ray Box
*20. Ambitious Card (usually in combination with the card to wallet)
21. Svengali Deck
22. Detour De Force (John Bannon's Awesome to person, two card prediction trick)
23. Vanished & Gone
24. Impossible Opener
*25. SUM Deck (a mind-reading routine)
*26. N.F.W.
*27. Vanishing Deck of Cards (Tony Curtis Model)
28. Lethal Tender
29. Hell Bent
30. The W.O.W. Book Test
31. The Twisting Arm Illusion
32. Thought Transmitter
33. Drawn A Blank (Aldo Columbini)
*34. Quadriflex
35. Black & White Surprise
36. Ball Throught Bolt
37. Mis-Made Flag (a kids routine with change bag)
38. Nickles To Dimes
39. Mastermind (A Chris Kenworthey Card Trick)
40. A Marked Coin To Brass Nest of Boxes
41. Princess Card Trick
42. B'Wave
*43. Lighting Bolt (A Penetration From Marcello Contento)
44. Automatic Miracle Deck
45. Rising Cards
46. Bob Swadling's Visible Changing Card
47. Limited Edition
48. Force Of Thought
49. Half-Washed
50. Match Box Penetration (with brass block)

Well I'm sorry if I made the list too long but maybe the tricks that I listed could give some newcomers about some terrific tricks that play great for me. You have to remember I don't live in a big city so its rare that I get huge crowds.

I've never had to use a P.A. system ever. I work in a big tourist town, especially in the summer. Don't get me wrong I don't have all of those tricks in my close-up table at once, maybe 20-25 at the very most. Like I said I have people expecting something new every week pretty much, so that is why maybe to some of you the list may be a little long.

That list took me 6 years in the making. Now the tricks with the star (*) are the ones I do the most, or are always in my case. I use the close-up case from Ronjos. It carrys like a briefcase, and screws to a tripod and opend up in a drawer fashion.

I always carry a back pack with me too to carry stuff, like lights (for night time), the coloring book, rope, a light jacket and so on. I've never owned a car so I have to walk (luckily for me I only live like two streets from where I "set up" or perform I should say). In my town the street performing is legal, so I'm not hounded by the police.

Now tricks I never do are the 3 Card Monte, or find the queen, because I don't want the association of being a "hustler" or being a "gambling stand" at all. I'm a Magician. Even now ocassionally people will walk by and say, "Oh look the 3-Card Monte", without ever reading my sign "Magic by Eddini" on my close-up case. I just yell out "its magic NOT gambling".

I perform from like 6:00 pm - 2:00 am every Friday and Saturday night, and money-wise I do pretty good I think, but it varies. I'm sorry to make this so long but I felt maybe for the sake of the new comers that this (in my own opinion anyways) might be good advice. I may not know a lot about a lot of stuff, or other types of magic, but doing this for six years straight I feel has given me some knowledge and experience in my humble opinion.

Thanks for your time and I hope this helps, Ed (Eddini). Smile Smile Smile
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When we say "street magic," I'm assuming we're talking Blaine style and not busking.

I don't do Blaine style street magic as a regular thing, but last October I did so in front of a theatre (and in the lobby as well) to promote a stage "Ghost Show" I was performing in that weekend for the SAM.

I performed mentalist effects that invariably left the spectator with my business card at the finish.

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