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devinhesketh
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Okay, so I live in Canada where it is VERY cold right now. Not good busking weather. I am going on vacation down to Texas for a month and would like to do some busking down there. I was just wondering what your favorite busking lines are (asking for money)?? How in the world do you get the point across that people are supposed to give you money without being rude about it? Anything advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I live in Texas (near Dallas) I don't know any real place to Busk in Texas. If you do sidewalk show you maybe able to perform in a few places. PM me and I will give you some help.
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Fire performer 911 is right there are very few good pitches in texas. However if you plan it rigt I don't see why you cant be successful. If you arenear the gulf coast you might want to consider corpus christi. PM me if you need some more help. I may not respond quickly but I will get back to you.
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Remember to give your hat lines in English, or in Texas maybe Spanish. French is not spoken well there
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Okay thanks so much for the advice. I am going to be in Houston Texas. Anyone know any busy places there to busk? and specifically what kind of hat lines do you use?
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On 2012-01-24 10:46, Paddy wrote:
Remember to give your hat lines in English, or in Texas maybe Spanish. French is not spoken well there


What about in Paris, Texas?

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"May I please have some money?"

Maybe try padre island where the tourists are
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"I'm not asking for all of your cash. Just HALF!" and stare at them until they give you half.
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Have you listened to Ry's Mambo Sinuendo? Excellent.

Sorry Devin, don't know anything about Texas but I'd imagine Austin or San Antonio might be better bets than Houston.

My friend, who lives in Dallas, says the only thing wrong with Texas is that it's full of Texans. (Sorry, Bobert, I'm sure she was just kidding.)

I just know that when I was hitch-hiking through the state back in the early '70's a cartoonish highway patrolman picked me up and hauled me out into the back country, in the middle of the night, and threw me out of his car, telling me "find yourself a ride from here BOY!" He was a caricature of the cop from "Smokey and The Bandit" movie. I could not help laughing at him even as he was tossing me into the sage brush.

I've stayed clear of Texas ever since.

Good luck.
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Say please and thank you.
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Hat lines are an extension of your character and persoanlity.

I like to start with by explaining what is going to happen. I will do some amazing and entertaining magic, and they will be thrilled and excited and reward me as much as they enjoy it.

I then remind people laughingly, that in some places, "people actually pay big money to see magic this good"...

I drop the line, or actually, a variation of it several times during a performance.

Then conclude with, I hope you have enjoyed yourself as much as I have, and that you will applaud loudly.... with you wallets.

But how you do it, is what works for you.

Think about it, though.. Are you actually deserving of being rewarded for your performance? If so, be bold and ask. If not, find another hobby.....

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I just ran across this and thought of this thread. You might find this very helpful. This is Jamie D. Grant interviewing the Legendary Tom Frank. They talk about hatting for a little while near the end, but the whole thing is busking Gold.

http://magicfriday.blogspot.com/2010/03/......f-3.html
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Quite often when working the markets & festivals
I do a cig vanish with a $5 Bill after a Bill switch from blank paper
and say near the end-

"Some People wonder where I got the $5 from,
a lady came up to me after the show yesterday & said I really liked what you did-heres $5"
-I then look at the crowd & also say-"Just thought Id let you know that".....

Few other similar lines throughout the show & usually gets the ball rolling at the end...

Cheers
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Lol no worries I am not a Texan just sort of live there sometimes. when I am not in nyc or the carribean or asia lol. Texas is so anti buskers it is quite sad.
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Say, "I'm a veteran. I also work for food." Smile
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