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What are advantages and disadvantages of dressing down? I can see the following as advantages:
The busker has an arrest warrant against him.
The busker has no residential area.
The busker is doing the 3 Card Monte illegally.
The busker is performing to his character.


Disadvantages:
The busker will attract less of a crowd.

What are your comments?

Start the flaming...
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Sure....

why don't you stop trying to incite arguments and contribute something instead?

In fact... why don't you go out and do some busking?
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It's ok, you do not have to put anything if you can not think of an answer.
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Sure, all those buskers out there with huge crowds around them are attracting less of a crowd.
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"Breaking in" a pitch is more important than what you wear. Once it's yours, clothing doesn't matter (as long as you're wearing something)
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I gotta, Dave. So you saying it all depends on how good the busker is and what he does, put the clothing a side.
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Sort of... It's about establishing yourself first, interacting with the local authorities, knowing the local regs, not being seen as a nuisance, etc... After that it doesn't matter what you wear. You can't go storming in there like a circus sideshow and not draw some (negative) attention. My brief busking experience can be seen in my avatar. No bright clothes but definitely dressed differently than the rest. Low key, no amps, no big boxes, just me, a duffel bag and a table... And an envelope full of signed permits. Police stopped, watched, smiled and moved on.

But this is sounding too much like another thread where this was all said before.
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Well said, Dave.

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Dressing down can get you better tips.
If you look like you are extremely well off, who is going to tip?
Dress out of the ordinary, but not above the level of the crowd.
Never had a problem drawing a crowd.
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On 2009-04-08 11:50, Dave V wrote:
My brief busking experience can be seen in my avatar. No bright clothes but definitely dressed differently than the rest.

Wow, Dave, you called that dressing down? I like the colors of your vest.
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I hardly think Gazzo is doing anything illegal or has any outstanding arrest warrants ... yet, the king of street performers works in a tee shirt and flip flops.

http://www.sunsetcelebration.org/performers/gazzo.JPG

It is not his clothing that draws a crowd and entertains people ... he does that part himself. Fancy suits easily turn into a crutch.

Clothing does not make one a street performer.

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I could also point out that when Gazzo is doing a paid gig, he dresses up - he knows and understands the differences in the venues:

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On 2009-04-08 12:43, Dynamike wrote:
Wow, Dave, you called that dressing down? I like the colors of your vest.


Hey, at least it's not red. Smile
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Dave, do you have any full photos of how you dress at a pitch?
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Clothing will not draw a crowd. It may attract attention but does not draw a crowd for you. Kozmo is a good example of this. in his dvd. he is working a festival in a grey seatshirt and shorts. I would bet he will draw a bigger crowd in that out fit than dyna mike would in a flashy suit, but at the end of the day your hat is your only judge.
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Of course Kozmo will do better than me in street busking. That man is a professional. He knows all the tricks of the trade. I like his humor a lot too. I am just a newbie compared to him.
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Not that it matters, but here's one:
Black jeans and shirt, silver vest, and hat. Cellini pouch and table rig finishes off the ensemble.

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I see what you are wearing different from dressing down. No blue jeans. No leather brown vest. No gym shoes. Your outfit looks professional to me.

I would wear my black suits too. (With a little bling)

Thanks for the pic.
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Professional but not gaudy. Although I had all the permits I needed, I didn't want to attract any undue attention, especially since this was a foreign country and I didn't speak the language.
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Yea, I was wondering where you were because that red and white street sign looks unordinary.

I can understand if it was a foreign (depending which one) I would not want to attract too much attention.
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Yeah, I did stand out a bit less than this guy:

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I learned a lot watching other buskers up and down this particular street. One was that they had to "educate" their audience in the act of tipping, and how much. In his case he didn't use a "hat" but rather an open umbrella that he had from earlier in the show.

If you didn't specify an amount, they wouldn't know what to do and you got nothing. They stated their price, and they got it. Other areas might be different, so it's good to study your location before jumping into it.
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