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Oh doug, you make me blush!...

This time lets get together, do some stuff, take time away from that wife of yours...although after seeing her I understand why you spend time at home...

See you in a week
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Koz,

Are you still doing the Chop Cup? What's the latest on the Cellini DVD? Glad to hear your hats are good; mine suck.

Jim
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I didn't say my hats were good!... Smile Yep, Chop Cup...Cellini's new DVD Magic You Can Do Anywhere, well, I have 1100 DVDs sitting in front of me right now that don't work, a replicating problem. Working through it but it will be out before X-mas I'm hoping...

The Art of Street Performing is basically done. Lots of good stuff...Look for it in mid-Febuary unless when we get them replicated they don't work...It's a nightmare...reallly...

Sorry your hats suck! Should be because of where you are working....why do you think they suck?

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Koz,

Glad to hear about the progress on the Cellini DVDs! Will stash some money away for them. Re: my hats, I think it's a combination of the time of day I've been working (too late), my hat lines or lack thereof, and maybe some timing issues. But I am getting a crowd and holding it and they seem to be having fun.

The ones that come up are smiling and asking for cards and promising to call for a couple of gigs. The biggest reason is, I guess, because I've got a lot to learn on the street. I'm trying new stuff out this weekend and hope it helps.

Jim
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Just have fun dude!...it will come

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Jim,

Hat advice:

Make sure to pitch the hat and mention $ (a few times) a trick or two before the hat is out.
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I am in New Orleans this week, and while I was setting up to do my pitch, a guy comes up and says, "Don't waste your time, the best magician I ever saw was over on Royal Street and nobody can do it better than him."

I went ahead and set up and did a couple of sets and then shut down to find Kozmo...

All I found was a rope pitch marker on the ground and little bit of cut and restored ropes. But I hope to find Kozmo before too.

Well back out to set a pitch on Royal and see what I can do there.

Later
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So Brother David, how do you feel about your couple of sets? Enjoy yourself? Did the audience seen to get into your act? How was your hat? (Can you tell that I want all the gory details?)

Find Koz yet?
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BroDavid,

Hey man. Sara and I are over in Biloxi and may shoot into New Orleans next Saturday. Don't know if we'll perform but if you're around we'll catch your act...and Kozmo's because I didn't see it last time I was there.

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Robert, I heard you did a straightjacket escape for the Sea Wolves, how did that go? I'm also in Biloxi. Let me know if you want to meet up and talk magic. I haven't had anyone to talk magic with in a few months.

Let me know.
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Kasper,

Yeah I did. It was hot! Well...if you consider I was on center ice. I had to get out in 45 seconds or less or I had to cough up $100 to a randomly selected fan.

I got out in 43 seconds which, frankly, was lucky. I'm using a Human Restraint jacket and if you're familiar with them, the leg strap using an "aligator"-type clip instead of a buckle. My hands were so cold I had a hard time getting the clip to hold open. Smile

Anyhow, back on topic...Sara graduates tomorrow night in Hattiesburg. PM me your number (or email me if you want) and I'll ring you next week.

Maybe we can get into the Quarter and watch some acts.

Later!
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Well, I am back home now. Tired and wiser.

I had a wonderful time on Jackson Square, and never set up on Royal, because of Kozmo's advice that getting people to stop in the street is tough. So I stayed with what was working for me.

It was downright cold, even for a northerner! And the foot traffic around Jackson Square was light, but fairly consistent, and once you caught the first spec, others coming through would stop too.

The funniest thing was that wind was really strong and after I finished my first set, I put my hat down on the table and was encourageing folks to "applaud with their wallets" and my hat blew off the table, and I was scurrying after the money that was already in it and now blowing around too. Needless to say, no more went in, as the crowd quickly disappeared while I was chasing my hat. (After that, I dropped a couple of decks of cards into it when I sat it out.)

