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RandomEffects
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Hello all

It's been a while since I have had the time to check in but I was wondering how many people on this site actually make their money either part- or full-time from performing on the street. This is not to make fun of those people who are getting started or those who do it for fun, I am just curious as to how many of us devote a big portion of our income to our street act. I don't want dollars just a head count.

Ted, Danny, Gazzo, Cellini, and Whit are excluded (but feel free to chime in), and don't get ****** if I didn't mention your name, it's late and I have not been on the site for a while.

Much love,
Mat Random
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I do magic on the side of me being a DJ. Does that count?
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Swami Bill
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Here's my story: this is my first season on the streets. I've been doing magic for 20 years but this is the first time I've put together a street act and took it out "there".

Earlier this spring I had scoped out what I thought would be good pitches and went out and did the act. My first gig I made $5 for about 2.5 hours work. An eye opener to say the least but I did make some dough! I continued to refine my act and, most importantly, continued to perform.

When the tourist season reached its peak I was working three to four days a week, for four hours a day and I averaged $40 a day. Again, not great but I felt like I was doing something right. From those gigs I snagged several festivals (still busking, of course) which upped my hat to about $65 for four hours work.

The season is winding down now and I think I've learned enough to refine my act even more this winter and pick up where I left off in the spring. I'd say I was successful and I owe Kozmo, Danny, Whit, Pete Biro and mucho others a part of my hat. Er, well, maybe next year...but they all played a part in my success by being so open on this forum.
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Doug Conn
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You can add my head to the count.

When there's no corporate events to work (which is more often than not lately) I take my act to the street (which was what brought me to New Orleans 15 years ago.)

Doug Conn
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Dbzkid999
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I've been doing magic for a year and four months and I perform at my school and in the city when I get home.
Jason K.
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I'm in my senior year of high school and all my money comes from actual street preforming.

Gazzo has been kind enough to teach me the basics and such, and I'm thinking of pursuing street performing as a career for a couple of years after graduation.
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I do a bit of street magic, mostly restaurant and strolling magic for some cash as I'm still in college. Smile
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Well it's nice to be mentioned...Someone influenced me a lot and turned my restaurant/corporate thing into a street thing...cellini. I thank him.

Doug, I look forward to seeing you soon.

By the way, there is a really great magi in New Orleans...dante, terrific performer and he does some killer coin work, the best stuff and it's Doug Conn's work. Doug is an amazing coin worker.

koz
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Every summer I do a few street shows. Usually at the Fringe fest or wherever I happen to be on my holidays.
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Yep Streets, when not doing The Outside Shows (March through to December). Then exhibitions through Xmas and New Year, all with a street-style act. It's now my 30+ year, full time and paying taxes.

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Started out as a hobby, then became my job. For the last five years in cabaret, and now finally this season after the Edinburgh Festival—where my best day was 165 pounds—and am now in Munich for the Oktoberfest. But Germans are tight...

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I worked the piers in SF in the early 90s. That's where I got my start.

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...Munich for the Oktoberfest. But Germans are tight...

Vernon

In September and October, money is for beer, schnitzel and wurst. Anything left over goes for beer, schnitzel and wurst. I've entertained my way quite a few free meals for my family and guests so I don't think tight is the appropriate term. Oktoberfest does change everything. Smile
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I got more working material from Doug Conn's lecture several years ago in Austin then the Second Deal get together in N.O.

Doug I hope things are going well with you. I am going to make a run to N.O. next week. Perhaps I will run into you. Hope to drag Roc out of the house. Also hope hope this kid, Dante is in town. Maybe even Koz.

Best to all ya'll in the easy, Patrick
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Street magic takes guts...far more than I have.
Whit Haydn
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It also takes a strong back, something I no longer have... Smile
Doug Conn
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Street tip #1545—Roll your magi-crap around (luggage carts are good for this).

Of course, Whit was doing street magic before the "wheel" was invented! Smile

Regards,
Doug Conn
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Wheels are a good thing

koz
Whit Haydn
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Doug: That is not very funny, my man. True, but not very funny... Smile
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I heard tell that Whit had some first-hand experience with the early hominids original fingering of the shell game. Of course, back then, Whit said, they only used one shell. I get that right, Whit?

Jim
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Doug Conn
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Whit,

That joke was delivered with my GREATEST respect (I figured after hanging with Gazzo, you could handle a little "jab-humor".)

Sidenote; my respect for you goes back to...1986, to Cellini's convention in Charlotte, N.C. at "Buskers". I was a young magi-guy (who drove cross country and slept in the car to attend that event) and your performance/lecture was one of the highlights of the weekend. That's saying A LOT, that "convention" was undoubtedly the best magi-gathering I ever attended.

Thanks for the inspiration,
Doug Conn
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