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I bought a restaurant waiter's stand and tore it down to sticks and screws. Either a triangle shipping box from FedEx or a piece of lighweight plastic drain pipe fits all the pieces. Roll up a piece of padding and top material along with some upholstery tacks and take it with you. Buy (and have them cut) a piece of plywood when you get to your location. A zip lock bag of screws and a screwdriver in your luggage, an hour later after you arrive and you're all set!
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Tables.

For something so simple and cheap to make, we certainly spend a lot of time talking about them.
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Strange, huh? Almost as much time is spent on this as what color of cards are the best.

(Red, of course!)
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Gaddy: It's because they are fun to make, to discuss and to look at.
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Any more takers heading to this place? Any thoughts on Mario's work?

It's right around the corner and I am amped.

And I won't be bringin my gun (fireperformer911 Smile )

Gona attempt to work out my bag like good ole Jimmy Talks Alot. But will bring
my cups just in case.

Not sure which bag to bring, my doctors bag or my ultra modern DJ bag (used for
carrying records for a set or two)....
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Well I am looking forward towards this event as well as visiting Las Vagas.
I will say from the start the focus will not be on Jeff or my work but your work, the students.
Just like the School of Busking this is about the students.
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Wow, I really wish I had the funds to go to anything of Jeff's. He is just such an awesome magician... Enjoy it everyone who is going!
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Bring your A show! You won't get another chance to have get input from Mario or Jeff again. Bring your A show you will be happy you did.
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Good point Mario; I remember reading that last night....

So for this type of workshop someone should have some sort of set that they
consider their A game? What if someone comeing doesn't even have a set? Would
they be wasting their (and yours) time? Just curious.

fireperfomer911, thanks for that; definately, I will bring that....
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This sounds like it's going to be great. Have fun, learn lots!
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Please come back after this weekend and tell us how this went. It sounds like a lot of fun!
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Anyone staying at the Marriot in Henderson?
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I've seen Ben Whiting and Mario Morris perform so far. Both did an excellent job and had great audience reactions.
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Thanks Dave Smile
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On 2010-10-06 23:52, StephenP wrote:
Please come back after this weekend and tell us how this went. It sounds like a lot of fun!


I finally got around to this; so, here is what I experienced.
I tried to keep it as concise as possible. Anyone else who
was there should feel free to chime in and share their own
personal experience; it would be interesting....

Summary
The School for Busking at McBride’s Magic and Mystery School was a
fantastic experience that I would recommend for anyone at different
levels. Though it took a little effort on my part to ensure that I got
what I wanted out this, it was a pleasure to meet, learn, and hang out
with everyone.

Here is quick recap:

Day 1

The first day of class started later than expected because I missed the
memo so I ended up arriving early. I wasn't the only one but Justin and
Abby were happily waiting for us. They were the perfect hosts making us
feel welcome as we waited for the others to arrive.

We were given a tour of McBride's house/school, treated to performances,
had break out sessions, introductions and goal assessments, Mario's lecture,
and then met at the Renaissance Fair (Ren Fair).

I appreciated the performances that were done and how selected performances
were used to session with. You picked one performance that you found interest
in and learned it. Nothing new here, but I think this was beneficial for those
that didn't come with any material; especially, since we are supposed to go out
and busk. For me it was just something extra to consider.

The main event was Mario's lecture that really “unpacked” the details of working
the streets. I've been to two lectures on the subject but Mario provided insight
that the others just didn't cover. The best part, mentioned later, is seeing the
lecture in action.

The Ren Fair was a huge bonus for me because I have never been to one of this
capacity. The main performers were Mario, Serge, Ben, Bizaro, Josh and Dendryl
who were good at what they do. There was much to be gained in watching these guys
at work. Watching Mario work, you can put together the elements in his lecture to
his actual performances.

Later, it was optional to go out to the strip to see Master Diaz work by the Mirage,
Juggler Josh and Dendryl by the Harley Davidson, and Tim Wright at Freemont. Though
it was an optional part of the schedule, I really think it should have been part of
the agenda where we could of went as a group. Perhaps the logistics for this is
easier said than done but leaving this as an option created a conflict in schedule for
me; so I missed it Smile

Day 2

The next day was done completely at the Ren Fair at a castle hosted by McBride's
friends. The scene was set where we had our own stage and back stage area. In the
back stage area Mario finished up his lecture; we had the opportunity to see others
busk; busk ourselves; work with McBride; and work with other students. I felt it was
mainly up to you to gain any benefit out of this day. Again, I gained a lot of insight
watching the performances and having sessions with everyone. Mario consistently
pulled a nice tip followed by a fat hat.

The best part of this day for me is when Juggler Josh and Dendryl gathered us together to perform. We just had to do one routine. Meanwhile, Josh and Dendryl
gathered the crowd and introduced each of the acts, then closed and hatted the crowd.
For some us, this was our first hat and great way to get your feet wet.

Another bonus was the drum and fire event led by McBride. This was truly a magical
experience; though outside the context of busking. It was very nice to have been a
part of that. I just didn't want to leave, as McBride said, “its the gravity; the
gravity here is strong”.

Day 3

The last day was considered a bonus; but here is where everything actually came
together. This is what I came out here for in the first place. My goal was really
to have someone to see my complete show and provide honest feedback and actually try
it in the real situation. Mario really put this together as he organized everything
this day. Everyone performed while Mario watched and took notes for critique.
After everyone's performance, we met in an area to do a feedback session.

I cannot help emphasize that this is what helped tremendously and really brought
everything together. From what I understand, this is how Mario's school operates
which is the real deal to me. Though McBride was not here this day (to some disappointment),
Mario held it together.

In the end, photos were taken, acts filmed by Lorie (thank you), and everyone
exchanged goodbyes and contact information. After that, some of us headed over
to Denny and Lee's and hung out thanks to Josh.

I hope this gives you a little insight on my experience, now add the Las Vegas atmosphere
and you have the picture...I guess Smile
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Its 2012 and man does time fly fast. McBride and Mario are teaming
up again and I can not help myself; I have to go again.

Is anyone else going?

Since last year, I've been working the streets of NYC and the board
walks of NJ with my side walk show. I'm looking to take more advantage
of this event as I have more real street experience under my
belt.

As I've posted in other threads, I'm working on my finale, so this would
be good grounds to play with a few ideas. Plus, with Mario and
McBride there....I'm confident that there would be some good ideas flowing.

Also I plan on taking full advantage here to work it. Upon my arrival,
I'm going right to the strip and do my thing. As soon as we get to the
ren fair, I'm going to do a show. Then next day, I'm going to just bust
out shows (in between the teaching and so forth). You see the more you
do, to have Mario and McBride watching and providing input can
be priceless.

I really can not wait and the time is quickly approaching. It's an
experience I highly recommend to anyone.

So who else out here is going? Or is working in Vegas (I'll come and check
out your show and (of course) tip your hat)...maybe we can share a pitch
or you can let me know the best areas to work.
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Carlos, I'll be in the area for that week. Perhaps I'll make it a point to stop in for a day or so!
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That would be great, I look forward to meeting you. Planning on working the strip?
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I always do guy, so stay off my pitch! Lol
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You again Devious!!! LOL see ya out there bro...
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