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Magic Tim
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Could anyone say whether anyone is busking -- or recommend any ideal locations -- in the Houston area?

Thanks in advance!

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Have you considered the Kima boardwalk?
Magic Tim
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Good idea. Although, I haven't been there yet (just returned to Texas after several years out-of-state), it sounds like a possible venue. For that matter (now that you've got me thinking in that direction), Galveston and/or Freeport might offer some opportunities.

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The Kemah Boardwalk is a great place to busk. It is, however, private property and you have to go through the management to do it. There's a juggler that performs there regularly and a local magician that goes out there from time to time.

Galveston also has a street that I've seen street performers. I forget the name of the street, but it's a tourist part of the city, a few blocks from the beach. There's an Army Surplus store right there. They also have a "Shakespeare" weekend thing in late November or December that you could probably do a period costume type thing at.

You might check with one of the two magic clubs in Houston. The IBM Ring (Ring 39) and the SAM Assembly (#19) are both good clubs and very active.
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The Strand is the place in Galveston. The "Shakespeare Weekend" is actually a Dickens weekend called "Dickens on the Strand." They regulate the performers there very strictly.

In Houston, there is Martha Hermann Square, which is right in front if City Hall. When George Hermann died, he left the square to the city as a memorial to his late wife. The special provision he put on the land was that no one could ever be told to move along on that land. So you can busk to your heart's content there. There is just one problem. Every homeless person in the country has heard of this place and they know the law. So they hang out there, too. Your crowd may not have much money!
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The Kemah boardwalk and the Aquarium district in downtown Houston are both owned by Tillman Fertita. Part of the magic activities on the boardwalk are pretty well sewed up by Mike T.

John's analysis of the situation at Martha Hermann Sqaure is spot on. The place is filled with bums. That's because it is in front of City Hall. There are lots of homeless people there, too. Smile

The same is true of the Dickens on the Strand. It's a madhouse. I worked it for about 8 years. You have to go through the Galveston Historical Society to get a job there.
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Well, you could practise drawing a crowd and see if you can get cigaretes from them. Sound too weird?
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On 2003-08-16 07:37, Magic Tim wrote:
Freeport might offer some opportunities.

Thanks,
Tim Smile


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Speaking of TX, does anyone know if there is any busking in San Antonio? My brother lives there and I will probably be visiting sometime soon.

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On 2004-05-21 01:22, JamesinLA wrote:
Speaking of TX, does anyone know if there is any busking in San Antonio? My brother lives there and I will probably be visiting sometime soon.

Jim


Well, if you go between now and the end of September, be prepared to work in very hot conditions (it's already in the mid-90s in central Texas).

Good luck.

All the best,

James
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