My wife was videotaping the performance, and laughing hysterically. Some support!!! However, in her defense, although I haven't watched the video yet I imagine it did look pretty funny, as I was trying to grab my money and keep a crowd which didn't really work very well.

I learned a lot on the square, learned what works for me, and doesn't down there, I got some nice hats, but then really learned a great deal more from watching Kozmo!

The high point of the trip was to watch him perform, then meet him and sit and talk about performing. I owe him a lunch that I didn't get a chance to buy before we hustled out of town.

Forecasts of bad weather coming into the northeast forced us to leave a bit earlier than planned, but frankly, New Orleans was cold enough that it wasn't all that hard to decide to leave.

I feel bad that I also missed seeing Doug Conn. Saturday was way too cold so I didn't expect to see him then, and although Sunday got warmer, he still wasn't on his pitch.

It was an experience! And I am glad I did it.

Koz, you da man! Thanks friend!

BroDavid
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BroDavid,

Sorry I missed ya. Not only was it too cold for this native, my family has been taking turns getting the flu. (All five of us.)

Congrats on getting your street-feet wet,
Doug
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It was nice seeing you bro. I wish you could have seen a better set, that one was, well...But I hope you had a good time down here.

I wanted to see you work and was looking for you but couldn't find you...

Hope things are well
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Koz,

I was hit and miss on the pitch. I would work a while and my wife would say let's go get something to eat. Or I am cold, let's go somewhere warm for a while... She also had friends she wanted to see and things she wanted to do, so that kept interrupting my performing plans. Then we left to avoid driving in the ugly weather that was coming through and at least that part worked out. We got home Friday night late and before we went to bed on Saturday, we already had several inches of snow.

But I loved what I saw of you. You had the crowd in your hands the whole time. It was pure poetry in performing. You engaged everyone there and the entertainment value was outstanding! I was enjoying it so much, that it wasn't until I later started dissecting your performance that I even remembered all that you packed into that set. Coins, cup, wand, Bill in Lemon, cards, and there was more I am sure, I just can't remember right now. Just remember the Bill in Wallet that preceded the lemon... Goooood stuff!

I loved the cup work, totally missed the first lemon load, and also never saw the second...and even though I knew you had just loaded a melon, I didn't see it all. Your entertaining and audience management was great! And your coin work was, well, downright inspiring!

It was great to meet you and I still do owe you lunch. Who knows when we will connect again? But the pleasure was indeed mine!

And Doug, man I hope you are all feeling better after the flu. Eric at Sideshow, and Harry Anderson both spoke very well of you. Sorry I missed the privilege, but it looked like your spot would be a good one in normal weather and traffic! Best to you!

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WOW! I didn't think I was that good... Smile

Bro, thanks for the kind words. It's really nice to hear nice lies from time to time. Smile

I look forward to that lunch

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Koz, next time you are in town let me know. I'm over here in Biloxi. I would love to chat. I miss the Savannah Pitch.

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I'm in New Orleans from the 27th of December till the 6th of January. Stop by.

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Where and when is everyone out I go to loyola and I don't have school till the 12 and I would like to come and see some of you all.

Thanks

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Latest news from the Big Easy:

There's been a few arrests (in Jackson Square.)

I'm not sure what the specifics are, but I know Tim Eric (escape artist) and a juggler (whom I've never met) both went to the slammer last week. I think the Juggler went for using an amp... not sure about Tim. A few of the... uh... 'mimes' got taken in as well. There's a family/circus act in town that was also asked to move. Note, these acts draw large crowds and due to some construction / fencing at the church, it's likely they were blocking traffic.

also: the Tarot Readers have been removed from the front of the church (a good thing as there is now some open space to work.)

I crossed my fingers and gave it a shot. Worked both Sat and Sun (all day) and no-one said anything to me. It seems to me, as long as you're not blocking traffic, not using an amp (and don't act/look like a derelict) they won't bother you... in other words, it's a custom situation for a close-up/parlor magic act Smile

That's the scoop...

Conn... gone
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