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"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.
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I heard that Sir Paul McCartney dressed down and played guitar in the New York subway. The results were the same.
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Sounds like a good LSAT question. Which of the following would best resolve the apparent discrepancy:

Correct Answer - D) Random commuters at a DC Metro station are pretty much not comprised of the types of folks that lay out $100 to watch classical music concerts.

I suspect that Metallica could sell out a 10,000 seat arena one night, and then play the next day at a venue where almost everyone would leave in annoyance.

The password is "Biased Sample."
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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At The Quinte Hotel
Al Purdy


I am drinking
I am drinking yellow flowers
in underground sunlight
and you can see that I am a sensitive man
and I notice that the bartender is a sensitive man
so I tell him the beer he draws
is half fart and half horse p*ss
and all wonderful yellow flowers
But the bartender is not quite
so sensitive as I supposed he was
the way he looks at me now
and does not appreciate my exquisite analogy
Over in one corner two guys
are quietly making love
in the brief prelude to infinity
Opposite them a peculiar fight
enables the drinkers to lay aside
their comic books and watch with interest
while I watch with interest
a wiry little man slugs another guy
then tracks him bleeding into the toilet
and slugs him to the floor again
with ugly red flowers on the tile
three minutes later he roosters over
to the table where his drunk friend sits
with another friend and slugs both
of em ass-over-electric-kettle
so I have to walk around
on my way for a p*ss
Now I am a sensitive man
so I say to him mildly as hell
"You shouldn'ta knocked over that good beer
with them beautiful flowers in it"
So he says "Come on"
So I Come On
like a rabbit with weak kidneys I guess
like a yellow streak charging
on flower power I suppose
& knock the sh*t outa him & sit on him
(he is just a little guy)
and say reprovingly
"Violence will get you nowhere this time chum
Now you take me
I am a sensitive man
and would you believe I write poems?"
But I could see the doubt in his upside down face
in fact in all the faces
"What kind of poems?"
"Flower poems"
"So tell us a poem"
I got off the little guy but reluctantly
for he was comfortable
and told them this poem
They crowded around me with tears
in their eyes and wrung my hands feelingly
for my pockets for
it was a heart-warming moment for literature
and moved by the demonstrable effect
of great Art and the brotherhood of people I remarked
"-the poem oughta be worth some beer"
It was a mistake in terminology
for silence came
and it was brought home to me in the tavern
that poems will not really buy beer or flowers
or a goddam thing
and I was sad
for I am a sensitive man
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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Jeff Bridges CD drops today.
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Hey, the guy didn't know how to build a circle and properly pass the hat. Really good street performers are true professionals at what they do.
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The count of "stop!"?
the count of "go away"?
the count of "get out of the way!"?
the count of "that's terrible!"?

wake up.
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Malcolm Gladwell has written a very perceptive essay about this in his book "What the Dog Saw".

Good thoughts,

Bob
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Which of the essays?

This notion is treated in reverse in William Gibson's book Pattern Recognition where a "cool hunter" is allergic to mass produced brand/image labels and iconography. Smile
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On 2011-08-16 17:42, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
The count of "stop!"?
the count of "go away"?
the count of "get out of the way!"?
the count of "that's terrible!"?

wake up.


How about "get a job freak". I had a guy yell this as he threw a bottle at me while I was working a corner with a giant red arrow pointing out the Homes that were being sold. This was my second job that I only did on weekends.
Some people at best just don't care, and that is alright but for some strange reason there are those jerks who also don't really care but have to pretend they do and sometimes even get violent about it. People are just weird creature's.
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How about "get a job freak"....
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I had a business license when I was a street performer. When someone told me to get a job I pointed at it. Only time I couldn't do it was when they yelled it from a car. Also kept the cops from talking to me.
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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On 2011-08-16 18:23, mastermindreader wrote:
Malcolm Gladwell has written a very perceptive essay about this in his book "What the Dog Saw".


Thank you so much for citing that book.
The book is also on audio, read by the author.
The guy's essays are fun and insightful.
His discussion of "the turn" might be of great help to those who seek a deeper understanding of our craft and its roots.
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On 2011-08-16 19:15, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
Which of the essays?

This notion is treated in reverse in William Gibson's book Pattern Recognition where a "cool hunter" is allergic to mass produced brand/image labels and iconography. Smile


What a great idea - thanks, Jonathan, for this reading tip.
"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.
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The MAGIC CIRCLE theatre in London feels right for magic it seems to me as it just seems the right size, shape and colour.
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This is synonymous with any form of entertainment. People who say there's no such thing as a bad audience only bad performers has never performed a show in their life! In the example provided, a world class musician was performing and nobody cared!

I have done my act for one audience and killed...then the next evening I show up for a different audience and the show bombs? Why? It's the same show? Shouldn't it kill every night?

When I perform my street theater show in a festival environment where people are there with the expectation of being entertained by something or someone, it's an easy bit. However, to stand out on a street corner and hope people stop (for me) just ain't gonna happen as when those folks leave the house, there's no expectation of being entertained...by a scrub like me or a world class musician.

My 2 cents...
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Cristopher, while it is true having an expectation of being entertained always helps. The funny thing about having a good show is that it goes over great with huge audience reactions. The next night you think it bombs because the reaction is so poor compared to the night before. But if you were to talk to the audience after the show, you might find they really enjoyed it. They don't have the big response you got the night before to compare to like you do. For them it might be equally great even though the audible reponse sucked as far as your concerned..
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Many members of a random audience won't even like the genre of music. Moreover, in any field, it can be extremely difficult for all but a quite sophisticated audience to discern the difference between someone who is among the best in the world, and someone who is merely very good. The differences just get more and more subtle. I strongly doubt that an average chess player could distinguish between Kasparov and a random FIDE Master (of which there are thousands and thousands) just from playing against them. So the fact that he is "one of the best musicians in the world" is simply lost on a random audience. He could just as well be any of hundreds or thousands of competent instrumentalists who are unrenowned working pros, studio teachers, or graduates with music degrees.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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That's right.

It's like the difference between musical instruments: can most of us appreciate the difference between a $50K violin and a $2,000,000 one? No doubt the best players in the world notice a difference, but I wouldn't.
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Only people such as I can appreciate things like that.
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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