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MagiUlysses
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Greetings and Salutations Eric,

Excellent!

Please keep us posted—I'm currently working on my Christmas wish list. Smile

I look forward to reading your thoughts on the street and other things magical and adding your tome to my collection.

Enjoy your time in the Big Easy!

Joe in KC

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Thanks Joe.

By the by, the book will be entitled The Secret Art of Magic—Strategy for Magicians. It is divided into two main sections: Street Magic and the Art of War, and The Secret Art of Dispersion. I'm most indebted to Nowlin Craver, my co-author.

While I think my writings in the first section will be found informative and I'm confident usefully instructive, the second section would not have been possible without Nowlin's insight and (at times) confounding, and always irrefutable logic.

When I was a kid, wanting to learn how and why magic works and like gravity attracts peoples interest, this is the book that I wish I'd had.
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Heads up to those thinking of busking the Big Easy; I got kicked off Bourbon Street tonight.

They asked me if I had a permit...I explained (truthfully) that I wasn't aware I needed one. The boys in blue suggested I take $25 to City Hall and get a "permit."

So, I packed my bag of tricks and headed towards the evening "Jackson Square" pitch where I found Kozmo KILLING 'em with his immaculate routine. (His finish is something else. I won't spoil it for you...keep your eyes open, you'll see him one day.)

Sidenote: reason #2—not to come to New Orleans; we've reached full magi-capacity (five and counting!)

Anyway, back to the point, I think they have a new police "task" force that is "cleaning up" Bourbon Street. If you plan to work it, have a permit (I doubt I'll go get one but if I HAVE to I'll keep ya folks informed.) Other places in the city (Royal, Jackson, etc.) seem to be safe.

That's the news from New Orleans...

Big hats to all,
Doug Conn

UPDATE

I just got off the phone with councilwoman Jackie Clarkson's office (and the Bureau of Revenue, etc.) To make a long story short there is NO permit for street performing in New Orleans. Apparently, the (ignorant) "task force" that kicked me off Bourbon last Friday was ill informed.

"Kree" (the person from "City Council" who I spoke with) suggested that if I have a similar problem, I should have the accusing officers contact the officer in charge of "Quality of Life" (in the Quarter) or to contact the Department of Revenue. Either one will explain to the accusers that there is no permit.

That's the news...

Conn
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Doug, (and everyone else)

I believe in the FAQ section of the City of New Orleans website, it says specifically that there is no permit needed (though performers must pay heed to blocking sidewalks, doorways, etc.).

When I performed in August I had a printed copy of that page just in case I needed it.

Doug, glad to hear that you got it cleared up. Now if only they would get their act together.

I'm coming down to Biloxi next week. What days do you perform in the Quarter? I'd love to come see your show.

Robert Bloor
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Re: Where can you see me work

When I'm not booked for private work, I work the street on the weekends. (Note: I'm fairly busy for the next few weeks with Halloween, etc.) The gig-phone has been ringing, knock on wood, it's still a bit hot and humid and I prefer air conditioned environments.

Anyway, here's my basic schedule:

Friday Nights: Bouborn St. five-ish till 7:30-ish, 300 Block next to "Rick's Cabaret" providing I'm not kicked out again Smile

Saturday and Sunday Afternoons: Royal St. or "Dutch Alley", 10 a.m.-ish till 4 p.m.-ish

That's it, though after hearing about all the cash Kozmo was bringing in on the weekdays, I may start heading out more often! Koz is a machine! And a good one at that!

Hey, good tip on printing out the city's stance on street peforming/permits (was just perusing that site yesterday). In fact, I'll put that idea to use this weekend (hopefully the paper will never need leave my bag). Hope you don't mind me borrowing your idea. I have three kids and need to stay out of the slammer. Smile

Thanks,
Doug Conn
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Doug,

Use away!

I printed direct from their website so that it had their logo, URL, etc. on it and didn't look faked.

Will try to catch you in a few weeks and contribute to your "raising three kids" fund.

Robert Bloor
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Update:

The "ordinance" that was threatening street entertainers has been blocked by a federal ***ction (or something like that).

In other words: We're free again! (Tarot folk included.)

As of yesterday, Jackson Square was beginning to "open up" a bit.

That's the news,
Doug
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Never enough!

I was in Jackson Square for three days visiting on business this last July and I only saw one magician. A black guy who was doing birds outside, wow I was impressed. He did a short show, but it was hot outside and people would only stand for so long.

If you are good, don't worry about too many magicians, the crowds know when a show is good and pitch their money accordingly.

I use to work a location where we had several magicians. I know from experience if you have the crowds, the more acts keeps it exciting. If the traffic is low then that makes it tough.

I hope to see more magicians working in Jackson Square on my next visit.

