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On 2008-12-15 18:18, G.Gilbert wrote:

There's not a guy in this world who doesn't know the name "Coca-Cola".

And here I thought that it was because they spent ungodly amounts of money on marketing. Wow! I never knew it is because they just picked great name.
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Bloor the ***, while long and somewhat wordy, has served me well.
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The Mentie.. lol
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I never chose my own name (exactly) , I worked in the electrical industry for many years. Not very many knew I was a magician. I was booked for an Electrical Trade Show by Marr Electric. They wanted my name to incorporate their company name. I offered Marrlin or Marrdini , they chose Marrdini. Many watched me at the show , that knew me , but not as a magician. The next day back at my day job when I would receive electrical calls some started asking for the "Great" Marrdini. It stuck ,so I kept it. One plus is I am often booked because I'm told "your name sounds like a magician" Alan , aka The Great Marrdini
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This is something I still struggle with...

My real name doesn't scream fun or magic... LOL... and I want something memorable...

My magic is fun, yet a little twisted.

Ive been thinking of a few ideas... maybe you guys can offer input on them, or toss out a few more ideas...

Harry Hazzard
Hank Hazzard
Tony Twisted
Twisto the Twisted (maybe too cutesy or clownish)
William Wierd

trying to use the same start letter concept in those

Im at a total loss for any one worders

I am finding that branding yourself is one tough process. Much harder than branding a company or object.
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How about:

Mark D. Card, Mark Tabulous, Mark Ville, Mark Swanky, "Easy" Mark Reed, or Mark Red

I (personally) think it is important to keep your first name. That way you will respond more quickly & naturally when somebody addresses you.

Certainly there are many counterarguments & counterexamples to my view and that's fine with me.
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How about Reeddle
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Profile of ShawnB
I have been throwing around names for a while now...

I like Joey Bagadoughnuts... but I'm not Italian.

I was thinking McFly... but I'm not certain if it's TM'd.

Might just settle on my last name - Bowser.

But I think I would spell it "Bowzer"

What do you guys think... anyone of the 3 sound better then the others?

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Bowzer reminds me of the old group Sha Na Na. You might loose some recongition there.

Names are tough. Im banging my head over it....

Pretty soon Im just gonna go with Mr. Nobody
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If you go to
and type in names of ideas for your web site or performing name that you might be interested in, their system will generate lots of other ideas that you probably didn't think of...
then just do a new search and change a word or two, even do something completely different and look at all of the choices..
Hope this helps..
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I use Blackford. Salem Blackford. Salem for the witch trials. Blackford because it's a bit dark and sounds sort of English. I even had a great little sign made that hangs from my table.
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I go by EVILDAN. It was a name given to me by my co-workers when I worked for a company that printed Catholic church bulletins. I thought it was a good stage name so I adopted it.

It's also a lot easier to remember and spell than my real last name...Terelmes.
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(guess who's back - guess who's back - guess who's back a da da oom da oom da yo)

I've been "Tobias the Adequate" after a brief stint as "The Amazing Mister Jones" for about eight years now (EIGHT? Crimeny!) "Tobias" is a reasonably unusual name and the sobriquet (with Peter the Adequate's blessings) just lets the jokes write themselves.

Really it's about 'brand recognition' and while a short name is easier to remember, perhaps, the key is *consistancy* - that character and that name get associated in people's heads and they remember you, even if they don't remember what you do.

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I think Im going to test the waters with "Marc Mayhem - The Man on the Street"

A twist on my name with a tag line reminiscent of the old news days "Now we go to Ollie, our man on the street!"

(props to Pepka for the man on the street idea)

What do you guys think?
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I stumbled across this thread and found the insight and thought behind a name very useful. Not just for buskers but for all performers in this industry. What sets you apart from the rest?? What will cause people to remember you?? I came about my name based on a childhood of name jokes. My true first name is Justin. Growing up, I heard "Just In Time", "Just In Case", etc... Then I got a bit older and you start to see names that are creative. Hence, my stage name or professional name Justin Visible (which is copywrited HAHAHA and an llc - my first name and something magical).

Now with Mark's example, what about a catch phrase or slogan... It is almost like a call to action. Or that little something extra. Is it too much since people are stressing the simplicity of the one word name or simple syllables for it?? What about instead of just your name on a card, it was just this catch phrase... For example, the late George Burns used to say "If they laugh, it's funny..." (which I like to use on my own marketing materials but still finding out if it is legal and allowed). Can we establish ourselves memorably enough as a performer so people remember us by just this phrase...

Just me thinking out loud......


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I'm going with Chuck Roast, Pete Moss or Buster Cherry.
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Alan Wassilak performs as "Alan the Uncanny". He reinforces this throughout his routine with a sign on his table and several references. He also gets his audience to fill in the ending, by saying "remember, I'm Alan the ..." and the audience continues "uncanny". Audiences remember it.

If I ever make it big, I might try to come up with a stage name. In the USA, my last name is hard to remember,, if I was Japan it would be no problem.
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Referring back to "Mr. Nobody." I jammed with a band with that name. Named after their dog. Their 1st CD was called "Nobody's Perfect." It seemed to work.

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