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Has any one taken lesson from Jeff McBride on street magic? I have been think about it after looking at his website and looking at list of the classes. He has a class every October. He helps people on their act and take them out side to perform.
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There is a post several lines down that should tell you about it. It is currently sold out this year. I do recommend it. Any opportunity for exposure and to work with McBride, his team, and Mario is good. Plus, there are "surprise" guest showing up or dropping in (rumor has it, that it will be Jimmy Talksalot and potentialy Sonny Holiday).

Last year we had some local guys who added to the event that made it even better (ie Bizzaro, Jungle Josh, Dendral, Surge...).

It's quite an experience, especially if you have never been to Vegas.

Be prepared before you go to make the most out of it.
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I read what you wrote at other post and All sound great.Was there all level of magician that show up. What tips can you give for some one going and what was the ren fair like.would you want to proform at ren fair in the future.Thank you
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Last year we had quite a mix. You had experience guys there, you had your hobbyist, you had your beginners, and you had guys that wanted to use what they learn to apply in other aspects (like a medicine show, or trade shows), and you had guys in the middle...so yeah..all levels.

As far as tips go, it depends what level you are and what you want to achieve. I'm no expert, but I can try and point the way...we all have our journeys in front of us and this can be like taking the first step if you are new...

The Ren Fair was amazing to me, I kinda like that kinda stuff anyway so it was a plus. It's a festival setting so the dynamics are interesting; not the street, but close enough I think. The only thing though, I was at odds with it. You see on the streets I wear and/am a certain character, yet in the Ren Fair the theme is set for that time period. But it didn't matter as I dawned my Pirate looking gear and went at it anyway. I would say half the guys just stuck with what they wear on the streets...so it doesn't really matter. The point is to get out there and perform for real...and get feed back on what you do...

Would I like to perform at a Ren Fair in the future? You bet! The whole scene is pretty amazing and to put yourself in that time period and play the role adds to everything.

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I think if you want to learn street performing, you should stick to the guys that do it every day... McBride is brilliant, and if I wanted to learn other areas of the art, I would certainly seek him out as a master...
but the masters of the street... Kozmo, Bobby Maverick, Sonny Holliday, Jimmy Talksalot.. and thier likes...

Not trying to start a thread of flames, just sayin if you want to learn something, seek those that do it every day for a living.
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I agree with Marc...but McBride doesn't do this alone.

For example, last year there was Mario...and this year Mario will be there again. I also believe that Jimmy and his teacher will be making a cameo appearance...not 100% sure though.
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Honestly, if you want to be inspired in your Magic and performance I truly think you would be hard pushed to find a better teacher than Jeff McBride.
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Mario, JImmy and Sonny were part of the Jeff McBride session on street magic if I'm not mistaken.
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Mario was the guest trainer for the street sessions as far as I know. Jimmy and Sonny showed up about a week later to do a lecture/demo at Denny and Lee's. I don't know if either of them made it to Jeff's class. Mario should be able to tell us all more.
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Hi Dave, yes I am part of the faculty of McBride's Magic & Mystery School and have been for the past two years!
It is an event that I look forward to as one of the high lights of the year.
Yes Jimmy was their as a guest it was nice to meet him at last!

We now have dates for the School of Busking, Cardiff UK which is the 18 May!
We are more than half full.
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I have a good friend who has taken lessons from McBride, and says that they were priceless. He already is pretty good, but the difference in his routines after McBride was indeed pretty amazing.

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On 2012-01-26 14:56, Mario Morris wrote:
Hi Dave, yes I am part of the faculty of McBride's Magic & Mystery School and have been for the past two years!
It is an event that I look forward to as one of the high lights of the year.
Yes Jimmy was their as a guest it was nice to meet him at last!

We now have dates for the School of Busking, Cardiff UK which is the 18 May!
We are more than half full.
http://www.schoolofbusking.com


I'm wondering if Mario will be part of the McBride focus on street magic session for Oct. 2012. I went to magic and meaning and had the pleasure of meeting Sonny Holliday at McBride's Wonderground. Very cool.

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I have taken a class with Jeff, but not on busking. Jeff loves performance of all kinds, he has busked in the past and knows more than his share of ren folk. and he is a good teacher, it is this combination that you are going for.
My friends sort of gigle at the idea of me taking a busking class, but who knows, some day I might.
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