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Hey Doug!

Glad to hear you got some shows off in the Square. Did you use your amp?

Is the cowboy-singer with the big amps still set up in front of the Museum and La Madeline?

Thanks for the word.
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Re: Did you use your amp?

No amp (didn't want to visit the Juggler in the slam!)

Yup... the cowboy singer (with BIG amps) is there...
of course, he is a friend to the artists...
who is friends to the councilwoman (who is 'cleaning up' the square.)

As usual, it's all who you know.

At least he's good.

Oddly enough, Istawa was still there (often drawing big crowds.) If he goes, I'll be in heaven.

Let me tell ya brother, this is a great time to (re)visit the big easy... you're welcome back anytime.

James was out there with me (he's been going out the last few weeks.) For a novice, he's doing okay. He says hi btw.
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I was talking to a punter last week who was in the New Orleans recently. He said he saw a magician working in the street. I pumped him for info, but he couldn't remember a name. Said the guy was really good. He remembers seeing bill to orange and cups and balls. You guys know who that was?

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I wasn't me (or James)

Probably "Dante"
(www.dantemagic.com)

Or it coulda been Koz

Brian Bloodworth has been in town as well, but I don't think he does bill to orange.

Counting Istawa, we have six magicians working the Big Easy streets right now... on second thought... eric, Stay home, we're full!
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Doug: 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.


Wait wait...the escape artist couldn't get out of the cuff eh?

It's a shame that it's coming down to politics and who you know. Not that Jacquelin Clarkson is really someone I'd want to know.

Good luck down there Doug!

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Hey guys!

Doug, thanks for the invite! It's very enticing in spite of your qualification. It's also very good to hear that Bloodworth is around, please give him my best to him and his family.

Season's fixin' to rock!!
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I'll be visting N.O. during the week of April 11. Where and when am I most likely to catch someone's street show? Doug?
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Jackson Square and/or Royal street (between the 300 block and 600 block.)
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Doug, thanks, hope to see you or one of the others while we're there.

Best!
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BTW, the "French Quarter Festival" starts on April 16th... this is a GREAT festival... but it displaces many of the acts that normally work Jackson Square and Royal. There's lots to see that weekend, but you may have to search a bit to find the variety acts
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for this thread

any more information you can or will share is greatly appreciated

New Orleans is like a second city to me(I live in Baltimore but visit NO at least twice a year)and I'll be moving there around June and plan to start working (Jackson Square if possible)

Personally I see the challenge of working New Orleans as the next step in my development as an Illusionist
(currently working short spots, getting in front of as many as 20,000+ a weekend)

- plus New Orleans is one of the few places I feel at home (don't know what that says about me)

Are the spots around Jackson Square "reserved" or are they up for grabs so to speak? What about on Royal? Can I set up anywhere someone else isn't on Royal during the day? (provided I leave enough space between myself and other performers?)

I've only see the guy who does the dove cage and floating chair working Jackson Square and that was during Mardi Gras 2003

Can understand if you don't care to share any info with someone who will be new to town

But anything you can share is greatly appreciated, I'll be there either way and would like to do things the right way

Looking forward to hitting Coops for a late lunch on a regular basis
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They are up for grabs but most people who work the square rotate.....they share the spot....most everyone knows each other.....and with the police situation in new orleans no one wants there to be a problem....

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Much thanks Koz

Don't want to be in the position of taking someone's spot

Am thinking the east and west sides of Jackson Square are basically for artists and tarot card readers, the south side is for artist and horse carriages and the north side is for musicians and performers

Am thinking Royal during the day when it's closed to traffic is pretty much up for grabs

I'll spend a couple days checking out everyone and how and when people set up before I get started myself

Much thanks again
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If you expect to build a big audience I wouldn't work royal....you can only work a small portion of the square these days...there is the pitch that the break dancers are using....if you are doing illusions royal street will be a big problem...besides....the weekends its full of tarot card readers...several magicians...all kinds of stuff...there are 2 jugglers that are currently working royal...plus tim eric has been dointg his escape act on royal......its tough out there if you want a big show....if you can fill a big pitch I would suggest rotating with the break dancers and the tummblers....if they will let you.....

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Vic, the guy you saw was Istawa.

He rotates with a unicyclist/juggler, and holds his spot pretty well on teh square.

When I worked Jackson Square at the end of last year, I set up about 50 feet away from Istawa, and since traffic comes from both ends of the street there, I caught a nice crowd of people who had not yet gotten down to his pitch, and folks who passed by his pitch but that I was able to enchant into stopping for my pitch.

The days that I was there, the weather was so cold and lousey that the crowds were thin, but so were the perfromers, so it wasn't hard to build a tip with 15-25 folks.

But as Ted tells it, (and he is thee a lot more than I am, so I would listen to him) it gets alot more crowded when it the weather is good.

If you want to pull hundreds of folks into your pitch, Jackson Square will be pretty tough. And I agree that what looks best is across the street from the square, towards the river, where the tumblers and break dancers work. The steps in that area make for nice "arena seating", but you will need a sound system and a pretty good act to hold it, even if you can get it. We watched a nice tumbling act there along with about 100+ others, and as I said, the weather was cold and windy during that time.

Anyway, good luck. Busking in NO, is definitely a learning proposition!

I will be going back at the first opportunity, with a whole new act, and look forward to it!

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Much thanks again Koz!!!
and much thanks BroDavid

I'm in a good situation owning and operating my own business (Internet related) so I can structure my hours to accommodate any schedule and don't have to rely on busking as a (primary) source of income

So yeah it will be another step in the learning experience for me

Really looking forward to working and living in New Orleans

On all the trips I've been to New Orleans I really didn't see many illusionists working Jackson Square
Might have just been the times I was there (usually off season March after Mardi Gras, May or September and during the week like Monday through Thursday)
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Anyone know the name of the jugglers working?
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I don't think any jugglers are working right now.

There is a HUGE fence set up in Jackson Square that kills the pitch for big acts. However, for a close-up sleight of hand guy, it's a dream come true.

Vic: if you're coming in June, wear some comfy clothes... it gets (damn) hot here. Most acts leave for the summer.

In the news:
I was working jackson square yesterday... and a couple of "boys in blue" stopped to watch... With all the trouble recently, I thought I was heading home... or worse... to jail... (dramatic pause)... instead... one of the cops tipped me a five! Now, that's Magic! (And hopefully a sign that Clarkson and her cronies are not out to remove all of us.)
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Matt Johnson is working and he's very good.

The cops are always watching me....we have almost become friends. Build a big audience in New Orleans and you WILL have problems, and be very respectful of Jackson Square.

Presently there are too *** many magi working in New Orleans. There are at least 6 to 8 street performers per block on the weekends. It's tough and you'd better be good....but I encourage the experience.

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Thanks again for all the info.
My situation here in Baltimore is changing so currently I'm not 100% sure what will happen.

Also I am good friends with a Police Sergeant working in New Orleans so if/when I make it down there if you would like maybe I can introduce some of you to him and see if that helps the situation any.
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