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RoyHolidayMagic
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BroDavid says: "Cups and Balls seems to be the definitive street closer."

Almost every street magician that I have seen up until now ends with a straight-jacket escape. I saw one that ended with a very strong card effect...but I've only seen that once. I saw cups and balls as a closer maybe twice. But I've seen the straightjacket escape done by street magicians way more than twice...
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I agree with Kozmo re: time of street show. It's all relative. Do what works and what makes the hat full of money in the end. Gazzo says he does 45 minutes, but, as has been said before, he's Gazzo.

Gazzo also said that the people can't believe when he tells them that they've been watching him for 45 minutes. Says they all say it felt like just 10 minutes. All the other routines are just to build an audience. Once it's as big as it's gonna get, then give them the main event.

I think an escape is a great way to close. But don't listen to me. I'm a beginner. I'm just saying what I've heard the pros say.

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The perfect street set is when everyone stays and gives and you had fun and they had a memorable time.

And you feel proud of what you have done and your art...and your lifes work....thats what it is.

I have yet to do that...but I have come close.

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Thank you for that, Kozmo. Very well said. You're a poet. You heard of the poet-warrior? You're the poet-magician.
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Jim
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Patrick,

I got it, and you're most assuredly correct.
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Because of the many variables on the street -- crowd, weather, mood (yours and theirs), etc. -- there is simply no such thing as a "perfect" set (that is, one that would be prefect for every occasion).

But that's no reason to stop trying!
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I think Kozmo hit it pretty close. If the largest percentage of days are as he described, then I will be satisfied. Peter is right on the money here too. Keep seeking perfection, because all the hits and misses along the way are taking you in the right direction.

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Transitions are very important...VERY....you need to not hestitate as you move....don't stop and hear the applause because it's an opportunity for your audience to move on.

Constant patter...sunny holiday on the Art of Cellini video...don't stop....you don't want them to burn too long on the streets.

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On 2003-05-23 16:00, kasper777 wrote:
PN = professor's nightmare

Or, for the 2000 verson Professor's Nightterrors. For some reason nightmares are referred to as night terrors now. hhmmmm. Smile


"A good nightmare comes so rarely, while ordinary dreams are so easy to find.
A good nightmare comes so rarely, I'll show you yours, if you'll show me mine!"

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On 2003-06-07 23:07, BroDavid wrote:
Hello Kurious,

Cups and Balls seems to be the definitive street closer.

And I think Patricks's reference to Big and Brass refers to the cups.... although I am sure Gazzo would take it a step further...

BroDavid


I use little plastic ones I found in a party supply store... I'm not at the level yet where I can justify $$$ for a set of cups! Smile
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During my travels have seen c&b used to close most shows. Me, I've used a Chop Cup. BUT the closer has to kill, and with all the hat lines flowing during and after even when the pax are putting it in.

Almost forgot, re: "The perfect set", It's entirely up to the conditions. Have seen Nick Nicholas at the fringe in Edinburgh and his set consited of 3 effects but with loads of one liners and by-play to generate the crowd. Then, when he had built it..he slayed them with C&B with a watermelon finale.
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