Also, may I encourage you to step on down a block away and visit Harry Anderson's "Sideshow" magic shop. I had a great time visiting with Harry.

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Steve Hart,

Kudos on the suggestion to stop in and see Harry's shop. SIDESHOW is terrific, great little layout and Harry & Elisabeth are fabulous people!!!

Robert Bloor
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Ted,

I disagree—Gazzo is Gazzo—however, isn't emulation the highest form of flattery? LOL. Smile Just kidding.

Anyway, I don't have a problem with the NEW O, however, the hats aren't great and most of the people have seen it. I recommend trying out some of the areas surrounding New Orleans, these places have always seemed to provided bigger hats.
Of course I can float, - can i borrow a jet pack from the audience please?
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...however, the hats aren't great

Heh, tell that to "Dante" who manages to collect around $100 per hat on a regular basis with just coins, cards, cups and balls, and Bill in Orange.

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...and most of the people have seen it...

Nah, I can't agree with that either. I've been (off and on) the streets of New Orleans for awhile and I never get that "vibe."

I will note, this city requires a "unique" approach and it may take years to develop the proper act... but it is a nut that can be cracked. For example, a few years ago "Dante" was lucky to make a $10 hat.

I understand your remarks. I've seen a lot of magicians come and go in this town (most come, then leave...a.s.a.p.). I just wanted to make a note that it's a town that can be worked and worked well $$$. Though, inexperienced/timid workers should heed the "twisted-one's" advice and work elsewhere while "learning the ropes."

With a little drive/desire and intelligent progress, the hard work pays off. Being one of the few venues for the USA in the winter, it's good to have the option of working this town.

Enough rambling for now my two cents is spent,
Doug Conn
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OK Doug, you talked me into it.

All I need to do now is get the time off from my day job, and I will be down there before the weather turns warm up here in the north! (That just about gives me another six months to do it.)

My wife lived in Baton Rouge for a time, and she already said yes to joining me for a trip down for a visit, even though I told her I won't be visiting with her friends much there, as I will be down the road watching (tedb, dante, Doug, or whomever), or working my pitch on the streets.

It is about time for me to find out how much I really know. It is hard to find any place to work up here in "small town middle America", but New Orleans definitely feels like it is where I should take my bad act.

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Well, the "City Council" just gathered (again) to discuss "street performers" &...

Apparently, an ***ction from the Federal court isn't going to dissuade our local council-woman from "controlling" street entertainment. (Note: I think most of her animosity is towards the tarot readers.)

The Latest:
It looks like permits are on the way...which could actually be a good thing, time will tell.

Sidenote:
The "ordinance" hasn't been signed (yet). If/and/or when it is, I'll let ya know.

Till then...
Conn
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Get Ready New Orleans, Here I Come!

I just got confirmation of my vacation December 8-12, so I am leaving on the 5th, and will arrive on Saturday the 6th.

I may get some time on the street on Saturday, but for sure I will be there on Sunday and through the week until Friday.

Who else will be there during that week? And where will I find you/them? I definitely will be willing to buy lunch for anyone working street magic while I am there.

I am also looking forward to visiting Harry Anderson's shop.

I also expect to find some places and work my act. Any suggestions (except—get out of town) will be appreciated.

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Dante is off to Argentina, Eric Evans just left for Texas (moments ago) and Koz left today as well.

That leaves...uh...me (and Istawa, if you wanna count him.) Smile

See ya out there,
Conn

P.S. I work @ Decature & Dumaine (Dutch Alley). Stop by, we'll share the pitch and "do lunch."
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Oh man! I didn't mean to chase them all out!

Just when I announce that I am coming to town, they conveniently find somewhere else to be. I think the town is big enough for all of us, but oh well...

Thanks for sticking around Doug. I will definitely look you up.

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Well I'm going to New Orleans on the 4th. Will see you all there.

koz
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That is good news Koz, I didn't think you would be running out of town just to avoid me!

Looking forward to finally catching your act.

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Don't watch me...shoot...I'm not any good...

Actually you won't see my show in New Orleans. I tend to hide and do little shows, just magic, and do a ton of little ones but we can have coffee or lunch or something.

I look forward to it.

Watch conn, he's the magician...I'm a hacker.

koz
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Puuuuuhhhhlllleeeeaaassse.

Ted's act is superb:
  • Strong coin magic
  • A great card set
  • And a fab cup routine (with an outstanding load sequence)
Combine the good magic with a funny guy who is (obviously) happy to be out there sharing the magic...and that's "Koz".

Of course, my opinion is irrelevant...

If you can find him (it's not that hard, he sucks at hiding). Smile Don't take my word for it. Just take a look at the dozens of people around his table, they're all smiling/having a good time. His hat$ show it as well.

That's the "real" scoop,
Conn
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