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RupertAngier
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Last summer ran a short 15 minute routine that earned an average of about $8 an hour. This act was too short to hold a self-sustaining audience so this year I'm working to expand it into one that could entertain a crowd 20-30 people for around a half hour. Right now practicing a chop cup routine and an invisible deck trick.

In your experience, what parlor-scale effects get the best reactions? Also, what are your favorite effects for medium-sized crowds when performing for tips?
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The tricks that get the best reactions are the tricks you've done the longest. The trick itself hardly matters.

What tricks are you best at?
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Frank is right there, also all I ever work is a short 12 to 15 minute show and make more than $8/hour. have someone video your show and examine what you're doing. Another thing is to have another busker watch your show and get advice from them. Go to Bobby Mavericks bootcamp.
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At a local busker fest where I have performed the past few years, I do three tricks, use lots of energy and razzmatazz with the audience; get them in, get their money, get them on their way, and repeat. Frank's spot on, as Paddy said. And for the streets, I agree completely with Paddy, 12 - 15 minutes! Any more than that and they're going to walk because they were headed somewhere when they came across you, right? Follow Paddy's advice, find a busker to mentor you, or do a busker bootcamp. Oh, and in answer to your question, I do a pretty neat trick with a piece of red rope and 13 audience volunteers (my edge build unless I'm spinning plates or doing a T&R Napkin with a kid doing a do-as-I-do ala Flora), the professor's nightmare (or sometimes a ring-and-rope routine), the silk-to-egg (I used to open with a vanishing silk then do the PN but my scripts for the PN and silk-to-egg work better in that order), and I close with the cups and balls. Depending on the crowd and my timing, I cut or lengthen my cups routine to suit the situation. Sometimes, for a change of pace, I play around with the "floating" wand or a jumbo invisible deck. But like Frank said, do the tricks you're best at. The audience is watching you. You're the entertainment, the tricks are a delivery system.

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Thank you for the advice. Thank you Ulysses for the tricks. I don't know any buskers well enough to ask for input but will definitely try filming my shows and examining them.
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